Machu Picchu Launches New Website After Covid-19
On November 1, 2020, the first visitors stepped foot into the sleepy Machu Picchu ruins with small crowds at 30% capacity, then Machu Picchu National Park increased visitor capacity to 40% in December.
(If you're fit enough to hike 7 miles in 1 day, permits for the easy 1-day Inca Trail hike include 1 entry to Machu Picchu ruins. This is the backdoor entry to Machu Picchu through the Sungate. The hike is part of a 2-day trip to Machu Picchu. Follow this link to get more info about easy 1-day Inca Trail hike package trip)
The official Machu Picchu government website has been revised and visitors will see a tab for QUERYS across the top of the page, and a drop down box for "experiences." These include the hikes to Huayna Picchu, Machu Picchu mountain and Inca Bridge coming to a total of 7 experiences. It appears that they might be planning to monetize visits to Inca Bridge and the Sungate, which used to be open during all hours of operation. Permits for the easy 1-day Inca Trail are available through the end of December 2021. We have been told that the 4-day Inca Trail hike will reopen in July 2021, but we don't know when permits will be available. (contact me to get on the list to be notified when they do) We don't know if the Machu Picchu National Park authorities will reopen the hikes to Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain. Nor do we know what the cost per ticket will be.
What about international flights to Peru?
After Easter holidays in 2021, flights from US to Peru continue, while flights from Europe, Brazil and South Africa are suspended until the end of April. (follow this link to get more details)
I copied and translated below the new health protocols for entering the ruins and other archaeological sites in Peru.
PERU MINISTRY OF CULTURE DEVELOPS A HEALTH PROTOCOL FOR MUSEUMS AND ARCHAEOLOGICAL SITES
The Ministry of Culture draws up guidelines and protocols for health for receive visitors in the country's museums and archaeological sites, according to the measures established by the Peru government
In addition, the establishments will provide information to visitors about the safety and health measures that all must comply to avoid and prevent the spread of COVID-19. Among the necessary and mandatory measures are:
- wearing masks
- disinfecting hands and shoes
- keeping the established social distance (Follow this link to see the new rules specific to Machu Picchu)
- respect the new limited capacity (increased by 30% in November to 40% in December)
- small groups up to 7 people with 1 guide will move on 1-way circuits. Some sections of some parks may be closed, at least temporarily.
- Cusco, Peru awarded SAFE TRAVEL desgination (Follow here to read more)
How to Prepare to Visit Machu Picchu (subject to change)
Start with making an online reservation, by appointment at the official government website or though a tour operator. Reservations will be subject to the capacity of each museum or archaeological site. The service to visitors to museums and archaeological sites nationwide will resume progressively, and in stages, considering the provisions of the government. Then confirm that train service is available for the date you plan to visit Machu Picchu.
I was able to set up a Zoom meeting with Vidal in Cusco. We made this video about what the first visitors to Machu Picchu should expect. Here's a link to Adios Adventure Travel Youtube Channel. Please subscribe if you want to stay updated. We plan to continue using this format now that we have it.
Links to additional information about travel to Machu Picchu after covid-19