Why the Inca Trail Is Not Open in February

Considered one of the 5 best treks in the world, it may come as a surprise to find out that the Inca Trail is closed for an entire month every year. Below we answer a few of the most popular questions around the Inca Trail’s annual closing.

Why Is the Inca Trail Closed in February?

This measure began in 2002 when the Inca Trail and 18 other archaeological sites along its route were closed for proper maintenance and cleaning. Work is done to the trail, terraces, and campsites all month long. At the start of March, the trail reopens.

Another reason the Inca Trail is closed in February is due to the rain. February is usually the rainiest month of the season. For safety reasons and for the protection of the trail, travelers are prohibited to trek it.

Does Machu Picchu Also Close During This Month?

No, Machu Picchu remains open year round. Therefore, it’s just a matter of picking an alternative route to get to this renowned wonder of the world during the month of February. You can take the train from Cusco or Ollantaytambo or pick an alternative trek to Machu Picchu.

What Are the Trekking Alternatives to the Inca Trail in February?

If you’ll be visiting Machu Picchu in the month of February and wish to trek to it, you have a couple of other options beyond the Inca Trail.

  1. The Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu
  2. The Ancascocha Trek to Machu Picchu

Although the Inca Trail closes every February, there are a number of great alternative routes and ways to get to the citadel of Machu Picchu. For this reason, there’s no excuse to not visit this ancient wonder of the modern world.

For more information about how to visit Machu Picchu during the month of February (or any time!), don’t hesitate to contact us at explorandes.com.

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