5,000 – that's how many tourists were actually trapped in Peru after visiting the famous mysterious Inca city of Machu Picchu: travelers cannot leave their hotels and fly out of the country. The problem of non-departure is explained by mass protests.
In Peru, CNN reported, protests erupted after President Pedro Castillo was removed from his position in Congress on December 7 and sent to jail. Due to the ongoing riots in many parts of the country, the Alejandro Velasco Astete International Airport in the city of Cusco was temporarily closed to flights.
The airport targeted by the demonstrators has remained closed since December 12, so 5,000 visitors remain cut off from returning to their homeland and sit in their rooms waiting for good news. It was clarified that travelers who have visited the city of Machu Picchu, the most visited tourist attraction in Peru, cannot even physically get to the airport, because. Barricades and a curfew block their way.
According to the publication, the authorities of the tourist city of Machu Picchu intend to evacuate foreigners from the tourist area in four helicopters in the near future. For example, a Spanish-speaking tourist stranded in Peru previously addressed the authorities with the following statement: “We demand that we be put on a plane so that we can go to Argentina.”
Tourists do have something to fear: the death toll from the demonstrations has risen to 20. According to a statement from the Ministry of Health of Peru, they died as a result of ongoing protests in various cities of the country. Another 63 people are being treated in hospitals. The number of injured exceeded 500 people, more than 150 demonstrators were detained.
Reference: Machu Picchu is a city of the Inca civilization, located in the Andes in Peru above the Urubamba river valley. The city was founded in the 15th century and later abandoned. Currently a very popular tourist spot. Machu Picchu is known for the fact that all the walls are built without the use of adhesive material. There are also unusual astronomical structures here. There are panoramic views from the top. Scientists have not yet accurately established the purpose of this city. Machu Picchu is a cultural and natural UNESCO World Heritage Site.
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