Tourists in Peru often had to the most famous landmark of Machu Picchu, the famous Incan trail.

The increase in tourist numbers means the ancient ruins have since imposed a cap on visitors, issuing AM or PM tickets to reduce the volume of people.

A new tourist landmark that has been discovered by tourists may end up going the same way.

Dubbed Rainbow Mountain, the natural phenomena has to be seen to be believed with the multicoloured stripes of rock looking almost fake.

But the increase in tourism has meant the area is becoming damaged.

The area sees as many as 1,000 visitors a day who walk along the layered sediment.

Being just a couple of hours from Machu Picchu, it is an easy trek to make as part of exploring the region.

It is only in the past five years that it has been discovered, making it a popular stop for travellers and backpackers.

Lukas Lynen, an 18-year-old tourist said: “You see it in the pictures and you think it’s Photoshopped — but it’s real.”

But by walking over it, the landscape has been damaged over time.

Dina Farfan, a Peruvian biologist told Associated Press: “From the ecological point of view they are killing the goose that lays the golden eggs.”

A lot of the ground has been eroded by the footfall in the last year, which could cause long-term damage to the environment.

Whilst it has brought in more money for the local workers including alpaca herders, mining companies moving in causes concern.

With the high level of minerals found in the area, it is a rich area to mine the resources.

Rainbow Mountain, also known as Vinicunca, is part of the Andes in South America.

It isn’t the only destination that has been negatively affectedly tourism.

Thailand has been forced to close some of their popular islands thanks to an influx of travellers.

Tourist beach Maya Bay is closing this summer to allow the corals to repair, which have been damaged by boats in the area.

The famous Burmese temples in Myanmar could also soon ban travellers who climb them.

With many of them dating back to the 9th century, their ancient structures are beginning to crumble thanks to tours and visitors.


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