Ancient Inca Ruins at Machu Picchu Due to Reopen on 1st April 2010

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The Peruvian Times report that Martin Pérez, Minister of Foreign Trade and Tourism for Peru have announced that the popular UNESCO World Heritage Site of Machu Picchu will again be open for visitors on 1st April 2010

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Martin Pérez, Minister of Foreign Trade and Tourism for Peru have announced that the popular UNESCO World Heritage Site of Machu Picchu will again be open for visitors on 1st April 2010. The ruins of Machu Picchu have been closed for two months since the torrential downpours in January resulted in large numbers of tourists being stranded as a result of the railways being unable to reach the ancient Inca ruins due to the mudslides washing away the tracks.

The Ministry of Foreign Trade and Tourism announced that Machu Picchu, the 15th century Inca citadel, attracted as many as 850,000 tourists during 2008, with similar numbers during the subsequent year. Since nearly 15,000 people are either directly or indirectly involved in the attraction this UNESCO World Heritage Site has for visitors from abroad, the unavoidable closure of Machu Picchu could cost the tourist industry at Cusco as much as $400 million. Since tourism is Peru’s largest source of income and Machu Picchu is still Peru’s main attraction, closing this ancient Inca site for even a short time has proved devastating to Peru’s economy.

This impairment to Cusco’s tourism is not irreparable and Hugo Gonzáles, Cusco’s Regional President has agreed to work closely in collaboration to ensure this redesign of the Cusco tourism circuit is completely re-evaluated. The intention is to promote the alternative sites of Moray, Tipón, Pikillacta, Sacsayhuamán, Pucapucara, Quenqo, Tambomachay to a wider audience and, hopefully, spread the burden of tourist numbers more evenly between sites of archaeological interest. This redistribution of tourist attractions has won the approval of Casa Andina, Peru’s largest hotel group, which is completely funded by revenue from various Peruvian businesses.

This hotel chain has five hotels in Cusco city, four of which are from their Classic Collection whilst the fifth Cusco hotel belongs to Casa Andina’s Private Collection. The 18th Century Manor House that is the Private Cusco Peru hotel is just 350 meters from the Plaza, the central location of the city of Cusco. This imposing manor house has been sensitively renovated in keeping with its colonial history. Nevertheless, this sumptuously appointed Cuzco hotel features four impressive central courtyards, each one appearing more grandiose than the next. There is a superlative fireplace in the hotel lounge and, for the benefit of the guests’ health enriched oxygen is available in each one of the Cusco hotels guest rooms.

Meanwhile, a Cusco hotel with the most amazing views over the rooftops of the city, the Cusco San Blas, provides guests with an interior courtyard, designed along colonial lines with an impressive fountain in the centre. The lounge features a working fireplace and a snug bar provides guests with a tranquil place to enjoy a quiet drink. There is also an integral restaurant at this hotel in Cusco, offering guests a wide range of local specialities, each with an international flavour.

Just 100 meters from the Plaza de Armas is the Cusco Plaza Hotel, noted in Cusco for an elevator to whisk guests to their rooms: a highly prized addition to ensure guests comfort in such a high altitude where the oxygen in the air is quite thin. This Classic hotel in Cuzco is possibly the most convenient of Casa Andina’s family of hotels. The hotel itself faces the stately Plaza Regocijo and you can breakfast in style whilst enjoying the amazing views of the Cathedral as well as the Plaza de Armas.

The Cusco Catedral, as the name suggests, is a hotel in Cuzco silhouetted by the close proximity of the Cathedral, in quite a desirable location within a stone’s throw of the Plaza de Armas. Many rooms actually overlook both the Plaza de Armas and the Compañía de Jesús Church. The architecture of this Cusco hotel is colonial, although the lobby reveals an exposed Inca stone wall integral to the structure of the hotel. This Cusco hotel is identified by its red roof tiles and rich green balconies reminiscent of the verdant green of the rainforests.

Cusco Koricancha also features a colonial design, being built as two inter-connecting colonial manor houses, each with their own internal courtyards, three blocks from Plaza de Armas. This hotel is so named as it is just a few seconds’ walk from the Inca’s Temple of the Sun, otherwise known as Koricancha, as well as being in the vicinity of Santo Domingo Church. This hotel in Cusco is sited in a quiet and tranquil location away from any traffic.

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