Holy Week: 16,082 tourists visited Machu Picchu during long weekend

Photo: ANDINA/Decentralized Culture Directorate (DDC)

Photo: ANDINA/Decentralized Culture Directorate (DDC)

17:39 | Cusco (Cusco region), Apr. 1.

A total of 16,082 tourists, domestic and foreign, visited the Inca citadel of Machu Picchu during the long weekend marking Holy Week, according to a report issued by the administration of the Archaeological Park of Machu Picchu, the Decentralized Culture Directorate (DDC) in Cusco confirmed on Monday.

According to the report, Machu Picchu attracted 4,033 visitors on March 28, 4,075 on March 29, 4,112 on March 30, and 3,862 on March 31, including foreigners and domestic tourists.

The document states that 233 Cusco citizens entered the Inca citadel free of charge on Sunday, March 31. 

It should be noted that the Ministry of Culture (Mincul) approved the increase in the visitor capacity at the Llaqta of Machu Picchu from 4,500 to 5,000 people during Holy Week.

Thus, the dynamic capacity to be applied at Machu Picchu was also tested. Said capacity will be implemented in the coming months due to increased demand, said Guido Bayro Orellana, Cusco's Director of Culture. 

"Thanks to the work carried out by custodian-keepers of the Inca city, during Holy Week, no incident was reported," he stressed.

In the coming days, the head of the Decentralized Culture Directorate in Cusco will carry out an inspection visit to the Archaeological Park of Machu Picchu to verify the functioning of the surveillance cameras installed in different areas of the llaqta and at the Cultural Center located in Machu Picchu Pueblo, as well as to hold meetings with workers, officials, and local authorities of the district.

It should be noted that tourist circuits were implemented to increase the visitor capacity.

In this regard, the head of the Machu Picchu Archaeological Park, Regulo Franco, explained that intensive work was carried out to implement new circuits and ensure an optimal experience for visitors, before the greater influx of visitors expected from June 1 to October 15.


Publicado: 1/4/2024