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Tour operations resume in Peru after months of local unrest


After months of politically charged demonstrations, the tourism industry in Peru is getting back to business.

Machu Picchu was closed briefly during the civil unrest.

Guided tour operations are getting back to business in Peru after months of politically charged protests and demonstrations led to the closure of local airports and major attractions.

G Adventures will return to normal operations from Wednesday 1 March 2023 after a brief hiatus during the tense situation on the ground in the South American nation.

The company said it was aiming to restart as quickly as possible to help support local communities and businesses that depend on tourism for income.

G Adventures Managing Director, APAC, Sean Martin, said the company has been monitoring the situation closely throughout.

“The last few months have been very challenging in Peru, with local communities and businesses that were pushing to get started following the pandemic being hit with another tourism dip,” Martin said.

G Adventures is ready to get back to business in Peru

“Our team on the ground has been monitoring the situation closely - including the reopening of Machu Picchu and the Inca Trail - to ensure we could relaunch as quickly as possible once it was safe to do so.”

Itineraries are expected to run as normal with the exception of some small adjustments in Puno where the social environment remains tense.

The latest update from PromPeru said Machu Picchu has reopened to visitors, which the country's tourism body said was to safeguard the monument and the safety of visitors.

Domestic airports are operating as normal except for Puno, which has suspended operations for the time being, while Arequipa International Airport is open only for departing passengers, minors and those who require special assistance.

All other airports, including the major gateway of Lima International, are operating as normal, with tourist attractions in the country's east and north also unaffected.

 


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Written by: Matt Lennon
Published: 27 February 2023

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