Is Machu Picchu Closing?
Is Machu Picchu closing?, when is Machu Picchu closing? or It is true that Machu Picchu is closing?. Those the most common question that I am always asked when guiding the group tours to Machu Picchu; there were even few of my guests that when I asked them why they decided to come to Peru or Machu Picchu, the answer I got was because they heard that Machu Picchu was closing soon and they wanted to visit before then.
All this mass hysteria started a few years ago when Machu Picchu was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. As they seek to encourage the protection and preservation of all-natural and cultural heritage worldwide, Machu Picchu was included in the list of endangered sites. This could be the main reason why they were rumors that Machu Picchu was closing soon as they were new rules implemented to protect Machu Picchu from destruction and preserve for future generations.
Machu Picchu is not closing due to natural erosion or destruction caused by the thousands of visitors every day. To Protect this World Heritage Site, Machu Picchu Authorities have implemented new regulations, including curfews and many visitors per hour.
Machu Picchu During Coronavirus 2020 – 2021.
Is Machu Picchu closed during Covid 19?
Machu Picchu is temporarily closed from February 1st until February 28th, 2021, due to the second wave of Covid 19. Some regions in Peru, Including Lima and others, are under a second lockdown; this doesn’t include Cusco or Machu Picchu that only have curfews.
International travels are allowed. Machu Picchu will be opened this March 1st, 2021. However, all travelers must undergo a mandatory 2 weeks quarantine upon arrival, and the quarantine can be completed at the Villa Panamericana or in their own hotels.
When is Machu Picchu opening again this 2021?
Machu Picchu is reopening this March 1st; however, Inca Trail will remind closed until further notice from the goverment.
Is Machu Picchu Closed In February?
Yes, Machu Picchu is closed this February 2021 due to the second wave of Covid 19. However, under regular circumstances, Machu Picchu is open all year round and is expected to be open without exception after this pandemic.
Machu Picchu Opening Time?
Machu Picchu opens every day at 6:00 AM. To arrive and enter with the first ones, you need to take teh first buses from Aguas Calientes or start hiking from the town at 4.30 AM.
Machu Picchu Closing Time?
Machu main entrance closes at 4:00 PM. However, the latest entrance shift that can be bought is the 2:00 PM shift. This means that if you are traveling from Cusco during the day to enter Machu Picchu in the afternoon and you are running late, you have until 4:00 to arrive at the main, once is closed, there is no option to enter.
After 4 PM some areas in Machu Picchu start closing, after 5 PM the rangers in teh park will start asking people to exit, 5.30 PM usually there are no more visitors in teh Park and at 6:00 PM is the official closing time, and this is also the time that the last bus is leaving to the town.
What Month Is Machu Picchu Closed?
Machu Picchu is never closed; the citadel is open all year round. This Pandemic is closed but is reopening this March 1st, 2021.
Is Machu Picchu closing due to Erosion?
No, Machu Picchu will not close due to erosion, and it was never closed for this reason.
Is Classic Inca Trail 4 days to Machu Picchu Closed?
Yes, The Classic Inca Trail is closed since January 2020.
First: This Trail was closed in the last week of January 2020 due to a rockslide in the Second Campsite called Pacaymayo Alto. The trial was expected to reopen on March 1st, 2020. However, because of teh heavy rains, the closure was extended for 2 more weeks.
Second: Peruvian movements imposed one of teh most strict quarantines on March 16th, 2020, to prevent the spread of Covid 19, and all tourist places were shut down. Inca Trail has been closed ever since until March 2021, when it is expected to be open; however, no overall date has been given.
Is Inca Trail Closed in February?
Yes, The Inca Trail is closed every February for Maintainance. This should not be confused with Machu Picchu that is opén all year round.
Machu Picchu Entrance Tickets for 2021 and 2022.
Machu Picchu will be opened on March 1st, 2021. To Prevent Covid 19, there will be only 120 people allowed per shift as follows below.
First Shift to Machu Picchu: 6:00 AM
The entrance to Machu Picchu e starts at 6 am, you must board the first buses from the town of Aguas Calientes at 5.30 am. To arrive at this time at Machu Picchu, you must make sure you are spending the night before at Aguas Calientes town (Machu Picchu Pueblo). After you have finished exploring the citadel, you will exit around 10 to 10:30 AM.
Second Shift to Machu Picchu: 7:00 am
The Entrance to Machu Picchu starts at 7 am. You cant enter before this time. The bus ride from Aguas Calientes takes around 3o minutes; also, you must consider that the bus lines could take almost 30 to 45 minutes in high season. The exit time is around 11.am.
Third Shift to Machu Picchu: 8:00 AM
The entrance to the citadel starts at 8 am. You must always consider the 30 minutes bus drive and lines for this bus. You will exit the citadel around 12 pm.
Fourth Shift to Machu Picchu: 9:00 AM
The entrance to Machu Picchu starts at 9:AM. This shift is perfect for those traveling from Cusco or the Sacred Valley early trains. The exit time is around 1:pm.
Fifth Shift to Machu Picchu: 10 AM
The entrance starts at 10 AM. At this time, the sun can be extreme, use sun protection, teh exit time is around 2:pm
Sixth Shift to Machu Picchu: 11 AM
The entrance starts at 11 AM; make sure you have eaten something before entering Machu Picchu as you won’t find any stores inside. The exit time is around 3 PM.
Seventh Shift to Machu Picchu: 12 PM
The entrance to the site starts at 12 PM; you must have lunch before thsi time. Once you are inside Machu Picchu, you won’t have access to any stores. The exit time is around 4 PM.
Eighth Shift to Machu Picchu: 1 PM
The afternoon entrance starts at 1 PM, has plenty of water with you, and always rain gear just in case. The Exit time is around 5 PM.
Ninth Shift to Machu Picchu: 14 PM
The lñast shift starts at 2 PM, and you will be able to enter until 4 PM; you must try to arrive at teh designated time (2 PM) as many sites will start closing after 4 PM. Machu Picchu closed at 6 PM, and you must exit around 5.30 PM at the latest.
Machu Picchu + Huayna Picchu Entrance Tickets for 2021 and 2022.
First Shift: 6 AM Machu Picchu / 7: AM to 8: AM Huayna Picchu Mountain
This ticket allows you to enter Machu Picchu from 6 AM and from 7 AM to 8 AM at the Huayna Picchu Mountain. There are only 200 spaces per day, and you need to book in advance.
Second Shift: 7 AM Machu Picchu/ 7: AM to 8: AM Huayna Picchu Mountain
This ticket allows you to enter Machu Picchu after 7 AM and Huayna Picchu Mountain from 7 AM to 8 AM. There are only 200 spaces per day, and you need to book in advance. Make sure to arrive on time.
Third Shift: 8 AM to Machu Picchu / 10 AM to 11 Am Huayna Picchu Mountain
This ticket allows you to enter Machu Picchu after 8 AM and from 10 AM to 11 AM to Huayna Picchu Mountain. The perfect shift for all our day tours and trekking tours.
Machu Picchu + Machu Picchu Mountain Entrance Tickets for 2021 and 2022.
First Shift: 6 AM Machu Picchu / 7: AM to 8: AM Machu Picchu Mountain
This ticket allows you to enter Machu Picchu from 6 am and from 7 AM to 8 AM; at Machu Picchu Mountain ( Also calñled montaña). There are only 200 spaces per day, and you need to book in advance.
Second Shift: 7 AM Machu Picchu/ 7: AM to 8: AM Machu Picchu Mountain
This ticket allows you to enter Machu Picchu after 7 AM and to Machu Picchu Mountain from 7 AM to 8 AM.
Third Shift: 8 AM to Machu Picchu / 10 AM to 11 AM Machu Picchu Mountain
This ticket allows you to enter Machu Picchu after 8 AM and from 9 AM to 10 AM to Machu Picchu Mountain.