Earthquake Hits Peru January 2018
On January 12, a 4.6 magnitude earthquake struck 17 miles south of Chivay in the Arequipa district. On January 14, a 7.1 magnitude earthquake rattled the coast of southern Peru, 25 miles south of Acari. Travelers going through Lima to and from Cusco and Machu Picchu were not affected. Damage occurred to local adobe structures and 1 local man was killed. Tourists traveling in the far southern coastal region should confirm their travel arrangements before moving around.
Beginning the week of October 2, 2017, permits will be released by month for Inca Trail hikes in 2018. Choose from Classic 4-Day Inca Trail, or Luxury hikes, and even speedy 3-day Inca Trail. For more details follow this link.
Beginning around the middle of June, public school teachers staged protests, marches and strikes that impeded traffic around Cusco and other small towns in Peru. As of August 15, students and teachers returned to classes and the strike has been settled. For full details about the strike and updated information about affects on travel to Machu Picchu, visit Adios blog.
On 27 April, 2017, it was announced that effective July 1, 2017, all entry tickets to Machu Picchu will be for half day. The new tickets are now on sale and visitors can choose morning shift from 6 am - 12 noon. Or afternoon shift, from 12 noon to 5:30 pm. For full details visit Adios blog.
March 24, 2017. A portion of the 1-day Inca Trail is temporarily closed. The 4-day Inca Trail and Machu Picchu were not affected. Hikers will be rerouted to KM 106 where they can access a trail used by porters.
June 17, 2017. Update: the 1 Day Inca Trail is now open at KM 104. For full details visit Adios blog.
March 2017. Severe rains in Peru resulted in deadly flooding along the coastal regions of Peru north and south of Lima. Flights in and out of Lima, transportation to and from Lima city center, and hotel accommodations in the city center were not affected. Travel to Cusco, Machu Picchu and Puerto Maldonado are unimpaired by these conditions. For full details visit Adios blog.
June 24 is the official day of celebration in Cusco, Peru. But the last 2 weeks of June are jammed with performances, parades and the vibration of 100,000 people descending on one of the most impressive festivals in South America. Apparently, the Inca Sun God is one popular dude! Book your hotels early and get your train tickets and Machu Picchu entry tickets ASAP. For more information read Adios blog.
Effective January 1, 2017, all parks in Peru, and historical sights including Machu Picchu, and Inca Trail hikes, will see an increase in the cost of entry tickets and permits. Visitors of all ages to Machu Picchu will be affected by the change. In addition to the increase in the cost of permits for the Inca Trail hikers, there will be an increase in the cost of permits for each porter who accompanies the hikes. For the first time in the history of Machu Picchu, senior citizens age 61 and over will be entitled to a 50% savings off the cost of an adult ticket. To see the full story and view the official government document, (in Spanish) click here to visit our blog.
As of September 1, 2016 all visitors to Machu Picchu must follow one-way marked paths through the ruins. It is not possible to go back and forth between the sites inside the ancient city. The main gate to Machu Picchu is only used for entry. A new exit gate has opened adjacent to the restrooms. Entry tickets are valid for two entries per day. For full details on this story, visit Adios blog.
Pisac Archaeological Ruins Now Open as of September 2016
Due to an unfortunate rockfall accident in February that resulted in the death of a 10 year old visitor to the park, Pisac ruins were temporarily closed in April 2016. Maintenance projects were expected to be completed by the end of April 2016, but opening date was extended an additional 3 months. As of September 1, 2016, Pisac archaeological ruins is open and visitors can hike to the archaeological complex on foot from the upper parking lot. Entry tickets are required and can be found in the "Turistico Boleto" (tourist ticket book)
Is Machu Picchu closing in April 2016?
No, absolutely not. That story was the result of mistranslation by a blogger who did not understand the difference between Machu Picchu and Machu Picchu Mountain. Machu Picchu Mountain is a ticketed hike similar to the popular ticketed hike to Huayna Picchu. Both hikes are accessed from a controlled entry point inside the Machu Picchu National Park. The Peruvian government is taking turns closing each of the hikes for maintenance in April 2016. For exact dates and more info, here's the link to the full story.
Is Peru Launching a new Hike to Machu Picchu in 2016?
No. What they are doing is renaming and restructuring the permits for the same easy 1-day hike on the Inca Trail. Beginning in 2016, permits for the 2-day hike and the 4-day hike will be separated. For full details about the number and availability of permits, please follow this link to our blog.
Changes to Perurail Tickets to Machu Picchu
Perurail is no longer including ground transfers between Cusco and the Perurail stations in the Sacred Valley, whether you go to Pachar or Ollantaytambo. This affects anyone who is taking the train to Machu Picchu on their own. If you have booked a tour with an operator or private guide, they should be handling the transfers both ways. For more details, please follow this link to our blog.
Is Machu Picchu Open in the Evening?
No. You will notice on the government booking site there are tickets available for entry 11AM HORARIO VESPERTINO. The translation in English literally means "evening hours." However, the ruins are open daily, year round 6 am - 5 pm, and no one is allowed to be inside after 5 pm. There's no way this could change anytime in the future because one thing about the Machu Picchu ruins is the authenticity. There are drop-offs, landings, terraces without any guard rails, gates, handrails or signage. Not to mention that there is no electricity. The risk of falling would be high.
The Peruvian government limits the number of visitors to the ruins and tickets are not available at the entry. All tickets must be purchased in advance online or through your guide or operator. If available, tickets can still be purchased in person at the office in Cusco or the office in the village square at Aguas Calientes. The ticket reservation system does not affect our groups because we will continue to pre-purchase tickets and our guides always accompany our groups through the entry. Both the 2-day and 4-day hikes on the Inca Trail include permits with entry to Machu Picchu.
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