17:10 | Cusco (Cusco region), Dec. 28.
Domestic and foreign tourists can find a new camping space at the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, the Decentralized Directorate of Culture of Cusco (DDCC) informed on Wednesday.
Works were completed after six months and, according to Machu Picchu Archaeological Park head Fernando Astete, the area is safe and has been assessed by geologists.
Francisco Huarcaya, responsible for the maintenance and preservation of the Inca Trail network, explained the area includes three platforms with retaining walls, stone stairways, rainwater drainage system and stair rails.
The place is big enough to set up 20 tents, where tourists and carriers can rest before resuming their journey.
Works required the help from the Inca Trail preservation personnel, as they had to break huge rocks and carry the blocks to the aforementioned area in order to assemble and secure 125 square meters of retaining walls.
“This project started in June and concluded on December 18, and it’s now at the service of tourists,” he noted.
In 2017, maintenance and preservation works will be carried out at campsites along the Inca Trail.