Machu Picchu temporarily closed to tourists due to mass protests in Peru

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Machu Picchu temporarily closed to tourists due to mass protests in Peru

The famous Machu Picchu archaeological site has been temporarily closed due to ongoing protests in Peru.

Both the Machu Picchu citadel and the Inca trail network have been temporarily closed to tourists amid political unrest in the country. Travelers with tickets on or after January 21 will be offered the option of a refund within one month of the end of the protests.

Mass protests first erupted after President Pedro Castillo was ousted in December after trying to dissolve parliament. to prevent a vote on impeachment. Airports in several cities, including Cusco, were also attacked by protesters.

A number of governments have issued travel warnings to Peru, urging citizens to “reconsider travel.” into the country and “exercise extra caution due to civil unrest.”

Sections of the Urubamba – Ollantaytambo – Machu Picchu, as a result of which train traffic was suspended and passengers, including hundreds of foreign citizens, were temporarily detained.

According to UNESCO, the ancient Inca settlement of Machu Picchu was built in the 15th century and then rediscovered in 1911. More and more facts are emerging about this place, including that it may have originally been called Picchu or Huayna Picchu, and that the structures were not built after 1440, as experts originally believed, but several decades earlier.

Most travelers arrive here either by train from the nearby city of Cusco, or on foot, which takes several days.

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