//Overtourism case study: Machu Picchu, Peru

Overtourism case study: Machu Picchu, Peru

Andres Adasme Tapia, Mountain Lodges of Peru, Peru-based tour operator

“Machu Picchu is one of Peru’s many wonderful sites. Currently, around 3,000 visitors a day, plus an extra 500 from the Inca Trail, enter Machu Picchu and it’s been acknowledged that’s too many.

“The authority’s idea of creating two visiting sessions — morning and afternoon — has been a good idea. As mornings are busiest, this dual approach allows for a quieter experience later. They’ve also created a circuit to manage numbers.

“What would be great is alternative routes to the citadel, 1,300ft above Aguas Calientes town. Currently, it’s a £19 bus ride, which contributes to noise and air pollution. I’d like to see a cable-car proposal; quicker, fun and incredible views. I’d also suggest promoting other hikes to surrounding mountains to encourage longer stays in Aguas Calientes and adding a third visitor session to Machu Picchu by night to spread visitor numbers.

“Of course, there’s more to Peru than Machu Picchu and we need to show off its ‘hidden’ side. We should be known for our diversity of experiences and environments, jungle to coast, deserts to the Amazon, the unknown Chiribaya civilisation to the well-known Incas.

“There are some good initiatives, such as the Conservamos por Naturaleza, which works with the Ministry of Environment of Peru to promote lesser-known regions; the website allows you to search nature holidays by interest such as adventure or family.”

2019-06-06T17:12:15+00:00 June 28th, 2019|