New regulations include half-day visits and no straying.
Machu Picchu has been for a very long time as one of the most visited places in Peru for its famous ruins at a height of 2,430 meters above sea level. Nevertheless, things will get a little tougher for new tourists that want to get to know this sacred place.
“In an effort to protect Peru’s most popular attraction from overcrowding and degradation, the Ministry of Culture issued a raft of rules last year that aims to protect the Inca site by modifying visitation practices.”, says NZ Herald.
Among the upcoming regulations, there will be more restricted visitation hours and also details like if you can bring an umbrella with you or where you will be allowed to walk around. Also, people won’t be able to spend the entire day in the citadel, they will have to choose one of two entry periods: from 6:00 am to noon, or from noon to 5:30 pm unless they purchase two tickets for $70 each.
Visitors must also be accompanied by a certified guide who can lead groups up to 16 participants each. Also, there’s no straying allowed, there are three circuits to choose from that tourists can visit.
“Machu Picchu is a great attraction, but we are worried about its sustainability,” said Sandra Doig, incoming tourism deputy director of PROMPERÚ, the Commission for the Promotion of Exports and Tourism of Peru. “It is being affected by too many people at the citadel at the same time.”, reposts NZ Herald.
Just between January and July of last year, nearly 610,000 people visited Machu Picchu (just 242,000 of them came from the United States).