Lima. Jul. 05 (ANDINA). A total of 157.203 Peruvian and foreign tourists visited the Inca citadel of Machu Picchu since its reopening in April this year. the National Institute of Culture (INC) announced Monday.
Rail service to Peru's top tourist attraction was partially reopened in late April. combined with bus service for some of the way. after the railway was damaged in hundreds of places by flooding and landslides prompted by rains that hit the country in late January. The train service to the famed Inca ruins was fully restored on July 1.
INC officials in Cusco told Andina that visitor arrivals in April 2010 reached 43.302. including 4.848 visitors who hiked the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu.
They noted that May was the most active month to date with 58.856 visitors to this archaeological site located in the highest part of the eastern Andes. During this month. 5.500 people embarked on the beautiful four-day Inca Trail trek.
Official figures also showed that. in June. 55.045 visitors arrived at Machu Picchu. one of the new seven wonders of the world.