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Carretera al Machu Picchu

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, also knwon as Hiram Bingham Highway, 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. It's a a very rough, unsealed, and hairy road which will make you give a sigh of relief for having survived the drive when you get to the road end.

 

A traveler on this road must be experienced and completely devoted to safe, slow and obstacle-conscious driving to deter danger. 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. 

Your wheels will be astounded at the wonderful views of the mountains spread out before you! They are terrible for drivers who are prone to vertigo. In many places the road is bordered by a drop of hundreds of meters (many hundreds of feet) unprotected by guardrails. With such a high summit altitude the road can be closed anytime due to snowfalls. The zone is prone to heavy mist and can be dangerous in low visibility conditions.

 

 

 

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