UNESCO Demands Answers From Peru Whether New Airport Threatens Machu Picchu

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UNESCO sent a letter to Peru on Friday which demanded more information about plans to construct a new airport near the legendary site of Machu Picchu, which had more than 1.5 million visitors in 2017, according to The Guardian. Machu Picchu has become Peru's largest tourist attraction but UNESCO said Peru has a primary obligation to protect the world heritage site, particularly Chinchero, the historic village in the Sacred Valley near Cusco, where the new airport is being built. The letter says Peru must coordinate their plans with UNESCO on any construction that would impact Machu Picchu or Cusco's historic center, which is also a world heritage site. A spokesperson for Peru’s ministry of...

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