CHOQUEQUIRAO CABLE CAR, WHAT‘S TRUE. “A politically complicated development”

To understand the reasons of the cable car construction delay, it’s important explain the conflictive backstage of Choquequirao.

The Inca citadel is located in Peru, in the Department of Cusco, Province of La Convención, District of Santa Teresa, but exist others three Districts in the same ​​influence área of Choquequirao.

Being the inca citadel located at the boundary of two departments (Cusco and Apurímac), it happen that two of these Districts belong jurisdictionally to another department, as is the case of Huanipaca and Cachora villages, belonging to the department of Apurímac and main gateways to the archaeological site of Choquequirao.

Cusco people, famous for their strong regionalism, never accepted with serenity the possibility of reaching Choquequirao (according to them, of their property) traveling through Apurímac.

Despite the tourist growth of the monument and of the incresing flow of visitors via Huanipaca and Cachora, never the Cusco tourist businessmen wanted to invest in the Apurímac area, which was in need of more development and better tourist services.

In contrast, Cusco Districts of Santa Teresa and Mollepata (the fourth District upon Choquequirao influence área) began opening roads to be able to approach Choquequirao: the road from Santa Teresa, which currently ends in Yanama (31 kms of trekking from Choquequirao) and the road from Mollepata, at the moment no operative, which presumably will end at 25 kms of trekking from Choquequirao.

As an extreme consequence of the self interests and of a neo-inca desire to conquer, they began fighting, triggering a scandalous dispute in which the district of Mollepata and its province (Anta) claim to the neighboring district of Santa Teresa and its province (La Convención) the jurisdiction of part of its territory, also covering Choquequirao.

It should be noted that also among the Districts apurimeños of Huanipaca and Cachora do not run optimal relations, always for reasons of commercial selfishness about Choquequirao.

Faced with such nonsense, it is easy to understand why the mutual “Master Plan” of the “Archaeological Park of Choquequirao” (a supposed political unit created in 2003, that covers part of the territory of the regions of Cusco and Apurimac, with its Provinces and Districts involved in the Choquequirao issue) was never draw up.

Also, it is easy to understand the difficulties of the Peruvian government to build a cable car in Choquequirao.


…to be continued


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