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Machu Picchu shift entry to begin in July

From 1 July this year, visitors to Machu Picchu will have to enter the Incan citadel in two different shifts, one in the morning and one in the afternoon.



The first shift runs from 6am to noon, with the second shift starting at noon and running until 5.30pm, the Peruvian Times reported.


The two shift entry system was introduced as part of efforts to protect the important historical and cultural site from its incredible popularity.


Along with limits to the number of permits for travellers who want to take the four-day hike along the Inca Trail to get to the site, this latest move by Cusco is in line with a UNESCO endorsed Master Plan that has seen (and will see) the site undergo a drastic "reconceptualisation".


"Unlike petroleum and gold, which can be depleted, Machu Picchu should remain forever," Elías Carreño Peralta, the Ministry of Culture’s official in charge of implementing the 2015-2019 Machu Picchu Master Plan, told the Times.


"But all of us have to do our part and respect the regulations."


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Published: 5 May 2017

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