Peru: Greater flow of tourists to Machu Picchu expected due to increased capacity

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12:51 | Lima, May. 13.

Given the officialization of the increase in Machu Picchu's (visitor) capacity to 5,600 guests per day during high season (June 1 to October 15), a greater influx of tourists to one of the New Seven Wonders of the World is expected, Culture Minister Leslie Urteaga affirmed on Monday.

Urteaga underscored that the approval of the management protocol for visits to the llaqta or Inca citadel of Machu Picchu is the outcome of a consensus work in which various ministries such as those of Culture, Environment, and Foreign Trade-Tourism— have contributed, in addition to institutions such as the National Service for Natural Areas Protected by the State (Sernanp), tour operators, and Cusco civil society representatives.

"We are working hard to enhance the management of Machu Picchu llaqta, and we have reached several consensuses to approve this resolution that will be complemented by the regulations to be enacted in the following days, when the dynamic capacity established for high season will be regulated," she indicated.

In remarks to Radio Nacional, the Culture minister stated that Machu Picchu's high season (June 1 to October 15) coincides with holidays worldwide. Thus, these measures are expected to recover tourist influx during those months.

In this sense, Urteaga highlighted the extension of tolerance schedule for visitors, which went from 30 to 45 minutes, considering a greater tourist influx, possible bus delays, and circuits verification.

Minister Urteaga indicated that following the establishment of circuits, a visiting period of 2.5-to-3 hours is established, and tourists will be allowed to follow new trails that will have platforms to prevent deterioration of the monument.

"This protocol is highly technical (…); there are several alternatives to visit the llaqta, people will be allowed to travel more circuits during established schedules," she underlined.

Regarding the sale of tickets to enter Machu Picchu, she reiterated that the contract with the Joinnus company ends on May 15, fulfilling the commitment to Cusco Region Government and the southern region's civil society to conclude the contract ahead of schedule and replace it with a State-run platform.

Lastly, the Culture sector's head affirmed that people who purchased tickets to Machu Picchu in advance will be allowed to access the Inca citadel without any inconvenience.


Published: 5/13/2024