Machu Picchu is officially reopening to visitors after closure

Guess who’s back, back again? Machu’s back! Tell a friend.

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Not even a month after Peru’s Mach Picchu closed to all visitors on January 21st, the famed ruins have plans to reopen this week despite ongoing anti-government protests in the country.

The escalation of anti-government protests following the impeachment of then-President Pedro Castillo in December of 2022 resulted in widespread civil unrest and conflict between police and protestors, leaving the Culture of Ministry no choice but to close the ruins to ensure tourists’ safety. 

Cusco, where Machu Picchu is located, has been the center of protests until recently, as protests shift to the capital of Lima and other regions in the south.

When does Machu Picchu officially reopen? 

As of February 15, tourists will be allowed to visit the Inca citadel again, with 2,500 visitors allowed daily.

While Machu Picchu’s reopening might appeal to travelers, caution is still advised. The US Department of State suggests reconsidering your trip to Peru and, in some regions, avoiding travel altogether as these protests continue.

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