Machu Picchu will be closed for all tourist for 3 days starting today (January 25th, 2010). This closing is the result of the intense rains that had been falling over Cusco and many areas in Peru in the last days prompting government entities to declare a State of Emergency for all Cusco.
The Machu Picchu railroad routes are currently blocked by landslides caused by rains and the many tourists, around two thousand, stranded in hotels and train stations will be evacuated by helicopter.
PeruRail said in a press release that the mud has covered part of the railroad tracks near the town of Huaracondo, forcing the company to suspend the route Cusco to Machu Picchu.
PeruRail has stated that is waiting for the landslides to stop to proceed with cleaning and resume full service.
Weather forecast for Cusco remains the same:
Lows: 7.5 – 8 C (46 F)
Highs: 16.5 – 17 C (60 F)
Overcast to cloudy with light rain.
You can call Machu Picchu’s train station used by PeruRail, train traveler provider servicing Cusco, Machu Picchu, Valle Sagrado, at this number:
Machu Picchu train station:
Opening hours 05:00hs to 21:30hs from Monday to Sunday
Phone: ++51 – 84 – 211208
PeruRail’s Cusco Office (Reservations)
Av. Pachacutec – Wanchaq Train Station
Tel: +51 84 581414
Fax: 51 84 222 114
If you made your reservation through Orient Express you can call the numbers above too.