The Israeli Foreign Ministry has ruled Peru unsafe for tourism after impeached Peruvian President Pedro Castillo attempted to dissolve Congress to seize power, and was subsequently arrested.
Machu Picchu, a favorite site for young Israeli backpackers, is embroiled in violent protests and demonstrations following his arrest, leaving around 300 tourists stranded in the ancient city.
Many Peruvians took to the streets to demand the release of Castillo, who has been accused of rebellion and conspiracy. If convicted, he could face up to 10 years in prison.
At present, no trains are running in the country and many roads are completely blocked.
Stranded tourists include dozens of Israelis who were forced to walk 10 kilometers through the conflict zone before they could reach help. Two private travel companies, Passport and MAGNUS International, then transported tourists to a safe location, with the evacuation requiring a six-hour car ride to reach the city of Cusco, which has an airport.
Israelis have been warned to stay away from crowded areas, and to be vigilant and aware of incoming texts from the Israeli government, as it makes every effort to ensure the safety of Israeli citizens who find themselves in the crosshairs of the political unrest.
The All Israel News Staff is a team of journalists in Israel.