Machu Picchu is an ancient city in Peru, South America. The Incas, an ancient South American civilization built it more than hundreds of years ago. The Inca were a powerful empire known for their architectural and engineering prowess.
This special stone city is located 7000 feet above sea level on the slopes of the Andes mountains in Peru. The Ancient city was built on different levels and with a farming district, a residential area, a royal district, and a religious area. There are 3,000 stone steps that link its many different levels.
Did you know?
Machu Picchu is very difficult to get to because it is so high in the mountains. It has only one way in and a stone wall to protect it. Most people on Earth did not know it was there until a Yale graduate named Hiram Bingham rediscovered it in 1911.
Today, Machu Picchu is Peru’s most visited attraction. Millions of people visit every year to see the architectural ruins. The development of nearby towns and damage to the environment continue to take their toll on the site. In 2017, the Peruvian government laid down some rules of how many people can visit Machu Picchu every day and even closed some sections to the public in order to preserve the site.
Peru is taking its protection of Machu Picchu one step further by launching a campaign to plant 1 million trees all around the protective zone that surrounds the city and which stretched for 135 square miles (350 sq. km).
What will the trees do?
Apart from being a really great environmentally friendly idea, the trees around Machu Picchu will help to protect the historical landmark in many other ways. The trees would help prevent mudslides which can be dangerous and can destroy the site as well. It will also protect the area’s unique fauna and flora.
Peru’s President Martín Vizcarra is a big supporter of this initiative. “We’re here to begin the planting of a million trees,” he told reporters this month. The plan is to put the tall, leafy plants all across the zone around the famous city. Vizcarra called this a promise from “all the citizens who want to protect this world wonder.”
Together with the protections already in place, this planting of trees can help ensure that the ruins of Machu Picchu can be visited and enjoyed by tourists for many years to come!
Written by: Disha Mirchandani. Disha is a former lawyer turned freelance content writer. She is a fitness enthusiast and amateur aerialist with her own fitness photo-blog as well.