Machu Picchu will now have two shifts for ticketed visitors; Alex Butler; Lonely Planet

Peru – Historic Sanctuary of Machu Picchu

Hiking up to the historic Inca citadel of Machu Picchu in Peru is a travel goal on many people’s bucket lists, but the Unesco World Heritage site has proved so popular that visitors will soon have to enter the site in shifts.

According to the Peruvian Times, starting on 1 July there will be two shifts in which visitors can head to Machu Picchu, one in the morning and on in the afternoon. The first group would be able to visit from 6 am until noon, and the second group from noon until 5:30 pm.

The move is designed to help protect the site from the impact of its incredible popularity, and the efforts to deal with overcrowding have been in the works for years.

Unesco notes that the site is the country’s top attraction for both domestic and international travellers.

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