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Landslide Cusco area and Machu Picchu Treks Closings

Thursday February 27, 2020

Breaking News

Landslide Cusco – The Regional Council of Cusco declared a state of emergency on Monday, February 24th in the Santa Teresa district, located in La Convencion province, after a massive landslide on Sunday February 23rd in the afternoon left at least several people dead, twenty missing, 300 homes destroyed and four bridges damaged.

The event was caused by heavy rain and a glacial collapse on the Salkantay Mountain. This hypothesis was proposed by Oscar Vilca Gómez who is a specialist in Hydrology and Glaciology. (more…)

Machu Picchu closing: True or False?

Monday December 23, 2019

Machu Picchu closing: True or False?

Is Machu Picchu closing in 2020? The exact origin of the rumour that Machu Picchu is closing is unclear. However, it seems that two events sustain it. The first is the annual temporary closure of the Inca Trail. And the second is Machu Picchu’s recent inscription on the UNESCO List of World Heritage in Danger.

Inca trail closure

The Inca Trail, the iconic trek to Machu Picchu, closes each year in February for maintenance. The popular Machu Picchu trek, with approximately 25.000 hikers (more…)

Rare rodent seen in Machu Picchu after 10 years

Wednesday August 22, 2018

Rare rodent seen in Machu Picchu after 10 years

The bamboo rat (Dactylomis peruanus) has appeared again at the Historical Sanctuary of Machu Picchu after ten years.

Sernanp, the National Service of Natural Areas Protected by the State were patrolling Phuyupatamarka sector.

The staff of the protected area made the first photographic record of the rodent, which was found among bushes on the edge of the Inca Trail.

This type of rats live in subtropical or tropical zones and it has been seen in the south of Peru and the north of Bolivia. (more…)

Two cities of Peru considered Best Travel Destinations

Monday August 20, 2018

Two cities of Peru considered Best Travel Destinations

The website JOE has chosen two of Peru’s destinations among the top 20 places that everyone should visit, at least, once in their life.

This list was put together by Flight Network and around 500 of the world’s best travel bloggers, journalists, editors and more. The article reads “So if you’re wondering where in the world you should be aiming to go before you kick the bucket, this is what the experts say are the top twenty”.

New Campsites along the Inca Trail are accessible for tourists

Tuesday January 03, 2017

New Campsites along the Inca Trail are accessible for tourists who are taking the famous trail to Machu Picchu.

The constructions of the campsites for domestic and foreign tourists were completed after half a year and have been appraised by geologists.

This area consists of three different platforms with retaining walls, stone stairways, a rainwater drainage system and stair rails. The area can fit 20 tents, enabling hikers to rest before continuing their trek.

Moreover, the Inca Trail preservation personnel (more…)

The Famous Inca Trail will be closed in February

Tuesday January 26, 2016

The Inca Trail is one of the most well-known treks worldwide. During the majority of the year, most tourists must reserve a spot for this trail months in advance. Countless foreigners flock to Peru to camp along this trek in the beautiful Andes Mountains and explore ancient Incan sites.

José Carlos Nieto, the head of the Historic Sanctuary of Machu Picchu, confirmed that the Inca Trail will indeed be closed during February. He asserts that companies have been aware of this for a long time and that tourists still have many other options to arrive at Machu Picchu, such as train, bus, or other treks. (more…)

New Route to Machu Picchu

Monday January 04, 2016

From January 1st 2016 on, a new route to Machu Pichu will be implemented, accoring to the SERNANP, the Peruvian National Service of Natural Protected Areas.

According to a Master Plan for the preservation of the Sanctuary, Machu Picchu needs to diversify its tourist supply to decentralize critical pressure points of the Inca Trail Network.

The aim of this new Route 5 (Chachabamba – Winaywayna – MachuPicchu.route five is), therefore, to promote access to Inca Trail through less demanded and congested areas (more…)

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