- How to reach Machu Picchu
The only way of getting to Machu Picchu other
than on foot (Inca Trail), is by one of the frequent
buses shuttling from Aguacaliente (20min).
Then the only way to reach Aguacaliente is by
train (again unless walking the Inca Trail) leaving
from the Poroy station of Cuzco (5h) or from the
Ollantaytambo station (half way from Poroy and
Aguacaliente) (3h). Generally from Ollantaytambo
to Machu Picchu there are more trains and it's
cheaper, on top of that you can conveniently end
the Sacred Valley tour here, without returning
to Cuzco: that's why the majority of the people
get on the train here (on the way back it could
makes more sense to do the whole way till Cuzco)
Reaching Ollantaytambo from Cuzco can take the
whole day if you enjoy the Sacred Valley or it's
just 1,5h by minibus from Cuzco
The station of Poroy (the nearest Cuzco towards
Machu Picchu) is 30min by minibus from Cuzco.
- How to buy entry ticket and train ticket
Since July2011 there is limited daily number of
people to access Machu Picchu so unless you want
to risk popping up at the ticket counter at the
entry gate in the morning and being rejected (especially
in August), the only way is to buy tickets on
and print them. It may seem easy but we got mad
to have the site working with the transaction
(you pay by Verified Visa credit card).
As per the train ticket you can pop up at the
station in Cuzco and buy them or buy on line as
we did : https://www.perurail.com/en/
, again be ready to get mad with the website
Most of the travellers do believe Perurail is
the only train company operating, in reality there's
from Ollantaytambo to Aguacalientes.
DON'T TAKE FOR GRANTED ON FINDING TRAIN TICKETS
FOR THE FOLLOWING DAY!!