The ancient Incan citadel is set to be re-opened in April 2010 after having been closed when torrential rains resulted in the site becoming cut off from most access points. The Peruvian government have made efforts to have the attraction re-opened in an attempt to limit any damage done to both the site and tourism.
The weather had resulted in mudslides which had washed away parts of the railroads used to get to Machu Picchu. The heavy rain that has occurred during the beginning of the New Year isn’t expected to continue much longer which is why plans are been made repair the damage done in time for the tourist season.
The ancient citadel was built in the 15th century and became a Peruvian Historical Sanctuary in 1981, two years later it received more recognition by becoming a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Macchu Picchu is located just less than 700 miles southeast of Peru’s capital Lima, so those who travel with the sole intention of visiting the site stay in the city of Cusco.
With the worst of times behind after some 4,000 tourists needed to be airlifted out of the Machu Picchu area as a result of the rain, leading figures have optimism that people will be able to once again visit the Incan citadel.
The man leading the company in charge of the repairs, Ferrocarril Transandino, had this to say, “If the weather continues to cooperate, the railway should be completed by early April.” This comes as good news after the Peruvian government estimated the countries overall drop in tourism has already cost them $160 million.