(CNN) — Tickets to visit Machu Picchu are sold out until mid-August, according to Peru’s culture ministry, after local and foreign tourists protested this week because they couldn’t visit.
In a statement on Wednesday, authorities said they had met with residents to try to find a solution to the problem, adding that the authorized capacity was already at its maximum.
“Faced with the complaints of nationals and foreign tourists who arrived in Cusco for the national holidays and who could not obtain a ticket to visit the Llaqta, Inca, the director of the National Consumer Protection Authority of Peru (Indecopi) Mildred Fernández, met in Machu Picchu with authorities and residents, looking for a solution to the problem, announcing that the authorized capacity is already at its maximum limit.”
On July 17, the Ministry of Culture officially increased the admission capacity to enter Machu Picchu from 3,044 to 4,044 people per day until December 31.
In a statement on Facebook, the ministry said: This decision has taken into consideration the conservation of the property to avoid irreparable damage that compromises its Outstanding Universal Value, following the recommendations that UNESCO addresses to the Peruvian State.
The ministry urged tourists to plan their visit to the Inca City well in advance so as “not to be surprised by non-existent tourist offers and to avoid unnecessary crowds that occur due to the misinformation generated”.
Top image: View of the archaeological site of Machu Picchu in Peru. (Photo by Ernesto Benavides/AFP via Getty Images)