The world-famous Inca Machu Picchu in Peru is going to get an . Peru's government started preparing the for the airport earlier this week. Around one million visit Machu Picchu every year. Government officials hope the new Chinchero International Airport will make it for tourists to reach the site. Getting to Machu Picchu takes time and requires a bus and train. The nearest airport is 120 kilometers away in the city of Cuzco. The new airport will allow international flights into the of the Machu Picchu area. The government says this will be a for the country's tourism . More than 7 million passengers a year may use the airport.
Machu Picchu was built in the 15th century by the Inca . They built it 2,430 meters up on a misty in the Andes Mountains. It became a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1983. Many people are about the building of the new airport. Conservationists say it will cause a lot of to Machu Picchu and its surrounding communities. Peruvian archaeologist Abel Traslaviña said: "The airport...endangers the of one of the most important and archaeological sites in the world. An airport in the of the Sacred Valley will affect the integrity of a complex Inca and will cause irreparable damage due to noise, and uncontrolled urbanization."