Cusco City, Machu Picchu, Travel Tips in Peru

Ways to get to Machu Picchu from Cusco

Only the best Peru vacation packages include once-in-a-life experiences i.e. the visit to one of the Seven Wonders of the World, Machu Picchu. Literally, a million people come to Peru each day to be dazzled by the ancient Inca ruins. But those enthusiastic may be asking themselves “How to get from Cusco to Machu Picchu?” Actually, there are several ways to get to Machu Picchu. But you must first make your way to the city of Cusco -the gateway to the Inca citadel- then to Ollantaytambo, in the Sacred Valley of the Incas, and finally to Aguas Calientes also known as Machu Picchu Pueblo. It is the town at the foot of Machu Picchu.

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The ways to get to Machu Picchu are: by foot, train and even combinate both of them. We will break down the details of all the ways you can get to Machu Picchu.

By foot

cusco to machu picchu inca trail

Considered by most travelers as the most rewarding way to experience Machu Picchu. Sincerely, trekking is one of the best ways to live and be dazzled by the magical essence of nature and its beautiful landscapes.

The Inca Trail, a 4-day trek, is by far the most famous and popular choice to get to Machu Picchu. But there are other interesting hiking alternatives such as the Salkantay Trek or the Inca Jungle Trek.

By train

cusco to machu picchu train

If you are planning some luxury tours from Cusco to Machu Picchu, this service would be the best option. Also, the quickest way for those who are short on time. 

There are two main companies: Peru Rail and Inca Rail. They are highly demanded because of its fancy, luxury and nice services. For this reason, we recommend booking your tickets well in advance, especially during the high season.

There are three different stops before reaching Aguas Calientes. First, the Poroy Station, about a 30-minutes taxi ride from the city center. Second, the Ollantaytambo Station, in the Sacred Valley of the Incas. Finally, the Urubamba station.

Take into consideration that when you reach Aguas Calientes, you have to either take a bus or walk up to the Inca Sanctuary.

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