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1. Posted by daveh (Travel Guru 1027 posts) 11y

Another interesting story.

http://edition.cnn.com/2005/TRAVEL/04/12/machupicchu.reut/index.html

2. Posted by Wocca (Inactive 3745 posts) 11y

Doesn't seem to want to open for me, daveh. Can you tell us a bit about it ?

3. Posted by GregW (Travel Guru 2635 posts) 11y

If the link doesn't work...

LIMA, Peru (Reuters) -- Peru will submit a $132.5 million plan to the United Nations' cultural body on Tuesday to preserve the famous Inca citadel, Machu Picchu, from the ravages of tourism and avoid losing its status as a World Heritage site, a senior official said.

The U.N. Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, UNESCO, warned in 2003 that it could put the stone citadel on its list of at-risk sites after experts said unrestricted tourism and landslides had damaged Machu Picchu and its surroundings.

"Today we will submit the Machu Picchu Master Plan to UNESCO, as Peru undertook to preserve its heritage," Maria Elena Cordova, a senior official at the National Institute of Culture, told Reuters.

Tuesday was the deadline for the plan to be presented.

The 400-page plan foresees investment of $132.5 million to preserve the ruined citadel and the Inca trail, which attracts thousands of hikers every year.

Cordova said that though Machu Picchu was permanently exposed to landslides during rainy periods, "that doesn't mean the citadel is sinking like some people say."

"The plan foresees satellite monitoring ... to measure earth movements," Cordova added.

Machu Picchu has become South America's best-known archeological site and attracts almost half a million tourists every year.

About 2,500 visitors a day troop through the stone site, perched on a mountain saddle 8,400 feet (2,560 meters) high, near the southern Peruvian city of Cuzco. The small town at the foot of the ruins is full to bursting.

American explorer Hiram Bingham discovered Machu Picchu in Peru's southern Andes under thick forest in 1911.

It was probably the sanctuary of Inca emperor Pachacutec and lay at the heart of the Inca empire, which at the start of the 15th century stretched from Colombia to northern Argentina.

4. Posted by daveh (Travel Guru 1027 posts) 11y

Basically, the Peruvian governement are putting forward a $132.5 million dollar 'rescue package' to the United Nations cultural body. Due to the ravages of tourism the site is in danger of losing it's status as a World Heritage Site. The U.N. Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, UNESCO, warned in 2003 that it could put the stone citadel on its list of at-risk sites after experts said unrestricted tourism and landslides had damaged Machu Picchu and its surroundings.

5. Posted by Wocca (Inactive 3745 posts) 11y

Very interesting indeed

6. Posted by areinstein (Travel Guru 2788 posts) 11y

A year after I took the Inka Trail (2002..or was it 2003?), the city of Cuzco established stricter parameters on the amount of people that are "allowed" to enter the Inka Trail on a daily basis. It has been reduced dramatically. The reasoning behind it...PRESERVATION OF THE LAND LEADING UP TO MACHU PICCHU AND THE SITE ITSELF. This is why now reservations must be made ahead of time. Once upon a time you were able to arrive in Cuzco on a Monday and get on the trail on Tuesday...only an informal permit processed by the tour guides was needed. Apparently now it must be submitted to the city for approval...

7. Posted by Travel100 (Travel Guru 1556 posts) 11y

A few years ago I read the government was considering putting in a cable car to take people up to Machu Picchu from the town below. Did anybody else hear about that? Wonder if they're still considering it? I sure hope not.

8. Posted by areinstein (Travel Guru 2788 posts) 11y

No, I havent heard anything about that...but this much I can tell you...almost every plan (of that sort) that has been proposed by the government or the city has never come to fruition and when at the very least it gets on its way, it is never finished.

Reason No. 1 = there is no money.
Reason No. 2 = when there is money, a dirty politician steals it away.

9. Posted by dpd (Full Member 138 posts) 11y

I'm just glad I'm going to visit it in June. This will be the beginning to what I hope will be a very memorable RTW. If politics is involved with the money that that will dilute it, possibly because of corruption. Plus they won't wish to disturbe their fantastic tourist income.

10. Posted by areinstein (Travel Guru 2788 posts) 11y

Wow dpd, you are going there on the most touristy month in Cuzco!! The Intiraymi celebrations!! Was it purposely planned for that occassion?