Machu Picchu rail link suspended as Peru protests escalate

Escalating anti-government protests in Peru have forced the closure of a rail link to Machu Picchu – the country’s most visited tourist site.

The disclosure came in the latest Foreign Office travel alert for the South American country following widespread protests, including in the centre of the capital Lima, since a change of government a week ago.

Describing the political situation in Peru as “volatile”, the updated UK government travel advice said: “Protests can escalate quickly and include violence, with protests continuing to take place in Apurimac, Arequipa, Cusco, Ica, along the Panamericana Highway and elsewhere. 

“This has resulted in the disruption of travel, with several road blockades, train disruptions and some airport closures, including the suspension of PeruRail train services to/from Machu Picchu and the closure of Arequipa and Cusco airport.” 

British travellers in need of emergency help should contact the nearest British embassy, consulate or high commission.  

“The Peruvian tourist authority i-Peru has separately created an online form for any stranded foreign nationals to complete, to help them understand who may be affected by the current situation and inform the work of local authorities. 

“This is not a UK government registration scheme and we will not receive the information or be contacting those who complete the form,” the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) added.

“You should follow the authorities’ advice and monitor local media closely. Avoid large gatherings and protests.”

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