April 29, 2007 |
1 Peru Calls are mounting for limiting visitors to the fragile Inca citadel of Machu Picchu, an increasingly popular tourist destination. Some have suggested closing South America's preeminent archeological monument one or two days a week as the number of annual visitors soars toward 1 million -- more than a tenfold increase since the early 1990s.
January 11, 2007 |
Peru's Foreign Ministry said Royal Nepal Airlines, based about halfway around the world, had put a picture of Peru's Inca ruins of Machu Picchu on a poster with the slogan: "Have you seen Nepal?" "The airline ... offered apologies to Peru for using the picture of the Machu Picchu Sanctuary on a poster to promote their country and assured that the lamentable error has been corrected," a ministry statement said. It said an airline employee had been fired.
May 3, 2006 |
Darwin Camacho, tour guide and denizen of this place for a quarter of a century, gestures toward gaps in the famously precise stonework of an Inca wall. "The stones are separating," he says, pointing to the fissures separating blocks once snugly fit together by craftsmen toiling without wheel or cement. "Something needs to be done about this....
February 4, 2006 |
Peru has closed the Inca Trail that leads to Machu Picchu, South America's greatest tourist attraction, for a month of maintenance, authorities said. The 40-mile trail, which links the city of Cusco to the Inca citadel and 12 other archeological sites in the forested mountains, will be reopened March 1. Machu Picchu remains open to tourists and is accessible by train from Cusco.
July 3, 2003 |
When you walk into the ruins of the Inca retreat of Machu Picchu in Peru, the first sensation is of being overwhelmed. You want to sit and gaze, to make sure nothing of this astonishing scene escapes you. Clouds huddle the Andes. The mountain Huayna Picchu rises above, ready to swat away anything that threatens. About 2,000 feet below you, the Urubamba River churns through a sliver of a canyon. Off to one side are terraces that once were filled with crops.
September 12, 2000 |
A 1,000-pound crane being used to help film a beer commercial toppled over, damaging a stone sundial in Peru's Inca ruins of Machu Picchu, officials said. The Intihuatana sundial is a granite block carved into the peak of the mountain where Machu Picchu lies, about 310 miles southeast of the capital, Lima. A jutting edge of the sundial was chipped off Friday when the crane fell. The commercial was being shot by U.S. ad agency J. Walter Thompson for Peruvian beer company Cervesur.