Machu Picchu reopening welcomed by Latin America specialists


Feb 13. Latin America specialists have welcomed news that Machu Picchu is to reopen to tourist on Wednesday, following a three-week shutdown due to political unrest in Peru.

Danny Callaghan, chief executive of the Latin American Travel Association, said operators were still being encouraged to build flexibility into itineraries but described the reopening as “a big step forward”.

“We are delighted to hear from our Lata member Amazonas Explorer that, ahead of the official reopening of Machu Picchu on Wednesday 15, some tourists have already made their way to this amazing location,” Callaghan said.

“Cusco and the Sacred Valley are now fully open, as is Lima, the coastal regions, Northern Peru, Arequipa and the Colca Canyon.

“Inca Rail has announced that its Ollantaytambo–Machu Picchu and Machu Picchu–Hidro-Electrica services have resumed, currently at reduced frequency, but with Perurail expected to be running all services normally by Monday, February 20.”

Source: Travel Weekly

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