11:55 | Cusco (Cusco region), May. 10.
Cusco's Decentralized Culture Directorate (DDC) will implement a system to regulate visitors' time spent at different areas of Machu Picchu, in order to secure its preservation and sustainable use.
The head of the National Archaeological Park of Machu Picchu Jose Bastante explained that on May 15-21 tourists will be able to visit the Temple of the Sun from 7:00AM to 10:00AM, the Temple of the Condor from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM, and the Intihuatana Pyramid from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM.
On May 22-28, visits to the Intihuatana Pyramid will be available from 7:00 AM to 10:00 AM, to the Temple of the Condor from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM, and to the Temple of the Sun from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM.
"This pilot project has been coordinated with Cusco's Foreign Trade and Tourism Directorate as well as tourism sector associations. Together, we will conduct an evaluation during this period," he explained.
The aim is to preserve the cultural heritage and —at the same time— facilitate tourist visits.
Regulatory measures will be adopted after the evaluation. They will come into force on June 1, in compliance with articles 2,3,4,8 and 11 of the Regulation on Sustainable Use and Tourist Visit for the Conservation of the Llaqta or Inca City of Machu Picchu.
These measures are intended to preserve the ancient citadel, since deterioration has been reported in its lithic surface as a result of the large number of visitors to these three places.