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Machu Picchu Is Finally Reopening and Flights From the US Are Restarting

Peru News
by Eben Diskin Nov 2, 2020

One of the most popular archaeological sites in the world is reopening to visitors next month. After closing to the public in March due to the pandemic, Machu Picchu is finally reopening on November 1 at 30 percent capacity. The famous Incan citadel will admit a maximum of 675 people each day in groups of eight (seven guests plus one guide).

To make it feasible for people to actually visit, Peru is planning to reestablish flight schedules from cities in the United States, Mexico, and Central and South America. This past Sunday, Peru restarted flights to and from 25 major cities including Los Angeles, New York, Atlanta, Miami, Houston, Orlando, Toronto, Buenos Aires, Mexico City, and Sao Paulo.

To enter Peru and bypass quarantine, travelers must show proof of a negative PCR test taken no more than 72 hours before arrival.

All visitors to Machu Picchu will have their temperatures checked upon entry, groups must stay six feet apart from one another, and masks will be required. Trains and buses to the entrance will also operate at just 50 percent capacity. Visitors must purchase tickets in advance, and are selling quickly. Tickets through November 14 already sold out, in approximately two days.

A version of this article was previously published on October 29, 2020, and was updated on November 2, 2020, with more information.

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