Peru mulls expansion of tourism hub Machu Picchu’s visit area

Published on : Thursday, August 10, 2017

Machu PicchuConsidering the possibility of building a cable car, Peruvian Foreign Trade and Tourism Ministry is working on the expansion of Inca citadel Machu Picchu’s visit area, Minister Eduardo Ferreyros informed.


“The visit zone centers on a highly limited space and we are thinking of an eight-fold expansion, so we need to work on different ways to access the citadel,” he explained. He made the comment during an interview with State-run broadcaster TV Peru.


In this sense, the cabinet member revealed potential alternatives to current ways to reach the site, namely the Inca Trail and a bus system.


“We are studying and assessing the possibility of building a cable-car link, but not in the surroundings of Aguas Calientes given observations not to disrupt visibility of the citadel,” Ferreyros indicated.


“However, we are planning to open other access routes, one via Santa Teresa. The idea is to have more access routes and to expand the visit area.”


Peru is expected to welcome more than 4 million foreign tourists this year, despite “Coastal El Niño” impacts in northern regions earlier this year.


“We had some trouble in northern Peru. The Coastal El Niño prompted important cancellations and caused a dramatic reduction of tourists in that part of the country,” the government official commented.


However, he said tourism reported a moderate impact, since those attempting to get to the north ended up heading to the south.

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