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Inca Trail to Machu Picchu CLOSED throughout FEBRUARY 2024

Reasons behind the closure of the Inca Trail in February

Considered one of the top 5 hiking tours worldwide, the Inca Trail to the Inca Citadel of Machu Picchu is temporarily closed during the month of February each year, including 2024. This closure is part of the regulations and provisions set by the institutions responsible for its administration, such as the Decentralized Directorate of Culture Cusco (DDC) and the National Service of Natural Protected Areas by the State (SERNANP).

Therefore, if you wish to undertake the classic 4-day Inca Trail or the quick 2-day Short Inca Trail, it will not be possible throughout the entire month of February. Therefore, consider choosing other safe tour alternatives during this month.

What to do when the Inca Trail is closed?

Given this resolution, tourists who wish to embark on this adventure tour can make advance reservations for other months in the year 2024, excluding February. Get ready, check availability, and make your reservations in advance!

Why is the Inca Trail closed in February 2024?

As is customary since 2002, every year, the Inca Trail, along with the 18 parks along this route, is closed in the month of February.

The responsible entities for the Inca Trail carry out maintenance, conservation, and cleaning activities in the area during this time. They treat deteriorated surfaces, repair terraces, maintain camping areas, trim vegetation, and do everything necessary to ensure that the Inca Trail is ready and suitable for reopening in March 2024.

Another reason for restricting entry in February is precisely due to the fact that this month experiences the heaviest rains of the season in this region.

Therefore, to ensure the safety of travelers, guides, and support staff, the Inca Trail remains closed throughout the entire month of February each year.

Will Machu Picchu also be closed in February 2024?

On the other hand, it is important to note that this temporary closure does NOT affect visits to Machu Picchu. You can visit this World Wonder any day of February every year, but through routes that do not pose any risk to visitors, guides, and support staff, such as train tours or light hiking tours near the city.

Travel alternatives to the Inca Trail in February 2024

You can choose from one of the train tours and enjoy the journey to one of the 7 Wonders of the Modern World in a different way: you can take the Machu Picchu tour in 1 full day or the Machu Picchu tour of 2 days with an overnight stay in the town of ºAguas Calientes.

In either case, we invite you to contact our travel experts, who will answer all your questions, provide the information you need, and make planning your next vacation in Peru easy. TOUR IN PERU is a nationally and internationally certified tour operator that promotes responsible and purposeful tourism. Join us for a safe and adventurous journey.

Important: The entrance to the Inca Citadel of Machu Picchu does NOT remain closed during the month of February, so you can visit it without any inconvenience throughout this month.


Don’t choose FEBRUARY to hike the trails

Given the February 2024 closing of Inca Trail, tourists who want to take part of this great adventure can make their advance bookings for other months of the year. Travelers can make their reservations in advance for the months of March 2024 until December 2024.

Choose other tours in FEBRUARY

However, if February is the only month you have available to visit Machu Picchu, then you should seek for a different tour. The one of Machu Picchu by train is the safest, most confortable and most appropriate due to occasional rain in the region. By the way, you may also want to enjoy the quite festive Cusco Carnival 2024.

We get ourselves to work

As a way to take the chance that our personnel is relatively free in February, at TOUR IN PERU we provide training courses for the people in our office as well as our guides. Our cooks and porters also receive special training so that they can grow and better contribute to our high standards. We also actively participate in the campaigns to keep the Inca Trail safe and clean for tourists and ourselves, so please refer to the links above for more information on what we do.

Which other tours can I choose in February?

Instead of hiking the Inca Trail in February 2024. Tourists can choose our great alternative hiking tours:


Salkantay Trek. Did not find spaces available for the Inca Trail? Do not worry, we present the Salkantay Trek, which also takes you to one of the 7 Wonders of the Modern World: Machu Picchu.


The Lares Trek to Machu Picchu is a path that will take you by various magnificent landscapes like snow mountains, green valleys, beautiful rivers, archaeological ruins and finally, a first-class wonder of the modern world: Machu Picchu.


The ultimate challenge for hikers all around the world: The Choquequirao Trek. Take your spirit and your trekking boots to walk in the Andean nature and reach one of the newest destinations in Peru.

If you do not want adventure tours

Still can get to visit Machu Picchu via one of the tours by train and have the chance to enjoy the magic of one of the Seven Wonders of the Modern World.


Want to have the grand tour of MachuPicchu? TOUR IN PERU gives you the chance to visit One of the 7 New Wonders of the World in just 1 day and MachuPicchu by Train tour is a great option for 2024!


This tour of Machu Picchu by Train will really let you enjoy your vacation in Peru, and it is for people of all ages. At TOUR IN PERU we provide guaranteed daily tours for single travelers, solo travellers, couples, families and groups.


Avoid spending the whole day traveling and hiking. This 2-day tour will let you climb Huayna Picchu and, of course, enjoy Machu Picchu. The tour is for people of all ages.

So, no matter what your choice for 2024 is, we invite you to contact our travel experts who will be glad to answer all your questions. We will provide all the information needed to make planning quite easy for your 2024 vacation in Peru.

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