Peru: Machu Picchu closes due to riots affecting the country

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Peruvian authorities have decided to close Machu Picchu, the tourist jewel of the Incas and the country’s biggest tourist attraction. because of the riots that are rocking the country since December, in which 46 people have lost their lives, the government announced today.

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“It has been ordered to close the Inca trail network (land accesses, Inca Trail) and Llaqta (Yacta, citadel) of Machu Picchu due to the social situation and to maintain the integrity of visitors,” the culture ministry announced.

The railway, the only way to get to the site — apart from the march — has been shut down for several days as the line was damaged by protesters. According to the company that manages it, rails were removed by the protesters.

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At least 400 tourists — including 300 foreigners — are stranded at the foot of the site, in Aguas Calientes.

“We don’t know if a train will come to pick us up. All the tourists here are lining up to register” in order to leave, Chilean tourist Alem Lopez told AFP on Friday.

Source: News Beast

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