The Lure of Peru
For all of my life, I have been fascinated by South America. As a teenager, I loved to read about adventurers who travelled deep into the Amazon jungle or high amid the Andes.
When I first saw pictures of the Inca ruins at Machu Picchu, it instantly moved to the top of my wishlist of places to visit. At that time, travel to the area was far less common than today. Machu Picchu had only 120,000 visitors in 1982. That number has risen dramatically in the years since, with over 1 million visitors seeing the site in 2012. The Peruvian government has now instituted a daily cap of 2500 visitors per day to protect the site from its own popularity.