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UN fears spread of Machu Picchu town



Machu Picchu. Photo from unesco.org

LIMA—The UN’s cultural arm UNESCO is calling for emergency measures to prevent the town that feeds tourists to Peru’s archeological marvel Machu Picchu from becoming overrun.

The 15th century Incan city is perched on a mountain high above the town of Aguas Caliente, which has seen a boom in hotels and restaurants to accommodate an ever-growing number of visitors.

“The authorities charged with protecting the archeological site of Machu Picchu, located in the Cusco region, must take rigorous emergency measures to counter the growing disorganization of Aguas Calientes,” Nuria Sanz, the head of UNESCO for Latin America and the Caribbean, said during a mission to Peru this week.

The incredible stone ruins at Machu Picchu, which means “old peak” in the pan-Andean native language Quechua, are located 2,400 meters (7,900 feet) above sea level in a remote part of the southeastern region of Cusco.

Authorities are being urged to manage Aquas Calientes’ growth effectively and set up an effective buffer around the UNESCO World Heritage Site, which could soon see more visitors with the construction of a second access road.


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Tags: Archaelogy , History , Machu Picchu , Peru , Tourism , Travel , United Nations

  • Bart Simpson

    dapat limited lng ang tourist per day.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_HZA42EBWAH3GW3KVOVHSKWERBA Eugenio

    Same should be done to Banawe Rice Terraces.
    Sobrang kawawa na ung lugar. Napabayaan. Hinayaang  mar-sprout
    and different businesses, hotels for tourist, without implementing safeguards that will preserve
    the rice terraces, even the culture of the Ifugao.
    Ang dami nang bahay sa rice terraces.
    The governmnent should interevene in this instances facing our
    national heritage spots. Tingnan mong nangyari Intramuros, so dismal.
    The supposed capital of the country, Manila, is in a dismal state. Sus miyo!!

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/3EY4MRJQBM7K5BHZST663XTBGY Palistak

    this is understandable.. but why UNESCO is very much Interested on this one???
    and monitor everything that is premitive?



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