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How to get from Cusco to Machu Picchu?

Recommendations Before Going to Machupicchu

First:

You must buy your entrance ticket to Machupicchu through the web according to your preference and in advance, with mountain included or without mountain at least 2 months before. If you only want to buy the regular ticket, you can also buy it in the same town of Machupicchu (Aguas Calientes).

If you buy your ticket with mountain included you will have an extra re-entry to the citadel, you can enter and leave twice a day. If you buy the regular ticket without mountains, you will only be able to enter Machu Picchu once from the time established in the entrance ticket. If you leave the citadel you have no option to re-enter. buy entrance ticket in the following link: www.machupicchu.gob.pe

Ticket Fare to Machupicchu

ticket fare to machupicchu

Second:

The passenger must buy his train ticket to machupicchu town (hot waters) round trip according to his preference through the web. there are 2 stations:

  • Poroy Train Station: Poroy / Machupicchu / Poroy.
  • Ollantaytambo Train Station: Ollantaytambo / Machupicchu / Ollantaytambo.

POROY.- Poroy is a small district of Cusco located 11 kilometers from the city of Cusco at 3500 meters above sea level. To get to the Poroy train station you must take a taxi (the price is 30 soles). The car ride is approximately 25 minutes. once in Poroy he will board the train to Machupicchu.

OLLANTAYTAMBO.- It is another district of Cusco located 90 kilometers from the city of Cusco at 2800 meters above sea level. To get to the Ollantaytambo train station, you must board the cars or minibuses that leave from Pavitos Street, which is about 8 or 10 minutes from the main square of Cusco.

The price per passenger by car is 15 soles per person, 4 people travel.

The price per passenger in minibus is 10 soles per person 16 people travel.

The trip is 1 hour and 30 minutes. The trip will end very close to the Ollantaytambo train station. Then you will have to board the train to Machupicchu town (Aguas Calientes).

You can buy train tickets through the web at the following link: www.perurail.com o www.inkarail.com

It is recommended that you have all tickets printed. (entrance tickets to machupicchu and train tickets).

Third:

When arriving at Machupicchu Pueblo (Aguas Calientes), the passenger can buy his bus ticket to go to Machupicchu Sanctuary. The buses leave every 7 minutes, the first bus leaves at 5:30 a.m. You can take any of them, the bus trip is 25 minutes.

The other option is to walk up to the entrance, it takes about 1 hour and 30 minutes. but it is like climbing huaynapicchu, the road is signposted. To do this walk you must be in good physical condition.

Routes To Machupicchu

Do not forget that the only way to get from Cusco to Machupicchu Pueblo (Aguas Calientes) is by railroad and there are 3 direct ways:

1.-The first is taking the Train from one of these 2 stations:

  • Poroy train station.
  • Ollantaytambo train station.

From Cusco to Ollantaytambo.- Passengers can take the bus or car in Pavitos street. the ticket is 10 soles. to get to Pavitos street it takes 7 to 10 minutes by taxi from the main square. the trip from Cusco to Ollantaytambo is approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes. you have to tell the driver to drop you near the train station. Once in Ollantaytambo you have to take the train to Machupicchu (Aguas Calientes) the trip is 1 hour and 45 minutes.

From Cusco to Poroy.- Passengers must take a taxi to Poroy, the trip is 25 minutes. Once there you will board the train to Machupicchu, the trip is approximately 3 hours and 30 minutes.

In Machupicchu town you will find many options such as: hotels, lodgings, restaurants, bars, etc.

2.-The other way is, take a bus from Cusco to hydroelectric, the trip is approximately 6 hours. you can make the reservation for hydroelectric right here. Once you arrive at the hydroelectric plant, you can take the train to Machupicchu (Aguas Calientes), the trip is 45 minutes or you can also walk this entire section following the railroad as many do, the walk is approximately 2 hours and 30 minutes. In this case you would save the train ticket.

3.-the last way to get to Machupicchu itself is, doing the Inca trail of 4 days and 3 nights, for those who like adventure. It is a hike of 44 kilometers, that also requires a reservation at least 2 months in advance, because only 500 people per day can do the Inca trail.

NOTE: About the alternative tours to machupicchu such as: salkantay Trek, inka jungle trek, machupicchu by car, etc. All arrive by hydroelectric power station to Machupicchu, the lares trek tour reaches Ollantaytambo and from Ollantaytambo by train to Machupicchu. Those are all the ways to get to Machu Picchu.

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