Machu Picchu closes
Peru has closed the tourist site Machu Picchu indefinitely amid ongoing protests in the country against President Dina Boluarte.
Train service to and from the site had been closed since last Thursday due to damage to the tracks leading back to the nearby city of Cusco. Peru’s Culture Ministry said it closed Machu Picchu as well as the Inca Trail leading up to it “to protect the safety of tourists and the population in general.” According to Tourism Minister Luis Fernando Helguero, there were 418 visitors at the site who were left without a way to leave when it was closed, though all visitors were later safely evacuated on trains and buses.
The closing of the 15th-century Incan citadel comes amid protests that began last month after then-President Pedro Castillo was impeached and imprisoned for attempting to dissolve Congress. Since then, protestors have demanded his release and called for better living conditions. At least 55 individuals have lost their lives in the ensuing violence.
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