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11:58 Machu Picchu celebrates 30th anniversary as protected natural area
 
Lima, Jan. 08 (ANDINA). The historic Sanctuary of Machu Picchu, one of Peru’s main tourist attractions, is celebrating today and tomorrow (Sunday) its 30th anniversary as protected natural area with a series of activities.
Inca citadel of Machu Picchu, in Cusco. Photo: Sernanp.
Inca citadel of Machu Picchu, in Cusco. Photo: Sernanp.

The National Service of Natural Protected Areas (Sernanp) said that through a supreme decree, the Inca citadel was declared a Protected Natural Area by the Peruvian government on January 8, 1981.

It has an extension of 32,592 hectares which aims to protect endangered species (spectacled bear, Andean Cock-of-the-rock) as well as archeological pieces.

Moreover, in 1983 it was given the status of a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, so it is 30 years of recognition hosting ten percent of biological diversity of Peru as species, plants, fauna among others.

Machu Picchu was discovered by the world in 1911, and is especially significant because it was not destroyed like the rest of the Incan empire.

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Date: 08/01/2011
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