At least four holidaymakers have been killed in a bus crash near the ruined city of Machu Picchu in the Peruvian Andes. The minibus ran off the road and fell into a chasm about 100 meters deep, police said Monday.
15 other people were injured in the accident. Most of the passengers were foreigners who had previously visited the city of Machu Picchu destroyed by the Inca. Among the injured were tourists from France, the Netherlands, Greece, Israel, Canada and Argentina. The dead have not yet been identified.
Poor visibility due to fog and rain
At the time of the accident, visibility was very poor due to fog and rain. Rescue work in the mountain area was also difficult, a police spokesperson told radio station RPP.
The ruins of Machu Picchu (pictured above) are one of the top tourist attractions in South America and have been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1983. The city was built in the 15th century by the Incas and consists of about 200 buildings. Up to 3000 tourists visit the ruins per day.
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