On Wednesday, March 1st, the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu Reopens for all tourists: national and foreign tourists.
Good news for hiking lovers! The famous network of Inca Trails that leads to Machu Picchu is enabled for all tourists. On Wednesday, March 1, the trail was enabled, after conservation and maintenance work by specialists from the Decentralized Department of Culture of Cusco (DDC Cusco).
The director of the DDC, Maritza Rosa Candia, was the one who gave the excellent news and mentioned that the Inca Trail network is in optimal conditions. This is in accordance with a technical file and the work articulated with the National Service of Areas Protected by the State (Sernanp).
In addition, she maintained that the security for the access of local, national and foreign visitors is guaranteed and stressed that it is necessary to take the services of a formal tourism agency to make use of and undertake the exciting journey.
“The works consisted of preparing drains for rainwater, protecting wall heads, stairway protection, retaining walls, cutting vegetation, everything that concerns us and we have already concluded as a culture,” she mentioned.
The evaluation of some vulnerable places where rockfalls can be recorded is still being carried out. This is to protect the lives of visitors. “We have to assure our visitors, where they can stop, where not, where they can rest,” she said. “Culture does the heritage preservation work and the Sernanp the natural part of the sanctuary,” she stressed.
Why Wasas the Inca Trail Closed?
The closure of this pre-Hispanic road network was closed due to maintenance. The works consisted in the cleaning and maintenance of walls, enclosures, stairways, fountains, canals and internal spaces of the archaeological monuments located throughout the network, such as Patallaqta, Sayacmarca, Phuyupatamarca, Wiñaywayna, Intipunku, among others.
Cleaning work was also carried out on cobbled paths, ditches, stone and wooden pontoons, handrails, rest areas, restrooms, the signaling system and the Huayllabamba, Pacaymayo Alto and Wiñay Wayna camps.