On January 21, during the early hours of the morning, the Alcamayo River (Cusco) overflowed, causing several tourists were trapped in Machu Picchuu, including nationals and foreigners.
The Ministry of Foreign Trade and Tourism (Mincetur) reported that they had coordinated with the Inka Rail and Peru Rail companies to transfer 889 tourists from Machu Picchu Pueblo to Ollantaytambo.
The overflow of the river occurs some time after Peru finally reopened Machu Picchu after almost eight months of closure due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Tourists were trapped in Machu Picchu
Through its Emergency Operations Center of the Foreign Trade and Tourism Sector (COES-Mincetur), AmericanPost.News was able to find out the status of the affected hotels in the area, given that the entity has been reporting.
While the transfer of those affected is carried out since hundreds of tourists were trapped in Machu Picchu. COES-Mincetur said that the Susana Inn, Casa Andina and Ferré Machu Picchu lodgings suffered from the flood mud, mud and stones inside; and the Hotel Inka Terra, registers damages in the infrastructure.
Given these scenarios, the Minister of Foreign Trade and Tourism, Roberto Sánchez, pointed out that guaranteeing the tourist flow is a priority for the sector. Therefore, “a working group has been formed, with representatives of the public and private sectors, to adopt concrete actions in favor of the local population and tourist operators affected in the area.”
He also pointed out that it will clearing and reinforcing riverbeds, whose flow increases in the rainy season.
The work began the same Friday through the IPERÚ representatives in Machu Picchu and Cusco, coordinating at all times with the local authorities for the transfer of tourists to Ollantaytambo, providing information and support to reschedule their flights due to possible delays of the emergency.
Tourist suffers injuries in Machu Picchu
The Mincetur also specified that the tourist Emily Garza, a US national, is recovered after sustaining minor injuries. The fact was communicated to the Embassy of the United States in Peru.
In addition, he reported that access to the Inca citadel is currently enabled by the Inca Trail, the Amazon access and the Salkantay Route.
Since several tourists were trapped in Machu Picchu, the Mincetur, through IPERÚ, clarified that it continues to register the affected tourists.
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