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Machu Picchu is Plastic Free

Machu Picchu is Plastic Free

As of December 18, 2019, it is forbidden to enter the archaeological site of Machu Picchu with non-reusable plastics. 

While the impressive magnetism of Machu Picchu can very often lead us to forget mundane things, we cannot forget to protect this marvel, a UNESCO World Heritage Site from the perils of pollution. The first step is to reduce the garbage that accumulates daily in the Inca citadel, as much as possible, by reducing and now banning single-use plastic on the site. The ugly truth is that tourism at Machu Picchu produces about 14 tons of solid waste per day at the Citadel and the bustling town of Aguas Calientes in the valley below, much of that is single-use plastic water bottles. The Governmental Decree is attempting to promote responsible consumption of plastic and reduce the use of single-use plastics by replacing them with reusable and biodegradable plastics that are much kinder to the environment.

Here are some useful tips to reduce the use of plastic while traveling to Machu Picchu:
  • Use a reusable water bottle instead of single-use plastic bottles. This will save you time, money and the environment. 
  • Fill up your bottle daily at the hotel, many have filtered, purified water carafes in guest rooms or the lobby.
  • Bring a small day pack (under 20L) to carry your bottle (and other items) leaving your hands free. Having a small pack will also allow you to pack your trash out and dispose of it back at your hotel where waste can be better managed.
  • Use reusable containers for snacks - our local office provides reusable containers on our trips to Peru for picnic lunches and meals on the go.

Reducing the use of plastic is very easy and its impact is enormously positive for the environment. It is up to each of us to preserve Peru's wonderful cultural heritage and to leave it pristine for future generations.

To learn more about our trips to Peru give us a call at 800-345-4453 or email our Program Director, Laura Cahill.

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