Getting to Machu Picchu is an adventure that you can enjoy in different ways. The Inca citadel awaits you with all its attractions.
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Traveling to Machu Picchu is knowing that you are going to a destination desired by thousands of people in the world. It is a wonder that unlike other tourist attractions it is necessary to plan and organize your trip in advance.
In that sense, you should consider that the best option is to do the tour with a certified travel agency, which gives you confidence and provides you with all the services you require. You will have a private vehicle, train transportation, entrance tickets, hotels, food and others that the itinerary includes in the tour of your choice.
In case you plan to travel on your own, you will have to organize your trip to Machu Picchu and make a budget estimate according to the services and activities you will do. This option is complicated because you will have to book the hotel, entrance tickets, transportation, food and other services on your own.
These are the most recommended options to visit the Machu Picchu Sanctuary:
The estimated time for the more traditional trip is four hours. You leave by bus from Cusco to Ollantaytambo for 1 hour and 30 minutes, then you go by train in about 2 hours and from that point you travel by bus for 30 minutes to Machu Picchu.
During the journey to the Sanctuary of Machu Picchu, you will find several transportation services and choose the one that suits you best.
En Perú Rail:
En Inca Rail:
This service is available in two cases, the first is if you choose the Cusco to Hidroeléctrica route and from this point you can take the train or walk to the town of Aguas Calientes.
The second case is when you arrive in Aguas Calientes, where you decide to take the bus that will take you directly to Machu Picchu or you can walk up to the Inca citadel.
If it comes to walking, you can find several ways to get to Machu Picchu. You can take the route of the famous Inca Trail with destination to this wonder as: Salkantay trek, Huchuy Qosco trek, Choquequirao trek and others.
Another option for not so long treks are the routes from Hidroeléctrica to Aguas Calientes and from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu.
There are only two ways to get to Machu Picchu from the town of Aguas Calientes:
This is the most recommended option, because your visit will be easier and you will have all the energy to visit every part of Machu Picchu.
The breathtaking views you will have of the mountains is another attraction that catches every visitor. Buses will take you directly to the entrance gate of the Inca citadel.
The bus ticket costs 24 dollars for foreign tourists and 35 soles for Peruvian tourists.
The hike to Machu Picchu is known as "Hiram Bingham" after the explorer who reached Machu Picchu in 1911.
Before starting the trekking, we must take into account that the travel time is two hours. We must carry water to hydrate the body, hiking shoes, walking sticks if required and little luggage.
The ascent is of moderate level, which has no major difficulty, however, it is an option that can take your visit and tire the body. Another aspect to consider is the entrance to Machu Picchu is to carry the entrance ticket, because if you do not have this they will not let you continue with the hike.
Remember that Machu Picchu is one of the most visited destinations in Peru. Therefore, the purchase of tickets must be made one month in advance.
When we are in high season, in the months of June to August, we must make sure that the entrance ticket is not sold out. Although, in the case of hiring a travel agency, this will provide you with information and secure reservation to avoid last minute hustle and bustle.
If you wish to have a more pleasant experience during your trip, do not hesitate to choose a travel agency to accompany you on your adventure.
The benefits offered by a travel agency are:
Tierras de los Andes presents the best tours for you to visit the Machu Picchu Sanctuary:
Treasures of Southern Peru: a 14 days and 13 nights adventure. This in more complete package where you will have more cities and archaeological sites to visit.
These are the most important recommendations to take into account during your visit to Machu Picchu: