Lonely Planet Writer

Machu Picchu: tourists unable to leave, landslides, Inca Trail closed

Heavy rain and landslides in the Cuzco and Machu Picchu areas have, according to reports, left tourists unable to leave the area. Up to 2,000 visitors to the Inca site have begun to be airlifted back to Cuzco from Aguas Calientes after the railway line became blocked by up to forty landslides.

The Inca Trail had, as of yesterday, been closed and it is unclear when it will open again. Those walking it abandoned their trek. This is the rainy season in the area and the trail is closed during February, but these conditions are extreme.

There are regular updates appearing in this Thorn Tree post

BBC news and this post over on Latin America Traveler is also updating frequently. Our Twitter feed will also keep updated.

- Tom Hall