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Peru plans aerial cableway to ruined Inca city

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Tourists look at the Inca citadel of Macchu Picchu. The government is looking to shift some of the tourist burden from Machu Picchu.Photo: AFP
Tourists look at the Inca citadel of Macchu Picchu. The government is looking to shift some of the tourist burden from Machu Picchu.Photo: AFP

The ruined city of Choquequirao is currently only reachable by a two-day hike, so the Peruvian government has approved plans to build an aerial cableway to the site that will make it reachable in just 15 minutes from the nearest highway.

Known as the “cradle of gold”, Choquequirao is a counterpart to Machu Picchu, 50 kilometres away, and was once the mountaintop retreat for Inca royalty, replete with elegant buildings and plazas.

Few visitors to Peru make the trip to the site because of its isolated location but the government expects the 5-kilometre-long cable lift over the Apurimac River will increase that figure to 3,000 daily by the end of 2015.

It is hoped the project will relieve some of the pressure on Machu Picchu, where the number of daily visitors has been limited to 2,500.DPA


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