The Historic Sanctuary of Machu Picchu is one of the most visited destinations in Perú, and since 2007 is considered one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. Machu Picchu is located near the Urubamba river at 8,038 feet above the sea level, it is an Incan citadel that dates back to the 15th century, a veritable architectural wonder, surrounded by walls built between two mountains: Machu Picchu and Huayna Picchu.
Machu Picchu is an outstanding destination, full of nature and fascinating history. But which are the best ways to get to Machu Picchu?
How to reach the Historic Sanctuary
You can reach the Historic Sanctuary by foot thanks to the Inca trail (the journey could last hours or days according to your point of departure) or in 20 minutes by bus from Machu Picchu Pueblo. Buses leave every 30-40 minutes, from 5:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., and come back from 10:30 a.m. to 5:45 p.m. The ticket price is roughly US$ 19 per person.
Machu Picchu Pueblo (Aguas Calientes)
Bus and train stations are all located in Machu Picchu Pueblo, a small andean town that offers many different services and it is situated in a valley surrounded by three mountains: Wayna Picchu, Machu Picchu, and Putukusi.
While visiting the town you will find a small local museum, natural thermal baths, and a colorful local market where you can buy artisanal products. Other services that the town offers include: pharmacies, banks, ATM machines, and restaurants.
From Cusco to the Machu Picchu site
There are two ways you can go from Cusco to the Machu Picchu site: by following the Inca trail (you can choose the length of the journey: one, two, or five days) or by train (directly from Cusco or from the Ollantaytambo train station). The majority of tourists travel by train, a fantastic journey (three hours departing from Cusco and half an hour from Ollantaytambo) where you will be astonished by the beauty of nature.