It Just Got Slightly Harder to Visit Machu Picchu

Peru puts new restrictions on tourists to aid conservation efforts
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jun 21, 2017 2:54 PM CDT
Peruvian authorities say tourist access to the fabled ruins of Machu Picchu has been partially restricted to aid conservation efforts.   (AP Photo/Martin Mejia, File)

(Newser) – Travelers wanting a glimpse of Peru's famed Machu Picchu will be restricted to visiting during morning or afternoon tours in a move aimed at conserving the site's archaeological splendor, the AP reports. The new rules go into effect in July and will allow about 3,600 visitors to enter the ancient Incan citadel from 6am to noon and another nearly 2,700 people to explore during afternoon hours. Previously, travelers could spend the entire day taking in the world-renowned site. The changes are a result of a 2015 study by a US archaeologist and recommendations from UNESCO on how best to ensure that Machu Picchu isn't hurt by rising numbers of tourists. Visitors will also be required to use a guide-led tour. (Read more Machu Picchu stories.)

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