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Peru: Embassy Revises Travel Warning for Cuzco, Machu Picchu

Date: March 13th, 2013 | No Comments

The U.S. Embassy in Lima has lifted its travel restriction for Cuzco and the region of Machu Picchu after a thorough review of information regarding a potential kidnapping threat to U.S. citizens. The Embassy continues to recommend that its citizens proceed with caution if traveling in or around the Peruvian “VRAEM” Emergency Zone, which includes [read more]

Peru: Embassy Warns U.S. Citizens of Kidnapping Risk

Date: February 20th, 2013 | No Comments

The U.S. Embassy in Lima issued a new travel warning Feb. 13, cautioning Americans about a potential kidnapping threat by criminal gangs operating in the Cuzco area, including the ancient Incan fortress of Machu Picchu—the country’s largest tourist draw. The warning drew fire from Peruvian authorities, who deny any knowledge of a specific threat to [read more]

Peru: State of Emergency due to Demonstrations

Date: December 10th, 2011 | No Comments

A two-month state of emergency, which suspends certain constitutional rights such as freedom of assembly, association and circulation, and gives security forces the right to search homes at will, has been instituted in the provinces of Cajamarca, Celendín, Hualgayoc and Contumazá. The security measure is a reaction to demonstrations against the new Conga gold mine [read more]

Peru: Another Tourist Plane Crashes in Nazca

Date: October 6th, 2010 | No Comments

A tourist aircraft crashed in Nazca on a flight to view the Nazca Lines, killing all six aboard: four British tourists and the Peruvian pilot and co-pilot. The crash was the latest in a series of disasters with the popular flight tours. In February, six South American tourists and their pilot died in a crash, [read more]

Bolivia and Peru: Bubonic Plague in Border Region

Date: September 1st, 2010 | No Comments

An outbreak of bubonic plague is occurring along the border in the Bolivian province of La Paz and Peru’s Ascope. Bolivia’s health authorities put La Paz on epidemiological alert, with one death and three more suspected cases in the town of Apolo. One person has died and 30 have been affecte [read more]

Peru: California Couple Missing in Cuzco

Date: February 27th, 2013 | No Comments

Authorities are searching for a California couple reported missing while traveling in the Cuzco region, an area where the U.S. government recently warned its citizens of a potential kidnapping threat. The warning, issued in early February, was hotly disputed by the Peruvian government, and both Peruvian and U.S. authorities have denied any indication of kidnapping [read more]

Peru: State of Emergency Follows Deadly Protests in Cuzco

Date: May 30th, 2012 | No Comments

The government declared a state of emergency in the Cuzco region following a week of anti-mining demonstrations that left two people dead and more than 70 injured. Incited by a massive expansion planned at a Swiss-owned copper mine in Tintaya, protestors blocked roads and clashed with police, demanding a halt to mining operations and compensation [read more]

Peru: Dengue Fever in Loreto and Iquitos Drives Out Peace Corps

Date: February 15th, 2011 | No Comments

The Peace Corps has placed Iquitos and the state of Loreto off limits to personnel because of a surge in cases of dengue fever there. Peace Corps officials imposed the restriction because cases in Loreto jumped from 3,000 to 7,000 in one week in January and deaths from the disease climbed from eight to 12. [read more]

Peru: Cuzco Elections Could Prompt Travel Disruptions

Date: September 22nd, 2010 | No Comments

The U.S. Embassy in Lima alerted travelers to municipal elections in Cuzco scheduled for Oct. 3 that could produce strikes and political demonstrations that may disrupt travel in the area. Trade unions, students and others began a 48-hour strike Sept. 21 that shut down the popular tourist train between Cuzco and Machu Picchu, and demonstrations [read more]

Peru: Full Train Service to Resume to Machu Picchu

Date: June 23rd, 2010 | No Comments

Full train service to Machu Picchu will be restored July 1, finally putting the system back in complete operation after heavy rains and landslides washed away the tracks and stranded thousands in January. Access to the famed Inca site was restored in March but much of the journey had to be made by bus. Soon [read more]

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