Residents of Chinchero and other areas around Cusco announced a 72-hour strike which is affecting travel between Cusco and the Sacred Valley/Machu Picchu. The primary tourist route, which transits Chinchero, has been blocked at several points by protesters. An alternative route from Cusco (via Pisac) is also blocked before the towns of Urubamba and Ollantaytambo, the primary starting point for those traveling to Machu Picchu by train.
Train service is running normally at this time, but travelers to Ollantaytambo train station from Cusco or Pisac may experiences delays due to blocked roads. Please contact Peru Rail and Inca Rail directly to discuss options for rescheduling travel or reimbursement. For local updates as the situation develops, call i-Peru in Cusco at (084) 237-364.
Police are present at protest sites to ensure that demonstrations remain peaceful. There have been no reports of violence related to these protests. However, circumstances can change rapidly, and all U.S. citizens are advised to avoid large crowds if at all possible.
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