Lima. Feb. 18 (ANDINA).- Peru's Transport and Communications Minister Enrique Cornejo announced today that the train route to the ancient Inca citadel of Machu Picchu will be reopened on April 1.
The area was closed after heavy rains caused mudslides in January that blocked the roads and rail line between the popular tourist attraction and the nearby city of Cusco.
Minister Cornejo said that rains have weakened in the last days. thus lowering the rivers’ water level. “this has helped in the rehabilitation of roads and railroads in Cusco and other southern Peruvian cities."
However. he made clear that officials have set April 1 as the target date to reopen the rail line between Machu Picchu and the 82 km mark. “and not from Cusco.”
Other than a days-long hike. the train is the only route to Machu Picchu and some 4.000 tourists were stranded for up five days in villages near the ruins when floods hit.
The minister explained that tourists wanting to visit Machu Picchu will need to take a bus to Ollantaytambo and then head for the town of Piscacucho (Km.82) to take the train to the Incan citadel perched in the Andes.