An increase in visitor numbers is expected at Machu Picchu with the new change in the visiting hours of Machu Picchu, starting July 1st of this year. These new changes give visitors two set times to enter: one in the morning from 6:00am-12:00pm, and the other in the afternoon from 12:00pm-5:30pm.
Currently, the average number of daily visitors to the site is between 3,000 and 3,200 people per day. However, during the high season, sometimes this number can creep up to more than 4,000 people.
The new schedule will better allow for up to 5,000 visitors to enter the site per day. Additionally, all visitors will now be following the same route in order to help alleviate current problems of congestion in certain parts of the park.
Futhermore, the Minister of External Businsess and Tourism, Eduardo Ferreyros, is working with the Peruvian Ministries of Environment and Culture on a way to expand the area of the park to accomodate more visitors. They are also looking to add more entrances and exits throughout the park.
However, the number of tourists visiting Machu Picchu could still grow, causing the Ministry of Culture to add up to three different time slots to accomodate almost 6,000 visitors a day.