Machu Picchu Launches New Website After Covid-19
The good news is that the Peru government has reopened the Machu Picchu website. It's a matter of days until the first visitors step foot inside the national park. On October 19, the first Machu Picchu general entry tickets went on sale for locals for entry from Nov 1-14. All tickets sold out in 3 days. The Peru international border will reopen to foreigners from adjoining countries on October 5 and international flights from 10 more countries including United States and Canada will resume in November.
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 and other places for a total of 7 spots. It appears that they might be planning to monetize visits to Inca Bridge and the Sungate which used to be open to anyone at any time. We're expecting Machu Picchu general entry tickets for the remainder of 2020 to go on sale any time. However we don't know if they will reopen the hikes to Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain. Nor do we know what the cost per ticket will be.
What about the Peru border closing and international flights?
A smart observer will notice that it does no good to reopen Machu Picchu unless travelers can enter the country. For sure the locals will enjoy having the place all to themselves and they got their wish from Nov 1-14. On September 25, it was announced that international flights from countries adjoining Peru will resume on October 5, 2020. On October 23 they announced that the border will open for US and Canadian citizens in November. (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.
MINISTRY OF CULTURE DEVELOPS A HEALTH PROTOCOL FOR MUSEUMS AND ARCHAEOLOGICAL SITES OF THE COUNTRY
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 central government in the context of the emergency national.
In this context, the disinfection and maintenance process must be carried out of the headquarters, which gradually join the reactivation, to care for visitors and workers protection and enjoyment of our heritage. As a preventive measure, museums and archaeological sites will reduce their original capacity to less than 50%, which will allow space to keep the social distance among visitors.
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 (50% at this time)
- 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.
How to Prepare to Visit Machu Picchu (subject to change)
To make a visit, it will be necessary to make 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 and taking into account the information of the epidemiological alerts of the Ministry of Health (MINSA).
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