If you did not find train tickets to Machu Picchu or you simply want to take another alternate route to get to Machu Picchu, in the post we will give you all the information on the alternative route to Machu Picchu, better known as the Hydroelectric route.
How to get to Machu Picchu by the alternative path?
To get to Machu Picchu by hydroelectric we must bear in mind that it will be a long trip since we will have to make a trip of approximately 6 hours by bus or car plus 2 hours of walking.
The first thing we have to do is take the bus or car from Cusco to the town of Santa Maria, the cost is approximately 30 soles.
then we will have to get into a car or taxi service to the town of Santa Teresa, the cost is approximately 10 soles. In this place we can take a bath in the thermal waters of Cocalmayo. Then you will follow the path to the hydroelectric plant where you will begin a two and a half hour walk to the town of Aguas Calientes (Machu Picchu Pueblo). Here you can rest.
The next day, according to the schedule of the ticket to Machu Picchu that I reserved, we will board the tourist bus in Aguas Calientes heading to the entrance gate to Machu Picchu.
What can be seen on this route?
This route, despite being long, has for visitors many places with unique landscapes passing through mountains, snow-capped mountains and entering the edge of the jungle that promises to take you through incredible landscapes and connect with nature. Away from the tourist crowds and bureaucratic difficulties of train tickets, it brings authenticity to travelers who dare to travel this route.
Are there other alternative routes to Machu Picchu?
To get to Machu Picchu there are several alternative routes, however, they require several days of travel to reach the archaeological complex of Machu Picchu, these routes are little known to national and foreign travelers and tourists, but in this post we will describe them.
The Salkantay Inca trail is an ancient route used by the ancient inhabitants of the area, this route allows them to cross from the upper part of the Andes to the edge of the jungle and vice versa, however with the passage of time it was falling into abandonment. However, now due to the high demand of tourists who do the classic Inca trail and do not find availability, they see the Salkantay trail as a good alternative to trek to get to Machu Picchu. This route offers the tourist a great variety of Andean landscapes, glaciers, lakes, as well as a great variety of wildlife along the route.
Inca Jungle Trek
The Inca jungle trail is a new route that was opened especially for tourists who like to practice extreme sports and adventure to the fullest. The path begins with a bicycle descent from the Malaga pass at 4200 masl to the town of Santa Maria at 1430 masl. Then you will have the opportunity to go rafting on the Vilcanota River, you can also venture on a hike through the jungle, as well as You can also enjoy the adventure sport of ziplining through ropes from one side to the other, and as if that were not enough, you can enjoy a bath in the hot springs of Cocalmayo. Without a doubt, this route is one of the good alternatives for your trip to Machu Picchu.
Recommendations to take into account
You must take into account that these alternate routes are part of a tourist circuit that preserves the flora and fauna.
An excellent alternative, for those who have time and have not been able to get a place for the traditional Inca Trail.
These walks allow them to go through different ecological floors, climates, landscapes, and to get to know a varied flora and fauna of the Peruvian Andes.
On this walk you have the option of knowing the thermal medicinal baths, you will know several towns, the presence of mountains, snow-capped mountains, cloud forests, rivers, a variety of birds and plants.