Is Peru about to make big changes to visitor rules at Machu Picchu?



By Rachel Chase

The Peruvian government may be planning to implement a number of big changes to operations at the historic Inca citadel of Machu Picchu, one report indicates.

According to The Peruvian Times, the Ministry of Culture in Cusco has drafted a new set of rules for visitors to the site that is currently being reviewed by tourism organizations. Among the changes is a new requirement to hire an official guide to enter the park. This move appears to be an effort to control tourists’ movements and time in the park, as well as a measure to better regulate the number of visitors at the site at any given time. Furthermore, The Peruvian Times reports, the site’s directors are also looking to impose time limits for tourists’ stops at some of Machu Picchu’s most iconic sites, including Intihuatana, the Temple of the Condor, the Water Mirrors and the Temple of the Sun.

Speaking to The Peruvian Times, Fernando Astete, the director of the Machu Picchu Archaeological Park, said “There are guides that come in and they go against the circuit, or we say no more than 20 tourists in each group, and they come with 30 or 40,”

Astete added that “Everything we are doing is in order to preserve the site and prevent damage.”