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Cable car system for Machu Picchu?

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As reported by the Peruvian state-owned news agency Andina, Peru is considering installing a US$20 million cable car system to transport tourists to Machu Picchu, the world-famous ruined Incan citadel.

The country’s tourism industry believes that building the system would increase the number of domestic tourists visiting the UNESCO World Heritage Site and encourage visits to other places of interest in the area.

Ricardo Acosta, President of the Peruvian Association of Travel and Tourism Agencies, said: “A cable car network may facilitate access to two other areas in addition to the Machu Picchu gateway. Entrance to the sanctuary is in two sessions: each limited to 2500 visitors. That is to say 5000 visitors in total. Others may head to [the mountain] Huayna Picchu and, finally to the Inca Trail. In peak season, visitors can reach 6000 per day.”

Acosta added that construction would be less complicated than that of Kuelap – an archaeological site in northern Peru – and would encourage Peruvians to travel to the area, rather than go on holiday abroad.

“With a cable car system expected to reduce travelling time to the archaeological site and lower the visit’s cost, domestic tourists will flock to the Machu Picchu citadel”, Acosta concluded.

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