Sunday 24 September, 2017

New visitor guidelines for Machu Picchu

Visitors to Machu Picchu will no longer be allowed to spend the entire day at the historic site 

That is part of the new rules which have been implemented per a mandate from UNESCO officials on how to ensure the popular Peruvian site doesn’t sustain damage from the rising numbers of tourists.

The new guidelines went into effect July 1 as a result of a 2015 study by a United States archaeologist and recommendations from UNESCO.

Visitors will be allowed to enter the area during two periods a day, in the morning from 6 am to 12 pm and in the afternoon from 12 pm to 5:30 pm.

All visitors must also enter with either an official Machu Picchu guide or licensed tourist guide. Each guide will also only be permitted to take a maximum of 16 people during each entrance into the area.

Officials have also updated the prohibited list to include bags larger than 16 inches, food and drinks, alcoholic beverages, cigarettes, illegal substances, umbrellas, photographic tripods, selfie sticks, musical instruments, high heels, children’s strollers, walking sticks and more.

Tourists are also not allowed to climb or lean on walls, touch or remove any items, get naked, make loud noises or feed the resident or wild animals in the protected region.