Landslide Closes Road to Machu Picchu
Two landslides have blocked the main road to Machu Picchu. The landslides have disrupted the bus service that transports visitors from Machu Picchu Town (Aguas Calientes) to the ancient citadel.
Currently buses are transporting visitors to the point of the first landslide. Visitors then have to walk to the other side of the second landslide to catch a bus the remainder of the way to Machu Picchu. According to the government website, this walk takes approximately an hour.
Thanks to the ingenious engineering of the Inca people, Machu Picchu has not been damaged by the heavy rains.
The Peruvian Army is maintaining a safe route for visitors to walk and strategizing on how best to re-open the road.
Machu Picchu District Health Center personnel have set up tents along the route and are providing first aid to travelers as needed.
The first bus to Machu Picchu in the morning is currently delayed until 9:30 a.m. Peru Rail has delayed departure of their trains to coordinate with the bus schedule.
If you are planning to make the walk to Machu Picchu, dress for rain and mud. Waterproof hiking boots, a poncho, and waterproof hiking pants can help keep you dry. Use Ziploc bags to protect your camera and cell phone.
January is the rainy season in the Cusco area of Peru. During this time, torrential rains and landslides are common.If you want to improve your chances of avoiding rain, plan your trip between the months of May and September.