Protecting the Sanctuary
Every person visiting the Historical Sanctuary of Machu Picchu (HSMP) or using the authorized routes for trekking must follow and abide by the protection rules currently in force. Both "Machu Picchu" and the "Inca Trail" have been given the status of World Heritage Sites by UNESCO. Consequently, preserving the sanctuary and ensuring that these rules are observed is every Peruvian's and foreign visitor's concern. Remember that you must respect the local rules and regulations established for the HSMP.
Rules set by Peruvian authorities:
- Provide all the information required by authorities and official entities.
- Pay the admission ticket to the "Inca Path" or any other circuit.
- Avoid polluting the environment by leaving waste behind.
- Make use of public areas, installations or equipment without damaging or destroying them.
- Lighting of fires is not allowed.
- It is strictly forbidden to remove, deplete or purchase any flora species existing in the Historical Sanctuary of Machu Picchu.
- It is strictly forbidden to trap, hunt, deplete or purchase wild fauna species existing in the Historical Sanctuary of Machu Picchu.
- Camping is only allowed to camp at the sign-posted areas - never inside archaeological sites or restricted areas.
- You are not allowed to spend the night in the area, unless you ask for a special permit from the authorities of the National Institute of Culture located in Machu Picchu or Cusco.
- Behave in such a way as not to bother other visitors.
- You are not allowed to take food into the ruins.
- You are not allowed to enter the ruins carrying sound systems.
- Entering the site with pets is strictly forbidden.
- Failure to comply with these rules will result in police action or the applying of appropriate sanctions.
Remain "invisible" and disappear "without leaving a trace".
Do not take away anything more than the images you captured with your camera; Do not leave behind you any other trace than your footprints".
Minimize the impact on the environment.
Act directly and with premeditation to safely preserve the environment.
Look at, but never disturb the natural ecosystems.
Move quietly and carefully around natural areas.
Never use sound systems or make loud noises that startle birds or any fauna species.
Never leave any waste. Pick up what others left behind.
Use biodegradable soaps and detergents.
Promote the sustainable use of the natural environment.
Respect the local traditions and culture:
Listen to, look at, hear, and as a result, find out and learn about, but never question the local customs.
Learn the local protocol (typical traditions and behavior).
Take part in local events to get to know the cultural heritage, values and traditions of the communities you visit.
Address the support staff by their names and show proper gratitude for their services.
Take photographs following the guides' suggestions and never take shots of people without their permission.
Know about and contribute to the local conservation organizations. If you make a donation, do it to local support organizations, so that funds stay locally.
When planning your trip, ask your travel agent about environmental practices.
Talk about conservation issues with local residents and guides. Tell them your observations and make positive suggestions to improve conservation.
Do not show your support to host entities, organizations, salesmen, operators or individuals that consciously violate the regulations and codes of ethics of the natural environment.
Do not give away non-degradable objects or gifts in non-degradable wrappings.
Hire local guides.
Respect and follow the signposts placed along the pathways.
Always go in small groups.
Preserve drinking water.
Do not haggle.
Never purchase souvenirs made from plants or animals.
Buy souvenirs close to their place of origin, or in local markets.