After long hours of waiting, they were able to leave Machu Picchu. On Saturday, January 21, authorities evacuated 418 tourists stranded for three days at the foot of the famous Inca site in the small town of Aguas Calientes, while serious political unrest is taking place in Peru. Faced with the situation, the tourist place was closed.
Difficult episode for foreign guests. “We were told that a train was coming for us. As you can see, all the tourists are standing in line. Signatures are being collected to sign up for the evacuation,” explains Alem López Rabina, a Chilean tourist, in the TF1 13H report at the beginning of this article.
Disused railway track
Machu Picchu receives millions of tourists every year, and the only way to get there is by train. But since Thursday, January 19, the railway line has been closed. More than 400 local and foreign visitors were looking forward to seeing you. In December, about 300 tourists were already stuck at the foot of the famous Inca site before they were evacuated by a special train with railway workers to repair the track under the supervision of law enforcement.
The reasons for the current lockdown are the violent protests that have rocked most of Peru’s major cities since early December. They have already killed 46 people. The resignation and arrest of President Pedro Castillo is in question. Railroad tracks were damaged, including Machu Picchu. Several airports are also closed. A state of emergency has been declared. The Quai d’Orsay advises French tourists not to travel to Peru just yet.