Thursday, June 12, 2014

A Road Rediscovered

From Peru This Week:
Archaeologists have discovered a new section of Inca Road— and this one leads right to Machu Picchu.

According to Andina news agency, the newly discovered road is about one and a half kilometers long, and varies between 1.2 and 1.4 meters in breadth, depending on the terrain. The road begins at Wayraqtambo and leads up to a platform from which travelers can see parts of the complex at Machu Picchu.

Right now, much of the road is covered in vegetation and therefore difficult to sée. El Comercio reports that specialists are working to clear the road.

Fernando Astete, director of the Machu Picchu archaeological site, told Andina that “This road should be restored […] in a short time, due to its patrimonial value.”

Astete added that the road “offers an impressive view of the llaqta inka [village area] at Machu Picchu, from a different angle than everyone usually sees it, and could help to decongest the tourist flow at Machu Picchu.” (Read more.)

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