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    Peru: tourist access to Machu Picchu to be limited

    Peru: tourist access to Machu Picchu to be limited

    Peruvian authorities will limit tourists' access to two temples and a pyramid in the Inca city of Machu Picchu to prevent them from further degrading, the government announced on Friday.

    These restrictions will initially apply from May 15 to 28 and affect the Temple of the Sun, the Temple of the Condor and the Intiwatana Pyramid, according to the Ministry of Culture.

    Some 6,000 tourists, divided into two towers, can visit the famous 15th century stone citadel on the eastern slope of the Andes every day. Under the restrictions announced on Friday, they will have three hours maximum to visit the three monuments concerned.

    "These measures meet the need to conserve Machu Picchu, because there is wear on the stone surface due to the passage of visitors to the three areas mentioned," said the ministry.

    "It is a pilot experience" intended "to conserve cultural heritage while making it easier for tourists to visit," said José Bastante, head of the archaeological park of Machu Picchu. If the results are convincing, the restrictions could be perpetuated as of June 1.

    The city of Machu Picchu, which means "Old Mountain" in Quechua language, was built under the reign of the emperor Pachacutec (1438-1471). Discovered by the American explorer Hiram Bingham in 1911 and listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1983, the city is located a hundred kilometers from Cuzco, the former capital of the Inca Empire in south-eastern Peru today.

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