The Jakarta Post
Starting on July 1, tourists visiting Machu Picchu must be accompanied by a licensed tour guide from 6 a.m. to 12 p.m., or from 12 to 5:30 p.m. (Shutterstock/File)
The Peruvian Ministry of Culture is set to roll out a new regulation for visitors of Machu Picchu.
Starting on July 1, tourists visiting Machu Picchu must be accompanied by a licensed tour guide for either a morning tour (6 a.m. to 12 p.m.) or an afternoon tour (12 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.) In addition, a group of visitors will be limited to a maximum of 16 people.
Ticket prices will remain the same at 152 Peruvian Sol (US$46.45) for adults. Those wanting to spend a whole day at the Incan citadel will pay for both the morning and afternoon tours. Tickets are available at Machu Picchu’s official website and can also be purchased from tour operators.
“We anticipate that the new system introduced by the Ministry of Culture will regulate the flow of travelers entering the site and help to preserve the authenticity of this national treasure,” said Tony Mason, CEO of the Latin American Travel Association (LATA), as reported by kompas.com.
Tickets already purchased will still be valid through December 2017 and these ticket holders will not be subjected to the new time restrictions, according to The Independent.
Up to 1.1 million tourists reportedly visited Machu Picchu in 2014. (mas/kes)