There are three main ways to get to Machu Picchu, Peruâ€™s majestic mountain city of the Incas. The best option for you will depend on your level of fitness, how much time you have for the trip, and your preferred level of comfort.
How to Get to Machu Picchu by Train or on Foot
By far the most popular way to enjoy a Machu Picchu tour is taking the train from nearby Cusco. The train takes four hours and travels through stunning scenery full of rolling hills and picturesque villages. This is an ideal option for travelers who want to see the Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu, but donâ€™t have the fitness level or time required to hike to these dramatic ruins via the Inca Trail.
A shorter train journey to Machu Picchu is from Ollantaytambo. Leaving from this picturesque and ancient town is a popular choice because you can spend more time in the Sacred Valley itself. Ollantaytambo is also home to some enormously impressive ruins and many travelers enjoy spending a night in the town before departing for Machu Picchu.
However, if youâ€™re a lover of the great outdoors, walking along the world famous Inca Trail is an incredible experience. This 28-mile hike takes you past villages, forests, valleys, and mountains, and is an excellent way to taste the flavor of the local culture. The Inca Trail hike takes about four days and is a memorable and unique way to experience this world wonder. Remember that the Inca Trail has to be booked well in advance.
Travelers who want to combine an Inca trail trek with visits to Cusco and Machu Picchu can easily take a Sacred Valley tour if they have a week to spend in the area. To discover ideal itineraries about how to get to Machu Picchu, one of the most unforgettable destinations in the world, contact one of our Travel Advisors who can help you customize your Peru vacation.
Read our newsletter articles about alternatives to the Inca Trail and the Inca Trail to the Sea.
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