Peru: Cusco will guarantee biosafety to tourists visiting Machu Picchu

14:39 | Cusco (Cusco region), Oct. 26.

Cusco has implemented all biosafety measures to protect tourists who will visit Machu Picchu Archaeological Park starting November 1, as well as other tourist attractions located in that region, its Governor Jean Paul Benavente affirmed on Monday.

Within this framework, the dignitary said that precisely this Sunday Cusco will receive the seal that recognizes the southern region as a Safe Destination.

Likewise, the governor explained that —in order to receive this recognition— joint efforts were undertaken by the Central Government, municipalities, and the private sector to train officials and implement biosafety protocols.

Furthermore, Benavente affirmed that the Regional Health Directorate (Diresa), the Regional Directorate of Foreign Trade and Tourism (Dircetur), municipalities, and business associations work together and visit the various establishments —especially in tourist areas such as Machu Picchu— to verify the implementation of protocols and deliver the corresponding safe place seals.

He said that all tourism sector employees —such as waiters, hostesses, tour guides, artisans, and others totaling 115,000— will also be monitored.

"We will conduct the epidemiological follow-up inspection on all of them in order to avoid an outbreak," he told Andina news agency.

Visits to Machu Picchu

Later, the Cusco governor highlighted the expectations that the coming reopening of Machu Picchu Archaeological Park have generated.

"There is great expectation, and now the tickets are gone; there will be nearly 10,000 tourists who will be visiting Machu Picchu starting November 1," he stressed.


Published: 10/26/2020
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