Airport Being Built Near Machu Picchu Sparks Outrage

Ana Soto Juarez, Staff Writer



The Peruvian government has people in outrage when they released a statement in January 2019 that they will start construction on an airport connecting to Machu Picchu. It is estimated that $1 million people a year visit Machu Picchu, they plan on tourists instantly being able to see it. They say it shall be finished in 2023.

Machu Picchu is referred to as “The Lost City of Machu Picchu” It was built in 1450-1460 by two Inca rulers, Pachacutec Yupanqui (1438-1471) and Túpac Inca Yupanqui or Topa Inca Yupanqui (1472-1493).

It was built entirely with stone with no assistance with iron tools or wheels. They designed  a water supply that was 1 km. The Incas also built more than 600 terraces so that their buildings would not slide off the mountain that they had placed it upon.

The Lost City was discovered by Hiram Bingham lll (an american archeologist) on July 24,1911 with the guidance of farmers. When the city was found they discovered how fragile the building became. Which will only become even more unstable when the airport will be built. Not to mention the pollution it will cause in the city of Cusco.

A petition was started by Natalia Majluf to try and stop the building and 93,000 people have apparently signed it. Many archeologists have also signed the petition in hopes to stop the destruction that it would cause to the Incan empire.