Machu Picchu reopens to tourists

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Tuesday, 26 January, 2010 - 00:00
South America

Peru’s most popular archaeological site and tourist hub, the Inca city of Machu Picchu, has now reopened. In January 2010 heavy rain caused flooding which washed away roads and railway tracks leading to Machu Picchu, trapping more than 2,000 tourists at the site. They were later evacuated, along with 2,000 local people. The site had been due to reopen in February, but logistical difficulties and the extent of damage delayed the reopening until early April. The BBC has reported that Peru has lost more than $200 million in revenue during the closure of the site, South America’s most visited tourist attraction.

Read more on the BBC website.