mardi 20 septembre 2011

Peru: Machu Picchu Archaeological Park is private property!

Since 2004, Zavaleta family, which owns 22,000 hectares of land occupied by the Archaeological Park of Machu Piccu, is taking a Peruvian state.
         In 1944 she bought the land to Edgar Abril Echegaray, whose family had owned since June 14, 1910. The latter claims to have sold the family Zavaleta but not the ruins.

         The Peruvian State would appropriate places without ever having paid the bill, according to the Telegraph.
"In Peru, as in international law, if you are not expropriated directly from your property, you do not lose your rights. The family thus has the ruins of Machu Picchu,"
said Fausto Salinas, the family lawyer April.
         The family decided to take the case to UNESCO to put pressure on the Peruvian authorities.
         Since 1983, archaeological and architectural monuments of the most important in the world "Machu Picchu (32.592 ha)", perched 2,430 m above sea level in the department of Cuzzo were classified as Cultural Patrimony of Humanity by UNESCO and appointed July 7, 2007, among the new seven wonders of the world.
         Sacred city of the Incas, Machu Piccu holds many mysteries. The American professor Hiram Bingham was searching for the Lost City of the Incas at Vilcabamba had the distinction of being the first to recognize the importance of the ruins, to study with a multidisciplinary team and to disclose the results from 24 July 1911.
         Moreover, in 2007, after years of legal battle, some 400 archaeological pieces of Machu Picchu in Peru were made by the American University of Yale, after "borrowing" the Inca site by Hiram Bingham, then Assistant Professor history of Latin America at Yale University.
         The site of Machu Picchu hosted 858,000 visitors in 2008 and 700,000 tourists in 2010.

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