Say Cheese! For the Cameras at Machu Picchu
Jose Bastante, head of the Machu Picchu archaeological park has confirmed that due to recent damage caused by 6 foreigners in a restricted area, the Peruvian government is planning to install high-tech cameras around the park.
The equipment will be set up at 3 strategic points as well as points of entry from the adjoining mountains. This will give the officials a means of monitoring visitors over 34 acres of the ancient Inca estate engineered 600 years ago by King Pachacuti. (1438-1471)
It is expected that the use of digital video cameras and drones, along with park rangers, will reduce the risk for infractions and potential damage to the ancient citadel, which is already coping with the normal wear and tear of ongoing tourism and the ravages of weather.