Alternative route to Machu Picchu operational by March

first_imgPeruvian authorities have reportedly commenced the construction of an alternative route to the ruins of Machu Picchu, Peru.The route leading to the ancient site was damaged two weeks ago after a series of floods and landslides blocked railway access and led to the emergency evacuation of tourists.Popular trekking route to the ruins, the Inca Trail, has since been closed for the month for maintenance and the National Institute of Culture will decide whether to reopen it in March.The Hiram Bingham luxury train travel option from Cuzco to Aguas Calientes has also closed and is not expected to be operational until June. Travel wholesaler South America Tourism Office (SATO) warned that the Machu Picchu Archaeological complex is currently closed to the public and it is not guaranteed it will be re-opened by April.However, it said the alternative route to Machu Picchu is expected to be completed by March and would combine paved and unpaved roads as well as a train link.It will take longer than the original train route, between 7.5 – 9 hours from Cuzco, and will pass through Sacred Valley, Ollantaytambo, Malaga, Santa Teresa and Aguas Calientes.Despite this, SATO said tourist activities in Cuzco and Sacred Valley had resumed with city tours, cathedrals, nearby markets and ruins all operating as usual.“The floods were concentrated in the Andes area surrounding Cuzco and did not affect other parts of Peru” said SATO Director Delfor Pelletti, urging travellers to not be deterred from visiting Peru.“Whilst Machu Picchu is a highlight of the continent itself, Peru is a country rich in culture and history with plenty of other attractions including the colonial city of Arequipa, the mysterious Nazca lines and the wildlife sanctuary of the Ballestas islands.” <a href=”” alt=”last_img” /> read more