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Lima's Cathedral - Lima
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Lima, March 31st, 2010

ANDINA.- The people of the district of Machu Picchu, also known as Aguas Calientes, will offer a special welcome to the first visitors who arrive tomorrow to the reopening of the Inca citadel, the mayor Edgar Miranda reported.

In declarations to Andina news agency, he highlighted that school children dressed with typical clothes and balloons, besides from music bands and dance groups, will welcome the travelers.

The reception will begin at the train station and continue to the bus stop where the buses go up the citadel. The first train will arrive a little after 09:00 hours (14:00 GMT).

The mayor said that the visit of Lima’s authorities is expected as well as the presence of US actress Susan Sarandon, whom might be offered an appreciation for her contribution in the reactivation of tourism, if the circumstances allow it.

Miranda indicated that there are already tourists in the town waiting for the reopening of Machu Picchu. “There are cases of hotels with an occupancy rate of 50 percent. Tourism has started to move again”.

(© Andina)


Lima, February 16th, 2010

Minister of Foreign trade and Tourism of Peru, announced today that the Inca citadel of Machu Picchu, whose access was temporarily closed due the rains, will be opened again to the national and foreign tourists from next April 1st. “We hope to receive from April 1st. the millions of tourists that always have come”, said while emphasizing the advances in the restoration of the railway line by the concessionaire of the route.

Also, he said that right now is not possible to offer visits to Machu Picchu because the connectivity repair is not finished yet, and affirmed that the Inca citadel keep intact, as it was informed by the agency Andina.

Lima, February 4th, 2010

Is internationally known about the heavy and abnormal rains that occurs at the south of Peru, the personal and material damages and floods that have caused this. So, due the incorrect and non exactly information that some press produced, we prefer to inform the following:

First at all, this confusion was caused due the similar name between the town or city and the province or department name.

Machu Picchu:

The Inca citadel of Machu Picchu and Historic Sanctuary of Machu Picchu, has no damage and continue in perfect conditions.

The Machu Picchu town (Aguas calientes) has no considerable damages caused by the rains, that's why the touristic infrastructure: hotels, restaurants, train station, are 100% operatives.

All the tourists; more than 4,000 who were at the Machu Picchu town during the moment of the damages at the railway, and became non communicated with Cuzco, have been flown out by Peruvian Air Force and Police and assisted by authorities of Peruvian State. This evacuation under the hard geographical conditions and bad weather conditions were praised by representatives of Foreign Diplomatic in Peru.

The only way to get Machu Picchu is by train. A section of the railway was destroyed by the river waters, and so this service was suspended until middle of March, 2010, estimated date of restoration of the train service and beginning of tourist access to Machu Picchu.

Tourist accessibility to Machu Picchu by the Inca trail (trekking) will probably be restored at the ends of February.


The city of Cuzco has no damages or floods due rains. The affected places are towns inside the department of Cuzco situated at the highest zones of the Andean mountain range.

Operations of touristic services in Cuzco city are normal and all visitors can make all the tours to the main attractions totally normal.

Flights from and to Cuzco operates normally. Land transport by bus to Cuzco is also normal.

Puno and Lake Titicaca:

Puno city has not been affected by the rains. Damages and floods were produced at far away towns of the Andean mountains high zones of Puno department.

All the touristic services in Puno city, which is the main access to Titicaca lake, are normally operated. Flights and land transport from/to Puno operate normally.

The “Virgen de la Candelaria” Feast fest will be celebrated normally. (2nd week February)

We are sorry about passengers who planned a visit to Peru before middle of March and could not visit Machu Picchu, but Peru has other wonders to offer and we invite to visit them.

After March 15, is estimated to be restored the railway to Machu Picchu and so the train service and visits to Machu Picchu will be operative.