How to go to Machu Picchu Peru, when to visit and how much does it cost
To go to Machu Picchu, you must arrive to Cusco city in any way, then with your train ticket go to the train station located in Poroy or Ollantaytambo train station, and board the trains to get to Machu Picchu, another alternative is to walk the route of the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu that begins at kilometer 82 of the railway Cusco – Machu Picchu.
There are a lot of daily train departures, so the taxis and vans between Cusco and Ollantaytambo leave every 30 minutes. At the same time, the bus service between Machu Picchu Pueblo (Aguas Calientes) and the Inca citadel of Machu Picchu located on the top of the mountain leaves every time the bus is full.
The Inca citadel of Machu Picchu does not have an airport, but has a heliport for emergencies. No roads have been built from Cusco to Machu Picchu in order not to alter the ecosystem surrounding the sanctuary of Machu Picchu.
Therefore, there are no flights to Machu Picchu due to the lack of an airport, so you must arrive first to Cusco.
Trekking: “Inca trail to Machu Picchu”
It is necessary to have at least 7 days to visit the Inca citadel of Machu Picchu walking one of the most famous routes to reach Machu Picchu, it is exclusive for lovers of adventure, it is recommended to make the “Inca Trail” as it is accessible to all, children, young, adults and seniors willing to walk for 4 days. This trail is the favorite of more than 15 thousand people, so, they followed this path to reach the Historical Sanctuary of Machu Picchu.
The hikers begin at kilometer 82 of the Cusco – Machu Picchu railway (Aguas Calientes), in Ollantaytambo. led by the guides and in groups of no less than 10 people escort by their porters; Machu Picchu is reached after 4 days, having traveled more than 40 km (24.85 miles) along the ancient Inca stone path, on the edge of the Urubamba canyon. The road takes us through the Inca ruins of Patallacta, Huayllabamba, Runku Rakay, Sayacmarca, Phuyu Pata Marca and Wiñaywayna that will be visited as you get to each of these areas. As Machu Picchu is located in the jungle, it has to pass through natural landscapes, waterfalls of regular sizes, tunnels carved in pure rock, abundant flora and fauna, in the middle of the exuberant vegetation because it is close to the forests, landscapes of covered mountains by snow, and with pure air, free of all traces of pollution, perfect for bird watching. The guide service professions of the Inca Trail, includes all the equipment, food, tents, transportation, etc.
There are shorter hiking routes; One of them starts at kilometer 104 of the railway Cusco Machupicchu, crosses the ruins of Wiñaywayna on the top of the mountain and after a few hours arrive at Machu Picchu.
How to go to Machu Picchu BY TRAIN
The most classical, traditional and frequent is to arrive by train from Cusco to the train station in Machu Picchu Pueblo (Aguas Calientes). The train line travels parallel to the Urubamba River, which allows you to have a privileged view of beautiful landscapes and river birds.
When you arrive at the town of Machu Picchu, you must board the buses that are available to take you and can ascend to the Inca citadel.
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