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How to get to Machu Picchu and Huayna Picchu from Cusco
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Machu Picchu and Huayna Picchu from Cusco

The Inca city of Machu Picchu is one of the seven wonders of the world. In addition, the Huayna Picchu mountain is one of the most amazing places within the Inca city. To visit both tourist attractions from Cusco you must follow a detailed itinerary.

Know how to get to Machu Picchu and Huayna Picchu from Cusco.



To visit Machu and Huayna Picchu from Cusco, you will need to board a bus very early, then a train and another bus until you reach the Inca city. Remember that tickets are purchased online approximately 3 months in advance.


How to get to Machu Picchu and Huayna Picchu from Cusco?

  • Cusco is the city where you will have to arrive to be able to go to Machu Picchu and Huayna Picchu.
  • Once in Cusco, you should go to the town of Ollantaytambo. This is the place where you will board the train to Aguas Calientes.
  • The train journey will leave you at Aguas Calientes station, at the foot of the Inca city of Machu Picchu . There you must take one of the buses that will take you to the entrance door to the Inca archaeological site.
  • Keep in mind that you cannot wait for Cusco to buy the entrance tickets. It is best to buy them online in advance.
View of Machu Picchu
Machu Picchu and the Huayna Picchu mountain

Follow these steps to get to Machu Picchu and Huayna Picchu from Cusco

  • 1. How to get from Cusco to Ollantaytambo

    • Cusco is the best tourist destination in South America. In this city you will have to board a bus to the town of Ollantaytambo.
    • On Pavitos Street (in the Historic Center of Cusco), you can find cars, buses and minivans directly to the town of Ollantaytambo. The approximate cost is 15 Peruvian soles (5 US dollars).
    • The bus trip from Cusco to Ollantaytambo runs through the Sacred Valley of the Incas until it arrives very close to the train station. The journey takes approximately 1 hour 45 minutes.
  • 2. How to get from Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes

    • In Ollantaytambo you will have to board the train to the final station of Aguas Calientes.
    • The trains are operated by two companies: Peru Rail and Inca Rail. Both offer multiple services such as: Expedition, Vistadome, The Voyager, The 360º, etc.
    • Remember to arrive at the station, up to 30 minutes before the train departure.
  • 3. How to get from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu

    • The bus station is just two blocks from the train station. You can walk in just 5 minutes.
    • The ticket office is right in front of the bus station. Sometimes it is necessary to queue to get a ticket and board the buses.
    • The bus trip is short. It covers a route of 10 kilometers uphill until arriving at the entrance gate to Machu Picchu. The journey takes approximately 30 minutes.
  • 4. How to get from Machu Picchu to Huayna Picchu mountain

    • The entrance to the Huayna Picchu mountain is located within the Inca city of Machu Picchu. However, you will not be able to enter if you have not purchased the ticket Machu Picchu + Huayna Picchu.
    • After entering the Inca city of Machu Picchu, the visitor must go to the Sacred Rock sector. Right in front of this construction is the entrance gate of the Waynapicchu mountain.

Machu Picchu + Huayna Picchu tickets: new schedules

  • As mentioned, the ticket Machu Picchu + Huayna Picchu must be booked months before (it is recommended to purchase it 3 months in advance). In this way, you can choose the group you want to enter without any problem.
  • This ticket allows you a total time of 6 hours to tour the Inca city of Machu Picchu and the Huayna Picchu mountain .
  • Group 1 schedule:

    • Machupicchu – Entry from 6 am.
    • Waynapicchu – Income between 7 and 8 am.
  • Group 2 schedule:

    • Machupicchu – Entry from 7 am.
    • Waynapicchu – Income between 7 and 8 am.
  • Group 3 schedule:

    • Machupicchu – Entry from 8 am.
    • Waynapicchu – Income between 10.30 and 11.30 am.
Train to Machu Picchu
Train route Ollantaytambo – Aguas Calientes

How to visit Machu Picchu and Huayna Picchu in a single day?

1-DAY TRIP TO MACHU PICCHU AND HUAYNA PICCHU
ScheduleActivity
4 am – 5.45 amTravel by bus from Cusco to Ollantaytambo station.
6.10 am – 7.40 amTravel by train from Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes.
7.40 am – 8.10 amTravel by bus from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu
8.10 am – 10.30 amEntrance and tour of Machu Picchu.
10.30 am – 1 pmEntrance and tour of Huayna Picchu.
1 pm – 3 pmLunch and free time in Aguas Calientes.
4.22 pm – 6.10 pmReturn by train from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo.
6.10 pm – 8 pmReturn from Ollantaytambo to Cusco.

Recommendations during the trip to Machu Picchu and Huayna Picchu

  • On the day of your visit, enter Machu Picchu very early. For example, if you chose to enter Waynapicchu in Group 1, you must enter at 6 in the morning.
  • Children under 12 may not enter the Inca city . If you walk with your teenage children, watch them closely and do not allow them to approach the cliffs.
  • The Temple of the Moon is one of the most amazing temples in Huayna Picchu , and one of the most energetic places in the Inca city. It can only be accessed from the Waynapicchu mountain.
  • Wear non-slip shoes, water and a camera with plenty of space. The photos that can be obtained from the top of the Waynapicchu are some of the most impressive.
  • In case you have not found tickets available for Huayna Picchu; You can book the ticket Machu Picchu + Mountain . This ticket will allow you to see the Inca city from above, after a beautiful walk.

Advice from people who have been there

The Huayna Picchu mountain

Alanís CBy: Alanís C

“One more step“

“We went up to Huayna Picchu after traveling the Inca Trail, we booked everything 6 months before, and we did not know what was waiting for us. Already without strength (after 4 days of walking) we started climbing without any certainty of whether we would manage to arrive. However, we forgot our pains and the fatigue disappeared completely due to the incredible wave of emotions that causes you to see Machu Picchu from up there. Do not wait for someone to describe what you can see from there.“

 

By Ticket Machu Picchu – Last updated, December 3, 2019