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Demonstration Alert: Possible Demonstrations and Transportation Issues
U.S. Embassy Lima, Peru – December 30, 2022
December 30, 2022


Cusco, Puno, and Other Locations in Peru


Additional anti-government demonstrations are expected to begin in Cusco on or around December 30 or 31, 2022 and may result in strikes, transportation delays, cancellations, or lack of availability.  Travelers during similar events in December were delayed in departing Aguas Calientes/Machu Picchu by several days.

Separately, a holiday pause called by protestors in mid-December is scheduled to expire in early January; that too may lead to renewed protests and demonstrations beginning on or around January 4, 2023.  Travelers may encounter disruptions to local transportation services, including local airports, roads, and railways across Peru and should be prepared to shelter in place for some days if necessary.  In addition to Cusco, Puno and areas near the Peruvian-Bolivian border are also likely to experience protests.

Additional locations throughout Peru may be affected by demonstrations and transportation closures, including roadblocks, which were widespread in mid-December.  Movement of Embassy Lima personnel throughout the country is currently restricted.  Monitor news sources to stay informed of any changes, and follow instructions given by local authorities.

Actions to take:

  • Avoid crowds.
  • Avoid demonstrations.
  • Do not attempt to pass through a roadblock.
  • Carry necessary medication.
  • Carry sufficient cash in case of an emergency.
  • Monitor local media for updates.
  • Follow traffic police instructions.
  • Comply with instructions from the Peruvian National Police and local authorities.
  • Enroll in STEP to receive alerts and messaging from the U.S. Embassy in Lima.

For Assistance:

  • U.S. Embassy Lima, Peru
    Avenida La Encalada cdra. 17 s/n
    Santiago de Surco 15023, Lima
  • U.S. Consular Agency Cusco
    Avenida El Sol 449
  • State Department – Consular Affairs
    +1-888-407-4747 or +1-202-501-4444
  • Peru Country Information
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