Machu Picchu Will Finally Reopen To Tourists on April 1
It's already been almost two months since out of control flood waters washed away the main routes for accessing the remote Inca ruins site of Machu Picchu, in Peru. But today, the Peruvian Minister of Tourism has announced that the UNESCO World Heritage site will reopen to tourists on April 1, 2010, barring any other weather delays.
Since the heavy rainfall of January caused the nearby Vilcanota River to tumultuously overrun its banks and take out rail lines and roads, stranding thousands and thousands of tourists in the small town of Aguas Calientes for days before being evacuated by helicopter, tourism to the country has been severely impacted. Airlines that fly many visitors to Peru, like Delta, offered one-time ticket changes for people postponing trips, and many with booked package tours were issued refunds or change waivers.
On the bright side, although the country of Peru lost many millions per day in tourist dollars during this visitor drought, the quiet up at Machu Picchu allowed 450 official tour guides to be in Cusco for additional training. Now just because they are reopening the area in almost two weeks doesn't mean you should rush down there ASAP. We'd wait until services are completely back to normal, and we'd try to avoid the inevitable rush of delayed vacationers who will be heading down first.
· How Long Will Machu Picchu Be Out of Reach for Tourists? [Jaunted]
· Ancient Inca Ruins to Reopwn April 1st, 2010 [PRWeb]
· Some 450 Tour Guides from Cusco trained during closure of Machu Picchu [Andina]
· Peru Travel news [Jaunted]
[Photo: Living in Perui]