How to get from Cusco to Machu Picchu?

Incarail: Route from Cusco to Machu Picchu If you are coming to Peru, there is no doubt that Machu Picchu should be a must stop on your trip. After all, it is one of the 7 Wonders of the Modern World.

Now, getting to Machu Picchu is an adventure in itself, so we recommend dusting your trekking shoes and packing your favorite waterproof jacket as you will encounter a path full of incredible landscapes and architectural works in an environment that will take your breath away.

If you come from abroad, the first thing to know is that Machu Picchu is located in the department of Cusco, an hour and twenty minutes away by plane from Lima, the capital of the country.

Once in Cusco is when the true journey to the Inca Citadel begins, which you can enjoy depending on the time you have for your trip.

If you have more than 3 days, the ideal is to stop in each destination of the Sacred Valley (Pisac, Chinchero, Moray, Maras ...) before arriving to Ollantaytambo, the city where one of the Inca Rail train stations is located. You can do this tour by taxi or with some tour operator you can hire in the main square Plaza de Armas of Cusco.

From Ollantaytambo you will travel in one of our exclusive wagons for about an hour and thirty minutes to Aguas Calientes (or Machu Picchu Pueblo), the town located below the Machu Picchu mountain and the previous step before entering the citadel.

If on the other hand you only have 1 or 2 days to visit Machu Picchu, you have two options:

The first is to take the Inca Rail train from the Poroy station, which is much closer to the city of Cusco (25 minutes by car from the Plaza de Armas), and which will take you to Aguas Calientes in a span of three hours. This train operates from May to December, as the rest of the months (January to April) is rainy season and closed due to precaution.

The second alternative is to go by car from Cusco to Ollantaytambo and take the train from that station. This trip is approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes, additional to the hour and forty that lasts the train journey to Aguas Calientes.

Once in Aguas Calientes, and as we mentioned before, there would still be one more step before arriving at Machu Picchu. It is a road of about 9 kilometers, which can be traced in the buses qualified for it, that depart every 10 minutes (starting at 5:30 am) from both Aguas Calientes and the entrance of the Historic Sanctuary of Machu Picchu.

As you can see, it can be quite a long but magical journey, where you will have the opportunity to absorb the culture and Inca legacy to the maximum, and in which all the staff of Inca Rail will make sure you enjoy it to the most.



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