Peru's southern regions received 4,825,069 domestic and foreign tourists in 2018, up 6.7% compared to 2017, private-run
' Business Research Centre (CIE) informed Monday.
The number of domestic visits, which accounted for 29.7% of all arrivals, increased 2.7%, while the number of international tourists, which made up 70.3% of the total, posted an 8.4% growth.
was the most visited region with 2,735,305 tourists, accounting for 56.7%, followed by Arequipa
with 868,827 visitors (18%) and Puno with 511,444 (10.6%).
Meanwhile, Tacna, Madre de Dios, and Moquegua represented 9.2%, 3.8%, and 1.7% of all arrivals in 2018.
In 2018, Cusco welcomed 2,735,305 visitors, up 6.6% from the previous year, due to higher number of foreigners (+8.7%). However, the arrival of domestic visitors dropped 2%.
Out of the total number of tourists that arrived to the so-called Imperial City, 2,257,445 (82.5%) came from abroad, mainly from the United States, (25.6%), Brazil (6.8%), and France (6%).
447,860 (17.5%) were domestic visitors, especially from Lima-Callao (78.8%) and Apurimac (8.9%).