Avoid the Cusco – Santa Teresa Route for travelling to Machu Picchu
The Management of Exterior Commercial and Tourism (Dircetur) put out a notice that tourists should not use the Cusco Santa Maria route by bus to get to Machu Picchu during the present rainy season. The recent accidents and situations have put the lives of those visiting Cusco in danger.
“We understand that you want to get to Machu Picchu and one of the options is through the Cusco – Santa Maria – Santa Teresa; however, in the rainy season (December – March) this route is not safe. The Amaybamba bridge, for instance, collapsed. It is not recommended that travellers cross a pedestrian bridge that is not made without any security,” reports the regional authority.
There are some recommendations about Adventure Tourism in Cusco too. The Dircetur Cusco, as a regulatory organisation, had authorised a zone series where it’s possible to continue the adventure activities. When travellers book their tours in Cusco, DIrcetur recommends they only reserve with authorised travel agencies in Cusco. Only those agencies will make sure the adventure activities take place in authorised places by professional people with safe equipment.
“For example, the route to Santa Maria should not be used for cycling. This route is not properly authorized as a national road. It is for trucks and buses and does not offer any security for cyclists. This road is even more dangerous in the rainy season. Another example: canoeing or river rafting: for your security, in the rainy season in Peru (December to March), when river flooding is high, it is prohibited to practice canoeing.
No to Informality
In her statement, the Cusco Dircetur also urges the visitors not to hire informal tourist services. They refer to illegal agencies and tours contracted by “jaladores” (workers in restaurants who stand outside the restaurant and try to persuade passersby to enter) and people who offer tours in the middle of streets and plazas.
“In the Cusco region, we are fighting against informality in the tourism sector for your security. The majority of accidents and situations that our visitors have been affected by, were offered by illegal agencies. These informal services do not adhere to the corresponding security standards, nor do they offer accurate information” he expresses.
“Do not put your incredible trip to Peru, your life, and the life of others who try to save you at risk”, is the final recommendation from the Dircetur Cusco.