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Leslie Urteaga, Minister of Culture: “Machu Picchu is not going to be privatized”

Leslie Urteaga, Minister of Culture: “Machu Picchu is not going to be privatized”

The head of the Ministry of Culture (Mincul), Leslie Urteagastated that Machu Picchu will not be privatized, after the announcement of the sale of tickets on the virtual platform starting on Wednesday, December 20.

The official indicated that, for several weeks, the institution she directs has been working hand in hand with local and regional authorities, as well as with tourism agents and representatives of various sectors at the national level, to achieve a better experience when entering this historical sanctuary recognized as a World Heritage Site.

“We have always clarified and specified that there is no privatization in this regard,” said Minister Urteaga.

Likewise, he explained that the sale of tickets in this modality has already occurred for many years through a website of the Decentralized Directorate of Culture (DDC) of Cusco; However, at this time it had not been able to be repowered. For that reason, Access to tickets has been reinforced through a virtual platform in order to offer the services of the Ministry of Culture.

“What we have been working on for a few months now is to have a new platform, which already exists, that aims not only to include Machu Picchu, but also other cultural spaces, such as museums and archaeological sites nationwide,” he explained.

What other tickets can be purchased from this platform?

In this space,, there are already the Kuélap Archaeological Monument, Nasca Lines, Chan Chan, Pachacamac, Museum of Italian Art. Soon, Caral, Ventanillas de Otuzco and others will join.

“This platform seeks to offer greater security, transparency and objectivity in the acquisition of tickets. Starting on (Wednesday) December 20, tickets can be purchased online for next year,” he said.

Ticket sales in Machu Picchu town will continue

“I want to clarify that the 1,000 in-person tickets will continue to be sold at the Cultural Center of Machu Picchu town. The ticket office will be maintained. What we are doing now is only changing the platform through which these tickets are being acquired.”said the Minister of Culture.

In addition, he described as false the versions that the company in charge of the ticket sales platform to the sanctuary is also offering tourist packages. “It is totally false. That company does not have the power to sell tickets included in tourist packages. It is not his field,” he emphasized.

Source: Larepublica

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