Machu Picchu was founded on top of a mountain around 1440 and was inhabited until the Spanish conquest of Peru in 1532. However, the Spanish conquerors never found the famous Inca city, and the city was forgotten until it was rediscovered in 1911.
Since then, hordes of tourists from all over the world have found the city that is considered the foremost symbol of inca culture. So many visit Machu Picchu that the Peruvian authorities, from January 1 this year, have tightened the rules for visits in an attempt to overcome overturism and wear, writes Danish BT .
Only two visits daily
Daily 5,000 people visit the inauguration town. It is twice as many as Unesco has recommended as sound. In 2014, demands were made for foreign tourists to only visit the historic city together with a guide. In 2017, the authorities closed Machu Picchu in the middle of the day, so that only morning and afternoon visits are allowed.
However, experience has shown that most tourists prefer to arrive early in the morning to get as many hours as possible to experience the historic city.
Requires booking of time
The tightened rules that were introduced on 1 January this year mean that tourists now have to book time-specific visits – and that if you come more than one hour late, you lose the right to enter.
The visit’s maximum length should also be reduced, from six and a half hours to four hours.
The authorities also throw in a carrot for those who choose to visit Machu Picchu a little later in the day. Visiting between 9 am and 12 am, you get free access to the Manuel Chavez Ballon Museum at Machu Picchu. If you book an even later visit, you will be enticed with free admission to the Raqchi Temple, which also originates from the Incadid.
The admission ticket to the famous Inca City will still be the same, with 152 Peruvian adult soles. About 390 Norwegian kroner.