As the coronavirus rampaged around the world, one site after another was closed to visitors. One of the world’s most beloved historical sites, Machu Picchu, was closed for nearly 8 months. But last November, Machu Picchu opened after covid had forced its closure. Once again, one of the most sacred spots was open for visitors to trek to and explore. If you’re starting to think of future adventures and know that Machu Picchu is on your bucket list, here’s everything you need to know about visiting Machu Picchu post-lockdown.
Machu Picchu opens after covid
On November 1, 2020, a ceremony was held to celebrate the fact that Machu Picchu opened after covid had left it unvisited for eight months. An Incan ritual was held, to thank the gods for it reopening. Peru was hit particularly hard with Covid and its brutal repercussions. You can read more about the issues in our blog post here, featuring our Peruvian business partner, Edgar Tito Peralta.
What will Machu Picchu be like post-covid?
Like everything in our new world, a visit to Machu Picchu after the pandemic will look slightly different. However, this is one of the few places that will actually be far more enjoyable to visit! The number of visitors allowed into the citadel has been reduced. Now, only 675 tourists will be permitted to visit each day, just 30% of the number of visitors pre-pandemic. Which means Machu Picchu will be far less crowded than it has been in the past.
How to get to Machu Picchu
If you’ve always longed to go to Machu Picchu, you might as well make a bigger adventure out of it! Our expedition doesn’t just include Machu Picchu (as well as park fees and the best timed tickets). It incorporates a multi-day trek off the beaten track of Peru’s most gorgeous scenery. You’ll see Machu Picchu’s lesser-known sister city Choquequirao, trek through jungles and past traditional Peruvian villages. The Andes will be a constant backdrop to the expedition, meaning you experience so much more of what Peru has to offer.
Fancy learning more? You can read all about our expedition to Machu Picchu here.