What is going on with the world??
In a move that has sparked outcry from archaeologists, historians and
locals, the Peruvian government has approved a multi-billion
international airport near the famed site of Machu Picchu, Peru’s single most important tourist destination.
Bulldozers have begun to clear millions of tons of earth for the
project, which will be located in Chinchero, a picturesque Inca town.
Building the airport in this location will destroy an
ancient landscape, one shaped by the Incan people with terraces and
Critics also suggest that planes flying low over the
nearby village of Ollantaytambo and its archaeological park filled with
ruins and a massive Inca fortress with large stone terraces, would cause
incalculable damage to fragile Inca ruins there and destroy the peace and
beauty of the area.
The new airport will make access to the site much easier, and thus encourage greater numbers than ever before to visit.
But Machu Picchu is already overwhelmed by almost double the limit of tourists as recommended by UNESCO. [see also India’s Taj Mahal – an incredible site simply reeling under a relentless, ineffectively managed tourist, both domestic and international, onslaught]
It’s the constant battle between protecting the past and profiteering from it.