Closed to visitors since 21 January, one of the world’s most famous archeological sites has finally reopened.
On 15 February, Machu Picchu reopened to tourists. Having been constructed around 1450, the UNESCO site — which means “old mountain” or “old peak” in the native Quechua language — is located around 7972 feet above sea level (2430 m). The closest major city — Cuzco — is inaccessible by road (trains are the usual choice), which is what compounded the issue.
The primary reason for the closure of Machu Picchu has been the constant protests against President Dina Boluarte and the Peruvian Congress. Demonstrations have been taking place throughout the country since her inauguration in early December. With Machu Picchu being the number one destination in the entire country, eventually local officials opted to close the site, in the interest of safety (and optics).
However, with the recent announcement of Machu Picchu’s reopening, travelers can once again purchase tickets online; keep in mind that daily entries are limited.
My sole visit to Peru was way back in 2008; starting at Lake Titicaca, I visited Puno, Cuzco, and Lima, a major culinary center. Although this was long before the bothersome online Machu Picchu ticketing system was introduced, it was well worth the trip.
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