Foreign Office issues fresh warning as protests disrupt travel to Peru’s main tourist sites

Peru protests
By Harry Kemble
19/07/2023
Home » Foreign Office issues fresh warning as protests disrupt travel to Peru’s main tourist sites

Political protests being held today in Lima and southern Peru are restricting tourists’ access to key attractions, including Machu Picchu and Lake Titicaca.

And the Foreign Office (FCDO) is warning they could spread to other parts of the country.

The FCDO said the protests – called Toma de Lima – will restrict access to the centre of the capital.

Some train services in southern Peru, including to the tourists hotspots of Cusco and Puno, will be suspended during the protests.

“Access to the airport in Cusco will be restricted to passengers on foot only,” the FCDO said.

Cusco is the start-point for trips to Machu Picchu, Peru’s biggest tourist attraction, while Puno is on the shores of Lake Titicaca, another of the country’s tourist sites.

“Travel may be disrupted in different parts of Peru,” the FCDO added. “[The protest] could extend to other parts of the country.”

The FCDO warned that political protests in Peru can lead to road blockades, suspension of train services, disruption at borders and airport closures.

Earlier this week, the FCDO warned British tourists about potentially violent protests.

“Political protests in Peru are unpredictable and can escalate quickly and include violence,” it said.

“You should take particular care to avoid large gatherings and all areas of protests.”

Peru has been in a state of emergency since last December and in February the FCDO issued a warning about the security situation.

Protestors have made several demands, including the resignation of President Dina Boluarte and early elections.

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