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Demonstration Alert: Machu Picchu Strike and Transportation Disruptions Continue (January 29, 2024)
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January 29, 2024

Location:

  • Machu Picchu, Cusco
  • Ollantaytambo, Cusco

Event:

Local organizations protesting the online sale of entrance tickets to Machu Picchu are continuing the indefinite strike announced January 25. Rail service between Ollantaytambo, Aguas Calientes, and Hidroelectrica remain suspended until further notice. Following the January 27 rail evacuation of several hundred tourists stranded in Machu Picchu Village, no new rail evacuation is planned. Travelers remaining in Machu Picchu Village/Aguas Calientes should contact local authorities regarding available options for departure, which most likely involves 2-3 hours of hiking combined with bus or other road transport. Travelers with rail travel plans should contact their rail service provider directly regarding rescheduling or reimbursement options.

In addition to disruptions in rail service, many local businesses in Machu Picchu Village/Aguas Calientes are also closed due to the strike. As of January 29, the Machu Picchu site is open. However, travelers who continue plans to visit the site should be aware that transportation, access to the site, and access to local business may be further limited without prior notice. Such travelers should be prepared with all supplies required for their entire journey, including food and medicine.

On January 29, local authorities in Cusco also announced the closure of the Inca Trail for the month of February. This is an annual closure related to weather and trail maintenance.

Actions to take:

  • Avoid crowds and demonstrations.
  • Exercise caution if unexpectedly in the vicinity of large gatherings or protests.
  • Monitor local media for updates.
  • Maintain contact with your tour operator and transport companies for possible schedule changes.
  • Refer to our website for the latest Alerts and Messages for U.S. citizens: https://pe.usembassy.gov/.

For Assistance:

  • U.S. Embassy Lima, Peru
    Avenida La Encalada cdra. 17 s/n
    Santiago de Surco 15023, Lima
    +51-1-618-2000
    LimaACS@state.gov
    https://pe.usembassy.gov
  • U.S. Consular Agency Cusco
    Avenida El Sol 449
    Cusco
    CuscoACS@state.gov
  • State Department – Consular Affairs
    +1-888-407-4747 or +1-202-501-4444
  • Peru Country Information
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