As long ago as 1983, UNESCO declared Machu Picchu a World Heritage Site. In July 2008, the World Heritage Committee voiced concerns over deforestation, the risk of landslides, uncontrolled urban development and illegal access to Machu Picchu. The situation at Machu Picchu is even more troublesome. Entrance is limited to 2,500 visitors per day but its move into the tourism A list has not been without controversy, with cable cars, hotels, tourist flights and mini-earthquakes creating concern. The latest proposal is for an international airport at nearby Chinchero. Cusco-based company Helicusco attempted to introduce tourist flights over Machu Picchu, even gaining a license before the decision was overturned.
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