14:00 | Cusco (Cusco region), Oct. 6.
The regulation authorizing the gradual increase in the number of visitors to the Llaqta (Inca citadel) of Machu Picchu
—the crown jewel of Peru's tourist sites— has been made official by the Ministry of Culture.
The document states that said increase will be handled in accordance with Ministerial Resolution No. 173-2020-MC
, under the terms provided by the Complementary Assessment Report on the Increase in the Visitor Limit to the Llaqta of Machu Picchu.
As is known, Resolution No. 173-2020-MC —promulgated in July last year— established that the maximum capacity would be 2,244 visitors per day.
In addition, Ministerial Resolution No. 000263-2021-DM/MC states that the Ministry of Culture was entrusted with the responsibility of preparing a technical report to assess the increase in the number of visitors to the Inca citadel.
In this sense, the Decentralized Culture Directorate (DDC) of Cusco
prepared the "Assessment Report on the Increase in the Visitor Limit to the Llaqta of Machu Picchu" and the "Complementary Assessment Report on the Increase in the Visitor Limit to the Llaqta of Machu Picchu."
Both reports provide for the possibility of gradually increasing the visitor limit to Peru's main tourist destination.
However, the documents make this measure conditional on the implementation of the following alternate access routes: Machu Picchu Mountain, Wayna Picchu Mountain, Huchuy Picchu Mountain, and the Inca Trail Network No. 4.