Machu Picchu Closed by the Peru Government Due to the Protests

Machu Picchu Closed by the Peru Government Because of the Growing Anti-government Protests, Especially Its New President.

Jan 23, 2023By Angela Davic, News, Discoveries, In-depth Reporting, and Analysis
Machu Picchu, Peru
Machu Picchu, Peru


Machu Picchu closement needed to take place because of the mass anti-government protests. Protests arose as a result of the overthrow of the previous leader Pedro Castillo. Castillo tried to to abolish Congress, but did not succeed. This action led to his imprisonment. But, we can see the public was very fond of him, which the mass protests organized in his name can confirm.

Machu Picchu Closed Due to the Railway Damage

Machu Picchu, Peru
An anti-government protester challenges police surrounding the San Marcos University in Lima, Peru.


After Castillo’s imprisonment, Dina Boluarte took over the presidential position and swore od the 7th of December. Castillo will remain in prison for now, and is held accountable for charges of rebellion. This protest led to the death of many people. Also, the government needed to close the Machu Picchu site in order to keep the visitors safe.


What caused them to close this culturally significant site after the damage on train tracks. This led to the suspension of the rail services, leading to the Machu Picchu. It left 418 people trapped at the location, tourism minister Luis Fernando Helguero said at a news conference on Saturday. Over 300 people were foreign tourists.


Machu Picchu, Peru


Machu Picchu, the fortress of the Inca, dates from the 15th century and is considered one of the world’s “new seven wonders”. Unfortunately, it will stay closed until further notice, due to the protests leading through Lima. Many of them are going to the capital, asking for  the resignation of President Dina Boluarte.


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Machu Picchu, Peru
Machu Picchu, Peru

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The government did not only close Machu Picchu, but they also closed Inka Trail. This is the a well-known multi-day trek. Also, did is not the first time that tourists were stuck on this important cultural site. The incident occurred last month with tourists trapped there for a few days. Tourists will still have tickets.


Peru’s culture ministry said that already purchased tickets will be in use again, and that is one month after the protests are over. They can also get a refund for the money spent. Some visitors decided to walk to the nearest village (Piscacucho). But, Helguero says “it involves a walk of six, seven hours or more and only a few people are able to do it.”


Stone work
Machu Picchu, Peru


When it comes to the protests, many died. The protestors are seeking for new elections and the stepping down of the new president. In the most recent riots in the nation’s capital, Lima police barricaded highways and sprayed tear gas at stone-throwing protesters. The EU denounced the extensive acts of violence and the police’s “disproportionate” use of force.

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By Angela DavicNews, Discoveries, In-depth Reporting, and AnalysisAngela is a journalism student at the Faculty of Political Science in Belgrade and received a scholarship for continued education in Prague. She completed her internship at the daily newspaper DANAS and worked as an executive editor at Talas.