Machu Picchu: Inca citadel reopens to tourists after month of civil unrest

The Inca citadel of Machu Picchu has reopened to visitors, three weeks after anti-government demonstrations forced it to close.

Hidden high in the Andes, the UNESCO world heritage site is usually filled with thousands of daily visitors.

But for 25 days, the historic ruins have been all but empty.

Last month, protests over Peru’s new president blocked key access routes to the site. Demonstrations are ongoing throughout the country but officials insist that the ancient monument is now safe to visit.

Tourism agencies welcomed the reopening.

Why did Machu Picchu close?

The site was closed down on January 21 – temporarily stranding several hundred travellers – due to ongoing civil unrest throughout Peru.

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