News at 9: Peru’s Machu Picchu closed indefinitely, Mexico to ban smoking in public, Europe’s best restaurant and more

News at 9: Peru extends visitor capacity at Machu Picchu, New trekking routes in Uttarakhand and more

Peru’s Machu Picchu and Inca Trail indefinitely shut for tourism activities, Mexico is the latest destination to completely ban smoking in public, The ‘best restaurant in Europe’ is on a beach and more in top stories of the day.

Machu Picchu closed indefinitely and tourists stranded

If Peru’s famous Machu Picchu and the Inca Trail was on your immediate travel bucket list, hold it for now. Currently, Peru is going through political unrest, and the country has indefinitely suspended all tourism related activities in Machu Picchu. The popular Inca Trail is affected as well. The decision was made in order to protect the safety of tourists and the locals in general.

If reports are to go by, more than 400 local and international tourists were stuck in these popular sites recently. Some of them even chose to walk to the nearest village of Piscacucho, and that’s around six to seven hours of walking. Cusco city, home to the famous Machu Picchu, is one of the most affected areas as of now, and steering clear of it is the only wise thing to do. As per the reports, tourists who have already booked their tickets for Machu Picchu, will get their full refund. All train services to Machu Picchu are also suspended. The capital city of Lima is definitely off limits for visitors, and so are the rest of the Andean regions.

Mexico is the latest destination to completely ban smoking in public

Next time you happen to be in Mexico and fancy popping out for a smoke, it’s going to be much, much more difficult than it was previously. The country has just implemented a law that sees smoking banned in all public spaces. That’s right – even in the open air.

The law came into action on January 15 and it applies to places like hotels, beaches and parks – pretty much anywhere, in fact. The only places where you can still smoke is in private homes or in private outdoor areas, meaning that Mexico’s anti-smoking laws are some of the strictest in the world.

The ‘best restaurant in Europe’ is on an Italian beach

When it comes to ranking the best restaurants in the world, the World Culinary Awards are a relative newcomer to the scene. Only in its second year, the WCAs are voted for by a mix of food experts, restaurateurs and customers. Out the other end comes a slew of titles, including the best restaurant on each continent and the best in the entire world.

So if you’re planning a trip to Europe this year, where should you head for the best of the best? Well, out of 45 nominees, the crown of ‘Europe’s Best Restaurant’ was awarded to Uliassi in Senigallia, Italy. Founded in 1990, the restaurant holds the maximum of three Michelin stars.

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