Machu Picchu Closed Indefinitely

January 23, 2023
A photo of Machu Picchu

This outrages us.

Javier Cutipa, 39, who was at the National University of San Marcos in Lima, Peru, just before police raided the school amid continued political turmoil in the country. Also on Saturday, authorities announced an indefinite closure of Machu Picchu.

Why It Matters: On Saturday, one of the world's premier heritage sites was closed indefinitely as political turmoil continues in Peru.

Also on Saturday, police raided "Peru’s most important public university in Lima to evict protesters who were being housed at the campus while participating in big demonstrations," The Associated Press reports. This university – the National University of San Marcos in Lima, Peru – is one of the oldest universities in the Americas.

The turmoil began in early December with the impeachment and removal of the former president, and has continued with further protests. Learn more HERE.

Timeline: Peru's 2022 Political Crisis (The Americas Society)

Explainer: Peru protests: What is behind the violence? (Reuters)

Tourists stuck in Machu Picchu due to Peru protests airlifted out (BBC)

Comunicado: Ministerio de Cultura/ Dirección Desconcentrada de Cultura de Cusco

by Jenna Lee,