Friday, August 30, 2013

Perú: Macchu Picchu's Sister City to Install Two-Way Tram, Revolutionizing Tourist Access

According to ABC News, the central government in Lima has approved what in all likelihood will be Perú's first two-way aerial tram.

I'm sure a good many of our readers are already very familiar with the Incan ruins of Macchu Picchu, and many of you may very well have even visited them, but Macchu Picchu's sister city, Choquequirao, located some 50 kilometers (31 miles) away, is expected to have the tram in place by late 2015.

Unfortunately, in the past, Choquequirao was only accessible as a result of a relatively arduous two-day hike, which excluded many of the disabled, not to mention thousands of seniors.

COMMENT: Bridging the deep canyon of the Apurimac River, it is expected to make Choquequirao reachable in just 15 minutes from the nearest highway, which in engineering terms is phenomenal. 

The five-kilometer (3.10 miles) will be designed to whiz 400 people an hour in each direction nearly a kilometer above the river (3,281 feet). 

Hopefully, the Peruvian government will not accept LOW bid. 

The president of the Apurimac state government, Elias Segovia, anticipates the tramway will bring about 3,000 tourists a day after it opens. “This is going to generate tourist services. It will generate great investment” in hotels, restaurants and other amenities, Segovia says.

Choquequirao, phonetically pronounced as "Choqek'iraw," is a ruined Inca city in southern Perú, similar in structure and architecture to Machu Picchu. The ruins are buildings and terraces at levels above and below the truncated hill top. 
Choquequirao is situated at 3,050 meters above sea level (10,006 feet) is in the spurs of the Salkantay Mountain Range in the Province La Convención in the Cuzco region above the valley of river Río Apurímac. The complex is 1,800 hectares, of which only 30–40% is excavated.

The site was built by Tupac Inca Yupanqui (1471-1493) and Huayna Capac (1493-1527). It was one of the last bastions of resistance and refuge of the Son of the Sun (the "Inca"), Manco Inca Yupanqui, who fled Cuzco after his siege of the city failed in 1535.

The construction of the trams to the ancient Inca citadel of Choquequirao has been declared a priority by the Apurimac Regional Government, which are destined to receive 220 million Peruvian Soles (US$ 82.7 million) to fund the project.

Carlos Canales, president of the National Chamber of Tourism (Canatur) believes that in the first year of operation the Choquequirao cable car will receive 200,000 tourists, which will generate an income of US$4 million, with the average visitor paying US$20 per ticket.