|Inca citadel of Machu Picchu. (Photo Andina / Percy Hurtado)|
Peru’s Ministry of Foreign Trade and Tourism (Mincetur) announced on Tuesday the results of the Limits of Acceptable Change and the Carrying Capacity Assessment of the Inca Trail and Machu Picchu which found that these tourist attractions can receive some 5479 visitors per day.
The carrying capacity of Machu Picchu and the Inca Trail is the maximum number of people who can visit the site at the same time, without causing significant damage or destruction of natural cultural monument or a reduction of unacceptable quality of visitor satisfaction.
“After a hard technical work we have concluded that Machu Picchu can receive up to 2 million visitors each year,” said Peru’s Deputy Tourism Minister Mara Seminario.
However, Seminario noted that a proper management is required to implement the new capacity, and this will allow easing the flow and arrange the time of visits, as well as improving the infrastructure and implement a series of improvements.
The deputy minister added that the survey methodology carried out by consulting firm Candes and financed by World Bank’s Vilcanota project shows that the Effective Carrying Capacity, that is, the maximum number of visits that a monument can have at a specific moment, is 2200 visitors.