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Peru says Machu Picchu service back soon

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press
 (AP / file)

(AP / file)

LIMA, Peru (AP) - Peruvian officials say they expect train service to the Inca ruins of Machu Picchu will be restored March 29.

Fierce rains in January washed out the rail link, the only terrestrial means of arrival other than by foot.

Transport minister Enrique Cornejo told Congress Friday that while rail service from Cuzco to Peru's famed tourist site won't be restored until June at the earliest, the last 28 kilometers (17 miles) will be ready by month's end.

Tourists will be able to take a bus from Cuzco to the town of Ollantaytambo, then go by road to the rail link.

Peru's deputy tourism minister, Hjalmar Marangurish, says the combination road-rail trip via Ollantaytambo should not take much more time than the 3½ hours the train journey required.

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