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Puente Ruinas in MachuPicchu, Perú

The only road that leads to the Historic Sanctuary of Machu Picchu is the Hiram Bingham Highway, a precarious eight-kilometer highway that transports national and foreign tourists from the town of Aguas Calientes to the wonder of the world.

This road crosses in its first section the so-called Puente Ruinas in Perú, a platform that was launched over the Vilcanota River more than 40 years ago and that crumbles before the gaze of both locals and strangers.

To get from Puente Ruinas Campsite to Machu Picchu it takes 45 minutes to an hour if you use the same Bingham Bridge.


Puente Ruinas Perú connects Machu Picchu town with the Inca city is located in the province of Urubamba, Cusco.

What is the Puente Ruinas?

The Puente Ruinas Campsite on the way to Machu Picchu is a bridge that crosses the Urubamba River to reach the ruins of Machu Picchu.

The Puente Ruinas in Perú, whose structure crosses more than 100 vehicles daily, measures 51 meters in length, supporting up to more than 42 tons. It is made up of steel beams and crossbars with fixing rivets of the same material.

Currently, only a minimal percentage of the more than 4,000 daily tourists access Machu Picchu through the pedestrian route from the Puente Ruinas Campsite, a route that takes between 45 minutes and an hour. With the actions of the Directorate of Culture of Cusco, tourism would increase and decentralize.

How to get from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu?

You get to Machu Picchu by the Hiram Bingham road in 2 different ways:

A bus trip from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu that lasts approximately 30 minutes.

A short walk from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu with an approximate duration of 2 hours.

How to get from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu on foot?

It is a great idea to go from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu on foot. The route on foot is up a steep mountain so it requires a great physical effort.

The first sections are on the side of the road. Then, you climb several stairs that cut the slopes of the mountains. The last section continues along the road until you reach the entrance door to Machu Picchu.

How to get from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu by bus?

The ticket office for the buses to Machu Picchu is very close to the final train station in Aguas Calientes. From there buses depart to the Wonder of the World.

You can only buy bus tickets by presenting your valid passport or identity document. The bus ride is short. It lasts approximately 30 minutes. Climb a high mountain until you reach the gateway to the Wonder of the World.

Are there other routes to get from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu?