Perus Machu Picchu site to reopen; rail service partly restored

Perus Machu Picchu site to reopen; rail service partly restored










The ancient Inca citadel of Machu Picchu, a top tourist attraction in Peru, will reopen Thursday after being shut by landslides and flooding in January, officials said. But visitors will need to combine bus and train travel to get to the area because only part of the rail line has been restored. And authorities are discouraging hikers from using the Inca Trail because bridges may be unsafe.

The ruins themselves were undamaged by the weather-related disaster, according to PromPeru North America, an organization that promotes tourism to Peru.

Until rail repairs are finished, visitors will need to take a bus from Cuzco, a tourist hub and gateway city to Machu Picchu, to Piscacucho, a trip of more than two hours. From there, they can take a 90-minute train ride on PeruRail to Machu PIcchu Town (also known as Aguas Calientes), at the base of the historic site, and then take a 30-minute bus ride up to the mountaintop.

For updates, check the PromPeru website.

– Jane Engle, assistant Los Angeles Times Travel editor

Photo: Ancient ruins of Machu Picchu in Peru in June 2007. Credit: Eitan Abramovich / AFP/Getty Images

By LA Times

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