Alternate Route to Aguas Calientes ( Santa Maria village)


    This is one of the options that is having a greater acceptance in the local tourist market as an alternative route to visit the wonder of Machu Picchu.

    This trip is made in a group of 2 to 10 people. This route includes places like Ollantaytambo and then ascend to a pass of 4300 meters above sea level to descend to Santa Maria, Santa Teresa and Hydroelectric, from here begins the walk to the town of Aguas Calientes.

    Normally this route begins with the early departure of Cusco and pass through the routes already indicated, this route is very beautiful because it shows a beautiful landscape from the Andes with a frigid climate to reach the highest port of Malaga with 4300 meters above sea level. and after crossing the route it becomes very exciting and tropical in which it is difficult not to notice the dramatic change of flora and a beautiful landscape and panoramic views of the tropical zone.

    After approximately 4 hours of travel you will reach the district of Santa MarĂ­a, where you have a short time to relax and rest. Then continue to the district of Santa Teresa, this route is very beautiful whose route is along the sides of the river. In Santa Teresa is the spa with hot springs called Cocalmayo.

    The hydroelectric plant is about 20 minutes away.

    From here, the trail starts for about 2 and a half hours along the river where there is a dense and beautiful vegetation that surrounds the mountain of Machu Picchu, after this walk you will reach Aguas Calientes.

    Normally the second day is the visit to the Inca city of Machupicchu, starting the ascent walking for almost an hour until you reach the Machu Picchu gate, to visit the Archaeological Park.

    After half a day, we descend from Machu Picchu and start the return to Cusco, which can be by direct train to Ollantaytambo and Cusco or by the entry route that was made on the first day.


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