15:19 | Cusco (Cusco region), Dec. 19.
Archaeological and tourist attractions, other than Machu Picchu, received 1,018,233 visits until November and are expected to welcome more than 1,100,100 by year-end, Cusco's Integrated Cultural Tourism Services Committee (Cosituc) has estimated.
Cosituc issues Cusco tourist tickets granting temporary access to archaeological parks and sites like Sacsayhuaman
, Qenqo, Puka Pukara, Tambomachay, Pisac, Ollantaytambo, Moray, Chinchero, Tipon
, and Piquillacta.
The above-mentioned ticket also covers admission to museums like those of Popular Art, Regional History, Contemporary Art, and Qoricancha, as well as to the Inca Pachacutec Monument, and Qosqo Native Art Center.
According to Cosituc Chairman Ramiro del Castillo, the current figure is 100% higher than the number of visitors a decade ago.
In total, 70% of sightseers came from the United States, Latin America, and Asia, while the remaining percentage was for domestic tourists
The most popular destination was Ollantaytambo Archaeological Park, followed by Pisac and Sacsayhuaman, located in Cusco province.
Other attractions include the Southern Valley —home to Tipon Archaeological Park— and the Historic Center hosting museums, the Qosqo Native Art Center, and the Americas Art Institute.
The rise in the number of visitors is due to a worldwide interest in Peruvian culture, landscapes, and traditions.
Such growth was also attributed to dissemination actions, as well as the quality of service, and comfort.