Welcome to Santa Teresa
Santa Teresa's makeshift feel persists thanks to its repeated flooding, including a landslide in February 2015 which washed out the only bridge into town. Thus vulnerable to the elements, Santa Teresa struggles to position itself in tourism. In the tiny center, most buildings are prefabricated emergency-relief shells and, strangely, the most permanent construction is the puzzling Plaza de Armas statue.
If you are planning to go to Machu Picchu from here, carefully plan your timing with trains or walking the tracks, as tickets can only be purchased same-day. Machu Picchu usually sells out in high season. Avoid visiting in rainy season when landslides can strand travelers.