How to get to Machu Picchu?

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Being such an enigmatic place to visit, one would think that Machu Picchu is easy to reach. Unfortunately the Inca knew what they where doing and constructed the site of Machu Picchu on an even up to today hard to reach location. The easiest way to get to Machu Picchu is through the village of Aguas Calientes (officially called Machu Picchu Pueblo) where the train station is located. As there are no roads leading to Aguas Calientes, the only transport that takes you these is the train. The trains are operated by two companies with trains mainly departing from Poroy (located at 20 minutes from Cusco) and Ollantaytambo (in the Sacred Valley) station. Click here to read more about the trains to Machu Picchu.

Another way to get to Machu Picchu is by hiking. There are several different hikes to Machu Picchu but for sure the Classic 4 day Inca Trail and its smaller brother the 2 day Inca Trail are by far the most famous. These hikes will take you to Machu Picchu leading of original ancient Inca paths, staircases and even tunnels. As these are very popular hikes and therefore have a limited number of visitors of 500 daily, there are several good alternatives available for these hikes when the Inca Trail may be sold out. Even though they are called alternative routes to the Inca Trail, these are hikes that are more than worth the effort and for some people, due to the different landscapes and more drastic change in climate and geography, even nicer than the classic Inca Trail. The most famous ones are the 4 day Lares trek, showing you another side of the Sacred Valley and the 5 day Salkantay Trek, taking you to the Salkantay Mountain chain before heading down to the cloud forests that hold Machu Picchu. Click here to read more about the treks to Machu Picchu.

Finally you can get to Machu Picchu via road and walking. From Cusco you can take organized or public transport to Santa Maria, small kind-a-lost village at about 4 hours driving over semi paved road from Cusco. Here you take a side road to Santa Teresa for another hour from where you can continue to the Hydroelectric plant. From here it is another hour walking to the village of Aguas Calientes. For more information on how to get to Machu Picchu by road, please click here.

As you can read, there are several options to Machu Picchu or Aguas Calientes all depending on the time you have available, your budget and of course your interests. On this site we will try to give a good overview and explanation of all the different ways to travel to Machu Picchu and of course provide some more tips and information for the potential visitors of this New World Wonder.

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