Can Machu Picchu be visited during the pandemic?

visit machu picchu during the pandemic

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If you want to visit Machu Picchu during the pandemic, you may wonder whether it is open or closed. The Covid situation has altered many travel plans, and although little by little it seems that everything is returning to normal, it is a slow process and above all, different in each country.

Can you visit Machu Picchu?

Since the beginning of the Covid 19 pandemic in Peru, Machu Picchu closed twice. It reopened its doors in November 2020 and in March of this year, until now.

So the answer is yes, you can visit Machu Picchu during the pandemic, taking into account the prevention and hygiene measures required in the majority of spaces open to the public.

Aerial views from Machu Picchu during the pandemic

COVID measures in Machu Picchu

The capacity for admission to Machu Picchu during the pandemic season is limited and only people with a valid entrance ticket can enter, according to the date and time shown on the ticket.

Until May 30, the maximum capacity of the archaeological site will be 40% . This means that almost 900 travelers will be able to enjoy the Inca monument. .

Approximately, every hour there will be 100 travelers discovering this part of Cusco over the The Sacred Valley of the Incas.

The temperature will be taken prior to entry and visitors registering more than 99.5ºF (37.5°C ) or higher will not be allowed to enter the site. The groups will have a maximum of 8 (7 visitors and a guide) and the visit has a maximum duration of 4 hours.

Requirements for travelers

  • It is suggested to maintain a minimum distance of 1.5 meters between visitors, and for groups, at least 20 meters.
  • The use of a mask is obligatory during the entire visit to Machu Picchu.

Hikes available to Machu Picchu during the pandemic

You can currently do different treks in and around Machu Picchu. From exploring The Sacred Valley of the Incas in small groups to ending up in Machu Picchu.

Travel to Machu Picchu and The Sacred Valley

The Machu Picchu and The Sacred Valley 2-day trip is a traveler’s favorite.

The first day is the outward journey to Machu Picchu and you visit different areas of the Sacred Valley: the archaeological site of Pisac, the market, and the fortress of Ollantaytambo.

On the second day you will visit Machu Picchu with a guided tour and free time to discover the magic of the Incas yourself.

Sacred Valle tour from Machu Picchu to Pisac

Visit Salkantay Trek during the pandemic

During the Salkantay Trek you can enjoy the famous Peruvian snow-capped mountain Salkantay and Machu Picchu.

The duration of this route is 4 days and it is sure to fly by. If you do it you will surely want to come back.

During the route you will feel far away from everything and close to the Andean communities. In addition, you will be able to enjoy beautiful and varied landscapes.

You can always enjoy 1 more day in this natural beauty with the Salkantay trek 5 days.

a person and a mule in Salkantay trek

Visit Machu Picchu during the pandemic in one day

If what you are looking for is the fastest way to discover the lost city of the Incas, the Machu Picchu tour in one day is the most successful option.

In a short time you will be able to visit Aguas Calientes and enjoy all the surrounding landscapes thanks to the train ride. Of course there will be professional guide in the Inca City and free time to enjoy with your or your travel companions.

Inca Jungle- Machu Picchu

If you are a person who likes adrenaline, sports and adventures, the Inca Jungle- Machu Picchu tour offers you what you are looking for.

With this tour you can discover the City of the Incas and do hiking, downhill biking and even adventure sports.

These 4 days will be unforgettable! There is no more original route to enjoy the Inca Jungle and Machu Picchu.

 person during Inca Jungle- Machu Picchu trek

Now that you know that Machu Picchu is open and you can do different treks, always with the appropriate safety measures, what are you waiting for? All you need to do is plan your trip and pack your backpack.


Lucia's life motto is "go with the flow". She lets herself go with the flow and joins any plan.

She has been lucky enough to travel to many different places, but her perfect trip is any place with sun, sand and sea. Indecisive by nature, she would not know how to choose between the Canary Islands or the Balearic Islands in Spain, or between Mexican and Peruvian food. Maybe that's why she will never say no to a trip... She has to find answers!

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