On Thursday, local authorities said Peru increased the number of visitors who could enter the Inca fortress in Machu Picchu per day from 4,000 to 5,000 after protests by tourists.
The Machu Picchu Administration Unit (UGM) has agreed to increase the access capacity of the shot [citadelle] to 5,044 people per day” versus 4,044 previously, a press release notes.
The castle is located 110 kilometers from Cusco, the ancient capital of the Inca Empire, and was built in the 15th century.e Century by Emperor Pachakotik.
“This decision was made with the intention of responding, exceptionally, to the demand for visitors,” added the UGM.
The Peruvian Ministry of Culture announced that tickets have been sold out through August 19.
On Wednesday, about a thousand tourists demonstrated in the village of Machu Picchu to protest the lack of tickets.
Tourists, from Spain, Colombia, Chile or France, have temporarily closed the railways.
Machu Picchu has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1983.
According to official figures, in 2019, the year before the outbreak of the epidemic, the castle received 1.5 million visitors.
In the first half of this year, there were about 400,000 visitors.
Entry ticket to Machu Picchu costs $40 for foreigners and $16 for Peruvians.
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