year Machu Picchu celebrates its hundredth anniversary since
its formal discovery. What are the expectations for business?
High expectations, which is why we are already working on
Machu Picchu’s re-launch, with strong media content.
What we're looking for is a similar wave of growth of visitors
that was generated in 2007, with the announcement of the new
seven wonders of the world, which was hurt by problems of
nature the beginning of the year.
How many visitors will we have this year, considering the
temporary closure due to rains?
Not even 450 thousand tourists. Almost half of our total
capacity. That is why it is important to double this number
for next year and we seek to do it with this big event.
What will be the most important activities?
We are organizing an exhibition on native birds in November,
and in December, we will have an open event on spectacled
bears. In February, we will have the orchid International
Seminary since there are 200 varieties of these exotic flowers
in Machu Picchu. In May, we will discuss the impact of tourism
on Machu Picchu, for which we will bring experts from other
reserves such as Galapagos.
And in July, you will have the main event…
Exactly. The event will begin July 7, the main day of the
hundredth anniversary, and it will last five dias. We are
preparing a show that will undoubtedly give something to
talk about, with a traditional theme where there will be
a flight of the condor, lights and more; all this from the
highest point of Machu Picchu, in a presentation for 500
Will the international press be among those 500 participants?
We have invited 200 media outlets to visit us during those
dates with all expenses covered. Among this group there
are journalists of the most important newspapers of Spain,
United States, England, as well as important channels like
ABC and BBC. The national press will, of course, be part
of the event too.
How will Peruvians participate?
It will all be transmitted live on national TV and, simultaneously,
there will be activities in Cusco's main square, as well
as in Lima and many other provinces so that every Peruvian
can see it and feel proud.