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2011-02-22 11:10:00

Access to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Peru's picturesque Inca city of Machu Picchu, suffering from a growing demand of tourists wishing to visit and access the site, must become limited to protect it, UNESCO chief Irina Bokova tells AFP. "Machu Picchu is a victim of its own success, because the interest is huge. But at the same time, for us and for the Peruvian people, there is an interest in protecting it," she told reporters after meeting with President Alan Garcia. In 2000, the World...

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2008-07-02 09:20:00

The infamous Peruvian Inca citadel - Machu Picchu - may soon join UNESCO's growing list of endangered World Heritage sites. Yearly visits to Peru's top tourist destination have more than doubled in the last ten years to 800,000 people. Conservationists now warn landslides, fires and creeping development threaten the site. UNESCO officials will discuss research into the jungle-shrouded ruins this week at a World Heritage Committee meeting in Quebec City. The goal of conference organizers is...

2005-12-01 17:50:42

By Robin Emmott LIMA, Peru (Reuters) - Peru plans to sue Yale University for the return of 4,900 artifacts taken from Machu Picchu, the fabled Inca citadel, by a U.S. explorer nearly a century ago, the government said on Thursday. Peru's National Culture Institute, or INC, said the artifacts, which include Inca ceramics, cloths, metalwork and human bones, were lent to Yale for 18 months in 1916, but the New Haven, Connecticut, university has made them part of its collection....

2005-10-13 14:26:11

LIMA, Peru (Reuters) - Mudslides caused by heavy rains in Peru's southern Andes stranded 3,200 tourists at the Machu Picchu Inca citadel on Thursday as mud and rocks blocked the railway in and out of the site, train operators said. The nationalities of the tourists were not immediately known, but no one was thought to be injured, Peru Rail spokeswoman Joanna Boyen said. Peru Rail said it was working to clear the railway line and planned to return tourists to the nearby city of Cuzco...


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