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Machu Picchu Is in Unnecessary Danger: Thiswould irreparably damage the heartland of the Inca civilization

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Peru Pres. Vizcarra,  to garner support  because of low approval ratings, is determined to destroy this sacred place. Bulldozers began clearing ground for an international airport in Chinchero. It could deplete the watershed a critical source of water for Cusco, and also divide Chinchero in two, leaving the school and the health center where few people live. Traditional communities have not been consulted about the impact the airport would have on their livelihood.  This dubious venture would irreparably damage the heartland of the Inca civilization. Its ancient archaeological sites and rich flora and fauna would be disrupted by noise, traffic, pollution and uncontrolled urbanization. Peruvians are proud of their food and soccer team, and yet they disrespect their past. The country must adopt strict and firm state policies to protect and preserve its archaeological legacy for future

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"Machu Picchu, was voted one of the New Seven Wonders of the World in 2007. It is a rare surviving example of extraordinary Inca landscape architecture. It was built six centuries ago and later abandoned. The site draws up to 5,600 foreign visitors daily, more than double the 2,500 recommended by Unesco. The new airport could quadruple tourists, to 6 million from 1.5 million a year, which would mean a lethal burden of 22,000 visitors a day, or almost 10 times the limit set by Unesco."

"The Andean village Chinchero, which sits above the Urubamba Valley, is one of the most breathtakingly beautiful landscapes. Majestic terraces made by the Incas stretch out into the vast plateau. Fields of quinoa, amaranth, potato and corn plants form a tapestry of shades green, red and gold. Sweeping views of snow-laden peaks known as Apus, the name given to the spirits of the mountains in Inca mythology, dominate the horizon. It is puzzling why anyone would choose to build a multimillion-dollar "international" airport in this idyllic spot high up in the clouds.

" At nearly 12,400 feet, 1,500 feet higher than Cusco's airport some 20 miles away, it would be one of the world's highest commercial airports. The mountains surrounding Chinchero, not to mention the fog, crosswinds and hailstorms common at these altitudes, can make landing and takeoff perilous."

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Thankful I saw Machu Picchu and much of Peru/Bolivia in 97 and 01. Even then Cusco's main square was in a state of redevelopment.


The tRump's of the world are wasting no time in modernizing their country's economy's for the benefit of a few. It's open season for the last few remaining places of serenity so profits can be maximized on the Inca tourism commodity, to the detriment of the locals.


On a different subject, in 09, while I was teaching at Jiujiang Medical School/University, I tried to save a 500 year old Ming Dynasty bridge that my great-great and great grandparents used when Missionaries in China from 1866-1913. When I returned from my Silk Road tour of Xinjiang, what remained of the bridge was destroyed by the developer who wanted to straighten out the road alignment leading into his apartment complex. This bridge would have made a nice centerpiece for a park, but doubt this was ever considered.

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