Unesco sent a letter to the Peruvian government demanding answers about the construction of a new airport near Machu Picchu, in Chinchero and the impact many experts on the subject have said it would have on the area.
“The letter, which has not been made public, reminds Peru of its obligation to protect its world heritage sites and directly refers to Chinchero, the historic village in the Sacred Valley, near the town of Cusco, where the controversial new airport is being built – to the horror of archeologists”, published The Guardian last week.
Machu Picchu is a Unesco world heritage site, as well as Cusco’s historic center, both close to Chinchero where the airport’s construction has already begun. According to The Guardian, a spokesperson of Peru’s Ministry of Culture said they would give an answer to this letter by August 25.
“It is not the first time Unesco has sent Peru a warning about Machu Picchu. It threatened to place the famous ruins on a list of world heritage sites in danger in 2017 over fears overcrowding could damage the structure”, wrote the aforementioned website.
The Chinchero airport is set to be completed by 2023 and that there is no threat to the archaeological areas that surround it.
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