Is Machu Picchu Open New Year’s Day?
Yes, Machu Picchu is open New Year’s Day!
I can’t think of a more special way to celebrate the New Year than with a visit to the sacred citadel. And, neither can many others.
Be aware the site limits the number of daily visitors to 2,500. This includes hikers entering through the Sun Gate from the Inca Trail. Also, Aguas Calientes, the pueblo that sits at the base of Machu Picchu, has limited hotel space.
And, as of this writing, only 6 Peru Rail trains leave early enough on New Year’s Day to arrive in time for you to explore Machu Picchu that day. Inca Rail has not published its train schedules beyond December 31, 2012, but they generally run fewer trains.
In other words, if you haven’t yet arranged your New Year’s celebration at Machu Picchu, now is the time to do so.
If you are looking for a truly memorable way to celebrate the New Year, we have a llama trek that includes a traditional dinner and an offering with a shaman on New Year’s Eve as well as a visit to Machu Picchu on New Year’s Day.
Availability is limited. So, please contact us for details if you may be interested in joining this trek.