About 175,000 travelers arrived via Inca Trail to Machu Picchu in 2
Nearly 175,000 tourists, national and foreign, made their way to the grounds of Machu Picchu by taking the Inca Trail, according to the National Service of Protected Natural Areas by the State (SERNANP).
Out of a total of 2.6 million tourists who visited Cusco in 2014, 175,000 decided to take the ancient path weaving through jungle and Andes ecosystems, paved by the Incas themselves.
The majority of these tourists to Cusco were Americans, British, Germans, Brazilians, Argentines, and Chileans, among others; and some 990,769 Peruvians. Of this 2.6 million, 90% went to Macchu Picchu, and 175,000 of them took the ancient path of the Inca Trail to arrive.
According to the General Secretary of SERNANP, Rodolfo Valcarcel, this means an ever increasing amount of people are embracing the nature-based tourism that offers its own unique benefits.
The Inca Trail and its natural landscape is part of the Machu Picchu Historical Sanctuary. This region is protected and preserved by SERNANP, according to Valcarcel, while the citadel itself is under the protection of Cusco’s Decentralized Culture Directorate (DDC).
As the sanctuary covers 80,535 acres of nature bounding the citadel, it is a one-of-a-kind and breathtaking environment. It’s location is dense with forest, mountain slopes, deep valleys, and snowy white-capped mountains, creating an arguably spiritual experience for its visitors.