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Landslide Forces Early Closure of Machu Picchu’s Inca Trail

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by Eben Diskin Feb 7, 2020

A landslide at the end of last month forced the closure of the popular Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. The trail typically closes in February for annual maintenance, but the deadly landslide, which killed one and injured two others, caused the trail’s early closure.

The trail will reopen to visitors on March 1, 2020, after needed maintenance has been performed.

According to Peruvian newspaper La República, the man killed in the landslide was Esteban Huamán Pérez, who was working as a porter. The landslide was precipitated by heavy rains, in a section of the trail about 500 feet from the Pacaymayo Alto Camp.

The closure doesn’t mean you won’t be able to visit the ruins, however. During the February closure, the ruins will still be accessible by train.

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