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Peru unveils plans for new Machu Picchu airport

  • Peru's President Ollanta Humala has announced plans for a new airport near Cusco in a bid to boost tourism to the Inca ruins of Machu Picchu.

    The government is to invest $460 million in the project.

    Machu Picchu is Peru's top tourist attraction and tourism is the main source of income in the region.

    However, the United Nations’ cultural agency, Unesco, has warned over uncontrolled access, urging authorities to make conservation a priority.

    Currently, the entrance to Machu Picchu is limited to 2,500 visitors per day.

    The citadel of Machu Picchu is located 8,200 feet above sea level and was built in the 15th Century by the Incas.

    It was rediscovered in 1911 by American historian Hiram Bingham.