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Residents plan to take over Machu Picchu
Aguas Calientes (Photo: Tobias Mandt/Flickr)
By Manuel Vigo
January 20, 2012
Residents of Aguas Calientes have threatened to take over the Machu Picchu sanctuary in the next 15 days.
Residents claim Consettur Machupicchu SAC has a monopoly over routes from Aguas Calientes to the Machu Picchu Sanctuary, according to Cusco’s Correo newspaper.
“There isn’t a 30-year concession [to the Machu Picchu route] like the gentlemen from Consettur claim, there is only a 10-year concession,” said Marco Mullisaca, a local resident.
Residents are planning to take over the sanctuary in the coming days, and then take their case to Peru’s Congress.
“We will take over Machu Picchu and then we’ll go to Congress. We’re tired of not being heard,” he said.
“Consettur does not allow us to work on our own land. They are tied with the judiciary, and prosecutor’s office, but they’ve never shown resolutions stating how many years they have a concession for.”
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