New details about Machupicchu you should know
If you are coming to Peru, a must is Machupicchu, one of the world’s seven wonders. Since 2017 there are some regulations that you have to consider to make the most of your Mahupicchu trip:
Guides, choices and littering
From July 2017, every visitor must access Machupicchu along with a professional tourist guide. Although this rule has been ordered almost two years ago, from this year it will be mandatory for every visitor who wants to enter Machupicchu.
On the other hand, visitors who want to climb Machupicchu Mountain and the Huayna Picchu will not be able to do both mountains on the same day. They will have to buy two tickets and climb the mountains in two different days. Keep in mind that per day, only 400 people are able to climb Huayna Picchu. The first 200 at 7:00 am and the rest at 10:00 am. The access to Machupicchu Mountain is the same, 400 people per day, 200 at 7:00 am and 200 at 10:00 am.
Regarding littering, plastic bags or similar are not allowed, only certain snacks will be permitted, as soon as they are not packed.
Now is wheelchair accessible
Wheel the World is the brainchild of Alvaro Silberstein and Camilo Navarro, two friends and entrepreneurs from Chile, and his company has developed the first-ever wheelchair-accessible tour of the iconic site in Peru, which is considered one of the wonders of the world. Their idea formed when the pair planned to hike Torres de Paine National Park in Patagonia together in 2016. Silberstein uses a wheelchair, and his regular chair wasn’t suited for the journey. But following a successful crowdfunding campaign, he was able to buy a lightweight, foldable chair for the trip. The company partners with businesses which can donate the chairs and store them locally. In that way clients avoid the cost of having to purchase their own or transport them. Users must be accompanied by a travel companion, however, as the wheelchairs cannot be self-propelled.
Machu Picchu, the heart of the Inca Empire nestled in the Andes
It was brought to international attention by the American historian Hiram Bingham in 1911. After that point tourists began flocking to ancient ruins. But it was only in December 2018 that the first quadriplegic and paraplegic visitors were able to access it.