The big day has finally arrived. October 17 will be a special date for Cusco, for being the day in which Peru's main tourist icon will officially reopen to visitors after being closed for more than 7 months due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
The long-awaited announcement was made by Cusco Region Governor Jean Paul Benavente, who noted that only local visitors will be allowed into the site in this first stage, as set forth in the reopening plan.
He also confirmed that, starting November, Machu Picchu will receive national tourists and —on a more gradual basis— foreign visitors.
On that occasion, the minister reported that only 675 people a day would be allowed to visit Machu Picchu, that is, 30% of its total capacity.
He also said that the visits shall be conducted in groups of 8 people, who must be accompanied by a tour guide.
Benavente, local authorities, tour operators, and workers linked to the tourism sector in Cusco pledged to comply with the health protocols to prevent the spread of COVID-19 during and after the reactivation process in this region.
"The coordinated work between the central government and the region has allowed us to get the Safe Travels stamp, a recognition that implies safety amid this pandemic, as well as commitment and responsibility to all," the governor expressed.