Machu Picchu and the Sacred Valley in Peru is being put under threat of ‘irreparable damage’ as work to build an international airport to cater for ever increasing numbers of tourists begins. Land has been cleared in readiness for the construction workers to move in. With over 1.5 million visitors a year already visiting, the site is suffering from deterioration and archaeologists and historians alike fear for its future conservation.
The ruined Inca citadel in the Peruvian Andes is now so popular that along with railway development, plans have been on the table since 2012 for an international airport in its vicinity. Science magazine reports that authorities say this could help to increase the number of visitors to 6 million per year. But there are great fears that it could threaten not only the integrity of Machu Picchu but also the historic landscape in this part of the Andes.