The incompetent INC, that’s Peru’s Instituto Nacional de Cultura or National Institute of Culture, has once again found itself responsible for destroying Peru’s priceless heritage.
Not content with exploiting and destroying Machu Picchu, and despite the vast revenue way into the tens of millions of US dollars they pull in, they had housed precious artefacts in cheaply constructed museums that are not earthquake proof in Ica and Paracas. Walls of two museums folded during the earthquake destroying more than 100 items and damaging many others including mummies and ceramics. Most of the damage is said by regional director Alfredo González to be unrepairable.
Elsewhere in the region, without the INC’s help, other patrimony was destroyed. The famous rock formation known as The Cathedral (below) is also lost.