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How to Tour Machu Picchu

One of the first questions you might ask yourself when you start thinking on Machu Picchu as a destination is how to tour Machu Picchu. We understand that during this initial stage, you’ll want to have a broad idea about what the adventure will look like.

In this post, we’ll provide broad ideas on transportation, activities, and tickets that you should be aware of before your trip.

How to Tour Machu Picchu: Transportation

Lima to Cusco:

Once you arrive in Lima, you’ll need to get to Cusco by flight or by road. We truly recommend booking the 1-hour flight versus the 20-hour road trip. Although bus tickets might seem a really attractive alternative due to the low price (starting at $40 versus the $200+ plane ticket), we can’t recommend it.

Roads in the Andes are full of switchbacks and may cause dizziness and be very uncomfortable. If you’re on a very tight budget, choose one of the most commercially known bus companies. There may be some small companies with no maintenance plans that make them unsafe and may also cause breakdowns during the journey.

The flight from Lima to Cusco has over 40 flights every day. These flights run from 3 am to 7 pm. Return flights to Lima share the same schedules. We recommend booking with Latam or Avianca. These are international airlines that have the best maintenance policies and will guarantee the safest flight. Also, these two airlines have more than 25 of the total 40 flights every day.

Cusco to Machu Picchu

To get to Machu Picchu you’ll have two main options: by train or by the Inca Trail. In both cases, you’ll need to arrive at the Ollantaytambo Train Station situated in the Sacred Valley of Urubamba. You can arrive here by train or by car. We recommend going on a private shuttle. It’s faster and you’ll be able to stop at great locations to take photos and to visit the Pisac Ruins and other attractions along the way.

We also recommend stopping at the Sacred Valley to practice rafting, mountain biking, Stand Up Paddle, or Lake Kayaking. Food is also great and there are many artisan breweries to enjoy.

How to Tour Machu Picchu: Activities

The Inca Trail

The Inca Trail is the best option to get to Machu Picchu. The 1-day hike or the 3-day trek are great options. Less “touristy” treks that also take you to Machu Picchu are Salkantay and Lares Trek. We recommend booking with us these multi-day tours/treks to ensure you get the best service at the best price.

The Train

Going by train to Machu Picchu is also an excellent alternative. Rides from the Ollantaytambo Train Station depart and return from early morning to early afternoon every day. One can go, visit Machu Picchu, and return the same day.

The Bus

The Machu Picchu Train Station is located at the Aguas Calientes Town. From here, you’ll need to go up the mountain to Machu Picchu. There is a bus system in place that goes up and down the mountain very frequently. The alternative is to hike your way up or down.

How to Tour Machu Picchu: Tickets

You’ll need:
– Plane or bus tickets from Lima to Cusco to Lima
– Shuttle or train tickets from Cusco to Ollantaytambo to Cusco
– Train tickets from Ollantaytambo to Machu Picchu to Ollantaytambo
– Bus tickets from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes

Read the complete Machu Picchu 2019 Guide here.
Read the complete Inca Trail Guide 2019 here.

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Inca Trail to Machu Picchu + Cusco + Urubamba

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Inca Trail to Machu Picchu

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Peru Tourism related links

  • PromPeru – Peru Export and Tourism Promotion Board
  • MTC – Ministry of Transport and Communications (Peru)
  • Mincetur – Ministry of Tourism and Exports
  • Mincetur Tourism – Tourism Area of the Mincetur

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