Machu Picchu, adventure travel with Killa Expeditions

Updated August 2021:

We have some positive news! Machu Picchu has re-opened to all visitors as of November 1st, 2020.

The Inca Trail 2D is also open now as of November at a capacity of 150 people per day.

The Classic 4 Day Inca Trail has now reopened as of July 1, 2021 at a reduced capacity. 

Visitors will enter in groups of 8, with a tour guide, and will need to maintain a distance of 1.5-2 meters apart. Visitors will only be permitted entry when accompanied by a professional guide and have their tickets booked through a registered travel agent, such as Killa Expeditions. 

COVID updates:

Machu Picchu entrance tickets are severely restricted right now (800 per time slot, per day, 30% of capacity). This is due to COVID19 and physical distancing requirements. Masks are required to enter Machu Picchu. Tickets are selling out very quickly (1-2 months out) so if you plan to travel in the short term we recommend doing so ASAP. 

Extra hikes in Machu Picchu (Wayna Picchu and Machu Picchu Mountain) are currently closed due to COVID19 restrictions. We do not have an update about potential re-opening at this time. 

Right now a Negative PCR test is required to enter Peru and many countries also require a negative PCR test upon re-entry as you depart from Peru. This is true even if you are vaccinated. This is subject to change but it does mean that you MUST obtain a negative PCR test 72 hours or less prior to departure from country of origin as well as when departing from Peru. 

    • Tests in Cusco take 12-18 hours to come back. 
    • Clinics have varying hours (usually 8am to 6pm weekdays, Saturday’s 8-1pm and closed Sundays). You will need to plan ahead in terms of dates of your trek, time needed to take the PCR test in relation to departure date and time to collect results
    • Results are given in Spanish on a paper certificate. They will not email results or provide them digitally
    • Yes we can help you with getting a PCR test but please be aware we are limited by what clinics are able to provide. 

Currently, Peru is open to all countries except a select few (As of April 2021 it is closed to Brazil and UK and a few others).  This is not necessarily an exhaustive list – as more countries are added regularly. Please check the rules for your specific country to be sure.


We highly recommend obtaining travel/medical insurance that covers COVID19 interruptions/closures as soon as you book your trip!

Stay tuned for further updates 🙂 

Check out our treks & tours to Machu Picchu here! If you found this information helpful, please refer to posts about our COVID19 Safety Travel ProtocolUpdates on Machu Picchu Entry Times and HikesWinter Solstice and read about the best time to visit Machu Picchu. Killa Expeditions is passionate about providing exceptional & sustainable adventure eco-travel experiences, encouraging people to explore off the beaten path, and inspiring others to give back. To book an adventure of a lifetime, contact us today!

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