Peru indefinitely shut the ancient ruins of Machu Picchu referred as one of the new seven wonders of the world on Saturday amid anti-government protests that began last month and increased. Cusco, where Machu Picchu is located, has been the site of some of the most intense clashes. The Culture Ministry motivated the measure “to protect the safety of tourists and the population in general.” It occurred after there were 417 visitors stuck at Machu Picchu and unable to get out. Some escaped walking several hours to Piscacucho, the next village. Tourists who had already bought tickets will be able to obtain a full refund. Protesters demand the resignation of President Dina Boluarte. Many protesters were detained.
Dozens have died. Train service to Machu Picchu has been closed since Thursday due to damage to the tracks. The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights expressed “concern over the police incursion, eviction and massive detentions.” Machu Picchu is believed to have been a royal estate or sacred religious site for Inca leaders. Hundreds of thousands of people tramp through Machu Picchu every year.