Ted Travels: What’s new with Machu Picchu
In 1981, Machu Picchu was declared a Historical Sanctuary by the Peruvian authorities, and only two years later the UNESCO named the area a World Heritage Site. The Inca Citadel is also known as one of the seven wonders of the world, and if one can appreciate this majestic place it most likely already be ion their bucket list. About 3.8k visitors entered the site daily in 2017 and the numbers kept increasing for last year too.
With a concerning impact of tourism in the preservation of Machu Picchu, as of January 2019, the Peruvian government has announced a new system for entry to Machu Picchu. The objective of these measures is to spread out the number of visitors over period of time to avoid all at once congestion in the Citadel and ensure the proper conservation of this wonderful site.
So, what’s new in Machu Picchu?
To avoid the morning congestion and traffic jam of visitors, nine entry times are allocated per day, commencing at 6am and with the last entry at 3pm, for a maximum stay of four hours. The site closes at 5:30pm and all visitors must depart at this time.
The tickets will be printed with a designated time of entry in accordance with this new law and visitors won’t be allowed to entry before the assigned hour on their tickets. Furthermore, the transport services have also adapted their schedules to avoid the queues at the entry of the Citadel, visitors will be able to board vehicles from Aguas Calientes at specific timetables in accordance with their entry times. Both train companies, Perurail and Incatrail will also run trains scheduled equally to these new rules.
If you want to learn more about these rules don’t hesitate to call. Our experts can advise the best travel arrangements for your clients to visit Machu Picchu, plus stay overnight and suggest sites that tend to be overlooked such as Kuelap and Chachapoyas.