Machu Picchu officially reopens to travellers

Machu Picchu officially reopens to travellers

Following a brief closure amid ongoing political strife in Peru, Machu Picchu has reopened to tourists as of 15 February.

Agreements have been made between the local tourism industry and Peruvian authorities to secure the safety of the Inca-era stone citadel and its tourists.

An official statement from the Peruvian minister of culture wrote: “The reopening of the Machupicchu Sanctuary is set, starting on Wednesday, February 15, 2023, under the same conditions, schedules and circuits established after making the commitment jointly with the institutions that comprise the Machupicchu Management Unit (UGM), municipal authorities of Machupicchu and Ollantaytambo, directors of the Chamber of Commerce and leaders of social organizations, to guarantee the security of the monument, and transportation services, thus, visitors can enjoy the experience of the visit.

“For this purpose, the Head of Machupicchu National Archaeological Park has been requested to adopt the pertinent measures for the attention of visitors.

“This decision reaffirms the importance to opt for dialogue and peace, under the articulated work of the authorities with the population, which requires the resumption of cultural activities and the economic reactivation of Cusco.”

Tourist attractions in the north and east zones of Peru, as well as the circuit of northern beaches, are fully open and unimpacted by the recent unrest, and continue to welcome local and international visitors.

Domestic airports are working regularly except for the Inca Manco Cápac International Airport (Juliaca, Puno) that has suspended operations as a precaution.

Arequipa’s International Alfredo Rodríguez Ballón Airport is operating from 6 am to 10 pm. Only passengers with scheduled flights can access the airport facilities, with the exception of people who require special assistance and/or minors.

Machu Picchu was closed after political uprisings erupted around the country following the removal of President Castillo who was accused in multiple corruption investigations in December 2022.

He was replaced by his vice-president Dina Boluarte, the sixth president in five years.

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