New restrictions set on visiting Peru's famed Machu Picchu

2017-06-22 05:45


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Lima - Travellers 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 splendour.

The new rules go into effect in July and will allow about 3 600 visitors to enter the ancient Incan citadel from 06:00 to 12:00 and another nearly 2 700 people to explore during afternoon hours.

Previously, travellers 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 on:    unesco  |  peru  |  archaeology

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