The National Park Service and the National Police of Peru boost security measures on the Machu Picchu Inca Trail
With the goal of guaranteeing the safety and security of tourists, the National Park Service (Sernanp) and the National Police of Peru (PNP) – together with formal tour operators – have taken the initiative to fortify the security of the historic Machu Picchu Sanctuary – which received 368,798 visitors last year, as well as the renown Inca Trail – a 40 kilometer-long path that takes hikers on a minimum 4 day trek from the Sacred Valley of the Incas to the Sun Gate (Intipunku) in Machu Picchu.
The initiative looks to place members of the police force along the trail, which was declared a World Heritage Site five years ago. This will be done with the intention of protecting visitors and tourists, as well as having a team ready to immediately respond in the case of an emergency. From the 26th of April, until the 1st of May, members of Cusco’s Mountain Rescue Division conducted reconnaissance visits to the trail, during which time they organized first aid training and rescue workshops for the park and sanctuary rangers as well as local tour operators.