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RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - The Inca citadel of Machu Picchu, the crown jewel of Peru's tourist sites, closed its gates on Monday, December 14th, for an indefinite period for security reasons amid protests by locals over train services, officials said.

“Due to the announced stoppages in the Machu Picchu district and in order to safeguard the integrity of its visitors, the citadel of Machu Picchu will not be open from Dec 14 until this situation is restored,” said a statement issued by the Directorate of Culture of the Department of Cusco where Machu Picchu is located.

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