US Embassy Warden Message Regarding Bad Weather Conditions in and around Cuzco, Peru

This warden message is being issued to alert U.S. citizens residing and traveling in and around Cusco, Peru of travel difficulties due to bad weather. Heavy rains since January 22, 2010 have caused landslides throughout the Sacred Valley, blocking routes into and out of Cusco. Travelers should consider postponing visits to Cusco and Machu Picchu until the weather clears and the roads and train are re-opened.

We have received reports of the following:
- The airport in Cusco is closed;
- The train to/from Cusco and Machu Picchu has been cancelled
since January 23 due to landslides;
- The roads into and out of Machu Picchu are currently closed;
- The Pisac bridge has collapsed;
- The Huallabamba bridge is under water; and
- There was a landslide in Oropesa en route to Puno, travel is
limited.

Peruvian authorities are working to open a route out of Machu Picchu. The U.S. Embassy will continue to monitor this situation. Travelers to this region should consider postponing until the weather clears and the roads are open. U.S. citizens may wish to monitor local media sources for new developments and exercise extreme caution if travel to this region is unavoidable.

For any emergencies involving American citizens, please contact the
American Citizens Services (ACS) Unit of the U.S. Embassy?s Consular
Section, located in Monterrico, a suburb of Lima, at Avenida La
Encalada, Block Seventeen; telephone 51-1-618-2000 during business hours (8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.) or for after-hours emergencies; fax 51-1-618-2397, or 618-2724 (American Citizen Services Unit); Internet website at http://lima.usembassy.gov/.

The Consular Section is open for American Citizens Services, including registration, from 8:00 a.m. to 11:30 am weekdays, excluding U.S. and Peruvian holidays. The U.S. Consular Agency in Cusco, Peru, can be found at Avenida Pardo 845, Cusco.

The office can be reached by phone at (51-84) 231-474, and is open Monday thru Friday, excluding U.S. and Peruvian holidays, 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

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