Rains Strand 2,000 Tourists at Machu Picchu Ruins

Heavy rains and mudslides in Peru have blocked the train route to the ancient Inca citadel of Machu Picchu, stranding some 2,000 tourists.

Perurail spokeswoman Soledad Caparo says the train operator suspended service Monday and is working to clear rock and mud covering the tracks.

Rail is the only means of transportation on the last leg of the trip to Machu Picchu from the city of Cuzco.

Tourism Minister Martin Perez says the government may send helicopters to evacuate tourists and locals from Machu Picchu Pueblo, the town next to the citadel.

Heavy rains have battered the region in the past three days.

Floods and slides have also killed two people and damaged stone walls at archaeological sites.