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Machu Picchu Closes To Visitors For Now

January 24, 2023 • 11:13 am CST
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Peru's Culture Ministry website recently posted a notice that it had closed the country's most famous tourist attraction "to protect the safety of tourists and the population in general."

As of January 21, 2023, the 15th-century ancient ruins of Machu Picchu were not accepting future visitors to this mountaintop site, as the train service was recently closed.

There are a number of hiking routes along the Inca Trail to reach Machu Picchu, however, it takes about five days to reach the top.

Traditionally, over 2,000 people visit Machu Picchu daily.

Machu Picchu is located in the Eastern Cordillera of southern Peru on a 2,430-meter mountain ridge.

Cusco, Peru, where Machu Picchu is located, has been the site of some civil unrest in 2023.

The local airport, Alejandro Velasco Astete, was closed recently.

But, flights are expected to resume at Arequipa's Alfredo Rodriguez Ballon International Airport on January 26, 2023. According to the U.S. Embassy Peru, U.S. citizens should contact the appropriate airline for flight rescheduling.

For emergencies involving American citizens in Peru, please email [email protected] or call +51-1-618-2000. And U.S. citizens are advised to register in STEP to receive alerts and messages from the U.S. Embassy in Lima.