5,000 Tourists Stranded Near Machu Picchu As Peru Rocked By Protests, Mayor Says | Eastern North Carolina Now

    Publisher's Note: This post appears here courtesy of the The Daily Wire. The author of this post is Leif Le Mahieu.

    Thousands of tourists have been stranded in Peru due to ongoing political protests in the South American nation, according to a local mayor.

    The tourists have been stranded in Cusco, a key stop on the way to the ancient Incan city of Machu Picchu, a popular tourist destination, according to Darwin Baca, the mayor of Machu Picchu. The visitors' predicament comes as Peru faces violent protests over the removal of leftist former President Pedro Castillo after he attempted to dissolve Congress.

    "There are 5,000 tourists stranded in the city of Cusco, they are in their hotels waiting for flights to restart," Baca said.

    In addition to those stranded in Cusco, some tourists have been stranded in Machu Picchu, which is located high in the Andes mountains. "We have asked the government to help us and establish helicopter flights in order to evacuate the tourists," said Baca.

    PeruRail this week paused its trip up to the ancient city due to the violence, though it said it would attempt to help those stranded get to safety. "We regret the inconvenience that these announcements generate for our passengers; however, they are due to situations beyond the control of our company and seek to prioritize the safety of passengers and workers," the company said.

    Other tourists in the country, including children and elderly people, have been stranded as well, with some reportedly receiving violent threats from protesters. Sixty tourists attempting to go to Bolivia have been stuck in the mountainous town of Checacupe.

    Costa Rican-Venezuelan alpinist Wilmaris Villarroel told Reuters that his group had been threatened by protestors. "They said if we tried to pass they would burn us alive," he claimed.

    "We're not to blame for what's happening in the country," he added. "It is a beautiful nation and we just want to continue our journey."

    Villarroel's group includes people from Argentina, Chile, France, Japan, England, and the U.S.

    Machu Picchu was introduced to the world by explorer and future Connecticut Republican Senator Hiram Bingham III, who discovered the ancient ruins alongside some local farmers during his Yale Peruvian Expedition from 1911 to 1915.

    The ancient city was a mountain hideaway for the Inca Empire, which dominated the region from around 1400 until the Spanish under Francisco Pizarro conquered them in 1532. The site gets over 1.5 million visitors a year, some of whom hike up the mountain.

    The State Department is recommending that Americans reconsider travel to Peru, placing it at a level three travel advisory. At least 15 people have been killed and dozens more wounded in violent protests over the political unrest following Castillo's imprisonment.
Go Back

Leave a Guest Comment

Your Name or Alias
Your Email Address ( your email address will not be published)
Enter Your Comment ( no code or urls allowed, text only please )

‘You Absolute Drama Queens’: Dana Loesch Takes Axios Apart For Attack On Elon Musk Daily Wire, Guest Editorial, Editorials, Op-Ed & Politics ‘Decolonizing Light’: Canadian University Project Aims To Redefine ‘Physics As A Social Field’


Latest Op-Ed & Politics

Goldman Sachs recently informed its clients that it expects home values to tank in four major markets across the U.S. amid worsening economic conditions.
REAL Definition The Left Doesn’t Want You To See
After getting into yet another public spat with ChatGPT, Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has accused the program of wanting to date her.


Former Trump administration official Mike Pompeo accused Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) of leaking classified information.
A unanimous N.C. Court of Appeals panel has ruled that University of North Carolina System students cannot sue for partial refunds of tuition and fees paid for the spring 2020 semester.
Meta announced Wednesday it will end former President Trump’s suspension from Facebook and Instagram, saying the penalty imposed after January 6 was “an extraordinary decision taken in extraordinary circumstances,” and sternly pledging to enforce “certain guardrails” on Trump in the future.
Members of Cornerstone Calvary Community Congregation City Church were in for a shock this past Sunday as they were greeted at the doors to the church by an army of state-of-the-art robo-greeters.
A foreign national pleaded guilty Wednesday to a failed attempt at poisoning numerous public officials by mailing threatening letters containing homemade ricin toxins to their homes, including to former President of the United States Donald Trump at the White House in 2020.
While a historic political button suggests that the late Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. once ran for president with pediatrician and author Dr. Benjamin Spock, the two never officially declared their candidacy.
A lengthy email found in Hunter Biden‘s abandoned laptop is raising questions about whether the first son had improper access to classified information.
Worship leaders worldwide were left stunned today after word began to spread that the Lord now regrets including the command "Sing unto the Lord a new song" in His Word after hearing the new songs Christians are currently singing.
Legendary comedian Dave Chappelle recently slammed transgender activists during an episode of his new podcast over a protest they staged at one of his events last year.


Back to Top