For you Machu Picchu fans and for all those that have traveled there by train or a daylong hike, there will soon be a Machu Picchu-Santa Teresa-Santa Maria highway. The Peruvian government unanimously agreed to construct a highway to the country’s main tourist attraction, located on a mountainous peak in a heavily forested region known as Cuzco.
Machu Picchu averages 2,500 tourists a day and is currently only accessible by train or hiking the arduous Inca trails. In the past tourists have gotten stranded in nearby towns when the hiking trails washed out or the train became inoperable due to heavy rains.
Machu Picchu is a pre-Columbian Inca site known as the “Lost City of the Incas” and is considered one of the most important archaeological sites in South America.