In Cuzco and Machu Picchu, the tourism industry represents a major source of income for residents of the region. To answer questions of how many people visit Machu Picchu every year should be borne in mind that since UNESCO declared Wonder of the World Machu Picchu the quantity of tourists coming to Cuzco for years has been increased by more than ten to twenty times from 20.000 per year to 300.000+.
This has required not only new works by the city of Cuzco to support with infrastructure, but also has increased the number of projects and private projects in the area, such as resorts, travel agencies, restaurants in Cuzco, as well as other series of private activities.
Added to this, new concerns have emerged, especially with the tourist attractions, that given the amount of people who visit each year have had to take some care to prevent damage or deterioration in Cuzco. Some places that were previously publicly accessible simply have been restricted or fenced so that your view is from the outside.
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