Will it no longer be possible to visit Machu Picchu? Fake New or sad reality?

By Serena Pedrioli

On the official pages of the Machu Picchu site, there is no sign of alarming news, but social media is flooded with rumors foretelling the possible closure of the famous wonder of the world. Is it really in danger or is it just a false alert?

Machu Picchu’s vulnerability is nothing new, with reports of collapse risk going back several years. In fact, as early as 2012, a fault in the Urubamba Valley raised concerns. The danger can be attributed to climate change, deforestation, and heavy rains that have affected the mountainous area of Cusco.

The ancient Incas, in the 1400s, foresaw the risk, building a drainage system to divert the water that penetrated through canals that carried it down into the valley. However, today these canals are obstructed and reconstructing the underground route is a complex undertaking due to the partial lack of information.

It has recently been reported that the Peruvian Ministry of Culture has announced the temporary closure of three crucial areas of Machu Picchu, including the Temple of the Condor, Intihuatana, and the Temple of the Sun. In fact, the high influx of visitors, estimated at 3,600 to 3,800 per day, is considered one of the main causes of the deterioration of the soil, which is registering a subsidence of 15 centimeters per year.

Although the current situation seems stable, it is possible that more stringent measures, such as a reduction in the number of daily visitors and additional precautions, will be taken in the future.

It is therefore advisable to book tickets well in advance (2-3 months in advance) to secure access, as the popularity of the site remains high and the number of daily visitors is limited. In addition, it is essential to refer only to official communiqués from Peru’s Ministry of Culture for up-to-date and reliable information on the situation at Machu Picchu. Find such communiqués on their official website.

Despite current challenges, this site remains an undisputed symbol of the greatness of the Incan civilization. The hope is that through preservation efforts, Machu Picchu can preserve its beauty for future generations.

Whether you are already planning an upcoming visit or dreaming of doing so soon, the grand experience of exploring this historic site remains a unique opportunity for travel enthusiasts.

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