37th Anniversary of Machu Picchu being named Historic Sanctuary

Tuesday January 9, 2018
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37th Anniversary of Machu Picchu being named Historic Sanctuary

On January 8th in 1981, the archaeological complex of Machu Picchu was declared a “Historic Sanctuary” in Peru. Stretching over an area of 32,592 hectares (80,537 acres) the site is the country’s most visited natural protected area and includes the actual ruins of Machu Picchu as well as surrounding ecosystems. The Machu Picchu Historic Sanctuary represents a great historic and cultural value for Peru and visitor numbers to the site are growing every year.

Apart from its archaeological significance, the Historic Sanctuary of Machu Picchu furthermore has the purpose to protect the rare environment of micro-climates and geographical features that range between the Andes region to the jungle, together with the high diversity of plants and animals. The protected area seeks to preserve endangered species, such as the spectacled bear and the cock of the rocks, Peru’s National Bird. Furthermore is the area home to other rare species like the Andean fox, viscachas and the Andean condor, among others.

The remarkable flora of the Machu Picchu Historic Sanctuary boasts with a recorded number of 309 beautiful orchid species. It is estimated, however, that around 200 further species of the wonderful plant haven’t even been discovered yet.

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