Political protests have forced the authorities to close one of the world's most famous attractions indefinitely of the world, included in the list of “new wonders of the world.” We are talking about the historical city of the Inca Empire Machu Picchu in Peru – political protests led to the evacuation of tourists from there.
“Given the current social situation in which our region and country is located, it has been ordered to close the Inca and Ilactu road network to Machu Picchu from January 21, 2023 until further notice to ensure the safety of tourists and the general population,” the Peruvian media quoted the statement. Directorate of Culture Cusco.
According to the available information, the protesters disabled part of the railway in Machu Picchu. As a result, 418 people were stuck in the famous city of the Incas, who had to be evacuated. According to some reports, there could be up to 300 foreign tourists among them.
According to the Minister of Foreign Trade and Tourism, Luis Elguero, all stranded tourists will be “provided with amenities.” They are also reimbursed for travel expenses. She also added that on the dismantled railway, the concessionaire company Ferrocarril Transandino SAC immediately began repair work.
However, the country continues to be shaken by political protests, which were caused by a change of power – during another attempt to dissolve Parliament, former President Pedro Castillo , the first indigenous leader of the Andes, was impeached and imprisoned back in December on charges of rebellion and conspiracy. Power was given to ex-vice president Dina Boluarte, who is opposed by the supporters of the ex-president. The protests are dealt with harshly, 53 deaths are known.
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