Increased Capacity and Sustainability: Machu Picchu Reinvents Itself for the Future

Machu Picchu, Peru’s archaeological icon, is expanding its doors. Following a recent decision by the Peruvian Ministry of Culture, the number of visitors authorised per day will now be increased to 5,600, compared with 3,044 previously. This measure, aimed at boosting tourism while preserving the integrity of the site, will come into force on 1 June.


Adjustments to timetables and infrastructure



Significant adjustments have been made to accommodate this increase. Visiting times have been reorganised to ensure a more even spread of visitors throughout the day, with visiting slots of between 2.30 and 3 hours. New observation platforms have been built and new paths created to enhance the visitor experience without overloading the traditional viewpoints. This new infrastructure will also help to reduce environmental impact.


Seasonal organisation

Particular emphasis is being placed on organising visits according to season. During the peak tourist season, strict measures will be put in place to regulate access and make the site more fluid, so as to guarantee an optimal experience for all visitors. In the low season, offers will be put in place to maintain a constant flow of visitors, which is vital for the local economy.


Impact and implications

These adjustments are the result of lengthy consultation between the local authorities, tourism-related private sector companies, the Ministry of Foreign Trade and Tourism and organisations responsible for preserving the site. All of these new measures are in line with international conservation standards and are designed to preserve the site for future generations, the ministry in charge said.


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Increasing Machu Picchu’s visitor capacity is a major development for this emblematic site and for the Peruvian tourism sector in general. It presents both significant challenges and opportunities for sustainable growth for one of Peru’s most popular travel regions.


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