Peru’s Machu Picchu, an iconic tourist attraction drawing visitors from around the world, instituted a new set of rules to conserve the historical site.
The guidelines went into effect July 1, as a result of a study by a U.S. archaeologist and recommendations from UNESCO officials on how to ensure the site doesn’t sustain damage from the increase in tourism.
One of the rules prohibits tourists from spending the entire day at the site. Instead, there are two periods each day allowing travelers to enter the area; one in the morning, 6 a.m.–12 p.m., and one in the afternoon, 12–5:30 p.m. All visitors must enter with either an official Machu Picchu guide or licensed tourist guide, and each guide will be permitted to take a maximum of 16 people during each entrance into the area.
Officials updated its prohibited list to include bags larger than 16 inches, food, drinks, alcoholic beverages, cigarettes, illegal substances, umbrellas, photographic tripods, selfie sticks, musical instruments, high heels, children’s strollers and more. The site does not allow tourists to climb or lean on walls, touch or remove any items, get naked, make loud noises or feed the wild animals in the protected region.
The goal is not to inhibit the visitor experience, but to protect the historic site. Visitors must respect the new rules or risk being removed from the area.
United Airlines announces a number of new routes.
Lufthansa is starting an innovative new carbon offset program, Compensaid, which will allow customers to purchase CO2 neutral aviation fuels. The platform allows customers to replace the fossil fuel of their flights with sustainable aviation fuel.
The Luxury Collection again teamed with artist Sofía Sanchez de Beta to unveil an exclusive capsule collection, this time with 54 pieces inspired by the Arabian Desert and Emirati culture. The ready-to-wear line includes an array of separates created with Dubai’s climate in mind, such as lightweight blouses and tunics, flowing jumpsuits, long skirts and dresses.
Welcome to Rhodes, a medieval treasure beautifully preserved throughout the centuries. Rhodes is the capital of the Dodecanese, an island ideal not only for those who want to relax, but also for those looking for an action-packed holiday! With its bright green hills, rich green valleys and uninterrupted line of golden beaches, Rhodes is truly a blessed place. “The sun island” has more sunshiny days and milder temperatures throughout the year than any other location in Greece. It is, after all, one of the country’s easternmost places and among the first to welcome summer on its impressive beaches. Add in the excellent facilities for tourism, the island’s special blend of cosmopolitan and traditional, and numerous cultural and archaeological sites, the most important being the Medieval (Old) Town, a UNESCO World Heritage site, and you’ve got the perfect holiday destination. While on Rhodes, don’t miss a daytrip to nearby Sými. An island of sponge divers and seamen, Sými used to have 30,000 inhabitants before the Second World War and was the richest island in the Dodecanese, despite its small size. Today, Sými attracts many visitors thanks to its beautifully preserved Neo-Classical buildings and the famous Archangel Michael monastery at Panormitis.
Google announced last month it added additional features to its price comparison tool. The tool helps users plan trips and compare rates. The new features include one that shows whether the price of a planned flight plus accommodations is low, average or high.
For those without accessibility issues, going to the beach can be simple. There’s nothing to do but pack up your gear, head to the shore and walk out onto the sand. For those who may be inhibited, however, the beach poses more of a challenge.
European hotel brand Kempinski is expanding into the Americas with a new luxury property in Dominica. Slated for an Oct. 14 opening, the Cabrits Resort & Spa Kempinski will be Dominica’s first 5-star hotel on the island and the brand’s second in the Caribbean.