02/06/2020 6:54 pm
The Machu Picchu Historic Sanctuary, Peru’s main tourist attraction, will be re-opening in July 1, 2020, as established by a recent Legislative Decree published by the Peruvian Government the last 11th May.
Machu Picchu, and other archaeological tourist sites, museums, historical places and protected natural areas would be in operation from that date and the entrance will be free for a part of the population, in order to promote the tourism activity.
The people who will be able to enter for free will be public servants, children, teenagers and elderly people, whether national or foreign visitors.
As established by the news agency ANDINA “The legislation provides that this group of people may visit, from the 1st July to 31st December, 2020, a total of 55 cultural sites and 22 protected natural areas, including among these Machu Picchu and the network of the Inca Trail”.
The Ministry of Foreign Trade and Tourism (MINCETUR) has highlighted this Legislative Decree 1507 was created to promote the reactivation of domestic tourism at the national level.
In this way, it seeks to promote one of the economic activities most affected by the Coronavirus pandemic, which prevented the arrival of foreign visitors in previous months, since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.
As established by the MINCETUR “to reactivate the tourist activity, affected by the progress of COVID-19, we must adapt to new forms of tourism. In this sense, the promotion of internal tourism and short trips will be some of the alternatives for the reactivation of this sector”
With the publication of this decree, the Government will also be ensuring that the tourist sites should be adapting to the new biosecurity protocols that are going to be established for the attention of visitors.
To make this possible, the transfer of 20 Million Soles to the Ministry of Culture and the National Service of Natural Protected Areas (SERNANP) has been authorized, where each will receive 10 Million; in order to guarantee the operation of archaeological sites and museums, and also of protected natural areas, respectively.
MINCETUR emphasized that “with these resources, the administrative entities of these sites will be able to constantly carry out maintenance work and adapt to the new measures to guarantee the safety of the workers who operate these attractions, as well as the safety of the visitors. The adaptation to the new measures will start in June”
WAYKI TREK considers this to be excellent news for both the Peruvian population and travelers, who had to cancel their visit to Machu Picchu and other tourist sites in Peru due to COVID-19. We are sure that the measures that will be put into practice will allow a safe and pleasant visit, both to Machu Picchu and to all the tourist sites contemplated in this recent legislation.