Peru's Machu Picchu site is getting an international . Work started this on preparing the ground for the airport. A million visit Machu Picchu every year. The government hopes the airport will make it for tourists to get to Machu Picchu. It takes time by bus and train. The nearest airport is 120 kilometers away. Direct international will fly into the heart of the Machu Picchu area. The government says this will boost the country's tourism . Over 7 million a year may use the airport.
The Inca built Machu Picchu in the 15th . It is 2,430 meters up on a in the Andes Mountains. It became a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1983. Conservationists are about the new airport. They say it will damage Machu Picchu and nearby communities. An archaeologist said: "The airport...endangers the of one of the most important and archaeological sites in the world." He said an airport near Machu Picchu, "will cause damage due to noise, and uncontrolled ".