tickets to enter Machu Picchu, the ancient Inca
site in Peru, are to rise by 50 per cent and
tourist numbers will be limited to 2,500 a day
from January, under new plans proposed by the
Tourist officials visiting London this week
announced a “master plan” to protect the
14th-century site, regarded as the biggest
tourist draw in South America. In recent years,
as many as 5,000 people a day have scampered
over the ancient ruins, but Unesco earlier this
year threatened to put the World Heritage Site
on its endangered list unless something was done
to limit the potential damage caused by so many
The new 2,500 limit
will be in line with Unesco recommendations.
Other plans include increasing the entrance
price to Machu Picchu from £11 to £17 and
opening up more trekking routes to the site. At
the moment there is one principal route, the
Inca Trail, which has a limit of 500 people
taking the trek, which lasts up to five days.
This allocation could be spread over other
trekking routes from January, although there is
yet to be full agreement on this point.
Manuel Bryce, adviser to the minister of
foreign trade and tourism in Peru, in London
this week, said: “A final decision on the
numbers and prices will be made at the end of
November. But it looks very likely that the new
rules will come into force in January.”
Michael Pullman, of Cox & Kings, a UK
tour operator that features Peru, said: “We’re
pleased with the initiatives. It’s a brave move
because they are taking a long-term view of
Sarah Bradley, managing director of Journey
Latin America, said that she “wholeheartedly”
supported the plan.
Tom Chesshyre, Will Hide
Details: Peru Tourist Board (http://www.peru.info/).