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Making Machu Picchu: The Politics of Tourism in Twentieth-Century Peru

Mark Rice


This book examines the transformation of Machu Picchu from an obscure archaeological site into a global tourist destination and national symbol of Peru. This book illustrates how, from the very start, tourism played a central role in the modern rise of Machu Picchu. The leaders of Cusco, where Machu Picchu is located, employed tourism to argue for the importance of their region at a time when Peru’s national leaders believed that the Andean interior offered little cultural and economic opportunities. Over time, Cusco increasingly looked to tourism as a source of needed development at a time of ... More

Keywords: Tourism, Peru, Cusco, Machu Picchu, Andes, Nationalism, Transnationalism, Indigenismo

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9781469643533
Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: May 2019 DOI:10.5149/northcarolina/9781469643533.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Mark Rice, author
Baruch College, City University of New York