Exploration

Smoked Machu Picchu

Smoked Machu Picchu

Forest fires this week set on Cusco hillsides and farmland at Collpani and also San Antonio de Torontoy, near Machu Picchu, covered the area in smoke and ashes that affected visibility at Aguas Calientes and the hilltop citadel. Fernando Astete, head of the Machu Picchu archaeological park, said firefighters and […]

Nazca Lines Get A Boost Against Threats

Nazca Lines Get A Boost Against Threats

The Nazca Lines, which face a number of threats because they are spread over such a wide territory, were recently given some good news. Efforts to protect them have been given an important boost, through a $150,000 grant awarded by this year’s United States’ Ambassador’s Fund, which finances cultural preservation projects in developing […]

Study shows Machu Picchu can receive more than 5,900 daily visitors

Study shows Machu Picchu can receive more than 5,900 daily visitors

A new government commissioned study reportedly shows Machu Picchu can handle up to 5,940 visitors per day as long as Peru implements infrastructure improvements and spreads out the flow of tourists as prescribed in the recently approved five-year master plan. The U.S.-based firm Cultural Site and Research Management of Baltimore, Maryland, delivered the report on Monday to […]

Peru to Close Machu Picchu Peaks next April for Maintenance

Peru to Close Machu Picchu Peaks next April for Maintenance

Authorities in Peru’s southern Cuco region have announced that access to two peaks at the Inca citadel of Machu Picchu will be closed to tourists in April next year. The head of the Machu Picchu National Archaeological Park, Fernando Astete, said that Huayna Picchu will be closed for the first half […]