Cusco wants to treble number of visitors to Machu Picchu

Thursday December 19, 2013
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Cusco wants to treble number of visitors to Machu Picchu

The upcoming construction of four new access roads and a cable car will allow to triple the number of tourists to Machu Picchu, according to Jose Altamirano from the Cusco's Chamber of Commerce and Tourism.

He thinks that more than 4 million tourists will be visiting in Machu Picchu annually; that is three times the current number recorded so far in 2013.

"For this to happen the planned access routes should be executed," the tourist official told “Andina” news agency. 

Likewise, he ruled out the possibility this kind of infrastructure will affect the defined geographical area close to Machu Picchu.

"Other archaeological complexes around the world, such as in Egypt and Mexico, have seen a four-fold increase in visitors precisely because authorities have allocated funds for access road infrastructure," says Altamirano. 

The Peruvian government is ready to start with the construction of Peru’s first cable car line in the ancient 15th century Inca citadel of Machu Picchu next year. 

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