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Machu Picchu will be able to receive up to 4,044 visitors a day from next week

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The Minister of Culture, Alejandro Salas, announced that, as a result of the efforts made by the technical committee that evaluates the increase in capacity in Machu Picchu, created by Ministerial Resolution No. 000118-2022-DM/MC, The feasibility of expanding the number of daily visitors to the Inca citadel has been determined.

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At the meeting headed by Prime Minister Aníbal Torres, which was held at the headquarters of the Presidency of the Council of Ministers, were the Vice Minister of Tourism, Isabel Álvarez Novoa; the provincial mayor of Cusco, Víctor Boluarte; the mayor of Machu Picchu, Darwin Baca; and the mayor of Ollantaytambo, José Ríos.

In said meeting, Salas Zegarra highlighted the work that the Executive has been carrying out to increase the permitted number of visitors to Machu Picchu without affecting its exceptional universal value.

In that sense, he specified that the technical report will be submitted to the Machu Picchu Management Unit for approval, which will allow the corresponding decision to be issued that will formalize the increase in visitor capacity from 3,044 to 4,044. That is, 1,000 more tourists per day. This measure would take effect from next week, according to the minister.

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However, the head of the Culture sector specified that the sustainability of this increase will be subject to evaluation. “If we see that in three months the situation has not worked as it should, looking after our archaeological heritage, we will have to go back to where we are,” he said.

He added that this measure has been welcomed by the various tourist associations in Cusco, which have been requesting an increase in the number of visitors to the Inca citadel.

Source: Larepublica

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