Protest and Public Gathering Planned in Chinchero District (July 12-13)

The U.S. Embassy in Lima has received reports from the Peruvian National Police regarding protests in Chinchero District of Cusco Department on July 12 and 13th.  The protests will be organized by the Consejo de Coordinación Regional (CCR) regarding the timeline for the completion of the Chinchero Airport project.  Peru Rail has cancelled rail service for both dates, and disruptions to Inca Rail transportation services are highly likely. 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 here.

Demonstrations in Peru are often peaceful but can quickly 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 be aware of 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 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.
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