Published on : Tuesday, February 6, 2018
To explore Machu Picchu, one requires strong lungs and legs and powerful ability to take decision. A pertinent question you must ask yourself: Trek or train? Day trip from Cusco or overnight in Aguas Calientes? Pisco sour or Inca Kola? morning or afternoon shift?
The newly chalked out guidelines of Peru may not highlight these questions. However, they are trying to manage with the increasing numbers of visitors to the ancient mountain kingdom. Andrea Sachs makes clear in her report for the Washington Post.
In an attempt to safeguard the most sought-after attractions of Peru from overcrowding and degradation, the Ministry of Culture has recently introduced a raft of rules in 2017 that targets to safeguard the Inca site by adjusting visitation practices. The regulations encompass many sectors of sightseeing, like when you can visit, where you can walk and to carry umbrella or not.
“Machu Picchu is a great attraction, but we are worried about its sustainability,” said Sandra Doig, incoming tourism deputy director of PROMPERÚ, the Commission for the Promotion of Exports and Tourism of Peru. “It is being affected by too many people at the citadel at the same time.”
Tourist numbers is moving up over the years. Between the months of January and July 2017, almost 610,000 people tread on Machu Picchu, comprising an estimated 242,000 travelers from the United States, a 3 percent growth from 2016.