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PromPeru, the Commission for the Promotion of Peruvian Exports and Tourism, just recently published the visitor numbers of protected natural areas in Peru in 2017 based on data provided by the National Service of Protected Natural Areas (SERNANP).
Yesterday once again the access to Machu Picchu was blocked. Huge rocks were place on the tracks of the train route to Machu Picchu Pueblo, buses blocked the only access road from there to the Inca citadel and enraged citizens protested in town. Hundreds of visitors were stranded and couldn’t get to Machu Picchu or back.
Over the past years Machu Picchu has seen an increasing number of local and foreign visitors. Today Peru’s most popular tourist attraction receives on average about 4000 people per day, during peak season this number goes up to more or less 7000.
In times where already the smallest children play with mobile devices, online and with high-tech gadgets, Lego’s small colorful building bricks are still going strong and remain one of the most favorite and best toys in children’s rooms.
To improve the conservation and preservation efforts and to better cope with an increasing number of visitors, Cusco’s regional Culture Directorate informed that next to the new entrance times and the obligation to hire a licensed tour guide, Machu Picchu visitor as well have to follow a new, stricter code of conduct and are prohibited to enter with and...
In addition to the already announced new entrance times, another change to visit Machu Picchu takes effect on July 1, 2017. From then on visitors are only permitted to enter the Inca citadel in groups of max. 16 people accompanied by an official tour guide.
By offering a normal ticket and an afternoon ticket the Peruvian Ministry of Culture already for the past year slowly introduced a new system to enter Machu Picchu with the aim of better coping with an increasing number of visitors and improving the conservation and preservation efforts of the Inca citadel.
As every year the Inca Trail leading hikers to Peru’s famous Inca citadel Machu Picchu is closed in February mainly for maintenance and conservation works, but also to ensure the safety of visitors during the peak of the rainy season.
Just recently the Peruvian Ministry of Culture announced new entry fees for Machu Picchu coming into effect on January 1st, 2017. As already in the previous year visitors can’t just buy one entrance ticket and have access to all parts of the Inka citadel, but have to choose between 6 different ticket options allowing them entrance to different areas...
Peru Rail reported that after the 48 hours strike of residents of Machu Picchu town the train service on the route Cusco - Machu Picchu – hydroelectric plant remains suspended until further notice. The suspension applies to all services including the transportation of tourists, local passengers and cargo.