By: Priscila Vera

Greetings travelers! Today I want to share with you an unforgettable experience that we lived on our recent trip to Peru, where we explored one of the 7 wonders of the world: Machu Picchu and clarified some doubts about its possible closure.

In early 2024, as I was planning my travels for the year, rumors surfaced about the imminent closure of Machu Picchu. However, I decided not to miss the opportunity and organized our trip to this impressive destination.

Our Peru itinerary lasted 8 days, during which we visited fascinating places such as Lima, Cusco, the Humantay lagoon and the 7-color mountain “Vinicunca”. But without a doubt, the highlight was our visit to Machu Picchu.

Upon arriving at Aguas Calientes, today known as Machu Picchu Pueblo, our guide met us at the train station and gave us all the instructions for the visit the next day. We opted for circuit 2, which allowed us to explore both the upper and lower parts of this ancient Inca citadel.

The highlight of our tour was the perfect weather we had. Despite the days of rain and fog in previous days, the sun shone throughout our visit, allowing us to fully appreciate the beauty of Machu Picchu.

During the tour, we took the opportunity to ask our guide, Joel, about the closure rumors. He explained to us that although there are no immediate plans to close Machu Picchu, the high influx of tourists is generating loading capacity problems at the destination.

To address this issue, projects such as building an interactive museum that would help distribute tourists more efficiently and educationally are being considered. However, Joel also warned us about the importance of respecting the site’s rules, since the recklessness of some tourists could put this world heritage site at risk.

It is essential to highlight that during our tour, we observed the presence of reckless visitors, some of whom sat down to rest in archaeological areas or even risked their safety by taking photos in closed spaces.

If you have the opportunity to visit this place, I strongly urge you to respect the rules and designated spaces. This will not only help you avoid possible penalties, but will also help preserve this historic site so that future tourists can enjoy it in a respectful manner.

Continuing the conversation with our guide, we received a resounding answer: NO! Machu Picchu, one of the 7 Wonders of the World, with its spectacular views and majesty, deserves to remain accessible to many more people.

Although there are currently no plans to close the site, the recklessness of some visitors and the excessive tourist burden pose challenges to its preservation. It is our responsibility as visitors to be aware and ensure that Machu Picchu and any other place we visit is preserved in its optimal state for future generations.

Machu Picchu remains open to welcome travelers from all over the world, but it is crucial that we all respect the rules and take care of this place. I highly recommend hiring a certified guide for a complete and respectful experience.

So if you have the opportunity to visit Machu Picchu, don’t hesitate! Enjoy its beauty, its history and its magic, but remember to be a responsible traveler.

Until the next adventure!


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