Lima, Dec 29 (EFE) .- The cultural authorities of Peru began this Tuesday the reservation and sale of tickets to visit the Inca citadel of Machu Picchu from next January, as well as to travel the route of the Inca Trail, which since its reopening in last November has been free access.
The Ministry of Culture opened the process, through the Decentralized Directorate of Culture of Cusco, for those interested in entering the archaeological site between January 1 and 3, while to do so between January 4 and 10, they may purchase tickets from the next day 2.
The sale also began to travel route 5 of the Inca Trail between January 1 and 5, while to do it between January 6 and 10, tickets will be offered from January 2.
After noting that in the next few days it will be reported on the sale of tickets for the following days of January, the ministry recalled that the daily capacity allowed in Machu Picchu is currently 1,122 visitors, equivalent to 50% of the total, to comply with health security measures.
As of January 1, the general rate for national visitors, foreigners residing in the country and citizens of the Andean Community, which Peru integrates with Bolivia, Colombia and Ecuador, will be 64 soles (18 dollars) and for education students superior and minors of 32 soles (9 dollars).
In addition, those born in the Cusco region, where the citadel is located, will have free admission every Sunday, as long as they have an entrance ticket generated at least 24 hours before their visit.
For foreign visitors, the rate for adults will be 152 soles (42.8 dollars), for students 77 soles (21.6 dollars) and for minors 70 soles (19.7 dollars).
The Ministry of Culture recalled that to enter Machu Picchu it is an essential requirement, in addition to the ticket, the presentation of the national identity document, immigration card or passport and valid higher education card in the case of students.
Children under three years of age have free entry and all minors must be accompanied by an adult.
The citadel of Machu Picchu was closed since last March, when the covid-19 pandemic began, until November 1, when it began to receive tourists with a limited capacity and compliance with a strict health security plan that includes carrying face masks and maintain social distance.
Since the reopening, Peruvians have not paid to enter the archaeological site, a measure that the authorities adopted to promote the return of domestic tourism and counteract the economic impact of the epidemic.