Machu Picchu, the iconic Inca city of Peru Considered one of the wonders of the modern world, it is affected by the subsidence of its soil. This news not only alarmed the country, but also tourists who wanted to see the place since visits could be cancelled.
As it was announced, the third of the seven wonders of the world is sinking at a rapid rate. After a year, the peruvian city is affected by the subsidence of its soil approximately 15 centimeterswhich they attribute to the large number of visits it receives from people who go there.
In addition to the human impact on Machu Picchu, geological data indicates that there are geological faults in its location, however, the place has managed to survive for thousands of years since Its construction took place in the 15th century.
Security measures imposed by the Peruvian authorities
With the aim of taking care of the integrity of Machu Picchu, Peruvian authorities have imposed security measures and restrictions that visitors should take into account when visiting the place.
First of all, they installed Drainage clays to prevent soil erosion and control water flow which usually occurs in times of heavy rain. In addition, they have prohibited the use of shoes with heels or hard soles and recommend using rubber soles or soft soles.
The possibility of a definitive closure of Machu Picchu
The problem of the sinking of the city that is located in the Eastern Cordillera south of Peru started on 2019, so it is something that the authorities have been reporting. Although the possibility of completely close the entry of people to the placeis one of the main economic sources that the country has in terms of tourism.
For this reason, before that decision is made, they have chosen to promote sustainable tourism and conservation measures for the site, which was recognized by the UNESCO as a World Heritage Site on December 9, 1983.