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December 17, 2017

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Keeping Machu Picchu pristine

The Peruvian government has drafted a new set of regulations that will make visiting Machu Picchu a much stricter affair. For one, you’ll have to hire a guide and follow one of three planned routes into the abandoned 15th-century mountaintop Inca city. As part of the new rules, stops at many key sites are limited to three to five minutes. Oh, and you’ll have to keep your clothes on at all times. (Several tourists have recently been detained for getting naked and posing for photos at Machu Picchu.) The Peruvian government says the current set of rules puts the UNESCO World Heritage site, which sees over 1.2 million visitors every year, at risk. UNESCO has been pressing Peru since 2009 to enact tougher regulations, even threatening in July 2013 to consider Machu Picchu for its “World Heritage in Danger” list in 2015 if no action was taken. The new rules are set to be adopted in the coming months.

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