Machu Picchu set to reopen in April

Tourists should once again be able to make the journey to the the World Heritage Site Inca ruins at Machu Picchu in April after the area was cut off by torrential rains last month according to Peruvian government officials.

Martín Pérez, Peru’s minister for overseas trade and tourism, told a Peruvian news agency: “We expect that from April 1, we will once again begin to receive the millions of tourists who have always been coming.” He said there had been progress with repairs to the nearby railroad and insisted that there had been no damage to the site of Machu Picchu itself.

About 2,000 tourists, including up to 80 Britons, had to be airlifted from the ruins after the heaviest rains in more than a decade triggered mudslides.

Each year thousands of people make the journey to Machu Picchu, which was built in the mid-15th century and lies 680 miles south-east of Lima, the Peruvian capital. It is by far the most popular attraction in a country that counts tourism as one of its main sources of revenue.

Since the site was forced to close, the Peruvian government has been emphasising other historical sites in the area that are still open. It encouraged national tourists to visit Cusco, the city that many use as a base for exploring the region, with discounts on flights and hotel packages.

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