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13:29 Peru's Chamber of Tourism prepares for Machu Picchu centennial
 
Lima, May 13 (ANDINA). Peru’s National Chamber of Tourism (Canatur) announced today it will lead a commission in charge of organizing the celebrations on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the discovery of the Inca citadel of Machu Picchu on July 24 2011.
Machu Picchu.
Machu Picchu.

Canatur President Carlos Canales said that this commission will have the active participation of Peru's Ministry of Foreign Trade and Tourism (Mincetur) and Peru’s Export and Tourism Promotion Board (Promperu).

He explained that, as part of the activities, they will begin an awareness campaign in the United States to prove how important the return of Machu Picchu’s archeological pieces is for Peru.

The pieces were temporarily taken by Yale University Professor Hiram Bingham to the US, but now this university refuses to return them.

“With this effort, we seek to build the archeological museum of Cusco. We will focus on social networks to recover these objects and make Yale graduates aware of our request and support it,” he explained.

On July 24, 1911, Professor Hiram Bingham discovered for the world the ruins of Machu Picchu, one of the most significant archaeological finds in the history of the Americas.

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Date: 13/05/2010
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