Peru: Hundreds of Cusco tourists stranded because of forest fires

Living in Peru
Israel J. Ruiz

Peru Rail, the train company that provides tourists transportation to the town of Machu Picchu, had to halt its train service for two hours on Monday because of two forest fires near its train tracks.

It was reported that hundreds of foreign and national tourists were affected and unable to reach the Inca Citadel because of the fires.

According to Milagros Vera, a correspondent for El Comercio newspaper, Peru Rail suspended its service at approximately 8:30 a.m. because fires kept vehicles from using roads and there was the possibility of landslides in the area.

The two fires, which have been blazing since Saturday and Sunday, were reported to be near the 92nd kilometer of the highway in an area known as Huaynaquente and near the 88th kilometer of the highway in Retamal.

Firefighters from Peru’s National Institute for Culture as well as personnel from the Civil Defense Institute and the National Natural Resources Institute are currently attempting to put the fires out.

It was reported that the fires got out of control after farmers had set them to clear land in preparation for new crops.