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Rules and Regulations of Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu is a World Heritage Site and one of the Seven Wonders of the World. More than 2,500 tourists visit Machu Picchu every day, and 500 people begin hiking the Inca Trail every day, totalling 2,000 people on the trail at any given time. For this reason, it is crucial that the Peruvian government and every tour operator involved to help preserve this precious site and follow the Machu Picchu regulations. The main way to preserve the site is by setting admission restrictions:

  1. No more than 500 people per day are allowed on the trail. This number includes guides, Quechuas (porters) and chefs.
  2. No more than 400 people per day are allowed to hike Huayna Picchu. This is why we strongly suggest that you let us know if you would like to hike Huayna Picchu when you book with us, as it needs to be reserved in advance.

Also to preserve the site, no equipment that would damage the trail is allowed, including anything with wheels so everything needed on the trail must be carried. For this reason, we cannot use horses or wagons to carry the equipment on the Inca Trail, so tour operators employ porters, or Quechuas as we call them. We do use horses on our other hikes, including the Lares, Salkantay, and Mantanay Hikes.

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