Peru Closes Iconic Machu Picchu Indefinitely Amid Anti-Government Protests

Peru closes Machu Picchu for indefinite period due to protests for President’s resignation

Peru closed the entrance to the Inca citadel of Machu Picchu on Saturday, the 21st of January, for an indefinite period due to security reasons. This was in response to the protests against President Dina Boluarte, which have resulted in 60 fatalities.

The Ministry of Culture stated that the closure of Machu Picchu was necessary to “safeguard the integrity of visitors”. The mesaure is effective “until further notice”.

The decision came after the railway service from the city of Cusco to Machu Picchu, the only access route to the Inca site, was suspended due to damage caused by protesters. About 400 tourists were stuck in Aguas Calientes, the foothill town of the citadel. This is the same situation that took place a month ago in December.

The railway is the only transportation to the citadel, since there is no vehicular route connecting it to Cusco, located 110 kilometers away.

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