Every year during the month of February, maintenance works are carried out on the routes of the Inca Trail. However, this does not affect the entrance to the Inca citadel of Machu Picchu. In this blog we will explain in more detail why Machu Picchu Trail will NOT be closed in February 2019! The Inca Trail is one of the best 5 walks in the world. Unfortunately, this hiking trail closes in February of each year. So, if you want to visit Machu Picchu in February, you can not enter the Inca Trail. You will have to settle for arriving by train through the Sacred Valley of the Incas of some alternative paths.
Machu Picchu Trail in February 2019:
February is one of the months of the low season in Machu Picchu. One of the reasons for the low influx of visitors is the rainy season from December to March. These rains can make the stone roads a bit slippery and the fog is constant. On the other hand, during the days of light rain you can see a landscape of Machu Picchu with few clouds and probability of rainbows. An unforgettable scene!. Remember that the famous Inca Trail Close during this month because of the climate and to maintenance the route, but Machu Picchu NEVER CLOSE.
- Why is the Inca Trail closed in February?:
As is customary since 2002, every year the Inca Trail, together with the 18 parks that are along this route, are closed in February, since the entities responsible for the Inca Trail, carry out maintenance activities, conservation and cleanliness of the place; they make a treatment to the deteriorated floors, terraces, maintenance of camping areas, cutting vegetation and everything necessary to be ready and adequate for the Inca Trail to be reopened in the month of March. One more reason to restrict entry in February, is given precisely this month in which we have the strongest rains of the season in this region. So with the purpose of taking care of the integrity of the visiting travelers, as well as that of the guides and companions, is that the Inca Trail remains closed during the entire month of February of each year.
- Machu Picchu closes in February?:
Keep in mind that the closure of the Inca Trail in February does not affect visits to Machu Picchu in any way. The sale of tickets to the 'Inca City' does not close in February. Machu Picchu remains open all year except for some emergency situation.
Best time to travel to Machu Picchu:
- THE DRY SEASON IN MACHU PICCHU
It occurs between April and October and for many, although not for all, it is the best time to travel to Machu Picchu; The sun shines all day and there is almost no rain, allowing you to perform, without much care, the treks to the mountains of Machu Picchu, to obtain the best aerial views of the Inca city with the blue sky in the background. However, you will have to take turns in the places, with many other people who chose this time to visit Machu Picchu; and in case you did not know, during the dry season, there is also the "high season of tourism", so you will have a lot of company. This season makes entrance tickets to Machu Picchu, train tickets and hotels, must be booked at least 3 months in advance. If you want experiences like the Inca Trail or the Huayna Picchu Mountain, you will have to book your deposit 6 months before.
- THE RAINFALL SEASON IN MACHU PICCHU
It occurs between November and March, and unlike what many people think, it does not rain throughout the day; What's more, the rains during this season are in the afternoon, in most cases. The Inca city of Machu Picchu can be covered with mist during this time; however, it will disappear with the passing of the morning, giving you the opportunity to see, from the mountains of Machu Picchu, how the fog dissipates over the city. As if an artist revealed his masterpiece before his eyes. Also, if you do not mind getting a little wet, you can get lower prices, discounts at hotels and many other advantages of coming to Machu Picchu in rainy weather
So, how to get to Machu Picchu in February?
As you can see, entering Machu Picchu on the Inca Trail in February is impossible. If you only have free time to visit Machu Picchu in February, you will have to arrive by train through a 2 hour trip through the Sacred Valley. Another option is to get to Machu Picchu through the alternative route of Hydroelectric. This form is longer (lasts 7 hours approximately) but more full of adventure.
Alternatives trek to the Inca Trail in February:
If you want to get to Machu Picchu walking in February, you can choose other incredible routes.
- Inca Jungle Trek:
Offers one of the most adventurous ways to get to Machu Picchu. It combines downhill biking, rafting, zip-line and hiking. The Inca Jungle Oferta is an incredible alternative tour in which you can wrap up your experience in adventure sports such as TREKKING, BIKING. It also includes some recently discovered Inca trails with archaeological remains, the wide and imposing Málaga Pass mountain, the dark green valley and the vibrant jungle basin of Santa María: The Inca Jungle Trek uses A-1 equipment and the groups are small creating an intimate experience with the natural terrain of Peru.
- Salkantay trek:
This alternative hike lasts 5 days. It crosses the imposing snowy Salkantay at 4,650 m.s. until arriving at Machu Picchu passing through Aguas Calientes.One of the most incredible ways to visit Machu Picchu is through the Salkantay trek. This 5-day and 4-night hiking route crosses the imposing Salkantay mountain and then reaches the Wonder of the World. Would you like to know Machu Picchu with this adventure surrounded by amazing landscapes? This is a great adventure! You will cross the most amazing landscapes of the Andes and you will see an extremely pretty landscape with mountains. Besides that you are going to experience some different habitats and surroundings, such as mountain peaks covered with snow and you will enjoy the rainforest.
- Lares Trek:
This trek has many variations. The starting point is the town of Lares in Cusco. After 4 days of hiking, you will arrive at Machu Picchu.The Lares trek is an alternative road to Machu Picchu for 4 days and 3 nights, which runs through high Andean landscapes inhabited by Quechua peoples. This adventure tour is also known as the Weavers Circuit because during its journey, you learn the technique of ancestral yarn in the native peoples.It is an adventure through the Sacred Valley of the Incas Passing through the rich pastoral regions of the Urubamba mountain range we cross snowy peaks and subtropical valleys, along the trip we enjoy scenic lagoons, natural thermal baths, Inca remains. Because it is a remote place, the area has allowed its people to preserve traditions of llama and alpaca wool, the cultivation of potatoes, and the weaving of colorful handmade garments with Inca motifs. This tour is experiential because you can see up close the customs and experiences of the Andean people.
Other destinations to visit in February:
During the days of February, the most traditional neighborhoods of Cusco and the entire Andean region dress up as part of the carnival. This month is perfect for travelers who want to experience Peruvian culture to the fullest. Do not miss a fun trip in Peru enjoying these destinations:
- 1 Day Tour in the Sacred Valley of the Incas. On this tour you will visit the most important towns in this valley: Pisac, Urubamba, Ollantaytambo and Chinchero. During your visit you will be able to see the nearby archaeological remains and artisanal markets. Spend a day of carnival in Pisac or Urubamba and be part of the culture of Cusco!
- Half day tour in Cusco. A visit to the archaeological remains closest to the city of Cusco as well as the colonial vestiges of the Cathedral of Cusco and the Temple of Santo Domingo - Qoricancha.