Machu Picchu, a sprawling Incan settlement and UNESCO World Heritage Site, has long been a draw for tourists thanks to its magnificent stone architecture and surrounding landscape. But if you're planning to visit the attraction, there are new regulations you need to know.
Starting July 1, Peru's government will be implementing a new ticket system that will reuqire visitors to enter with an official tour guide or tour operator, and choose one of two time windows: from 6 a.m. to noon, or from noon to 5:30 p.m.
Cusco’s regional Culture Directorate, which announced the change, is working toward a larger change to handle the increasing numbers of visitors. UNESCO is urging Peru’s government to improve the area’s condition to avoid being placed on its list of endangered cultural sites, according to the Peruvian Times.
In addition to the new times, visitors will also now have to stay on one of three approved paths that weave throughout Machu Picchu, removing the possibility to explore routes independently.
Those who want to spend the full day at Machu Picchu can do so, but they’ll need to purchase two tickets for $47 each.
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According to The Guardian, the new measures will actually allow for more visitors at once: potentially 3,257 people in the morning, and 2,673 people in the afternoon.
The new measures will be on tested for the next two years, at which point the government will determine next steps.
If you’re in Peru and find yourself looking for more attractions to explore, consider taking the country’s new cable car to Kuelap, where you’ll find one of the largest ancient monuments of the Americas still around today.