International tourists increasingly are visiting Peru to see the country’s most famous attraction: Machu Picchu However, the government is also promoting other sites “both to protect their prime attraction and to bring tourist revenue to other parts of the nation”, according to a story from OZY.
“Despite having to take both a two-hour flight and a three-hour train ride to reach the site from Lima, Machu Picchu saw 1.57 million visitors in 2018”, the aforementioned website said.
Some of the strategies that have been implemented are restrictions on the entrance of the Inca Trail and Machu Picchu. There are only 200 tourists and 300 guides allowed on the trail. “Joining the better-known Lares and Salkantay treks in that growing roster is the newer Inca Quarry Trail, started by travel firm Intrepid Travel. Last year, some 2,000 people hiked the Quarry Trail with Intrepid (a threefold increase since 2013), says the firm’s Latin America general manager, Gary Cohen”, OZY described.
Also, the government in Peru is seeking to attract tourists to other sites. OZY wrote that $25 million US dollars were invested in a cable car to Kuélap, the largest stone ruins complex in South America.