Cusco (Cusco region), Jul. 31.
Inca citadel Machu Picchu welcomed more than 140,000 visitors in July, 22,000 of which arrived in the past four-day Independence Day holidays alone.
Miguel Zamora, head of Cusco’s Visitor Assistance and Tourist Services Office, informed domestic travelers accounted for 33% of said tourist inflow, a rise from the usual 25%.
Zamora affirmed visitors enjoyed pleasant temperatures and a bright sun, typical of ceja de selva (highland jungle) weather.
Nevertheless, the official noted the said figure represented a 2%-3% year-over-year drop due to a teacher strike in Cusco.
Consequent disruptions in the Cusco-Ollantaytambo railtrack caused delays for visitors until July 26.
He warned many on-a-whim travelers who get only one-way tickets end up stranded in Machu Picchu Pueblo (a.k.a. Aguas Calientes) waiting for a ticket back which —given the season and influx— might prove impossible at times.
To conclude, Zamora indicated August also sees greater European and U.S. tourist arrivals, as well as a slight decrease in Latin American visitors with the exception of Brazilians.