New Machu Picchu tourist restrictions, selfie stick ban, part of conservation effort; Robert Pursell;

Peru – Historic Sanctuary of Machu Picchu

Starting this weekend, traveling to one of the world’s most iconic archaeological sites — Peru’s Machu Picchu — is going to become a bit more difficult.

As reported by the Daily Mail, last week it was announced that Peru’s Ministry of Culture will implement a number of restrictions beginning July 1 to help limit the impact of visitors on the ancient Incan citadel.

Per the Daily Mail’s report, back in 2008, UNESCO and the Peruvian government agreed that no more than 2,500 people should be allowed to visit the site on a daily basis. But since 2011, the number of visitors has exceeded that limit; in 2014, 1.1 million visitors hiked to the site, an average of more than 3,000 visitors daily.

According to the Telegraph, within the past decade, UNESCO has toyed with adding Machu Picchu to its list of “endangered” World Heritage Sites due to the amount of visitors.

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