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After admission to the Inca citadel of Machu Picchu was restricted in December and January due to social instability in Peru, it is now once again open to travelers.
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The Machu Picchu Management Unit's institutions, the municipal governments of Machu Picchu and Ollantaytambo, chamber of commerce directors, and leaders of social organizations all pledged jointly to ensure the safety of the site and transportation options so that visitors could enjoy their visit, according to a statement from the Cultural Ministry. According to a statement from the Cultural Ministry, the decision shows the collective commitment of the organizations that make up the Machu Picchu Management Unit, the municipal authorities of Machu Picchu and Ollantaytambo, the directors of the Chamber of Commerce, and leaders of social organizations to assure the safety of the monument and transportation services so that visitors may enjoy their stay.
Despite the fact that most of the protests are still taking place in the south of Peru, there has been a relative calm lately, if reports are to be believed. The mountain citadel of Machu Picchu, which was most likely built in the 15th century for an Incan ruler, was abandoned around the time of the Spanish invasion and later found again by American explorer Hiram Bingham in 1911. Be aware that in order to enter Machu Picchu, a UNESCO World Heritage site, visitors must first obtain a permit.