Machu Picchu to Reopen April 1

Travel Blog  •  Eva Holland  •  02.18.10 | 1:29 PM ET


The Peruvian Times is reporting that the iconic site will once again be open to tourists April 1—the first time since last month’s devastating floods. The story also hints at a new approach for Peruvian tourism going forward. Said the president of the Cusco region: “This disaster should give us an opportunity to redesign the tourism activity, we can’t focus everything on Machu Picchu.” (Via @laurably)

Eva Holland is co-editor of World Hum. She is a former associate editor at Up Here and Up Here Business magazines, and a contributor to Vela. She's based in Canada's Yukon territory.

3 Comments for Machu Picchu to Reopen April 1

John Cooper 02.18.10 | 10:39 PM ET

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Worldwide travel recommendations 02.19.10 | 10:59 PM ET

Good to see that Machu Pichu will re-open this quickly, though there’s still lots of good reason to wait a few months before heading down there (e.g. the weather will be better around June; and businesses, transportation and other services should be getting closer to normal).

Ruth@Exodus 02.26.10 | 10:17 AM ET

I am glad to see Machu Pichu will re-open too, but as the president of the Cusco region said there is much more to see in Peru, such as the Cordillera Blanca and Lake Titicaca for example.

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