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Machu Picchu Will Soon Be Open To Tourists In Two Shifts

Machu Picchu Will Soon Be Open To Tourists In Two Shifts

Machu Pichu, the ancient Inca ruins nestled on a picturesque mountain top near Cuzco, Peru is one of the world’s most popular tourist destinations. It’s a regular bucket list item. As such, the ruins are constantly populated by tourists.

The sacred site of Machu Pichu attracted nearly 1.5 million visitors last year alone, which is a growth of 11 per cent from the year before. While this is great for Peru’s tourism sector, it poses a problem for the sanctity of the site.

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As such, the Peruvian government has been taking measures to ensure that it remains protected. From July 1 this year, the UNESCO World Heritage site will be accepting visitors over two different shift times, 6am-12pm and 12-5.30pm. This is good to keep in mind if you were hoping to visit the site later this year.

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The shift times have been introduced to make sure that the influx of tourists can be properly controlled. The statement announcing the change read: “This measure is adopted with the aim of ensuring a better flow of tourism, conservation and preservation of the citadel.” This is in keeping with the move to restrict the number of tourists trekking the Inca trail, a strategy that has been in place for years now.

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Measures like this are super important to ensure that we can still visit our favourite sites well into the future.

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