Posted by: Ali | January 27, 2010

Cancel your travel plans…

I posted yesterday that Cusco has been declared in a state of emergency.  By now, the bridges connecting Cusco to Urubamba, and Cusco to Pisac, have both been washed out.  That means there is no way to get to Pisac, Urubamba, Ollantaytambo, Aguas Calientes, or Machu Picchu

The bridge that spans the river providing access to Pisaq and the rest of the Sacred Valley has been destroyed.

The other main bridge at Ollantaytambo is now also reported to have been washed away by the force of the river.

There is currently no access at all to the Sacred Valley with all towns having been cut off from Cusco, and each cut off from one another by damaged roads and rail links.

Ollantaytambo – the location to which thousands of tourists were being moved to from Aguas Calientes and Machu Picchu (with the now lost hope of bringing tourists by road to Pisaq then Cusco) is now without electricity as power cables have been destroyed.

The entirety of the Sacred Valley is now only accessible by air.

I’m not sure how fast these bridges will be able to be rebuilt, so if you are planning on visiting Cusco any time soon, rethink your plans.  I am sure that these bridges will be the highest priority in the near future, but still, how long does building a bridge take?


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