Machu Picchu New Routes and New Restrictions
July 26, 2011 § 1 Comment
Tourism authorities in Cusco announced yesterday the opening of a new path in Machu Picchu. The new route which will be under evaluation for the next 15 days will permit visitors to view the Incan Walls and natural landscape of Huayna Picchu.
The hike three-hour hike which is restricted to 400 visitors a day will operate beginning at 6am each day. Depending on the evaluation by the Management Unit of the Machu Picchu Historical Sanctuary (UGM) the new route may become permanent.
The new route is expected to help elevation the problems presented by the influx of tourism. The Master Plan of the National Archaeological Park of Machu Picchu and UNESCO recommends a maximum of 2,500 visitors per day. This week as Machu Picchu celebrates its 100 year anniversary tourists have been stranded on the bridge located at the main entrance to the city when the site exceeded the 2,500 person capacity. The authorities are working on a solution to the problem.
Huayna Picchu the mountain overlooking Machu Picchu is a popular day hike for those visiting Machu Picchu. The mountain is home of the Temple of the Moon one of the three major temples of the Machu Picchu Area. The current route allows 400 visitors a day and permits are usually gone early in the morning. The new route will double this amount. Authorities have also announced that they are increasing the admission to Huayna Picchu from S/.14 to S/.150.