Demonstrations Causing Disruptions to Transportation in Cusco and the Sacred Valley (July 12-13, 2017)

Two ongoing protests are causing disruptions for travelers in Cusco and throughout the Chinchero District. While flights are operating at Alejandro Velasco Astete International Airport, access to the airport is intermittent.  Additionally, land based transportation networks, including roads and rail lines, are frequently impassable due to the size and nature of these protests.

Peru and Inca Rail have suspended rail service until Friday July 14.  Peruvian authorities recommend that travelers carefully consider any scheduled travel to the Sacred Valley or Machu Picchu, and contact their transport provider to reschedule travel plans as appropriate.  Travelers can contact the Peruvian Tourist Assistance and Information at 511 574-800 or visit the website: http://www.peru.travel/iperu.aspx.

U.S. citizens already present in Cusco are advised to remain in the city, if possible, rather than arranging alternate ground transportation.  Traffic using the principal roads in the region including those connecting Cusco and other popular destinations – such as Machu Picchu and the Sacred Valley – have been repeatedly blocked by protesters.  U.S. citizens already present in the Sacred Valley are advised to stay in place as well and avoid alternate ground transportation.

Even demonstrations intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational and escalate into violence.  You should avoid areas of demonstrations, and exercise caution if in the vicinity of any large gatherings, protests, or demonstrations.

For further information:

  1. See the State Department’s travel websitefor the Worldwide Caution, Travel Warnings, Travel Alerts, and Country Specific Information for Peru.

Contact the U.S. Embassy in Peru, located in Monterrico, a suburb of Lima, at Avenida La Encalada, Block Seventeen.  You can call the Embassy at 51-1-618-2000 during business hours, 8:00am to 5:00pm Monday
through Friday, or dial the same number to reach a duty officer for after-hours emergencies.

  • Call 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada or 1-202-501-4444 from other countries from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).

For information on “What the Department of State Can and Can’t Do in a Crisis,” please visit the Bureau of Consular Affairs’ Emergencies and Crisis link at https://travel.state.gov/content/passports/en/emergencies/crisis-support.html.