Machu Picchu is magnificent but tons of tourists are going to Peru to eat.
Turning a destination into a spot on the world's gourmet map is one of the easier ways to attract visitors, but destinations need to know how to stay out of the way and provide an atmosphere that's good for culinary creativity.
Overcrowding is one of the biggest issues plaguing destinations. Here I outline a smart new way to allow free-market forces to not only limit overcrowding, but spread out the visitors and help fill the off-peak dates.
It is feared that the infrastructure projects will overcrowd or taint the historic and popular tourist region. But the protests reflect the reality of many locals whose livelihoods depend on such projects, whatever their cost.
The majority of tourists in Latin America are currently concentrated in specific destinations. Improving ease of travel throughout the region will be a boon for all economies.
Destinations around the world are feeling the impact of warmer temperatures and changing physical landscapes mean local businesses have to move to stay alive, or get very creative.
News of the tramway will be a tragedy to any traveler that's hiked for 12 hours to the isolated ruins, but it is a necessary evil to offset the steady destruction of Machu Picchu caused by a daily onslaught of 2,500 visitors.
Although tourism traffic inflicts a significant amount of wear and tear on historic ruins, there's a clear long-term incentive for most people not to destroy the artifacts on display.