LIMA – Authorities in Peru are mulling to enhance visitor access to one of the world’s most revered and photographed attractions, according to TravelPulse.
The Inca citadel at Machu Picchu – a UNESCO World Heritage Site that dates from 15th century and originated as an estate for the Incan emperor Pachacuti – may now be visited twice daily. Visitors can enter the historic sanctuary during two visiting hour periods: from 6 a.m. to noon and from noon to 5:30 p.m.
Machu Picchu attracted 1,301,856 international visitors in 2017, receiving more than 100,000 in eight of 12 months. U.S. visitors accounted for 242,000 of the tickets sold at the historic mountaintop attraction: a three percent increase over 2016.
To decongest the crowds, the government has enacted several rules that it will test out and tweak through next July. For instance, visitors can no longer linger at the citadel from sunup to sundown but must choose one of two entry periods – 6 am to noon or noon to 5:30 pm – and depart at the stated time. However, if they wish to visit for the whole day, they can purchase a morning and afternoon ticket for $US70 ($A89) each.