Is Machu Picchu open to tourists?

tourist at machu picchu

When the tourism sector was recovering, the new sanitary measures to contain the second wave of COVID-19 once again truncates its reactivation, with the closure of the archaeological centers. In response, the Regional Government of Cusco requested that the Executive Branch rescind this measure, which will remain in effect until February 14.

The multiple official letters are addressed to the heads of the Ministries of Culture, Environment, as well as Foreign Trade and Tourism. The document requests the suspension of the temporary closure of the Machupicchu archeological park and others. The request is made to continue with the reactivation of tourism in the region.

The document emphasizes that in order for tourism to resume operations, prevention and care actions were implemented to avoid contagion. They refer that control actions were reinforced not only at the entrance to the archeological centers but also at the air and land terminals.

From that date on, we hope that it will open again, but it should be noted that Machu Picchu in 2021 will be open normally and with new rules for the care of Covid – 19

The protocols are as follows for entry into the country:

Prior to boarding the flight, all passengers must show proof of a negative Covid-19 molecular test. The test must be administered within 72 hours of boarding an international flight. IF YOU ARRIVE WITHOUT IT, YOU WILL BE IMMEDIATELY PUT ON A FLIGHT HOME.
Masks must be worn at all times inside the airport and on the aircraft.
During the flight, all passengers must wear a plastic face shield.
International travelers arriving in Peru, once landed, must sign an affidavit swearing that they are arriving in good health and will be quarantined upon arrival at their destination in Peru.
Any traveler arriving in Peru with symptoms of Covid-19 must report their symptoms to the state to be monitored and quarantined for 14 days.
According to the new rule, all persons entering from international flights must quarantine for 14 days.

Can children under 12 years old enter Machu Picchu?

The llaqta or Inca city of Machupicchu will receive a greater number of visitors by increasing the capacity that existed when it was decided to reopen its doors in the middle of the sanitary emergency.
Due to the good results and the fulfillment of the biosecurity measures, the Ministry of Culture, through the Decentralized Direction of Cusco, decided to increase the capacity of the millenary city of Machupicchu, so from tomorrow a total of 1116 visitors per day will be able to enter. It should be remembered that since it was closed, 675 visitors were admitted, which was equivalent to 30% of the total capacity.

On the other hand, the entrance of children under 12 years of age is now authorized, so that children can visit Machupicchu, starting tomorrow, with their parents or relatives. Children under three years of age do not require a ticket to enter the Machu Picchu.
During the visit, all visitors must comply with the biosecurity protocol. That is, with hand disinfection, social distancing, and the permanent use of the mask, covering nose and mouth.

Official Communiqué of Machu Picchu

Cusco, December 2020 official website of Machu Picchu Picchu
On November 30, the capacity for visits to Machupicchu was increased. Thus, new free spaces for visitors were enabled on the website, increasing the admission capacity from 675 to 1116 visitors per day.
Those who wish to visit Machupicchu must make a reservation and confirm it (through the e-mail that will be sent to the addresses they register) within a period not exceeding 48 hours for the issuance of the respective entrance tickets.
For an unforgettable experience, please note the following:
It is essential to have one ticket per person for admission.
The ticket is free, personal, and non-transferable. It is not allowed to change name, ID number, date, or time.
The ticket includes only the entrance to the Machupicchu.
Please confirm your reservation within 48 hours, otherwise, it will be automatically canceled. By confirming your reservation you accept the Terms and Conditions, the Visit Regulations, the COVID-19 Prevention Protocol, and the Contractors and Visitors Health Declaration Form (Annex 3).
Only one reservation per person is allowed until December 31, 2020.
Reserve the necessary means of transportation in advance. These services are private and do not depend on the Ministry of Culture.
Punctuality is essential. Arrive at the entrance gate of the Machupicchu at the exact time indicated on your ticket. Please note that if the entrance is in the early hours of the morning, you should arrive the day before at Machupicchu Pueblo (Aguas Calientes).
The entrance of visitors through the Ruins Bridge is a maximum of one hour and a half before the time indicated on your ticket.
To enter you must present your printed or digital ticket, along with your original identity document.
During your visit, you must comply with the biosecurity protocol: disinfection, social distancing, and the permanent use of the mask, covering nose and mouth.
Children under 12 years old can enter the Machupicchu, always with caregivers.
Only children under 3 years old do not require an entrance ticket.

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