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BabsB Jan 31st, 2010 11:37 AM

Does Heli Cusco fly to Machu Picchu?
I am trying to come up with Plan B for our trip to Machu Picchu in late March. I understand Heli Cusco used to have a route to Machu Picchu and am wondering if they still do. Has anyone taken a helicopter TO Machu Picchu recently or was this route closed?

qwovadis Jan 31st, 2010 01:23 PM

Route is closed private chopper flights illegal.

There will be a bus/rail combo

via Santa Maria Santa Teresa MP Pueblo by 3/1

monitor for updates

Probably the best way to go...

Jeff_Costa_Rica Jan 31st, 2010 01:47 PM

Helicopter service to MP had been banned for several years, citing negative effects on the environment and on the ruins themselves. HeliCusco had begun service again, to the tune of $300 one way and $500 round trip. Not sure when they're going to start service again following the emergency.

BabsB Jan 31st, 2010 02:23 PM

Thank you for your replies, that is what I thought. If HeliCusco starts up again, it would be worth it to us to spend the $500.00 as we can't rearrange our trip and probably would not make a second trip back to Peru, this is our one shot at MP. qwovadis, can you tell me more about the Santa Maria Santa Teresa route. What I have read stresses it is an "Adventure" route. Does that mean it's dangerous? We are in shape and don't mind roughing it but I'm not dragging my friend into a dicey situation. Thanks for the info.

Jeff_Costa_Rica Jan 31st, 2010 07:18 PM

It's not dangerous. It's just a long, rugged trip. That's what "adventure" means here.

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