Authorities in Peru have suspended train services to the world-famous Inca citadel at Machu Picchu over protests by local communities at an irrigation project that they say could leave them without water.


The train, or an arduous, climbing hike, is the only way to get to the ruins. The train ferries around 1,500 tourists per day to the site.


But the service was halted yesterday, and will be again today, to allow for a protest by local people, trades unions and students in Cusco, a regional destination for tourists visiting Machu Picchu.


The row is over an irrigation project that protestors say will leave the town of Espinar, 400 miles from the Peruvian capital Lima, without water supplies.