Under the headline "Epic Journeys," Peru's majestic Machu Picchu graces the April/May 2017 cover of renowned National Geographic Traveler magazine, the country's Exports and Tourism Promotion Board (PromPeru) informed Monday.
This constitutes yet another contribution to the promotion of the Historic Sanctuary as one of the world’s leading tourist destinations.
A panoramic view of the Inca citadel opens the article featuring Machu Picchu among its 19 life-changing trips.
The story portrays Peru's top tourist attraction in all its glory, thus boosting tourist inflow to the Inca nation. The article encourages visitors to come and enjoy our country's must-see locations while contributing to the thousands of families whose livelihoods depend —directly or indirectly— on tourism.
NatGeo's publication invites travelers to enjoy a bird's-eye view of the archeological complex from the summit of Huayna Picchu, the towering mountain crowning the sanctuary.
Machu Picchu shares the recognition with Petra in Jordan, Borobudur in Indonesia and the Great Wall of China, among others.
In the global spotlight
But the Inca nation is no new to international tourism rankings. In January, Peru was included in U.S. business agency Bloomberg's top 20 travel destinations for this year.
Bloomberg's "Where to Go in 2017"
list highlighted the country's increasing tourism services in regions like Cusco, luring visitors to take in the breathtaking views of Veronica and Sawasiray snow-capped mountains, as well as the Incan salt pans of Maras.
Prestigious The New York Times also included Cusco region's ancient Sacred Valley in its "52 Places to Go in 2017"
edition. The list underlines the area's cuisine and cultural manifestations.
Although natural disasters continue to ravage various regions, tourism activity develops as usual in Peru's southern circuit. The route covers regions Lima, Arequipa, Ayacucho, Cusco, Ica, Madre de Dios, Moquegua, Puno and Tacna.
The same can be said of northeastern regions Amazonas, Loreto and San Martin. Peru-bound international flights continue to arrive hassle-free.