Machu Picchu in danger


According to an article published in the magazine Newsweek,
the Inca city of Machu Picchu might disappear. Machu Picchu is consider one of
the Seven Wonders of he World, nevertheless the Peruvian authorities do not agree in
the policies to preserve this fantastic archaelogical site:

“The ancient Inca city of Machu Picchu is in danger of
becoming a victim of its own popularity. Built around 1460 and discovered by
American historian Hiram Bingham in 1911, the breathtaking and well-preserved
mountain ruins have become Peru’s most popular tourist attraction, drawing half
a million visitors every year. The site’s 200 buildings, located in a
geological fault zone, are in a precarious position to begin with. Constant
foot traffic has made matters worse, wearing down and destabilizing the ancient
stone foundations. Development near the site is exacerbating the problem of
landslides, which threaten to dislodge Machu Picchu from its alpine perch. To
stem the tide, Peru recently limited the number of visitors to 500 per day and
closes the site for one month every year to repair damaged trails. But that may
be too little too late.”

Newsweek International
April 10-17, 2006