Machu Picchu: Peru unveils plans for new airport

Source: BBC

Peru’s President Ollanta Humala has unveiled plans for a new airport near Cusco which he says will boost tourism to the Inca ruins of Machu Picchu and the surrounding region.

The current airport, which is only able to handle limited daytime flights, was not sufficient, Mr Humala said.

The government will invest $460m (£290m) in the project, he said.

Machu Picchu is Peru’s top tourist attraction but there are concerns over the impact of high visitor numbers.

“This new airport will not only mean more tourists will be able to come, but it will generate more jobs… and help surrounding communities,” President Humala said.

At a ceremony on Wednesday, he enacted a law that allows the expropriation of land in the town of Chinchero where the new international airport would be built.

The investment would help the government to tackle poverty, he said, “while always respecting ancient culture”.

Tourism is the main source of income in the region.

Machu Picchu is a world heritage site and the UN’s cultural agency, Unesco, has previously warned about uncontrolled access and urged the authorities to make conservation a priority. Read more.

Editor’s comment

Just want to share two verses from the Holy Quran in this context:

Say, ‘Travel in the earth and see how evil was the end of those before you! Most of them were idolaters.’  (Al Quran 30:43)

Surely, there have been many dispensations before you; so travel through the earth and see how evil was the end of those who treated the Prophets as liars.  (Al Quran 3:138)

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  1. Thanks to the Editors comments, these valleys in south America are very ancient peru Chillie Argentine Cocla canyon Plapa peru etc. and many others were highly educated people, Every kind of technology found from their ruins. Aerodromes Runways, construction of pyramids,Astrology,Mathematicians,Bread or Chapati baking, they were all MUSHRIK they slaughtered little children, girls, women etc. and worshipers of sun and moon and other material thing but all are vanished and totally disappeared. The Quran verses are surely very true saying to travel around the world how Allah has made them ruins the Mushrik, lairs.

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