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New airport could destroy Machu Picchu with crowds

Machu Picchu is on almost every traveler’s bucket list, but its popularity might end up being its downfall. In 2017, the stunning ancient Inca UNESCO Heritage site — which in 2007 was voted one of the “New Seven Wonders of the World” — saw 1.5 million visitors, almost twice as many as recommended by UNESCO. The uptick in visitors has strained the landmark’s resources and, as a result, led to hiring additional guards, setting strict time limits for visitors and imposing other harm-reducing efforts. But now, in what seems a direct contradiction to its effort to curb visitor numbers, the Peruvian government is actively courting more tourists. The Guardian reports that ground is being cleared for a new and controversial multi ...