Cusco’s heavy seasonal rains swept away the Aobamba bridge near Machu Picchu, leaving a number of visitors without a clear option for exiting the citadel.
Cusco, like much of the interior of Peru, is currently experiencing its annual rainy season, which has thus far caused a number of deaths and serious damages across the country.
Andina news agency reports that the bridge connects the Hidroelectrica Machu Picchu sector to the Santa Teresa sector. According to Xinhua news agency, the bridge collapse cut visitors off from the train station that takes passengers to and from Machu Picchu.
Terra Peru reports that the stranded tourists are being evacuated from the area by PeruRail train on an emergency route running from Machu Picchu to Ollantaytambo at no charge.
Terra Chile reported earlier today that 51 of the stranded tourists were Chilean. According to Terra Chile, the group had to spend the night in the area after the bridge collapsed. Some visitors allegedly tried to cross the watery obstacles on tree trunks, but were unable to do so.
Xinhua reports that the total number of stranded visitors was 250.