International Airport Near Macchu Picchu May Threaten Ancient Ruins

Six centuries ago, the Peruvian city of Machu Picchu was the royal estate of the Incas, at the time the largest of the world's empires that stretched from Colombia to Argentina.

Today, with 1.5 million visitors per year, Machu Picchu is the most visited archaeological site in Peru. 

Bulldozers are in the process of clearing ground for construction of an international airport at Chinchero, Peru, a gateway city to Machu Picchu, that could offer direct flights from North and South American major cities.

However, archaeologists are warning that the construction of an airport so close to the sensitive, stepped hillsides of the famous ruins could threaten destruction at the U.N. World Heritage site .. due to large and low-flying planes.

Currently, the one-strip airport at Cusco, Peru, reached by flights from Lima, is the airport closest to Peru's surviving Inca city.

Source:  The Guardian at, reprinted at ...


Machu Picchu is 75 kilometers or about 47 miles from Cusco .. and is reachable from Cusco by international travelers .. via train or bus.

Expats considering a visit to Machu Picchu should research the altitudes in the area and consider potential health issues pertaining to high elevations.

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