Machu Picchu is a prime example of how amazing humans can be. We can create so much with just our hands and brains. Just look at it! However, this also means gobs of visitors. One trail leading to the famous ruin, the Inca Trail, was closed for a time in 2018 because of the dangerous weather, which happens around the winter. When a historical site has to close because visitors are not smart enough to not trek up the Andes in inclement weather, it’s time re-think how to preserve a cultural icon for future generations. In 2016, the Wayna Picchu and Machu Picchu Mountains were closed for maintenance, and 2017 landslides from El Nino forced another closure; both caused an outcry from disappointed tourists. If a site seems almost always on the brink of “closing forever” due to a plethora of reasons (some of them being weather), we probably need to give that place a break from foot traffic.