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How to get from Cusco to Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu day tour is the most common visit to the area, with approximately a million visitors arriving and leaving every day.

From Cusco: 2-Day Guided Tour of Machu Picchu - Cusco, Peru | GetYourGuide


There are three commuting means to get from Cusco to Machu Picchu:

  • Following the railway tracks
  • Trekking/Hiking
  • Taking a bus

The best way to get to Machu Picchu is from the stations of Poroy or Ollantaytambo.

Machu Picchu.

Cusco to Machu Picchu on a day tour, you can save yourself the stress of flagging a cab with many other people that would be visiting by scheduling your Machu Picchu day tour with a travel 1 tour agent. An agency like this does the entrance ticket booking, transportation arrangements from Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes and back, and a travel guide. If you choose to go with a travel agency, follow up with them to know their exit scheduled times for departure.


Another way to get to Machu Picchu is by walking through the Inca trail. There are three trekking routes.

  • Salkantay Trail. The trip by this route lasts 4 days.
  • Inca Trail Km 88. The trip by this route lasts 4 days and 3 nights.
  • Inca Trail Km 104. The trip by this route lasts 2 days and 1 night.

Taking a Bus/Minivan:

Another way to get to Machu Picchu is by walking. To do this, you can take a bus or minivan that follows the route: Cusco – Santa María – Santa Teresa – Hydroelectric. From Hidroléctrica, you must continue your journey by foot or by train to Aguas Calientes’ town, where you must sleep. And just the next day you can go up to Machu Picchu, either walking or by bus.

This route is the least recommended and is the most dangerous. And the trip can last up to three days.

The train remains the most preferred option because you can view the beautiful terrain as the vessel drags itself along the rail tracks, giving you a memorable experience on your Machu Picchu day tour.

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