Mandatory guides for visitors to Machu Picchu starting July 1 Author: Andean Air Mail & PERUVIAN TIMES
Starting July 2017, visitors to Machu Picchu will be required to hire an official guide to tour the site, a top Ministry of Culture official saidVisitors to Machu Picchu will have to hire an official guide to enter the Inca Citadel starting July 1, a top official at the Ministry of Culture told Peruvian Times on Friday.
“Most tourists have made those arrangements long in advance, but for those who have not, there are official guides available (for hire) at the entrance,” said Dr. Elías Carreño Peralta, the Ministry of Culture’s official in charge of implementing the 2015-2019 Machu Picchu Master Plan.
Currently, the official guides at Machu Picchu’s entrance charge approximately a hundred soles for up to four visitors, or approximately 25 soles, or just under $8, each.
He said the regulations mandating the use of official guides is the culmination of months of public hearings and workshops with local authorities, tourism federations and travel businesses.
A ministerial resolution approving the new Regulations of Sustainable Use and Touristic Visits for the Conservation of the Inca City of Machu Picchu was published in February.
Carreño Peralta’s comments to Peruvian Times come a week after Cusco’s regional Culture Directorate announced that starting July 1, visitors to Machu Picchu will have to enter in two shifts, one in the morning and the other in the afternoon.
The first shift would be from 6 a.m. until 12 p.m. and the second from 12 p.m. until 5:30 p.m.
The maximum size of tourist groups will also be reduced from 20 to 16 visitors, Carreño Peralta said.