The Inca Trail to Machu Picchu is considered one of the top 5 trekking tours in the world, that is why most travelers decide to do the hike all around the year, except in February. You know the Inca Trail closes in February each year as part of its regulations for maintenance and to develop conservation projects; therefore, if you are planning on doing the Classic Inca Trail in 4 days or the Short/Fast Inca Trail in 2 days in 2018, it will simply NOT be possible during this period in February. So CLICK here to SEE the availability of the Inca Trail for other months in 2018.
Why the Inca Trail is closed in February 2018?
One reason for the Inca Trail to be closed in February is that every year during the closed month of February, the entities responsible of the administration of the Inca Trail which leads to Machu Picchu are in charge of developing works of maintenance for ensuring the safety of hikers, as well as the well-being of the trail itself. So cleaning of the beautiful paths and places along, treating of the damaged floors, arrangement of terraces, maintaining camping areas, cutting of vegetation, and other kind of activities needed to make it ready and suitable for the Inca Trail to reopen in March 2018 are held every year in February.
Another reason for the restriction of the access to the Inca Trail in February is given because of the rainy season. This month (February) is actually when we have the heaviest rains in this region. So, also in order to guard the integrity of travelers as well as guides, cooks, porters, and the rest of the staff who make possible your Inca Trail adventure, the Trail closes during this month.
Given the resolution of the Trail closure during February, tourists who want to take part of this great adventure can make their advance bookings for other months of the year except for February. Travelers can make their reservations in advance for the months of March 2018 and ahead until January 2019.
Which other tours can I choose?
Also, instead of hiking the Inca Trail in February 2018, tourists can choose our alternative hiking tours: The Inca Jungle of 4 days and 3 nights combining bike ride and hike as well as the tour of Salkantay Trek to MachuPicchu in 5 days and 4 nights. On the other hand, whether you do NOT like adventure tours, you can still get to visit Machu Picchu by choosing one of the tours by Train and have the chance to enjoy the magic of one of the Best 7 Wonders of the Modern World: You can make the Tour of Machu Picchu in 1 Full day or the Tour of Machu Picchu in 2 days with an overnight in Aguas Calientes to the foot of MachuPicchu.
So, NO matter which your choice for 2018 is, we invite you to contact our travel experts who will be glad to be contacted and they will answer all of your questions; we will provide the information you need to make your planning easier for your next 2018 holiday in Peru.
IMPORTANT 1: The admission of tourists to the Inca citadel of Machu Picchu is opened 365 days a year including February, so NO WORRIES! If you want to travel and visit MachuPicchu through any of the other means (by train or through the alternative trails) in February 2018, you can do so since it does NOT close all year round. The Inca Trail closure does not affect the Inca Citadel of MachuPicchu.
IMPORTANT 2: On the other hand, keep in mind that NOT Machu Picchu Archaeological Group, but the mountains of Machu Picchu and Huayna Picchu are already programmed to close for the first time in April 2016. They both will close in an alternate way, 15 days each during April this year.