After a rocky few months of political turmoil in the country and being closed for 25 days, Machu Picchu is finally and officially reopening its “doors” as of this past February 15th, 2023. Peru had been mired down in political protests since late 2022, which eventually led to the Machu Picchu archeological site closing down on January 21st, 2023 for the safety of tourists as protestors were frequently blocking major travel routes. There was even a state of emergency announced in Peru at one point.
The official reopening of the Inca citadel was revealed by the Ministry of Culture of Peru on Valentine’s Day:
#Comunicado | 📢 El Ministerio de Cultura, a través de la Dirección Desconcentrada de Cultura de Cusco, se dirige a la opinión pública para informar lo siguiente: pic.twitter.com/VOYZFQg2rg— Ministerio de Cultura (@MinCulturaPe) February 15, 2023
…And this means that we can run Machu Picchu tours again! We’re so looking forward to taking you to see this Wonder of the World.
- Is Machu Picchu open for tourists?
Yes! Machu Picchu officially reopened as of February 15th, 2023.
- Do I need a tour guide for Machu Picchu?
Technically, yes. The Ministry of Culture of Peru formally requires that you need a tour guide to enter the Machu Picchu archeological site, but the rule isn't always enforced. We've personally seen tourists enter the site without a tour guide, but it's a gamble.
- How long does it take to tour Machu Picchu?
A typical Machu Picchu tour takes 2-3 hours.
- How much is a tour of Machu Picchu?
Our Machu Picchu tours range from US$350-430 per person depending on whether you're looking for Machu Picchu tours in One Day (which can be super tiring but can fit within nearly any schedule) or the 2 Day Tour of Machu Picchu. You can also combine Machu Picchu with other local tours, such as our most popular tour, the Machu Picchu-Sacred Valley 2-Day Tour.