Ah, Machu Picchu — one of the new seven wonders of the world. No doubt, this Incan citadel in Peru’s Sacred Valley is a bucket list destination for travelers worldwide. However, this ancient site has brand-new regulations. Due to mounting pressure from UNESCO to deem it as an endangered world heritage site, the Peruvian government has issued new laws for visiting the world-famous monument in the clouds.
As of July 1, 2017, you must enter the site with an official tour guide for a specific time slot — either in the morning (6 a.m. to noon) or afternoon (noon to 5:30 p.m.).
“You cannot pre-book a guide,” says Giuliana Valle of Peru Tourism. “To hire a guide, you must do it the same day at the entrance to Machu Picchu, where the guides are from 6 a.m.”