Record visitor numbers and pressure from Unesco have prompted the Peruvian government to introduce restrictions at the citadel, including only allowing entry with an official tour guide

It’s one of the world’s most famous ancient sites – the remains of an Inca citadel in Peru’s Sacred Valley – but as visitor numbers have boomed a visit to Machu Picchu has become associated with tourist crowds and selfie-sticks, rather than as a place of mystical beauty.

This summer, under pressure from Unesco, which has repeatedly threatened to add Machu Picchu to its list of world heritage sites in danger, the Peruvian government has brought in measures to control the flow of tourists.

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