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Demonstration Alert: Demonstrations and Transportation Disruptions
U.S. Embassy Lima, Peru – January 10, 2023
January 10, 2023


Puno, Arequipa, and Cusco, Peru


Widespread violence occurred in Puno on January 9 and, due to ongoing civil unrest, U.S. citizens should avoid travel to the region.  Multiple bus routes have been suspended in the Puno area, severely limiting movement within and outside of the city. 

Roadblocks continue to impact the Pan-American Highway.  There is a roadblock in the La Joya district at km 967 and in San Juan Siguas at km 921 in Arequipa.  Do not approach or attempt to drive around roadblocks. 

Demonstrations are expected today in the city of Cusco.  The Consular Agency in Cusco cancelled appointments today, January 10, and can be reached for emergency services via email at CuscoACS@state.gov.  U.S. citizens should avoid crowds and follow the instructions of local authorities. 

Demonstrations continue to affect movement on roads and highways throughout the country, but particularly in the cities and regions of Cusco, Puno, and Arequipa.  Monitor news to stay informed of any changes.

The following airports are closed: 

  • Juliaca, Inca Manco Capac International Airport (JUL)
  • Ayacucho, Coronel FAP Alfredo Mendivil Duarte Airport (AYP)

Andahuaylas Airport (ANS)

Actions to take:

  • Avoid crowds.
  • Avoid demonstrations.
  • Do not attempt to pass through a roadblock.
  • Monitor local media for updates.
  • Follow traffic police instructions.
  • Comply with instructions from the Peruvian National Police and local authorities.
  • Register 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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