The Yanaquihua mining company said 175 workers had been safely evacuated after the accident. It said the 27 dead worked for a contractor that specializes in mining.
The Culture Ministry said it had closed the country's most famous tourist attraction as well as the Inca Trail leading up to the site "to protect the safety of tourists and the population in general."
The protests are against President Dina Boluarte and in support of predecessor Pedro Castillo, whose ouster last month cast the nation into political chaos. At least 53 people have died.
Protests against Peruvian President Dina Boluarte's government that have left dozens of people dead since they began a month ago spread through the south of the Andean country.
The judge's decision came a day after the government declared a police state as it struggles to calm the violence in impoverished Andean regions that were the base of support for Castillo.
Peru's Pedro Castillo gambled away power in one breathtaking day.
Peruvian President Pedro Castillo dissolved the nation's Congress and called for new legislative elections, but the Congress rejected the decree and voted to replace him with the vice president.
Pedro Castillo avoided joining the South American nation's list of impeached leaders as opposition lawmakers failed to get enough votes to remove him from office only eight months into his term
A Peruvian historian and an American archeologist say the site's re-discoverer was given bad information when he arrived at the ancient Incan ruins — and we've all been going along with it.
The decision restores a humanitarian pardon even though authorities gave no indication the former president's release was imminent.
Because of waves from Saturday's eruption, an estimated 6,000 barrels of oil were spilled near Peru's main refinery on the coast in an area rich in marine biodiversity.
Peruvian health officials face many obstacles as they try to get everyone vaccinated, including those who live in remote and rural areas.
More than 400 people who died of COVID were secretly interred in a mass grave on the outskirts of the city of Iquitos. Families are demanding a proper burial for their loved ones.
An isolated city on the Amazon illustrates why Peru has the highest COVID death rate in the world. One infectious disease expert called the country's awful record the result of a "perfect storm."
"Glaring gaps" in access to COVID-19 vaccines are partially to blame for increasing infection rates in Peru, Argentina, Brazil and many other Latin American and Caribbean countries .