Peru promises to protect Machu Picchu when building a new airport in the region

UNESCO has said that though the airport will be built outside of the archeological areas, it is necessary to study how a potential increase in tourists would affect them. Peru’s government promised on Thursday to protect the Machu Picchu sanctuary and other Inca ruins when building a new airport to serve the ancient civilization’s capital of Cusco. Machu Picchu and the Inca road system are UNESCO World Heritage sites, and the UN agency has previously expressed concerns over the proposed airport at Chinchero, less than 60 kilometers from the Inca sanctuary that was built in the 15th century.

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