Peru: Use of Inca Trail campsite suspended due to cracks on ground

15:38 | Cusco (Cusco region), Jan. 3.

Use of camping site No. 3 in Wiñaywayna area of the Inca Trail hiking path leading to Machu Picchu has been temporarily suspended due to minor landslides and cracks formed on the ground, Cusco's Decentralized Culture Directorate (DDC) has informed.

The measure is intended to safeguard the physical integrity of visitors during heavy rain events, according to the Disaster Risk Management Unit at the National Archaeological Park of Machu Picchu.

Cusco's DDC recommends using the campsites located in the Phuyupatamarka sector to guarantee the safety of visitors who trek the Inca Trail leading to the mountaintop sacred citadel. 

In the coming days, the Inca Trail Network maintenance staff will start soil stabilization works and reassemble the retaining walls. 

Other improvements include the recovery of platforms —in the Wiñaywayna area— where tourists set up their tents to rest before resuming their journey.

The suspension will last until the end of the present rainy season.

Surveillance personnel will verify the validity of this ruling, and tour operators are expected to help ensure its compliance.


Published: 1/3/2019
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