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Machu Picchu, Cultural and Natural Heritage of Humanity has a calendar of attention to the public, which is from Monday to Sunday from 06:00 to 17:00, including holidays.

Machu Picchu is currently open to the public. In fact, the archaeological site of Machu Picchu remains normally open throughout the year. The closure of Machu Picchu responds to the fact that at some point a natural event occurs that threatens its infrastructure. Machu Picchu only closes due to natural disasters such as landslides and floods. The last prolonged closure occurred at the end of January 2010. The landslides damaged the railway that connects Aguas Calientes (the city of Machu Picchu) with the rest of the country, being the only access road. Without trains to Machu Picchu, you will not be able to access the Inca city.

Continue reading if you want to know the opening dates of Machu Picchu and how you can ensure your entry to the citadel of Machu Picchu in any season of the year.


Machu Picchu Closing

Every year, some visitors are confused about the opening hours of Machu Picchu and the Inca Trail. In this article we will explain it in more detail:


First, unlike Machu Picchu, the Inca Trail closes for one month each year. The Inca Trail is one of the best 5 rides in the world. Unfortunately, this hiking trail closes in February of each year. Every year, during the month of February, maintenance works are carried out on the routes of the Inca Trail and reopens on March 1.

However, this does not affect the entrance to the Inca citadel of Machu Picchu. The booking of Machu Picchu tickets in 2019 does not close in February. Machu Picchu remains open all year except for some emergency situation.


If you want to book the Inca Trail in 2019, obviously you should avoid February or choose an alternative route. If, on the other hand, you want to go directly to Machu Picchu, February is still a viable month to visit, as long as you do not bother with the rain.

Remember that, February is one of the months of the low season in Machu Picchu. One of the reasons for the low influx of visitors is the rainy season from December to March. These rains can make the stone paths become a bit slippery and the fog is constant. On the other hand, during the days of light rain you can see a landscape of Machu Picchu with few clouds and the probability of rainbows. An unforgettable scene.


Huayna Picchu closes in February?

Like Machu Picchu, the Huayna Picchu mountain is open all year, including February. The Waynapicchu mountain is considered one of the best short walks in the world. Tickets must be purchased 3 or 4 months before.

If you want to buy your ticket to the Huayna Picchu mountain, we recommend you booking in advance.



Machu Picchu Tour & Huayna Picchu hike

First travel by train through the Sacred Valley to reach the city of Aguas Calientes. Walk through the town and enjoy a relaxing bath in the hot springs of the area. Then recharge energies to tour the citadel of Machu Picchu and climb up the mountain Huayna Picchu the next day. You will get the best view of the citadel and a photo postcard of Machu Picchu.


So, how can I get to Machu Picchu in February?

As you can see, entering Machu Picchu on the Inca Trail in February is impossible. If you only have free time to visit Machu Picchu in one day, you will have to arrive by train in a 2 hour trip through the Sacred Valley.


Machu-Picchu-Full-DayMachu Picchu Day Tour

Travel by train through the Sacred Valley to the city of Aguas Calientes, then take a bus to the citadel of Machu Picchu. Enjoy a guided tour and then free time to take pictures and tour the city on your own. In the afternoon take a train back to the city.Another option is to reach Machu Picchu through the alternative hydroelectric route. This form is longer (lasts about 7 hours) but is more full of adventures.


Sacred-Valley-&-Machu-Picchu-TourSacred Valley & Machu Picchu Tour

Also, you can choose between one of the train tours and enjoy one of the 7 Wonders of the Modern World in a different way: you can do the tour to Machu Picchu in a full day or in the Sacred Valley 2 days Tour to Machu Picchu, with overnight in the town of aguas calientes. You will travel through impressive landscapes in Sacred Valley marked by small adobe villages with traditionally dressed quechua inhabitants, small farms and agricultural terraces. 


Alternatives to the Inca Trail in February:

But, if you want to get to Machu Picchu walking in February, you can choose other incredible routes.


Inca-Jungle-trekInca Jungle to Machu Picchu 4 days

The Inca Jungle offers one of the most adventurous ways to get to Machu Picchu. It combines downhill cycling, rafting, zip-lining and hiking.


Salkantay-trek-5-daysSalkantay Trek to Machu Picchu 5 days

This alternative trek lasts 5 days. Cross the imposing snowy Salkantay at 4,650 m until you reach Machu Picchu passing through Aguas Calientes.



Lares Trek to Machu Picchu 4 days

This trek has many variations. The starting point is the city of Lares in Cusco. After 4 days of walking, you will arrive at Machu Picchu.


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