Many people on Machu Picchu – level 3
Tour operators are creating chaos as they overcrowd and overbook in Machu Picchu, Peru’s most popular tourist destination.
Machu Picchu’s long lines and crowds forced authorities to halt ticket sales until the end of the week. The measure stranded foreign and local tourists. Unable to reach the site, hundreds of them blocked nearby rail tracks to protest.
Machu Picchu has a maximum capacity of 4,044 people per day; however, Peru’s culture minister warned of local tour operators who sell counterfeit tickets. Some tour operators ask passengers to take the train and buy tickets on arrival at the site; however, no one will be there for them.
The country’s tourism minister said that the number of visitors would increase to 5,044 per day, which frustrated local people. In the 15th century, the Incan people built the citadel, and in 2018, it attracted 1.5 million visitors.
Difficult words: measure (an action to end something), counterfeit (fake), citadel (a castle or fortress to protect people).
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