Sometime back I heard that the mayor (now former mayor) of Santa Teresa – a small town less than a stone’s throw away from
Traditionally there has only been one way to reach
The base concern presented against building the bridge is that it will bring in such an influx of tourists that both the ruins and ecology of the region could be badly damaged. Remember that one of the major sources of Peruvian income is tourism, and a that the major source of Peruvian tourism is
The price of crossing this bridge on a bus from
Another argument against the construction of the bridge is that it provides a much shorter route for local Coca Farmers to transport both coca paste and cocaine to urban areas, from where it is transported and shipped overseas. Still, some people argue that a more accessible road to open up this region would hardly make the transport of drugs easier, but would more likely make it harder as police and military would be able to make their presence more felt in the area.
And so this is how it stands. On the one hand we have a national treasure that is under threat, and on the other we have a group of people who are effectively being denied the right to an easier way of life. It’s a tough argument and both sides have their points. I would of course choose to preserve
One feasible solution would be to open the bridge and disallow tourists the right to cross it. This would benefit both the people of Santa Teresa and the majestic ruins themselves. This approach would however also deny those who would be otherwise unable to afford getting to the ruins a chance to see them.
It is a complex situation with many differing arguments and points of view. Please take my points of view and opinions as they are – a means with which to more clearly envision the depth of what could be a difficult situation for Peruvians and travelers alike. For those interested in finding out more I suggest you look into the following websites:
- Convención - www.laconvencion.com (Spanish), an environmental group dedicated to cultural and ecological preservation
Peru-http://www.peru.info/perueng.asp, for news about tourism in Peru
- Peruvian Ministry of Tourism http://www.mincetur.gob.pe/index_f.asp?cont=1240602
- My own company’s tour to
- http://www.cat-travel.com/peru-tour-16-machu-pichu-cusco.asp Machu Picchu
I hope that some of you may have found this helpful and interesting. If anyone out there has a point of view regarding the situation please feel free to post a comment and we can further discuss it.
To all you travelers out there – Keep on discovering!