The Chachabamba – Wiñaywayna – Machupicchu route will open January 2016.

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Have you already been to Machu Picchu? But you’re still looking for a good excuse to make your way back to the Inca citadel in Cusco for a second time? An alternative route to Machu Picchu might be your answer.

The National Service of Natural Protected Areas (Sernanp) announced that they will be launching an alternative route to Machu Picchu starting Jan. 1, 2016. A new route, a whole new experience.

The daily gazette, El Peruano, published a resolution detailing the implementation of Route 5: Chachabamba-Wiñaywayna-Machupicchu.

The resolution stipulates that Sernanp will allow access to 250 persons per day through the route to Machu Picchu starting the first day of the new year. As well, it states that they will implement control posts with the Decentralized Culture Directorate of Cusco.

The hope is to promote access to the Inca Trail  through less congested areas, and areas like Route 5 that do not require support staff like carriers and cooks, nor camping equipment.

In order to preserve the Machu Picchu Sanctuary it is important to maintain a balance of tourist traffic, as to lessen pressure points. At the same time, Cusco seeks to take into account visitor satisfaction levels.