Protests by peasants against reservoir prompt temporary halt in rail service to Machu Picchu

LIMA, Peru (AP) — Peruvian authorities are suspending rail service to the Incan ruins at Machu Picchu for two days due to expected protests against a planned reservoir.

Nearly 1,500 tourists daily visit the ruins, which can be reached only by rail or on foot.

Rail authorities say service to Peru's most popular tourist destination will be halted Tuesday and Wednesday because of the protests by peasants who fear the reservoir project will leave them without water.

The protests have been centered well south of Cuzco, the regional capital that is the main tourist departure point for Machu Picchu. But they are now expected to extend to Cuzco.

One person was killed and 44 injured in related clashes last week.