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Peru: Machu Picchu May Be Closed for Months, Government Promotes Other Attractions

By Larry Habegger | Permalink | No Comments | February 3rd, 2010 | Trackback

The evacuation of stranded tourists and others from Machu Picchu is over, but the famous Inca site will remain inaccessible for weeks and possibly months as work goes on to clean up the landslides and rebuild the railway link to Cuzco. A 60-day state of emergency remains in effect in the provinces of Cuzco and Apurimac, including Cuzco City, Machu Picchu and Aguas Calientes, the town at the foot of the Inca citadel. Meanwhile, the national tourism agency is launching a “Meet Peru Now” publicity campaign touting the country’s other attractions, hoping to keep tourists coming. Machu Picchu is Peru’s primary tourist attraction, drawing half a million visitors annually.

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