I’ve been receiving various reports from tourists who have been reaching the Machu Picchu from Cusco using public transportation. There is currently no major problem to reach Santa Maria from Cusco. You can use a local bus for 15 soles or a van – combi – for 30 soles and reach the small town of Santa Maria in 5 to 7 hours.
The road between Santa Maria and Santa Teresa is cut about 2 kms before Santa Teresa. A couple of friends had to get on top of the landslide and cross it while rocks were still falling. “We knew that we were taking a huge risk but we still did it,” said one of them. From Santa Teresa, you can get up to Oroya where you have to cross the roaring river with a cable and a wooden board as a seat. Those with a weak heart should forget about it. When on the other side of the river, you walk to the Hidrolica.
The road between Hidrolica and Aguas Calientes is cut. You need to walk for about 2 hours on the side of the railroad to reach Aguas Calientes. You can buy your entry to the Machu Picchu at Aguas Calientes.
As you can see, the situation has not improved. Another group of friends is currently on its way to the Inca City. Two of them are travelling by motorbike; the other three are using public transportation. I’ll have a new report as they return in a few days.