Machu Picchu at risk due to excessive tourist load

The Machu Picchu wear should concern not only Peruvians, but all of humanity, the Minister of Culture of Peru warned this Saturday. PeruBetssy Chavez.

“Really the wear it has our heritage It should concern all Peruvians, but also all of humanity, because this is the legacy that we are leaving to humanity,” Chavez said of the Inca citadel, according to a statement from his office.

The minister met with the regional governor of Cuzco, Jean Paul Benavente, the mayor of Machu Picchu, Darwin Baca, and with representatives of the unions that are in charge of the tourism sector in this region to promote new agreements in relation to the safeguarding of heritage Peruvian.

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Protests of residents for capacity in Machu Picchu

Peru warns that the wear of Machu Picchu should concern the world. Machu Picchu is at risk due to the deterioration caused by the load of visits.

these weeks protests have occurred in Aguas Calientes (population from where the citadel is accessed) and also debates about the capacity of the place, since the UNESCO recommends a number of daily visitors that is not shared by workers in the area.

“I have come to keep my word to be in Machu Picchu today. Today I have visited the Llaqta of Machu Picchu and there is a visible deterioration,” Chavez declared, adding that “sincere information” is needed to take it to the next ordinary meeting of the Machu Picchu Management Unit.

He indicated that in order to find a way out of the current situation surrounding the Inca citadel, he must have the opinion of the public and acknowledged that the pandemic “has exposed many shortcomings of the State.”

“We have to work across the board. On the one hand, the protection of heritage, but it is important to inject responsible tourism,” he said.

On Monday, August 15, the Ministry of Culture, Foreign Trade and Tourism, Environment, the Regional Government of Cuzco and the Municipality of Machu Picchu -the entities that make up the Machu Picchu Management Unit-, met in Lima to reach agreements in relation to the protection of the heritage of the Llaqta.

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How much is the capacity in Machu Picchu?

Machu Picchu is at risk due to the deterioration caused by the load of visits.

Machu Picchu is at risk due to the deterioration caused by the load of visits. And it is that, after the pandemicthe capacity almost doubled from 3,044 to 5,044 per day, which violates international standards.

A recent report from the Ministry of Culture indicates that the inca stones of the citadel have a wear of more than 5 millimeters in some areas such as the water sources.

The first 3D scan was done in 2016. Since then, the wear has accumulated by almost one millimeter per year due to weather conditions and people’s traffic. And in a decade, the damage would amount to one centimeter.

Despite this, the outgoing Minister of Culture, Alejandro Salas, contradictorily, in less than a month, endorsed the expansion of the admission capacity. In October of last year it was 3,044 per day, but on July 17 it was changed to 4,044 daily visitors and a week later it received a thousand more.

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