A new permit system for tourism visits to the UNESCO World Heritage site of Machu Picchu will be imposed from July 1.
The introduction of permits for one of two daily timeslots aims to ensure a “sustainable flow” of visitors to the ancient citadel, according to Peru’s culture ministry.
All travellers must make reservations online from the official Machu Picchu visitor website (www.machupicchu.gob.pe) or via a UK or Peru-based tour operator or travel agent.
Reservations can be paid for online using a Visa card and permit e-tickets can then be printed.
The two entry periods have been established as follows:
Morning timeslot: 6am to 12
Afternoon timeslot: 12 to 5.30pm
Every visitor will be required to show their ticket and original ID. Those wanting to visit the citadel throughout the day will have to buy two permits, one for each timeslot.
The use of an official Machu Picchu tour guide or licensed tour guide will also be mandatory for all visits from July 1.
Tour guides will be able to lead a maximum of group size of 16 people and must present an up-to-date and valid guide identification on entering Machu Picchu.
Guides will need to sign in and sign out all visitors in their group. The guides will also be responsible for informing visitors of the regulations of the park.
Entry tickets booked and purchased using the old system for visits between July and December will be honoured for the first six months of the new permit system.
The Decentralised Culture Bureau of Cusco, the government organisation managing the conservation of cultural sites in Cusco, including Machu Picchu, will be responsible for co-ordinating the new permit system.
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