Although estimates say that the route to Machu Picchu won't be safe again "for weeks," we've seen the pictures of the destruction and wonder if it's more like months. Even Delta Airlines are offering free, one-time changes to passengers who had booked flights to Peru with the specific goal of seeing Machu Picchu, but now cannot.
Nonetheless, these floods can't be a huge surprise, since Machu Picchu is listed on the World Monuments Watch as at risk of flooding due to climate change. It joins all of New Orleans (who already experienced a taste with Hurricane Katrina) and all of Shanghai (up next?) on the list.
If you've been planning a trip to Peru or have any curiosity about what's holding up the tourism down there, we recommend you check out the AP video below, which shows tourists chipping in to keep not only themselves alive, but the village as well.
· Photo You Must See: Flooding Near Machu Picchu, Peru [WorldHum]
· Tourist evacuation overwhelms Peruvian city [Sydney Morning Herald]
· Peru Travel coverage [Jaunted]