Machu Picchu’s Inca Trail closed early this year due to a landslide earlier this month, but you can bet that when it reopens, it will be flooded with tourists from around the world. To minimize the damage done by crowds of hikers along popular hiking routes, and to diversify tourism opportunities in the region, Peru is planning to open new routes to Machu Picchu this year.
A budget of $1.2 million has been set aside for projects around the ancient citadel in 2020. Much of the budget will go toward maintaining the area’s infrastructure, repairing footpaths, building new information centers and waste stations, and funding a planting campaign that includes planting one million native plants and trees along the pathways. The rest will be dedicated to opening new access routes.
One of the new trails will be called the Amazon Access Route, and it will connect the Intihuatana community with the areas of San Miguel, Inkarakay, Mandor, and Puente Ruinas up to Machu Picchu town. Another route will connect Choquellusca with San Antonio de Torontoy, on the way to Machu Picchu.