Machu Picchu: changing entry regulations
Peru’s Minister of Foreign Trade and Tourism Rogers Valencia has announced that they are working on a way to regulate the growing tourism flow to the ancient Inca Citadel of Machu Picchu. The minister said this on Friday the 9th of November; he hopes the news plans can be implemented in January 2019 already.
The main thing that will added to one of the Seven Wonders of the World will be a real entrance. This is also the part of the renovation that takes most time, but Valencia is still positive about reaching the deadline.
The new entrance would offer better opportunities to all shuttle services that drive tourists from Aguas Calientes to the old Inca sanctuary Machu Picchu. The whole tourism network will benefit from this change.
Additionally, travelers who wish to visit Machu Picchu have to register beforehand. Fortunately, this won’t cause any problems to the tourists, as this will only make the waiting time to enter the old Inca citadel shorter and thus it would improve the whole experience.
These plans have found broad backing in Peru. The project will be funded, coordinated and developed by the Peruvian Ministry of Culture. However, the Peruvian Ministry of Environment, local authorities, tourism guilds and the Mincetur have also expressed support to this project.
Minister Rogers Valencia stresses that this project needs to be executed before things get out of hands. Without order, the tourism experience is affected negatively. Additionally, the new regulations would help Peru to preserve their most famous historical monument and a part of its identity.
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