The only road that leads to the Historic Sanctuary of Machu Picchu is the Hiram Bingham Highway, a precarious eight kilometer road that transports domestic and foreign tourists from the town of Aguas Calientes to the world wonder.
This road crosses in its first section the so-called 'Puente Ruinas' in Perú, a platform that was launched over the Vilcanota river more than 40 years ago and that falls apart in front of the eyes of both locals and strangers.
To get from Puente Ruinas to Machu Picchu is required 45 minutes to an hour if the same Bingham Bridge is used.
The Puente Ruinas on the way to Machu Picchu is a bridge that crosses the Urubamba river to reach the ruins of Machu Picchu.
This bridge, whose structure crosses more than 100 vehicles daily, measures 51 meters in length, supporting up to more than 42 tons. It is made up of steel beams and crossbars with fixing rivets of the same material.
The "abutments" of the aforementioned road were found in the latest explorations and are located about 30 meters from the Ruinas bridge, where buses that go to the entrances of the Inca citadel and tourists who wish to do it on foot currently cross it.
"In many segments it is a modern path, it is part of the path that Bingham took on July 24, 1911 to reach the key of Machu Picchu," said the head of the Machu Picchu Archaeological Park, who also highlighted the importance of the historical data of the area that deserve to put them in value.
Currently, only a minimum percentage of the more than 4,000 daily tourists access Machu Picchu by the pedestrian route from the Puente Ruinas Perú, a route that takes about 45 minutes to an hour. With the actions of the Culture Directorate of Cusco, tourism would be increased and decentralized.
Machu Picchu is reached through the Hiram Bingham road in 2 different ways:
It is a great idea to go from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu on foot. The route on foot is through a steep mountain so it requires great physical effort.
The first sections are on one side of the road. Then, you go up several stairs that cut the slopes of the mountains. The last section continues along the road until you reach the entrance gate to Machu Picchu.
The box office of the buses to Machu Picchu is very close to the final train station of Aguas Calientes. From there buses depart to the Wonder of the World.
You can only buy bus tickets by presenting your valid passport or identity document. The bus ride is short. It lasts approximately 30 minutes. Climb a high mountain until you reach the entrance door to the Wonder of the World.
The only two valid ways to get to Machu Picchu are by bus or on foot along the Hiram Bingham road.
Some tourists look for unauthorized alternative roads to enter Machu Picchu illegally. These routes are dangerous. The authorities are authorized to sanction visitors who try to illegally reach the Inca Citadel.
To walk up to Machu Picchu the entrance ticket to Machu Picchu is necessarily required. Otherwise, they will not allow you to pass through the ‘Puente Ruinas’ in Perú, 15 minutes after starting the journey.
The rainy season in Machu Picchu officially begins in October and ends in April, but the rainiest period is from November to March. July and August are the high season months of summer, with a large influx of visitors entering the ruins. Therefore, the most recommended is to travel to Machu Picchu in September or late spring.
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