Pokemon GO Fever In Cusco & Could Reach Heights of Machu Picchu

Pokemon GO Fever In Cusco & Could Reach Heights of Machu Picchu

Smartphone touting tourists are scouring the historic plazas, stone alleyways and megalithic Inca archaeological sites of Cusco, obsessively hunting Pokémon Go characters, daily newspaper Correo reports.

“I’m here for tourism, but since the game was launched in Peru, I’m looking for Pokémons,” Nica Klev, a German visitor to the Inca capital city, told the newspaper. “I found a Pikachu in the middle of the Plaza de Armas of Cusco. I do not think I would have found it so easily elsewhere.”

According to Correo, thousands of tourists and local residents have been out and about since the App’s launch in Peru on Wednesday in search of the 142 Pokémon neo-mythical characters.

Cusco resident Mariana Reyes, dressed in a Pikachu costume, said she and her brother had bagged 45 of the virtual reality creatures that popped up on their phone screens.

I love Pokémon, I’m an absolute fan of the series and now that this App came out, my brother and I were the first to download it and take to the streets,” she said.

The paper reported that several players said they planned to take the hunt to the Inca citadel of Machu Picchu, where, according to them, they hoped to find rarer Pokémon prey, like Ho-Oh, Kyogre, Groudon, Uxie and Mesprit.

Hopefully, no one will get hurt.

No tourists have yet been reported to have fallen to their deaths from any precipitous height of the Inca sanctuary while playing Pokémon Go.

Authored by: Rick Vecchio

Rick Vecchio, Fertur’s director of development and marketing, was educated at the New School for Social Research and Columbia Graduate School of Journalism. He worked for Pacifica Radio WBAI and as a daily reporter for newspapers in New Jersey, New York and Massachusetts. Then in 1996, he decided it was time to realize a life-long dream of traveling to Peru. He never went back. While serving as Peru country manager for the South American Explorers from 1997-1999, he fell in love with Fertur's founder, Siduith Ferrer, and they married. Over the next six years, he worked as a correspondent for The Associated Press. Meanwhile, Siduith built the business, which he joined in January 2007. Now he designs custom educational and adventure tour packages for corporate and institutional clients, oversees Fertur’s Internet platform and occasionally leads special trips, always with an eye open for a good story to write about.

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