Ongoing Strikes and Protests in Cusco

The U.S. Embassy in Lima has received reports from the Peruvian National Police that demonstrations occurring in and around Cusco could last up to several weeks.  These actions are part of a labor dispute between the government and educators.  Travelers should take into consideration that there may be disruptions to transportation services during this time. While flights are operating normally, transportation to and from the airport as well as around the city of Cusco could be impacted. For up to date information, please visit the Peruvian Tourist and Travel website here.

Demonstrations in Peru are normally peaceful, but may unpredictably escalate into violent confrontations. U.S. citizens are advised to avoid large crowds and demonstrations and are strongly encouraged to maintain a high level of vigilance related to local events as well as their surroundings, and take the appropriate steps to bolster their personal safety. It is illegal in Peru for foreigners to participate in demonstrations. In the past, U.S. citizens who have been caught up in political demonstrations in Peru have been detained and expelled from the country.

For further information:

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