Imagine a few thousand people queueing up on theInca Trail. Every little natural obstacle becomes a traffic jam, the whole trail is littered and there is zero space for personal hygiene. Got it? That sums up the situation on the Inca Trail before the Peruvian government jumped in.
In the year 2002, the Peruvian government introduced a permit system for the famous Inca Trail. It was a turning point for the popular route to Machu Picchu, the famed Lost City of the Incas. The situation on the UNESCO World Heritage site was asking for hard measures. From then on the maximum number of people on the Inca Trail is 500 per day. Besides that, there is also a cap on the number of visitors for Machu Picchu: 2500.