Australians stranded at Machu Picchu

Australians have been stranded in Peru as violent protests erupted near the popular Incan ruins of Machu Picchu.

More than 170 Australians have contacted the embassy in Lima, according to the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

“Many of those are in city of Cusco and Machu Picchu, where transport options are limited,” a statement from the department said.

It was not aware of any Australians injured or detained in the unrest.

A travel warning on the Smartraveller website advises Australians to reconsider travelling to parts of the South American country because of “violent protests and demonstrations”.

It urged those in the area to be aware of local curfews, avoid protest and monitor local media.

A blocked highway during protests in Trujillo, Peru, this week.Credit:Bloomberg

“A nationwide State of Emergency and local curfews have been imposed due to the civil unrest and protests. Cusco, Arequipa and Puno airports are temporarily closed, and roadblocks are widespread, limiting transport options,” the warning reads.

Sydney woman MacKenzie Reynolds told Nine News she was unsure how to get out of the region.

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