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Published on Thursday, June 18, 2020

Machu Picchu imposes strict limit on visitor numbers

The iconic Inca site of Machu Picchu will have strict controls over visitor numbers when it reopens next month.

Just 675 visitors will be allowed in each day, which is about a quarter of normal daily numbers.

Jean Paul Benavente, governor of the Cusco region, told AFP all visitors will have to wear masks and tours will have a maximum of only seven people.

While the plan is to reopen on July 1, it is still unclear if national border closures will be eased.

Even if they remain closed, the regional government of Cusco has urged the ministry of transport and communications to allow cross-border travel to Cusco to help boost the local tourism industry.

"We have proposed that the ministry should authorize cross-border travel from Latin American places where 'safety bubbles' are used, such as Colombia, Bolivia, and Chile, to allow tourism to resume," Benavente.

Machu Picchu will offer free admission for local children and seniors.

The UNESCO site has been closed for three months, severely impacting about 100,000 local tourism industry workers.

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