Machu Picchu: how to distribute tourist traffic flow

Wednesday May 28, 2014
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Machu Picchu: how to distribute tourist traffic flow

According to Andina news agency, the Ministry of Culture of Peru is  considering implementing a shift system in its visitor schedule of tourist to the famous Inca site Machu Picchu in Cusco, in order to ensure to bring in the visitors during two different shifts.

The idea is NOT to allow more tourists to visit Machu Picchu, but “to distribute them more adequately” as right now, most of the people visit the ruins during the morning (aprox. 90%) and much less (aprox. 10%) during the afternoons.

Jaime Castillo, the vice minister of Culture confirms that the Ministry of Culture would determine the shift schedule independently of the interests of travel agencies or other tourism-related companies. The wellbeing of the site is the most important thing and it has to be totally sustainable, if not,

Machu Picchu will deteriorate. So – confirms Castillo – we can no  longer depend on the fact that some the trains arrive in the morning and others in the afternoon. Visitors and tourist agencies will have to accommodate themselves within the availability that there is [at Machu Picchu],” said Castillo.

“Machu Picchu is the magnet that attracts tourism to Peru”. Peruvian tourism officials say that a switch to a shift system could help to more evenly distribute tourist traffic flow.

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