Machu Picchu train suspended, Cusco and Arequipa airports closed

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In an early morning update, the Foreign Office has warned of further disruption to travel in Peru following political upheaval in the South American country.

Protests have resulted in several road blockades, rail disruptions and some airport closures, including the suspension of the PeruRail train services to and from Machu Picchu, Peru’s biggest tourist attraction.

Cusco airport, the closest to Machu Picchu, and Arequipa airport have also closed temporarily.

The Foreign Office (FCDO) said some protests are ‘escalating fast’.

The Peru tourist authority has created an online form for stranded foreign nationals to complete to help them work out who is affected and inform the work of local authorities.

The FCDO said: “This is not a UK Government registration scheme and we will not receive the information or be contacting those who complete the form.You should follow the authorities’ advice and monitor local media closely. Avoid large gatherings and protests.”

Tourists in need of help from the UK Government should contact the nearest British embassy, consulate or high commission.

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