Tuesday, January 1, 2019

Discovering A Machu Picchu Tour Package

By Michael Moore

While there are specific areas of interest, the country of Peru is a natural and cultural tourist destination. Discovered in 1911, millions of tourists have visited Machu Picchu and other areas of the country as part of a Machu Picchu Tour Package. In fact, in 2017 alone, 1,411,279 tourists toured this historic heritage site whether through independent travel or as part of a group.

While the area has become extremely crowded and slow when participating in walking tours, there are now hopes that a new cable car system will be approved in 2018. While this is the case, as there have been attempts at tourist helicopter flights and landings in the past which have failed, chances are unlikely that a cable car system which would most likely be vulnerable to the ruins in the area will be approved. For, UNESCO is already considering placing the site on a list of endangered World Heritage sites.

In fact, there is a no fly zone which was instituted to prevent other attempts at air based tourist sight-seeing. At the same time, a cable car system would work to provide access to those whom are physically challenged and cut down on foot traffic. Still, as all other attempts at tourist transportation located in the area has failed, only time will tell whether or not this plan will come to pass.

When it comes to restricting helicopter flights and landings, or limiting the number of visitors on a daily basis, all are in relation to safety concerns. For, as there have already been a number of tourists die while touring the site, the government is trying assure future visitors have a safe and fun experience. In fact, UNESCO has been known to criticize Peru for allowing visitors to the site at all due to the high risk for earthquakes, floods and altitude sickness.

In January 2010, thousands of Peruvians and tourists were trapped when roads and railways were destroyed or washed away in a major flood. In fact, over two thousand tourists and locals had to be transported by air to safety. After which, the area remained closed to locals and tourists for over three months before anyone could return to the area.

While nudists have recently found an affinity for the area, the Peruvian officials are dismayed. In fact, several individuals have been detained for streaking and shooting nude photography in different areas of the site. The acts have since been denounced these acts for threatening the cultural heritage of the country. Recently, there have been surveillance cameras installed in an effort to cut down on crime as well as nudity in the area.

In 2011, the country introduced tougher entrance guidelines when it came to visiting the Citadel Machu Picchu. The new rules were an effort to reduce the negative effects of tourism on the site. At that time, the entrance was restricted to twenty five hundred or fewer visitors a day. Whereas, the entrance to Huayna Picchu within the Citadel was restricted to only four hundred per day.

In the past, reductions were made over the course of a three phase process. For the most part, these reductions were instituted in an effort to reduce the negative effects of tourist on the site. Whereas, the process has also help better manage the number of tourists per day, thus creating a better overall experience.

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