G Adventures clears up Machu Picchu closure confusion

G Adventures clears up Machu Picchu closure confusion

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Machu Picchu in Peru will remain open for tourists in April 2016, despite reports of closures for the maintenance of Huayna Picchu and Machu Picchu Mountain, according to G Adventures.

Machu Picchu Mountain and Huayna Picchu will be shut at various stages during the month.

However, these mountain trails are separate to the Inca city of Machu Picchu and tourist access for the Machu Picchu Archaeological site remains in place for the duration of the maintenance work, the adventure operator stressed.

Uncertainty about access was raised when Fernando Astete, head of the National Archaeological Park of Machu Picchu, was quoted locally as saying: "In April 2016 we will do comprehensive maintenance, for that we have ordered the suspension of visitors to the mountain Huayna Picchu from April 1-15, and the mountain of Machu Picchu from April 16-30 of the same year.”

This led to the perception that Machu Picchu itself may close temporarily.

But G Adventures managing director, Brian Young, said: "There has been some misunderstanding that because of the maintenance works occurring on Machu Picchu Mountain and Huayna Picchu, that Machu Picchu itself would also be closed in April 2016.

“This is not the case and normal access to Machu Picchu will remain for travellers.

"G Adventures helps more travellers experience the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu than any other operator and we look forward to sharing this experience with more people in 2016, including during the month of April.”

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