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Peru Closes Machu Picchu to Tourists Indefinitely in Wake of Anti-Government Violence

Peru’s world famous heritage site Machu Picchu has been closed to tourists indefinitely over safety concerns arising from the ongoing anti-government violent protests engulfing the South American nation.

A visitor to Machu Picchu

Rail access to the famous 15th Century lost city of the Incas was stopped late last week after the protests led to damage to the train lines. That resulted in 418 tourists being trapped at the site.

However, all tourists have since been safely evacuated. The Peruvian tourist authority has said all ticketholders can keep tickets or get refunds.

Around 1 million people visit the famous site, which is listed as one of the modern wonders of the world, each year.

Peru’s national flag

Protests about Peru’s change of president have erupted into violence, with numerous citizens killed as a result and protestors demanding fresh elections.

Geoff Percival
Geoff Percival
Geoff has worked in business, news, consumer and travel journalism for more than 25 years; having worked for and contributed to the likes of The Irish Examiner, Business & Finance, Business Plus, The Sunday Times, The Irish News, Senior Times, and The Sunday Tribune.
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