road from Santa Maria to Santa Teresa | Warning



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Road works, duration 1,5 year, many stops, see the picture for time table


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Used the noon time slot to hydro and the road was madness.. came back on a Sunday and it was totally fine - all the rubble cleared and hardly any traffic. If possible aim for a Sunday!

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Still a lot of construction going on and frankly, it can be a horrible drive. They close for traffic from 3:30pm to 6pm on weekdays (only open for half an hour each 3 hours the rest of the day too), so if you arrive to late in Santa Maria, you will certainly need to drive 30km of single lane dirt track in the dark, with traffic open in both directions (so lots of negotiation about who goes first). Lots of crazy taxis and bus drivers too, so be prepared. If you want to do the 4-7 hours drive instead of taking the train to Machu Picchu / Aguas calientes, go as early as possible. I would probably pick the train from Cusco or ollantaytambo after doing the trip, even though the train is crazy expensive (at least while construction is ongoing).

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Still different road construction between Santa Maria and Hidroelectrica. We had to stopp at least five times. The best time to cross is at 12 o'clock.

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Construction daily, passable schedule in the picture

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In Addition: this also concerns the road until Hydroelectrica not only between Santa Maria and Santa Teresa. If you don’t know it, you have to wait 2 hours before passing…

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Road works, duration 1,5 year, many stops, see the picture for time table

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