The Ministry of Foreign Trade and Tourism (Mincetur) launched the Cusco–Machu Picchu–Cusco Tourism Corridor, which will help ensure the round-the-clock safety of tourists traveling from the Velasco Astete airport of this city to the Incan citadel via Chinchero, Urubamba and Ollantaytambo.

To make the corridor run as effectively as possible, the Peruvian authorities opened the new tourist police Control and Communications Center located in the district of Wanchaq. The Center is equipped with a digital communications system based on the Terrestrial Trunked Radio standard (TETRA). This allows it to communicate with and control all units and vehicles, as well as officers patrolling on foot, to offer tourists a safer experience.

They also made the free “Tourism Police Peru” smartphone and tablet app available to the police. Using this app, Peruvian and foreign tourists can report emergencies during their travels through the corridor.

Cusco is Peru’s most-visited destination for foreigners after Lima. That is why it is at the forefront, together with other great tourist cities, in terms of using technology to keep visitors safe.

Many Peruvian families benefit from tourism in rural areas, since this activity is the source of their livelihood. The citadel of Machu Picchu has received around 570,000 tourists, largely foreign, making it important to maintain a safe environment so that the stream of travelers continues to grow.

Preferential Tourism Corridors are the result of a joint effort by the Ministry of the Interior (Mininter), the Peruvian National Police, and regional and local governments that administer the territory through which the tourists pass. In upcoming months, Mincetur will continue to create new Preferential Tourism Corridors in other cities in Peru and deliver equipment to the Tourism Police so they can better perform their operations.