is the most common visit to the area, with approximately a million visitors arriving and leaving every day.
There are three commuting means to get from Cusco to Machu Picchu:
- Following the railway tracks
- Taking a bus
The best way to get to Machu Picchu is from the stations of Poroy or Ollantaytambo.
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.
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 the town of Aguas Calientes 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 are able to view the beautiful terrain as the vessel drags itself along the rail tracks, giving you a memorable experience on your Machu Picchu day tour.