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Latin America


This thesis attempts to evaluate and understand what makes tourism unsustainable within the Sacred Valley of Peru. It challenges the traditional way of measuring the impacts of tourism through its economic benefits and instead measures the impacts of tourism through its contributions to cultural loss. This thesis starts with an understanding of the impacts of tourism in a global context, followed by a case study focusing specifically on tourism in the Sacred Valley of Peru. The critical evaluation of tourism leads to the conclusion that tourism needs to be monitored and evaluated through processes that take cultural loss into consideration while centering the voices of the communities that are being negatively impacted by tourism.