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How to get from Cusco to Machu Picchu?
There is no doubt that Machu Picchu is a must stop on your trip to Peru, and that is not every day you are lucky enough to visit one of the 7 wonders of the modern world.
Now, getting to Machu Picchu is an adventure in itself, so we recommend you dust off your trekking shoes and pack your favorite waterproof jacket as there is a road full of incredible landscapes and architectural works in an environment that will leave you breathless.
If you come from abroad, the first thing you have 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 you are in Cusco, the real journey to the Inca Citadel begins, which you can take advantage of depending on the time you have.
If you have more than 3 days, the ideal is to enjoy each destination of the Sacred Valley (Pisac, Chinchero, Moray, Maras …) before reaching Ollantaytambo, the city where one of the Inca Rail train stations is located. This journey through the Sacred Valley can be done by taxi or with a tour operator that you hire from the Plaza de Armas of Cusco.
From Ollantaytambo you will travel in one of our exclusive wagons for approximately one hour and forty minutes to Aguas Calientes (or Machu Picchu Pueblo), the town at the foot of the mountain of Machu Picchu that forms the penultimate pass before entering the city. citadel.
If instead you go for less time and only have 1 or 2 days to know Machu Picchu, you have 2 options:
The first is to take the Inca Rail train from Poroy station, which is much closer to the city of Cusco (30 minutes by car from the Plaza de Armas), and it will take you to Aguas Calientes in a span of three. hours. This train operates from May to December, since the rest of the months (January to April) are rainy season and closed as a precaution.
The second alternative is to go by car from Cusco to Ollantaytambo and take the train from that station. This journey is approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes, additional to the hour and forty that lasts the train journey to Aguas Calientes.
Being in Aguas Calientes, and as we mentioned before, there would still be one more trip before arriving at Machu Picchu. It is a road of about 9 kilometers, which is covered in buses enabled for it and that leave every 10 minutes (starting at 5:30 am) both the place of departure, Aguas Calientes, as the place of departure, the entrance of the Historic Sanctuary of Machu Picchu.
As detailed, it can be a long but magical journey, where you will have the opportunity to fully absorb the Inca culture and legacy, and in which all the staff of Inca Rail will dedicate themselves to enjoy it completely.