Carlos Loayza Camarena
Machupicchu in the eyes of the world
On the occasion of the announcement made a few weeks ago about the modernization of the ticket sales system to the different archaeological sites administered by the Ministry of Culture of Peru and that at some point this new platform would be the only one to be used to manage access to our main archaeological center of the country as Machu Picchu, different voices have been heard and have brought up the important and necessary attention to what is also the main tourist attraction of Peru.
As is well known, the sustainability of a tourist attraction and more so when it is a World Heritage Site, merits above all things to keep in mind its conservation and preservation, so by 2015, the consultant under the direction of Douglas Comer made the study of carrying capacity of Machu Picchu and the government defined in 2020 a maximum capacity of 2,244 per day.
As expected, from having a flow of more than 7,000 visitors per day to less than 30%, the economic impact on the main arrival center to make the tour of the llacta itself was reduced more than significantly, which is why, after a series of protests and measures of force of the population, the state, already under the presidency of Pedro Castillo, agreed through its then Minister of Culture, Betsy Chavez, to give in to the pressure of the population and grant them the sale of 1,000 tickets in person and exclusively in Machu Picchu town, over the 4,044 that were also authorized to be the new capacity allowed per day.