New Opening hours for Machu Picchu

Tuesday July 1, 2014
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New Opening hours for Machu Picchu

The citadel of Machu Picchu, perched high above the Urubamba River in Cusco, wants to attract about 5,000 tourists a day as soon as the opening time for visitors is extended. This was reported Last Friday.

Thanks to the new opening hours – that will be from 08:00 to 13:00 and 13:00 to 20:00, in two shifts – Machu Picchu should be able to received more tourists, starting next month.

“This move comes after the Ministry of Culture announced that only 2,500 local and international tourists would be able to visit the site every day,” Cusco’s regional governal, Rene Concha told Andina news agency. “However, that doesn’t meet the demand of Machu Picchu’s tourism boom”

It is necessary to monitor the number of visitors to the most famous site in Peru, recently named the number 1 Destination world wide by Tripadvisor Traveller Choice 2014, since the unceasing footsteps of thousands of tourists over the ruins result in wearing down the ancient stones at the Inca fortress.

In order to avoid this, in the near future tourists might be required to wear special shoes with rubber soles in order to walk through some areas of the archaeological site, so that stones at this site remain intact.

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