Machu Picchu is one of Peru’s most popular sites, but in recent years it’s become so popular that it’s struggling to cope with the sheer number of visitors. The solution? A shift system, with visitors entering twice a day.
Built during the Inca Empire, Machu Picchu is a popular tourist attraction in Peru and has been photographed thousands of times. With UNESCO World Heritage site status. the Incan citadel sees a high level of footfall as visitors flock to the site to see it in all its stunning natural beauty.
However, thanks to its popularity Machu Picchu has seen an increasing level of overcrowding in recent years, while its archaeological importance means it’s crucial to protect the site from human imapact. To that end, the Peruvian Times reports, a shift system will come into effect as of July 1, 2017. The move will see visitors able to enter the site in two shifts: one from 6am – 12pm, and one from 12pm – 5:30pm.
Tickets will be available to purchase as of June 1 and it’s hoped that the move will limit the impact of high visitor numbers on the historically significant site.
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