Peru: Ministries coordinate reopening of Machu Picchu

00:10 | Cusco (Cusco region), Jul. 14.

The Ministries of Culture and Foreign Trade-Tourism (Mincetur) are working on a rapid reopening of Machu Picchu, Peru's iconic tourist attraction, Culture Minister Alejandro Neyra has announced.

According to the government official, Cusco's regional and local authorities also participate in these arrangements. 

"The approval of the entry and movement protocol for tourists in Machu Picchu is missing. There is no set date (for the reopening of the archaeological site), and further coordination is needed between Culture and Mincetur sectors, as well as regional and local authorities, before allowing visits," he said.

An analysis is being carried out to determine the health protocols to be applied when arriving in Machu Picchu Town, moving into the llaqta (Inca citadel), and visiting the ruins.
The minister warned that while the above-mentioned activities would take place outdoors, the number of people will be limited.

"Social distancing and the use of face masks shall be adhered to. Besides, water, soap and hand sanitizer will be provided, among other measures that will be taken in coordination with the population to prevent health problems from arising as tourist activities resume," he expressed.

Neyra stressed the importance of Machu Picchu as symbol of national pride and source of budgetary revenues for the Culture sector.

"However, what matters now is the situation of the coronavirus pandemic and the preservation of people's health," he added.


Published: 7/14/2020
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