The Decentralized Culture Directorate and the Machu Picchu Historical Sanctuary Directorate said in a statement the day before that tourists who have tickets for Jan. 21 or later can claim refunds up to a month after the protests end.
The Inca citadel of Machu Picchu can be seen in Cusco, Peru, in this Dec. 2, 2014 file photo.
According to Andina, parts of the Urubamba-Ollantaytambo-Machu Picchu railway line were damaged during the anti-government protests on Thursday, forcing train services to be suspended until further notice. The discontinued train service left 417 people – including 300 foreigners – stranded in the Machu Picchu district.
At least 300 of those tourists are foreigners, according to Luis Helguero, Peru’s foreign trade and tourism minister.
“People are still trapped in Machu Picchu,” Helguero said. “417 tourists cannot leave the city, more than 300 are foreigners.”
Helguero said authorities are evaluating and repairing the damage so the tourists can be evacuated. Some tourists evacuated on foot, but the journey, Helguero said, took at least six to seven hours.
PeruRail said Thursday it was suspending its services to and from Machu Picchu, among other destinations, because tracks were blocked and damaged in several places.
“We regret any inconvenience this is causing our passengers due to a situation beyond the company’s control due to the protests in Cusco,” the statement said.