Crisis in Peru: images of the evacuation of 418 tourists stranded in Machu Picchu

The tourists were blocked for several days, protesters having damaged the tracks. Of all nationalities, they had registered on Friday lists in Aguas Calientes to be evacuated.

On Saturday morning, authorities announced “the closure of the network of Inca trails (land access, Inca Trail) and the Llaqta (citadel) of Machu Picchu (…) due to the social situation and to preserve the safety of visitors”according to a press release from the Ministry of Culture.

In December, some 300 tourists had already been stranded in Machu Picchu before being evacuated by a special train with railway workers to repair the track, supervised by law enforcement.

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