On January 21, 2023, The Peruvian government as indefinitely shut down Machu Pich and the Incan Trail. The closures are due to civil unrest based on anti-government protests. The closing to ensure the safety of tourists after 417 visitors to the ancient site were unable to get out.
On December 17, the government set up emergency trains from Machu Pichu to Cuzco where evacuees were able to leave via the airport and the Embassy. The regular train to Machu Pichu ceased operations on December 15, 2022 due to the demonstrations. Helicopter were also ordered to evacuate the most vulnerable.
Protest began November 2022 after then-President Pedro Castillo was impeached and imprisoned for or trying to dissolve Congress.