With each new year, it seems like there is more information available to tourists who want to visit Machu Picchu and the Inca Trail. But things can get confusing if you don’t understand some fundamental aspects related to traveling in the Andes. Right now, we find ourselves in the midst of a debate about how many tourists should be able to visit sacred sights in a single day. The outcomes of this debate will shape the tourism industry in Peru for years to come. Here is an exploration into why this debate is happening now, and how this might affect your travels.
Inca Trail and Machu Picchu
How many should visit Machu Picchu per day?
Long-term viability and conservation
In a geographic location like Machu Picchu, the long-term viability of the site and the surrounding natural beauty depends on its conservation. Every day 2,500 people visit Machu Picchu; a number established by UNESCO, but now under review because the organization believes Machu Picchu is on the verge of becoming a monument in danger. The Inca Trail takes 500 people a day and UNESCO has the same concerns there.
Words from Cusco’s culture director
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