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Hundreds of tourists stranded in Machu Picchu

Due to the country's recent state of emergency and travel warnings, over 300 tourists from around the world have been stranded in Machu Pichu, the ancient Peruvian city. The only way in and out of the city is by train, which has been suspended until further notice.

In order to evacuate tourists, the municipality of Machu Picchu has worked with the National Police and the district Health Center to prioritize the transfer of children and vulnerable people on humanitarian flights.

The US embassy in Peru has also announced plans to evacuate foreigners from Aguas Calientes, the main access point to Machu Picchu, and will issue instructions once the assistance plan is confirmed.

Meanwhile, Machu Picchu is experiencing food shortages due to the local economy's reliance on tourism. It is critical for travelers to follow local authorities' instructions and prioritize their safety in the midst of social unrest.

In addition to the stranded tourists at Machu Picchu, Peru's state of emergency has hampered travel to and from the rest of the country. Flights from Cusco's Alejandro Velasco Astete International Airport have resumed, but flights to and from Arequipa's Alfredo Rodrguez Ballón International Airport remain suspended. Tourists and travelers in Peru are advised to stay informed of the situation and to follow local authorities' instructions.

Peru declared a state of emergency after former President Pedro Castillo was impeached and arrested in early December, causing unrest throughout the country. Travelers must be aware of the potential risks and plan their journey accordingly. If you are planning a trip to Peru or are already there, it is critical that you stay informed of the situation and follow local authorities' instructions.

Travelers should always have a backup plan in place in case of unforeseen events or circumstances. Having a communication plan with friends and family, keeping copies of important documents in a secure location, and researching the local embassy or consulate in your destination are all examples of precautions. It's also a good idea to get travel insurance, which can cover medical emergencies, trip cancellations, and other unforeseen events.

If you are currently in Peru and are experiencing difficulties as a result of the state of emergency, it is critical that you follow the instructions of local authorities and prioritize your safety. If you are unable to return home due to the disruption in travel, the US embassy in Peru has advised travelers to stay put and follow local authorities' instructions. It is always important to stay informed of the situation and to be prepared in the event of an unexpected event or circumstance.


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