Peru, Machu Picchu closed due to railway blockade: several Italians are among the “trapped” tourists

Tensions have been running high in Peru for weeks. There have been several demonstrations and moments of violence – in which there have been deaths and injuries – to ask for the resignation of the president Dina Boluartewho took over the reins of the country after the ousting of his predecessor Pedro Castillo. the section of the railway line connecting to the lost city of the Incas Machu Picchu it was interrupted by the demonstrators who occupied the tracks, as part of the protests against the government. Among the 300 tourists stranded in Machu Picchu, the lost city of the Incas closed due to the interruption of railway transport, there are also Italian tourists who had spent the night in the site after visiting the citadel and who are in contact with the Italian authorities .

During the month and a half of protests that have engulfed Peru in strong tension, the Cusco region and in particular the area of ​​Machu Picchu, known throughout the world, has been at the center of protests, with repeated interruptions of the railway connections to citadel. Already last December 14, hundreds of tourists were been blocked in the region by roadblocks organized by protesters, including four Italian girls who, thanks to the intervention of the Italian embassy, ​​were first taken to an inn and then transferred to the international airport of Cusco. As for today’s inconvenience, it was learned that the group stayed overnight in a hotel and is now in contact with the Farnesina while waiting for the teams of workers from the Ferrocarril Transandino concessionaire to repair the damaged tracks on the Urubamba-Ollantaytambo-Machu Picchu section. Among the blocked Italian tourists there are two or three people who work in the media sector.

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