How To Get To Machu Picchu From Cusco

To get to Machu Picchu, you need to arrive first at the city of Cusco, or the train station of Ollantaytambo, and then go by train to Machu Picchu.

The are the famous hike called the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu starting from the 82 km of the Cusco – Machu Picchu railroad.

Those who have made the trip by train from the city of Cusco recommend it if your physical condition is not for trekking.

There are daily train and/or taxi departures between Cusco and Ollantaytambo.

Also bus service between the city of Machu Picchu (Aguas Calientes) and the Inca citadel of Machu Picchu Inca at the top of the mountain.

The city of Machu Picchu does not have an airport. There are no roads from Cusco to Machu Picchu.


The most traditional and frequent is to go by train from Cusco to the train station in the town of Machu Picchu (Aguas Calientes).

Train service to Machu Picchu

Information on train tickets to Machu Picchu: itineraries and fares.

When you arrive at the town of Machu Picchu, you can take the small buses that are available for transportation and can ascend to the Inca citadel.

The train line runs parallel to some parts of the Urubamba River, allowing you to have a privileged view of beautiful landscapes.

Hiking the Inca Trail

For those who have about 7 days to visit the Inca citadel of Machu Picchu and are also adventure lovers, we recommend the “Inca Trail”.

This route is the favorite of many tourists and only last year, more than 15 thousand people followed this path to reach the Historic Sanctuary of Machu Picchu.

Hikers start at 82 km from the Cusco railroad to the town of Machu Picchu (Aguas Calientes), in Ollantaytambo.

Directed by the guides and in groups of no less than 10 people, Machu Picchu is reached after 4 days, after traveling 40 km. (24.85 miles) by the old Inca stone road, on the edge of the Urubamba canyon.

The road crosses the Inca ruins of Patallacta, Huayllabamba, Runku Rakay, Sayacmarca, Phuyu Pata Marca and Wiñaywayna.

In addition to passing through natural landscapes, waterfalls, tunnels, abundant flora and fauna, amidst the lush vegetation for being close to the forests, overlooking the snow-covered mountains, and with pure air, free of any vestige of pollution, ideal for bird watching.

The service of mountain guides, includes all equipment, food, tents, transporters, etc..

There are shorter excursion routes; one that starts at 104 km of the railroad, crosses the ruins of Wiñaywayna and after a few hours you arrive at Machu Picchu.

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