Inca Trail closed in February for maintenance

Monday January 26, 2015
Inca Trail closed in February for maintenance

It’s almost February and that means that the most famous trek of South America, the Inca Trail to the lost city of the Inca’s, Machu Picchu, will be closing soon. Every year in February, the trail will be closed due to maintenance, cleaning and conversation activities. As February is rainy season in Cusco closing the trail prevents erosion of paths and gives the wildflife the opportunity to recover.

Over 60 professionals from Cusco will be working along the trail of 43 kilometers, according to the officials of the Archeological Park of Machu Pichu. Not only will growing vegetation be cut and will the Machu Picchu terraces be maintained, but the work will also include assesment of rainwater drainage system in affected zones and other activities in this sacred place in Peru, full of culture and history. The archeological sites and monuments along the trail will be preserved as well. The Inca Trail connects important Inca ruins such as Runcuracay, Sayacmarca, Wiña Wayna and others.

Cusco, Machu Picchu, the Inca Trail draw many people from all over the world; over 70,000 people do the Inca Trail Trek every year.

Access to the Inca trail is controlled by the National Institute of Culture (the INC), the governmental body that manages all historic sites in Peru. Only authorized trekking companies in Cusco are allowed to sell and operate this beautiful trek. It’s important travelers in Peru book with a reputable trekking company that has the permits. Most trekkers prefer the four day Inca Trail, also called the Classic Trail, but there is also a two day trek.

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