Are Parts of Machu Picchu Closing? It's Not What You Think
No. Ain't happening. Here we go again. It's not what everyone thinks it is. It appears that a couple of publications, whose editors possibly translated an article from Spanish, or who are trying to get clicks, ran across a story which originates from October 2020. (Here's the link to the blog I wrote then) The recent eadlines would lead you to believe that 3 historical monuments in Machu Picchu are supposedly closing to tourists due to erosion. Wow. The articles grabbed my attention immediately. It just didn't make sense. Something was not right. The three spots on the chopping block are: Temple of the Condor, Temple of the Sun, and the Intihuatana. (Sun Dial) The reason for my confusion, is that these 3 spots have had restricted hours for at least 3 years.
So. being the curious person I am, I chased down Vidal, our manager in Cusco, (I might have woke him up in the middle of the night. OK?) to find out if he heard this latest story about those 3 monuments closing. Nope. So he called his cuzzie, (and woke him up in the middle of the night,) who works in the ancient city, and got the inside story straight from the llama's mouth, so to speak. As I suspected, it's a nothing alpacaburger. Click bait. Go back to bed. Vidal and his cousin reported that over the last several months, possibly even a year, not only are there restrictions for the entry times to these 3 monuments, but Machu Picchu National Park maintenance teams have been installing wooden steps going up to the temples and other steep high traffic areas. This has been going on for months. It also happened at the ruins in the village of Ollantaytambo where wooden steps have been installed to avoid wear and tear on the original stonework. While visiting hours to the 3 monuments in Machu Picchu are still restricted. Nothing is closing.
It's all part of a plan to protect the golden Inca egg so even more people can visit. Have you forgotten about the new airport currently under construction? The task for Machu Picchu park authorities is to figure out ways to mitigate damage while simultaneously setting up new and better pathways to literally bring more tourists into Peru. And of course Machu Picchu.
The monuments in question have had restricted hours for at least 3 years. Did anyone even notice? We've guided hundreds of people to Machu Picchu, and not one person mentioned,."Hey, I didn't get to see that. . . what's the name of that temple honey? You know, the one with that big black bird?" Ok. We had one college professor with his group of grad students who didn't know the Temple of the Sun had restricted hours and got a little grumpy about it. Otherwise, everyone over the last 3 years has been thrilled to finally set foot in the magical and mysterious Inca city.
What is the most popular spot at Machu Picchu in 2023?
It's not any of the temples. It's not even a stone structure! The Machu Picchu "hot spot" in 2023 is without a doubt the classic view of the ancient city from the upper terrace. That's right. The view is the one thing visitors are chasing after this year. And not just any view will do. It has to be "the" classic view of Machu Picchu. What's that? CLICK HERE to find out. Visitors are clamoring for tickets that provide access to the upper terraces and the upper circuits. (there is a difference between upper terrace and upper circuit! Click here to find out what it is) Forget the formerly famous hike to Huayna Picchu. She's the new ugly step-sister, cast aside because there is no access to the upper terrace with that ticket. The most desired spot in the entire megacity is the upper terrace.
Honeslty folks, I've been to Machu Picchu countless times. I've hiked in on the Inca Trail, and taken the train in. For visitors who attempt to soak in the vibrattion of ancient Inca energy, it can be sensed throughout the site No matter what path or circuit you choose, or end up with, every corner pulsates with unresolved secrets and riddles yet to be solved..