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Tourist Routes to Machu Picchu

The famous Inca City of the fifteenth century, it is a spectacular stone building, built on the orders of Emperor Pachacutec. Each year, thousands of tourists come from all over the world, attracted by one of the most stunning destinations on the planet.

There are several ways to reach Machu Picchu, of which these are considered exceptional. The first and most traditional way to reach it is by train, it is also the most common, but by no means cease to be surprising. The trip takes one hour and a half and 3 hours depending on the boarding station.

The more adventurous can take other routes, which consist of walking the famous Inca Trails. With walks of varying distances; 18 km from the Huchuy Qosqo route, which is in turn the easier; to more than 30 kilometers by taking walks Salkantay, Lares or the world famous Inca Trail Trek.

The area offers everything from luxury suites in the best hotels to small houses built by craftsmen in the most beautiful corners of the peoples and communities of Machu Picchu. You can have a complete journey through the various hiking trails; tunnels, stairways, balconies, beautiful scenery and historical sites that they delight in its route.

But whatever your way to reach City of Machu Picchu, we assure you of the best experiences for all types of travelers, whether hiking, fan of adventure sports or just visiting.

Full Day in Machu Picchu
Full Day Machu Picchu & Sacred Valley
Inca Trail to Machu Picchu
Salkantay trek to Machu Picchu
Lares trek to Machu Picchu
Huchuy Qosqo trek to Machu Picchu


Full Day in Machu Picchu

This option takes you to the Inca City of Machu Picchu by railway, it is a classic route for access to Machu Picchu as well as being the only way to reach Aguas Calientes; the forced passage of all people who visit the Inca City, is a small town near Machu Picchu Sanctuary, where you can find different shops targeted mainly to tourism. Hotels, guest houses, restaurants, clubs, Internet kiosks, thermal baths and other visitor services. The train stations addressed in Ollantaytambo or Poroy. There is a variety in the service of the rail lines, for everyone.

Train Cusco – Machu Picchu
Possible train:
Expedition, Vistadome or Hiram Bingham
Boarding: Poroy Station (15 minutes from Cusco, via taxi)
Approximate time: 3 hours

Train Ollantaytambo – Machu Picchu
Possible train:
Expedition, Vistadome or Hiram Bingham
Boarding: Ollantaytambo Station (1 h 20 min. from the city of Cusco, by bus)
Approximate time: 1 hour and 30 minutes.

Machu Picchu exceeds amply the highest expectations of visitors from around the world. No other archaeological site in South America will prove as attractive as the Sacred City of the Incas. With our careful planning and the right approach, you will find the site so charming and attractive as any other on the planet.


Full Day Machu Picchu & Sacred Valley

With this alternative will have the opportunity to know and enjoy the Sacred Valley of the Incas and the Inca City of Machu Picchu. The territory of the Sacred Valley has no less than 350 archaeological sites, constituting the largest concentration in Peru, Inca buildings, including forts, temples, palaces, religious centers, sidewalks, urban centers, and water channels.

This valley was particularly important to the Incas, for its climatic qualities and its location. Great place of production for the wealth of their land, where until now it is produced the best corn of Peru. Among the main places to visit they are: Pisac and folk craft fair; Calca and its thermal baths; the palace of the Inca in Yucay; the natural beauty of Urubamba with its adventure sports; Ollantaytambo with its majestic fort; Chinchero, and a market where you can still make a trade.

After enjoying the charm of the Sacred Valley, still awaits the train ride to Aguas Calientes destination, village where is the Sacred City, the tour to the City of Machu Picchu lasts about 2 hours, and so complete his tour in the best way, visiting one of the seven new wonders of the world. Machu Picchu (which means "old mountain" in Quechua) is a city 550 years old, built by the Incas; one of the pre-Columbian societies more advanced on this side of the continent. Built on a spectacular mountain scenery that give the feel of a saddle between two peaks covered with forests and thick vegetation. Located 2,430 m.s.n.m. It was a large village which merged dramatically with the landscape of the Historic and Natural Sanctuary of Machu Picchu cataloged by the UNESCO.


Inca Trail to Machu Picchu

The Classic Inca Trail is one of the most popular excursions in the world. This tour is probably the most popular way to reach Machu Picchu, a favorite with lovers of adventure and the outdoors. The usual route takes four days and three nights, although there are versions of varying duration. Most of the trip is done at an average altitude of 2,000 meters. The most famous trek in South America, starts on the banks of the Vilcanota River, following its course until a cliff, from which it is possible to appreciate the archaeological complex of Patallacta, from there the road is rising up the gorge of Cusichaca in an experiential tour into several villages in the area, on a path leading down to the archaeological residence Eunkuraqay in Pacaymayu, the point to reach is the Intipunku (Sun Gate) which is the gateway to the wonder of Machu Picchu.

The Classic Inca Trail, will offer four days of trekking along ancient Inca trails, complemented by fascinating archaeological sites and lush landscape of the Inca City of Machu Picchu. The Inca Trail is one of those things that everyone should do once in their life, regardless of age or physical condition. It is perfect for families, groups of friends and newlyweds; in small groups so you can enjoy the walk to the fullest. It is highly recommended to book the Inca Trail at least four months in advance.

  • Maximum Altitude: 4,200 m.s.n.m.
  • Distance: 43 km.
  • Tranche Longer: Día 2, 16 km.
  • Minimum Temperature: 0 ºC.
  • Difficulty: Moderate.


Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu

The Salkantay Trek, is gaining popularity as more people perform it, is among the world’s 25 best walks in the National Geographic Adventure Travel Magazine (magazine dedicated to the best adventure tours World). And it is the main alternative to the Inca Trail. With a tour through landscapes of high mountains covered with snow, low jungle, with archaeological sites like Llactapata.

This hike offers the ideal blend of experiential tourism, hiking, culture and nature, with an impressive endpoint; the Inca City of Machu Picchu. With fewer visitors than the traditional inca trail. It allows you to enjoy the natural beauty of the Andes.

  • Maximum Altitude: 4,650 m.s.n.m.
  • Distance: 65 km.
  • Tranche Longer: Día 2, 18 km.
  • Minimum Temperature: 0 ºC.
  • Difficulty: Difficult.


Lares Trek to Machu Picchu

The Lares Trek is one of the best alternatives to the Inca Trail. The experience is far from the other routes to Machu Picchu, is full experiential tourism, visiting authentic Andean communities, the route offers being surrounded by towering mountains, lakes and valleys. This fabulous trip, will give a real insight into the lives of the people of this area of Cusco, ancient traditions, their culture, their way of life in villages that seem to have stopped a long time ago. Although it varies, the route starts in the town of Lares in the Sacred Valley and ends in Yanahuara. The last day of hike you take a bus that will take you to Ollantaytambo and then continue by train to Machu Picchu.

  • Maximum Altitude: 4,500 m.s.n.m.
  • Distance: 37 km.
  • Tranche Longer: Día 1, 14 km.
  • Minimum Temperature: 0 ºC.
  • Difficulty: Moderate.


Huchuy Qosqo Trek to Machu Picchu

It is otherwise not used, although very nice to arrive at Machu Picchu combines the best of natural landscapes, with ancient Inca roads and ethnic communities, as well as a guided tour, the little-known archaeological site of Huchuy Qosqo. This route will give you the option to deviate from the classic routes, the crowds, while still enjoying all the wonderful things you can offer Peru, this trek becomes perfect for visitors who do not have much time available, or are looking for an easier route.

  • Maximum Altitude: 4,390 m.s.n.m.
  • Distance: 22 km.
  • Tranche Longer: Día 1, 10 km.
  • Minimum Temperature: 0 ºC.
  • Difficulty: Easy.



By Ticket Machu Picchu – Last updated, March 27, 2019