Last Friday night (January 10th) heavy overnight rain caused a major landslide on the road used by shuttle buses to ascend to the citadel of Machu Picchu from the village of Aguas Calientes. The land slide has blocked the road from the 3rd curve on the upward route. According to a recent press release by Peru Rail operator Ferroviario, the road is expected to be cleared by this Friday (January 17th).
Luis del Aguila, one of our Machu Picchu guides today reported that clearance work is in process, with shuttle buses running a limited service at 3 separate sections on the road. A one-way ticket is currently on sale at a reduced rate of US$ 10 each, but waiting times at the 3 different sections are long as there were only a handful of buses at Machu Picchu when the landslide occurred. Access to Machu Picchu can still be granted on foot by a trail that leads up the right hand side of the road. The trek takes about 1 hour to ascend.
Entrance to Machu Picchu
Entrance to Machu Picchu, Huayna Picchu and Machu Picchu Mountain are still open as normal.
Peru Rail announced that all scheduled services operating from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo/Cusco will depart 1 hour later than advertised whilst the clearance work is in progress.
The operator of the shuttle buses Consettur has still not released any official statement about the landslide.