sábado, 2 de febrero de 2019

Inca Trail to Machu Picchu closes again in February for Maintenance

As every year, the well-known Inca Trail to Machu Picchu closes its access during the month of February to guarantee its correct maintenance and revision of its roads, a network of 43 km of roads built during the Tahuantinsuyo Empire that are up to 600 years old.

Inca Trail Maintenance

The closure of the Inca Trail coincides with the rainy season in Cusco and -specifically- with the period that receives more rainfall in the area. The intention of the Dirección Desconcentrada de Cultura de Cusco (the department's highest state tourism agency) is to safeguard the integrity and safety of the 500 people who travel along these roads daily.

It should be remembered that of these 500 people (among whom we find porters, staff of tourism agencies authorized to travel the Inca Trail, specialized guides), only 200 tourists will have access to the Inca citadel of Machu Picchu.

Maintenance of the Inca Trail

These security tasks focus primarily on reinforcing road structures such as cobblestone pavements, bridges, fences, campgrounds, or cutting down excessive vegetation that may impede the passage of visitors.

Inca Trail to Machu Picchu

It is not uncommon for a bridge to give way every year, for there to be a landslide or for there to be a small incident in the tends. Nothing that can't really be solved in these revisions.

Let's remember that the Inca Trail is one of the three ways to access the wonder of Machu Picchu, as well as the Classic Route from Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes and the Hydroelectric Route (which is also discouraged during the rainy season).

The Inca Trail will be 100% operational again next March.

Francis, Peru Travels Blog
February 2019

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