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The best way to get to Machu Picchu

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The best way to get to Machu Picchu

Information about how to get to Machu Picchu


Machu Picchu is known as the famous “Lost City of the Incas”, considered a masterwork and the maximum representation of the great impulse of the Spirit of a very highly developed culture that worshipped the elements and Nature.


Its construction implicates much effort and all terrestrial manifestations. It was built with emotion and abandoned in total mystery, handing down areal stairs stuck to inconstant walls of endless symmetry, surrounded by an incomparable natural beauty and with its breathtaking architecture, Machu Picchu is worthy of tales and epics, meanwhile, it remains occulted in the Peruvian Andes.


There are many different ways to visit Machu Picchu, you can do trekking expeditions of 2, 4, 7 or more days, but if you have concerns about the physical challenge or limited time. It is possible to visit the archaeological site using a combination of public transportation services and without breaking a sweat.


Machu Picchu is located in southeastern Peru in the heart of the Sacred Valley, these ancient Inca ruins are the country’s star attraction. The Inca Trail is one of the world’s most famous hikes - each year, more than 74,000 people. However, you need good physical condition; the steep climbs and altitude and the extreme weather can pose an obstacle for many who wish to visit.

Those traveling along the Inca Trail only make up one-fifth of tourists to the wonder.


It is possible to buy permits to enter the site independently and arrive using trains and buses to Aguas Calientes, the closest population to Machu Picchu.



  • You have to book in advance your tickets during the high season that normally is from May to September, you can get this permits from the “Direccion Desconcentrada de Cultura Cusco” via their website or in the official office in Cusco.
  • If you are planning trek Huayna Picchu (means Young Mountain, the steep mountain with an excellent view over the Incan city) the tickets must be booked early because it goes even faster.
  • You can take the train in:

Cusco: The trains are operated by Peru Rail and Inca Rail, you have different options varying in price and luxury. You can buy the tickets at the Peru Rail office in Cusco’s main square.


Ollantaytambo: Alternatively the trains operate from this town. You can do the 2 hour journey through the valley from Cusco to Ollantaytambo by bus to meet the train at Aguas Calientes.

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