Machu Picchu empty for anniversary as Peru virus cases soar; AFP

Peru’s former Inca citadel Machu Picchu on Friday marked 109 years since it was rediscovered by US explorer Hiram Bingham — but the iconic site stood empty of tourists after plans to reopen for the anniversary had to be scrapped. The jewel of Peruvian tourism closed to visitors in mid-March as the country locked down to combat the coronavirus pandemic — and a recent surge in infections led authorities to shelve its reopening plans, indefinitely for now.

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Peru’s Machu Picchu site to reopen at 50% capacity with just 2,244 people allowed; Daily Times

Peru’s iconic tourist attraction Machu Picchu will reopen at half capacity following a coronavirus-forced closure, the Peruvian government said, although it didn’t set a date. ‘Admission to Machu Picchu will be 2,244 visitors a day,’ the government announced in the official gazette. That’s half the number of tourists usually allowed into the ancient Inca citadel in the high season.

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Machu Picchu to reopen at 50% capacity, but no date set; AFP

Peru’s iconic tourist attraction Machu Picchu will reopen at half capacity following a coronavirus-forced closure, the Peruvian government said on Tuesday, although it didn’t set a date. “Admission to Machu Picchu will be 2,244 visitors a day,” the government said in the official gazette.

Source: Machu Picchu to reopen at 50% capacity, but no date set

Scratching the surface: drones cast new light on mystery of Nazca Lines; Dan Collyns; Guardian

An aerial search in the Peruvian desert has revealed intriguing figures of humans and animals that predate the nearby Unesco world heritage site…

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Nazca Lines from space: Astronaut photographs mysterious ‘UFO landing pad’ in Peru; Sebastian Kettley; Daily Express

The Nazca Lines in Peru are believed by many to be landing pads for alien UFOs and can be seen from space in these striking photos by astronaut Ivan Vagner.

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The Nazca Lines & Interactive Map; Heritage Daily

The Nazca Lines are a series of ancient geoglyphs located in the Nazca Desert in southern Peru constructed between were created between 500 BC and 500 AD.

Source: The Nazca Lines & Interactive Map – HeritageDaily – Archaeology News

Google makes 3D models to preserve sites threatened by climate change; Michael Thomsen; Daily Mail


In an effort to preserve the legacy of some of the world’s most famous landmarks, Google has announced a new project transform five of the most endangered by climate change into 3D models.

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Travel + Leisure: Peru’s Arequipa among 50 best places to travel in 2020; Andina

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Spotlight On Peru: Why You Should Visit Lima, The City Of Kings; Wendy Altschuler; Forbes

Many visitor’s to Peru skip exploring Lima, the capital city, in their excitement to get to Cuzco, the former capital of the Inca Empire, and Machu Picchu, South America’s main attraction. This would be a mistake.

Source: Spotlight On Peru: Why You Should Visit Lima, The City Of Kings

Peru: 9-Day Luxury Small Group Tour Through Lima, Cusco and Machu Picchu with Belmond Andean Explorer Train Journey, Peru, South America; Luxury Escapes

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Rediscover the legendary lost city of the Incas; World Inside Picture

The lost city of the Incas is the unofficial name given to Machu Picchu, the mountain ridge constructed by the Inca Empire in the 15th- century and located in eastern Peru. It was forgotten for a…

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Stunning photos of 27 places around the world that you should visit before they disappear forever; Sarah Schmalbruch & Sophie-Claire Holler; Insider

From Patagonia’s glaciers to Africa’s Congo Basin, visit these threatened natural wonders before they’re gone.

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Inca mystery solved: How archaeologists made stunning Machu Picchu find; Callum Hoare; Daily Express

ARCHAEOLOGISTS uncovered a “mysterious lost city of the Incas” which remained hidden for more than 500 years, even during the Spanish Conquest, a documentary revealed.

Source: Inca mystery solved: How archaeologists made stunning Machu Picchu find

Places worth visiting in Peru; Andina

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History, nature, cultural traditions, adventure, and other factors make Peru the ideal place for travelers who can never get enough of its astounding natural attractions and the hospitality of its warm people.

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Mistakes travelers make when visiting Machu Picchu; Lori Zaino; The Points Guy

Machu Picchu is one of the wonders of the world — and tourists are visiting the spectacular Inca citadel in increasing numbers. But a trip to see this magnificent UNESCO World Heritage site nestled deep within the Andes mountains can be complicated, thanks in part to ever-changing rules and regulations provoked on by the steady…

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How to Get to Machu Picchu: Tours and Tips for Visiting; Lyn Mettler; US News

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CNN outlines reasons to visit Peru’s Nazca Lines; Andina

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The enduring mystery of Peru’s Nazca Lines; Lilit Marcus; CNN

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The Nazca Lines in Peru are intriguing. Here’s how to visit these these mysterious geoglyphs in the sand in a specialized experience without spending a lot of money.

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5 Places Around The World To Visit Before They Disappear; Travis Elborough; Wanderlust

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Visiting Machu Picchu: 5 things You Must Do; Leigh McAdam; Hike Bike Travel

Visiting Machu Picchu is almost a rite of passage for some travelers. Leigh McAdam would recommend these 5 things you do if you’re still keen to visit, despite crowds.

Source: Visiting Machu Picchu: 5 things You Must Do – Hike Bike Travel