Multiple regions in southern Peru announced an indefinite strike beginning tomorrow, January 4. Due to expected demonstrations in Cusco and other cities, multiple rail companies also announced an indefinite suspension of services, effective January 4. Beginning January 4, train service between Cusco and Aguas Calientes will be suspended indefinitely; therefore, U.S. citizens in Aguas Calientes/Machu Picchu Village should depart the area immediately TODAY, January 3. Those who remain may be unable to depart for an indefinite period of time. On January 4, train service between Cusco and Puno and the following routes will also be suspended:
- Cusco – Urubamba – Ollantaytambo – Machu Picchu – Hidroelectrica
- Urubamba – Pachar
- Cusco – Juliaca – Puno
- Juliaca – Imata – Pillones – Arequipa
Demonstrations may impact movement on major roads and highways throughout the country, but particularly in the cities and regions of Cusco, Puno, and Arequipa. During demonstrations in December, flights and road transportation were also unavailable from these cities for several days. U.S. citizens in these areas should be sure they have sufficient required medications and access to food and water to allow them to shelter in place for up to several days if necessary. Monitor news sources to stay informed of any changes.
Actions to take:
- Avoid crowds.
- Avoid demonstrations.
- 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.
- U.S. Embassy Lima, Peru
Avenida La Encalada cdra. 17 s/n
Santiago de Surco 15023, Lima
- State Department – Consular Affairs
+1-888-407-4747 or +1-202-501-4444
- Peru Country Information
- U.S. Embassy’s COVID-19 Webpage
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