Short mountain road between Aguas Calientes (Spanish for "hot water" or "hot springs"), sometimes referred to as Machupicchu Town, located in Peru on the Urubamba (Vilcanota) River and Machu Picchu, a 15th-century Incasite located at an elevation of 2,430 metres (7,970 ft) above sea level.
The road is 8,9km long and includes some steep sections, without market central lines, is very narrow, barely wide enough for 2 cars at the same time and it has not protections or guardrails. The surface of the road is asphalt and gravel.
There are many hotels and restaurants for tourists, as well as natural hot baths, which give the town its name. The baths were destroyed by floods several years ago, but have been rebuilt. The zigzag road, which carries tourist buses to the site from the Urubamba River, is only authorized for allowed vehicles. Hiram Bingham Highway is extremely narrow and made up entirely of switchbacks. Not for the faint of heart. At some points, when 2 buses meet, they have to stop and reverse partway up the hill (on the ‘outside lane’ to get to a spot wide enough for the two buses to pass (barely) one another. The road is dedicated to Hiram Bingham (November 19, 1875 – June 6, 1956), who was an academic, explorer, treasure hunter and politician from the United States.
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