Starting today, April 1st, 2010, Machu Picchu will reopen after being closed for more than 2 months following the landslides and torrential rains that caused damages to the railways to and from Machu Picchu.
Thanks to a huge effort by public and private sectors Machu Picchu will reopen its doors to approximately 800 to 1000 tourists. Even though the railway is fully enabled, authorities had decided to reopen little by little and proceed with caution to eventually raise the tourists levels to 2500 and 3000 per day.
The Transport and Communications Minister, Enrique Cornejo, participated today in an opening ceremony of the rehabilitation works of the railway that runs from the station Piscacucho to Aguas Calientes, a few meters from the citadel.
Tourists will travel from Cuzco to Ollantaytambo district by bus and then go by car through a narrow gauge to Piscacucho station, where they will board the train service.
Don’t forget to read my book review: “Machu Picchu Guidebook, A Self Guided Tour“. An excellent book and guide to Machu Picchu.