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Machu Picchu is closed indefinitely to tourists

Machu Picchu is closed indefinitely to tourists

Peru has closed its famous Machu Picchu tourist site indefinitely due to ongoing protests against the country's new president.

The government said it closed the country to protect tourists and citizens.

The violent protests, which have seen dozens of people killed, began when Peru's previous leader was ousted.

Rail services to Machu Picchu were suspended on Thursday after some train tracks were damaged, allegedly by protesters.

418 people remained stranded in the country, Tourism Minister Luis Fernando Helguero said at a press conference on Saturday.

However, on Saturday night, it was announced that all - 148 foreigners and 270 Peruvians - had been safely evacuated on trains and buses.