Cusco. Mar. 18 (ANDINA).- Peru's National Institute of Culture (INC) said Thursday that the country's main tourist attraction Machu Picchu and the famous Inca Trail will reopen April 1 after heavy rains cut off the ancient citadel earlier this year.
In a press release. INC announced that starting April 1st tourists will be able to visit Machu Picchu at different hours of the day depending on the trains' passenger capacity.
INC pointed out that according to Peruvian rail concessionaire Ferrocarril Transandino (FTSA). the train service will run from the 82 km point in Piscacucho to the 112 km marker at Aguas Calientes.
The Cusco-based INC office also noted that local authorities are taking all precautionary measures to ensure the safety of visitors.
The UNESCO World Heritage site has been closed for nearly two months following torrential rainfall that caused severe flooding back in January.
Those floods caused the famous railway to Machu Picchu to washout. stranding thousands of tourists at the site for several days. Since that time. crews have been working hard to restore access. removing major landslides from the tracks. and rebuilding sections that were completely destroyed.
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