Considered one of the 5 best walking tours in the world, the Inca Trail to the Inca Citadel of Machu Picchu, is closed in February of each year as part of the regulation of this archaeological site and by arrangement of the institutions in charge of its administration such as the Ministry of Foreign Trade and Tourism. Therefore, if you want to do the classic tour, the 4-day Inca Trail or the fast 2-day Inca Trail, it simply is NOT possible during this period.
Why is the Inca Trail closed in February?
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.
What to do when the Inca Trail is closed:
Given this resolution, tourists who wish to make this adventure tour, can make their reservations in advance for other months of the year 2019 with the exception of February; You can usually make your reservations in advance for the months of March 2019 to January 2019.
Will Machu Picchu also be closed?
On the other hand, you must bear in mind that this temporary closure does NOT affect visits to Machu Picchu; so you can visit this World Wonder any day of February 2019, but through one of its alternative routes such as tours to Machu Picchu via train or alternative adventure tours to the Inca Trail as it is important to remember that the latter remains closed all this month.
Travel alternatives to the Inca Trail:
For the month of February 2019, you can also choose other alternatives that we offer in adventure tours: the 4-day and 3-night Inca Jungle Tour that combines bicycling and hiking or the 5-day and 4-night Salkantay walking tour.
In case you do not like the adventure, you can also choose between one of the tours by train and enjoy the way to one of the 7 Wonders of the Modern World in a different way: you can do the tour to Machu Picchu in 1 full day or the tour to Machu Picchu for 2 days with overnight in the town of Aguas Calientes.