With over 1.3 Million visitors per year, Machu Picchu is under tremendous environmental pressure to maintain its splendors for generations to come. UNESCO has listed the famous citadel among sites at risk due to extreme tourism. Their recommendation is to limit the numbers of visitors to 912,500 per year.
To protect the sanctuary, the government of Peru approved $14.6 million to be used for infrastructure and planning purpose. Some of the upcoming changes include time limits at specific points, morning and afternoon shifts, certified guides requirement to enter the site. The Ministry of Culture, led by Dr. Elias Carreño Peralta, will also build a visitor center at the town of Aguas Calientes, near the ruins. “Unlike petroleum and gold, which can be depleted, the Inca’s sanctuary should remain forever”, the official outlined.
The restructuring plan intends to restore and integrate long-overlooked Inca trail, terraces and ceremonial ruins, delivering to visitors a unique and authentic Inca experience..