Peru: Machu Picchu Town prepares to receive tourists after reopening

12:25 | Cusco (Cusco region), Jun. 4.

The Municipality of the Machu Picchu Town district, the population, and private businesses prepare a health protocol to regulate the flow of domestic and foreign tourists to the archaeological park of Machu Picchu once the Inca Sanctuary reopens.

Machu Picchu Town Mayor Darwin Baca reported that a Tourism and Health Safety Commission has been formed in coordination with civil society and the Ministry of Health (Minsa) in order to implement the protocol mentioned above.

According to Baca, progress has been made with the Municipality of Machu Picchu Town and the access to the Inca citadel, which is being established along with Consettur (a transportation company) and awaits the contribution of the Ministry of Culture, which administers the llaqta or Inca citadel.

Tourist railway operators are also working on their protocols. "Perurail is preparing the protocols. We will see some progress this week and discuss the changes during a meeting," he explained.

Baca noted that the aim is to make tourists feel safe as they reach Machu Picchu, where the minimum health protocols are met thanks to concerted efforts of the COVID-19 Operations Command team and Minsa's directives.

The World Heritage Site of Machu Picchu is Peru's main tourist destination. It receives more than 4,000 visitors a day, and most of them are foreign tourists.

The monument and Inca Trail are closed since Peru declared state of emergency due to coronavirus. 


Published: 6/4/2020
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