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Restrictions on visitors to Machu Picchu

Associated Press logo Associated Press 21/06/2017

Travellers wanting a glimpse of Peru's famed Machu Picchu will be restricted to visiting during morning or afternoon tours in a move aimed at conserving the site's archaeological splendour.

The new rules go into effect in July and will allow about 3,600 visitors to enter the ancient Incan citadel from 6 am to noon and another nearly 2,700 people to explore during afternoon hours.

Previously, travellers could spend the entire day taking in the world-renowned site.

The changes are a result of a 2015 study by a US archaeologist and recommendations from UNESCO on how best to ensure that Machu Picchu isn't hurt by rising numbers of tourists.

Visitors will also be required to use a guide-led tour.

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