The U.S. Embassy in Lima has received reports regarding a planned protest in Machu Picchu Pueblo on Friday, November 17th. The protest is in response to the entry of a new bus company into the market, and is anticipated to have limited impact. Peru Rail and Inca Rail have no planned interruptions in service at this time, and most stores and restaurants are expected to remain open. Travelers are urged to check with their tour providers for more information on possible disruptions to transportation services. For additional Peruvian Tourist Assistance and Information, travelers may visit http://www.peru.travel/iperu.aspx.
Even demonstrations intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational and escalate into violence. U.S. citizens are advised to avoid large crowds and demonstrations, and exercise caution if in the vicinity of any large gatherings, protests, or demonstrations.
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- See the State Department’s travel website for the Worldwide Caution, Travel Warnings, Travel Alerts, and Country Specific Information for Peru.
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- 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).