The chief of Peru’s National Institute of Culture (INC) said Sunday that maintenance on the Inca Trail is on schedule for an April 1 opening following damage from torrential rains that also washed away portions of the train to Machu Picchu.
Train access to Machu Picchu that was cut off in late-January following torrential rain and landslides will be restored March 29 — three days ahead of schedule, the chief of railway concessionaire Ferrocarril Trasandino (Fetransa) said Thursday.
For anyone wondering if they should go ahead and book their Peru vacation after torrential rains washed out rail service to Machu Picchu in late-January, we don’t want to sound overly optimistic about visiting Peru’s premiere archaeological marvel before April 1. But overall, the news appears positive:
Less than two weeks after torrential rains sparked floods and landslides that left thousands of people homeless and cut off access to Machu Picchu, Cusco officials hope to entice visitors back with half-price Tourist Tickets for entry into some of the most important museums, historical sites and archaeological complexes in and around the ancient Inca capital and the Sacred Valley.
Peru’s National Institute of Culture, or INC, rejected a proposal that would allow tourists to access Machu Picchu by helicopter and suspended all tourism activity to the sacred Inca citadel until conditions in the area improve.