In Peru, 200 tourists stranded in Machu Picchu are evacuated
According to the mayor of a village near Machu Picchu, 5,000 tourists are stranded in this archaeological site due to protests.
Some 200 tourists stranded in the famous Machu Picchu region due to protests across Peru for ten days were evacuated on Saturday, AFP found.
Boarding a train, they arrived near the town of Piscacucho, in the Cusco region, where a huge rock blocked the way.
From there, tourists – including North Americans and Europeans – walked about two kilometers to board buses heading for the city of Cusco, which has an international airport.
The mayor of the village close to Machu Picchu, Darwin Baca, told AFP that 5,000 tourists were stranded in Cuzco.
At least 622 tourists, including 525 foreigners, were stranded at the famous site, according to a census of the municipality. The train, which had been stopped since Tuesday, is the only modern way to get to the citadel from Cuzco, the ancient capital of the Inca Empire, 110 km away.
The army promised to send a helicopter on Saturday which will provide four humanitarian flights for the transfer of tourists from Machu Picchu to Cuzco, according to the municipality, which specifies that the priority will be given to families with children and vulnerable people.
The airport of Cusco, the tourist capital of the country, reopened on Friday afternoon, allowing the the start of the evacuation of tourists, according to images released by the Peruvian Defense Ministry.
Peru is rocked by protests – which have left at least 19 people dead and 569 wounded – triggered by the impeachment and arrest of President Pedro Castillo on December 7.