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Coronavirus and catastrophic glacier

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Coronavirus and catastrophic glacier

Peru Travel Advisory Update  

Peru is stopped for the Coronavirus. The Martin Vizcarra president´s declared the close the country’s frontiers and quarantine, effective March 16 until May 10th 2020.


In the moment the Dircetur, PromPeru and Ministry of Tourism Peru are put forwarding to the government the new regulation and project of the tourism in Peru. They want to open the country on the 15th May for the all travelers from Peruvian and foreigners. During this re-open, the Promperu will offers the travel deals and promotion in the hotels, restaurant and trips.


The Machu Picchu and Inca Trail are most important tourist attraction of Peru. The responsibility to check these attractions is the Ministry of Culture (MInisterio de Cultura Cusco). In this moment is closed and maybe the Ministry of Culture will open on May 15th. Just we have to hope that the quarantine does not last longer.


It's very important that Machu Picchu is open. because travelers could visit the lost city of the Incas. They can decide to take the alternative hikes such as Salkantay Trek, Inca Quarry, Inca Jungle, Lares trek and others. Because the Inca Trail is sold out until to September 2020.


The Salkantay trail had a problem on February (Read below). But the local people are repairing the trail. Maybe its re-open on finish of May.


Coronavirus Machu Picchu Travel FAQs

Machu Picchu Tickets

Machu Picchu and Huayna Picchu tickets are the top seller of Peru. The traveler booked in advance these tickets, becuase There are limits. Today. The Huayna Picchu and Machu Picchu are closed during this quarentine. Its n´t possible to visit Machu Picchu or to climb up to Huayna Picchu. 



I booked the Machu Picchu tickets. How can I do?

If you booked the ticket by yourself.

I recommend to send an email to Ministery of Culture ( There you can send your information about your cancellation or postpone your trip for the next trip to Peru. In case you want to cancel your Machu Picchu tickets, the Ministery of Culture will refund the without commision bank transfer and operations.


If you booked the ticket by Tour Operator

The local tour operator will prepare a letter with a list of the travelers. In this list is mentined who is changing and cancellation. If you cancel your service, usually the local operator will refund without commision bank transfer. Usually all local tour operator have the Corononvirus (COVID-19) Policy Cancellation


I booked the Inca Trail. How can I do?

The Inca Trail is not refunded, usually if you want to cancel, the Local Tour Operator will require to find the new travelers and then they need to change the name and date of the Inca Trail. we can recommend to postpone your trip for this year available or the next year. you can choose the best option date for your hike.


The Inca Trail is sold out until to September. there are only spaces available on the October, November, December and next year.


I booked the Inca Trail on March, April and May. How can I do?

If you booked your Inca Trail to starting on March, April and May; you can´t arrival. I recommend to think, when do you want to start the hike. The Ministery of Culture sent the new regulation of the Inca Trail. you can modificated the name or date until to December 31st 2021


If you booked the Salkantay Trek. How I can do?

The Salkantay is closed, we have to wait that finishing this quarantine. Once over. You can rebook your Salkantay. we recommend to choose the best time for your hike. you can decide 3 week before the trek. If you want to refund of the Salkantay. Usully the local tour operator will refund without commision bank transfer and operations.


Is it safety to travel Peru? Coronavirus.


There are four travel advisory levels:

  • Level 4 - Do not travel;
  • Level 3 - Reconsider travel;
  • Level 2 - Exercise increased caution;
  • Level 1 - Exercise normal precautions.

In Peru are Level 4: Do Not Travel (Global Health Advisory). Avoid all international travel due to the global impact of COVID-19. Exercise normal precautions in Peru. Some areas have increased risk.


  • Sustained community spread of respiratory illness caused by the novel (new) coronavirus (COVID-19) is occurring globally. Some countries have widespread sustained spread.
  • Older adults and people of any age with serious chronic medical conditions are at increased risk for severe disease and should consider postponing nonessential travel.
  • Travelers should avoid contact with sick people and wash their hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
  • Travelers should monitor their health and limit interactions with others for 14 days after returning from travel.
  • Travelers that are sick with fever, cough, or have trouble breathing should stay home and call ahead before seeking medical care


In Peru, with 15,628 cases, President Martin Vizcarra said gatherings of more than 300 people would be banned and extended the suspension of school to universities and colleges. The Andean nation said later in the day it would suspend flights from Europe and Asia.


SALKANTAY Breaking News


A catastrophic glacier collapse and mudflow in Salkantay, Peru

On 23 February 2020 (corrected – this was erroneously reported as 24 February 2020) an enormous, catastrophic debris flow tore down the Salkantay River in Santa Teresa, Peru. This event has killed at least four people, with a further 22 reported to be missing. Given the magnitude of the flow, this number is probably uncertain.


A mudflow on this scale usually requires an extraordinary cause. Diario Correo in Peru has an explanation – this event was caused by glacial collapse on Salkantay mountain. This hypothesis is proposed by Oscar Vilca Gómez, who the article describes as a specialist in Hydrology and Glaciology. He visited the site site of the detachment as part of a research team from the National Institute for Glacier Research of the Ministry of Environment. They propose that an ice / rock avalanche detached from the mountain, crossed the Salkantay Cocha lake, and generated the huge debris flow.


In first inspection this appears to be a wedge failure in the rock mass that has fragmented to generate the rock / ice avalanche. The photographer appears to be standing on the landslide deposit.


Is it safe to hike to Salkantay?

All travellers booked the Salkantay trek in advance, but this catastrophic, everything its changing. Its closed the trail between to Soraypampa - Salkantaypampa - Chaullay - Colcapampa - La Playa - Llactapata Inca Trail or Santa Teresa - Machu Picchu. There are irresponsible tour operator are offer this trail, but it's dangerous, because between to Colcapampa to  Santa Teresa, you need to crosses the river and mountains. There are not bridges.


The Salkantay Trek Machu Tour Operator are offers the alternative hike to the Salkantay Mountain. This trail is startiong from Soraypampa (Salkantay Mountain) to finishing on the Inca Trail (km 82). There you will take the train to Aguas Calientes and spend a night, the next day, you can take a shuttle bus to Machu Picchu and guided tour in the lost city of the Incas. In the afternoon you will return to Cusco. This name for this alternative is 5 Day Salkantay Trek Expedition. You didn´t loose the most beautiful of the sacred valley and the flora and fauna.


The others alternative hike is 4 Day Lares Trek, 4 Day Inca Quarry or Huchuyqosqo Trail 4 Days.


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