New Machu Picchu airport threatens ‘irreparable damage’ to Inca wonder

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Historians, archaeologists and tourism lobbying groups have joined forces to fight against the development of a new international airport, which will fly tourists direct to Machu Picchu.

Plans for the airport were first announced in 2012 by Peru’s former president Ollanta Humala. Seven years on, the bulldozers have arrived in Chinchero – the gateway to the Sacred Valley – and are clearing the way for a new hub which will sit 3,800 metres above sea level.

As it stands, most visitors to Machu Picchu arrive at Cusco, 50 miles southeast of the site, and then either catch a train or bus to the ruins, or embark on the four-day Inca Trail. However, due to Cusco Airport’s location in a city surrounded…

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