Cable Car to Machu Picchu would increase numbers of tourists
The plans to build a cable car to the old Inca Capital Machu Picchu would have positive effects on the number of domestic visitors to this wonder of the world. This would be beneficial for the historic consciousness of many Peruvians. Also, a new cable car system would boost the economy in the region around Machu Picchu.
The reason for this is that a cable car would lower the transportation cost to the old Inca capital. Therefore, more people will be able to visit the Inca sanctuary according to Ricardo Acosta, the president of the Peruvian Association of Travel and Tourism Agencies, or Apavit in short.
A new cable car system could allow 5.000 unique visitors a day to Machu Picchu, divided over two turns of 2.500 visitors each. A cable car might also offer a solution to the capacity problem of Huayna Picchu. Right now there are not many visitors allowed to that mountain which offers a stunning view of Machu Picchu due to problems with the access paths. A cable car might solve this problem.
Ricardo Acosta thinks that a new cable car system would cost approximately 20 million US dollars. To make this calculation, he looked at the costs of other cable cars, such as the Kuelap cable car to a fortress on a mountain.
The Peruvian Association of Travel and Tourism Agencies hopes this new way of transportation would attract mainly young students. Right now, these students tend to choose for destinations abroad such as Cuba and Mexico, because these are just as expensive as going to domestic Cusco. This cable car would make it cheaper to go to Cusco and thus more attractive for the relatively ‘poor’ students. According to the Apavit, this would allow Peruvians to explore the beauty of their own home country, which has positive effects on the historical consciousness of the citizens of Peru.