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The strict new rules at Machu Picchu

The strict new rules at Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu is on a number of people’s bucket lists as one of the destinations to see before they pass and seeing photos of the Incan ruins makes it easy to understand why.

However, as interest in Machu Picchu continues to rise, access to the area has become limited.

New ticketing systems have been put in place to limit tourists to visit at specifically scheduled times.

Tickets, once you purchase them, are valid for four hours and re-entry is often not allowed.

You either book in for a “morning” or an “afternoon” slot at a cost of 152 peruvian Sol ($AUD65).

Officials introduced the ticketing system as a way to control crowds heading to the Incan ruins.

In 2018, CNN Travel spoke to Sarah Miginiac, who is the general manager for South America at adventure company G Adventures. She spoke about over tourism at Machu Picchu.

"That's not what over tourism in Machu Picchu looks like," she says. In Peru's ancient city, it's a question of too many people trying to gain access.

"There isn't the infrastructure around it," she said.

She also stressed the need for a lasting solution that’s needed to control future tourism at the Incan ruins.

"[The government] definitely need to make sure that whatever solution is going to be found to access Machu Picchu is actually a solution that will enable growth for the future as well, and not only for the current amount of passengers," said Miginiac.