Located in southeastern Peru, near Cusco, the once capital of the Inca Empire, and the ruins of Machu Picchu, the colorful hillsides of the area attract around a thousand tourists a day to Vinicunca, which means Seven Colored Mountain in the local Quechua language”, said El Comercio.
A unit of Camino Minerals Corp., based in Canada, was awarded a mining concession in March, sparking protests from local communities. Although the company reported in June that they would renounce mining rights in the area, the uncertainty surrounding the future of the area remained until very late on Friday, when a presidential decree prohibited mining activity in the area for 12 months.
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