More than 300,000 Peruvian and foreign tourists visited the Andean city of Cusco – old capital of the Inca empire - over the recent Christmas and New Year holidays, an absolute record high.
Thousands of tourists celebrated the coming of the new year in the magical Plaza de Armas in Cusco with fireworks and music.
The head of the Cusco Chamber of Commerce and Tourism, Jose Altamirano, said that this is a 15 percent increase from the 250,000 visitors in 2012.
Altamirano credited Cusco’s magical reputation as attractive for year-end tourists looking for positive energy to start the new year and a nice place to spend a few days to celebrate.
Machu Picchu continues to be the main attraction in the Cusco region; therefore, Altamirano also made a call for improved infrastructure for easier and expanded access for tourists.
Since July 2011, the maximum number of visitors allowed to the old Inca citadel is 2500 per day and this includes the people coming from the Inca Trail, the 4 day trek to Machu Picchu (aprox. 450 daily).