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Machu Picchu…Don’t Get Turned Away!

August 1st, 2011 by

Machu PicchuLast week, hundreds of unticketed tourists were turned away at Machu Picchu, Peru’s famed Inca ruins, because of overcrowding, according to this story in the Seattle Times.

In 2005, Peru fixed a daily limit of 2,500 visitors to the archaeological site to lessen the impact on the environment. Now visitors are advised to get tickets in advance if they want to guarantee their entry.

Getting tickets isn’t a problem for UW Alumni Tours travelers. “We stay in a hotel that’s right inside Machu Picchu,” says UW Alumni Tours Assistant Director Susan Cathcart. The Machu Picchu Sanctuary Lodge where our group overnights is located just 20 yards from the entrance to the ruins, giving UW travelers a rare opportunity to visit Machu Picchu long after the daytime tourists leave. “it’s incredible to see the ruins at sunrise,” Susan adds.

We’ve got two departures heading to Machu Picchu & the Galapagos in 2012, one in February and again in May. Learn more 

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