Machu Picchu was hidden beneath forests for 100 of years
It was discovered in 1911
Presumed sacred food is grown there
Machu Picchu has been built there specifically because of the sacred Urubamba river
400,000 people visit the site every eyar putting pressure on the site
For the local people (cusco especially) these toursits number are an important part of the economy
Toursim creates job
More money comes into area. this money can support services and facillities which need developing
New facillities created fro tourists, also benefit the local people
Entrance fee and taxes on tourism provide Peru with extra governemnt revenue
Local people cannot affort the entrance fee as it is very high
Tourists walking the Inca Trail, wear away vegetation and cut timber for fuel
Loss of trees and veegtation increases erosion by rain and leads to landslides
Tourists complete with local people for services and facillities
Helicopters are used to bring in tourists and fly over Machu Picchu, disturbing the peaceful qualities of the site.
The Machu Picchu site is being slowly eroded by tourists feet.
Money from tourism does not usually stay in Peru, but goes to the countries where the tourist companies are based.
Jobs in tourism are usually poorly paid.
Offer local people a fair price for the work they do
Buy fresh local produce
Only allow 500 people up to Machu Picchu a day
Minimise waste, leave no litter
Ensure good working conditions for porters
Keep treking group to a small number (no more than 12)