Almost 900 people were evacuated from the tourist town serving Machu Picchu, the Inca jewel of Peru's travel industry, amid rains and floods that left one person missing and several homes destroyed, the tourism ministry said Monday.
"So far, in coordination with the Inka Rail and Peru Rail companies, 889 tourists who were stranded by the overflow of the Alccamayo River last Friday at dawn have been transferred from Machu Picchu Pueblo to Ollantaytambo," another nearby tourist town, the ministry said in a statement.
One person was reported hurt and another missing, and several buildings as well as the railway suffered structural damage due to the rising waters.
On Monday, access to neighboring towns was also interrupted by farmers protesting the rise in fertilizer prices and demanding the resignation of the agriculture minister, local media said.
The protest included the closure of the railway to Machu Picchu that was being used in the emergency caused by the rains.
The railway is the main means of access to the Inca citadel from Cusco, the ancient capital of the Inca empire, as well as to other locations.
Due to damage to the track caused by the rains, the rail link was already slated to be suspended for tourist services until January 27.