I noticed this information posted on the Perurail web site. I was actually thinking about one of the Mach Picchu packages for this year, but now I'm in a wait and see mode.
AIRLIFT BETWEEN OLLANTAYTAMBO AND MACHUPICCHU Cusco, January 28th 2010.- Today, the airlift implemented by the Peruvian Goverment to evacuate visitors and residents from Machupicchu town to Ollantaytambo and Cusco Airport, transported 1,402 persons, on 92 flights.
EVACUATED 1,402 PERSONS
PeruRail collaborated on the operations providing bus transfer between Ollantaytambo and Cusco, for 1,150 persons free of charge.
The Peruvian Army took control of Machupicchu train station to guarantee order and security to the visitors before the evacuation arrangements.
As occurred in the last days, the remaining visitors who still in Machupicchu will continue having access to the train station to stay overnights on PeruRail carriages. PeruRail has sent over 2,000 kg of supplies to provide food and beverages to the ones staying in town.
By the way, PeruRail would like to communicate that in order to reduce the impact of this natural disaster on the Tourism Industry, it is evaluating different alternatives to re-establish the tourist flow to Machupicchu.
PeruRail congratulates the Minister Martin Perez, the Vice Minister Mara Seminario, the officers and pilots from the Peruvian Army and Peruvian Policemen for the successful operation performed in the area.