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What is the best route to get to Machu Picchu?

This is a good question for anyone who has already decided to visit Machu Picchu, one of the most amazing wonders of the world. Inkayni Peru Tours provides specific information on how to get to Machu Picchu by yourself or with a reliable tour agency like Inkayni Peru Tours.

Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu is in anyone’s bucket list, and it can be an exciting adventure getting there. So you should pick the route that fits better your needs:

  1. Inca Trail

  2. Salkantay trek

  3. Ollantaytambo

  4. Santa Teresa / Hidroelectrica

We recommend booking your trek in advance. This way you will avoid any inconvenience.

1. Inca Trail

The Inca Trail trek to Machu Picchu is considered one of the best treks around the world. It is also one of the most approachable treks, as you do not need any particular skill to be able to complete it. Some good health and fitness will help you get from the trailhead to the end, Machu Picchu.

The Inca Trail was built during the Incas time in the XV century. This trail joined Cusco and Machu Picchu.

Camino Inca Tradicional

Classic Inca Trail

Why should you choose the Inca Trail to get to Machu Picchu?

Inkayni Peru Tours recommends hiking the Classic Inca Trail because it combines a four-day walk to the spectacular lost city of Machu Picchu through snow-capped mountains and lush vegetation, creating some of the world’s most dramatic and beautiful terrain.

Our Classic Inca Trail is 4 days and 3 nights and you will visit the following places:

  • First day: Cusco – Piskacucho Km 82 – Llactapata – Wayllabamba
  • Second day: Wayllabamba – Warmi Wañusqa (Dead Woman Pass) – Pacaymayu
  • Third day: Pacaymayu – Chaquikocha – Wiñayhuayna
  • Fourth day: Wiñay Wayna – Machu Picchu – Cusco

Since we have daily departures, you can start on your preferred date as long as there are spots available. The permits for the Inca Trail are limited in number so we recommend booking at least 6 months in advance. You can book through our link www.inkayniperutours.com

What is included on our 4d/3n Inca Trail?

  • Briefing in Cusco before the departure
  • Professional English Speaking Tour Guide
  • Assistant Tour Guide for groups of 9+
  • Andean chef
  • Porters to carry all equipment
  • Personal porter for 5 kg/11.02 lbs per person (1 personal porter is included – up to 5 kilos per duffle bag, which will be provided and must fit all your belongings PLUS sleeping bag)
  • Pick-up from your hotel
  • Bus transportation to Km 82
  • Train and bus back to Cusco
  • Water (excluding the first day of the trek when you need to bring your own)
  • 3 Breakfast, 3 Lunch, 3 Afternoon Snacks (Happy Hour) and 3 Dinner. If you have a dietary request (vegetarian/vegan/gluten-free, etc) or allergy please advise us upon booking and reconfirm the day of our briefing
  • Dining tent with tables and chairs
  • Oxygen bottle
  • Inflatable Thermarest or REI sleeping mattress (which you must carry)
  • EUREKA Tents – Comfortable and 4-person spacious (2 people per tent)
  • First-aid kit
  • Entrances Tickets to Inca Trail and Machu Picchu
  • Bus from Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes


2. Salkantay snow peak

The Salkantay Mountain is in the Vilcabamba Mountain, in the Cusco Region, about 60 km (40 miles) west-northwest of the city of Cusco. This mountain is an alternative route to get to Machu Picchu and many nature lovers decide to book this tour.

Salkantay is the 38th highest peak in the Andes and the twelfth highest in Peru. This trek offers more natural beauty, unlike the ancient ruins. It passes high mountains and jungle, all in very desolate areas. 

Characteristics of the Salkantay Mountain:

Elevation: 6,271 m

Route: Cusco – Mollepata – Soraypampa

Category: Adventure – Hiking

Mountain range: Andes

If you find this route more appealing to you, we have these three options available:

a) 05 Day Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu – Group Service

b) 05 Day Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu – Private Service

c) 04 Day Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu

Nevado Salkantay, ruta alternativa para llegar a Machu Picchu

Salkantay snow-capped Mountain, an alternative route to Machu Picchu

3. Train from Ollantaytambo to Machu Picchu

This option is best for people who want a more comfortable journey. It suits everyone since it does not imply any physical activity. Most people who want to go to Machu Picchu prefer to take the train in Ollantaytambo train station, in the Sacred Valley.

Estación de Ollantaytambo

Ollantaytambo train station

  • The journey by train to Machu Picchu is an incredibly short ride. You will travel a bit more than 30 km. It lasts 1 hour 45 minutes approximately.
  • When you arrive in Machu Picchu, you should take the bus to the entrance access of the archeological site. This is a 30-minute ride. Don’t forget to buy your round trip bus tickets.

Inkayni Additional Note:

If you are traveling on your own, you can buy the train tickets online on Peru Rail or Inca Rail website. These are the only 2 train companies that operate the route by train to Machu Picchu.

If you want to enjoy your trip and not worry about anything, you can book through us and we will make all the arrangements needed for you to enjoy your trip. 

You can check our website: www.inkayniperutours.com. We can personalize any of our tours for you.

What will you see during the train ride?

You will enjoy a scenic view with impressive mountains along the Urubamba River. The flora and fauna will leave you enchanted. You will also learn some local traditions and customs.

4. Hidroelectrica route

The Hidroelectrica route is an excellent option for all of those who don’t want to splurge their money, but instead, save as much as possible and at the same time enjoy the fantastic view outdoors. To get to Aguas Calientes through Hidroelectrica, you need to take the bus from Cusco to Santa Maria and then to Santa Teresa. There you need to take a Colectivo (minivan) to Hidroelectrica. Once you arrive in Hidroelectrica, you have to walk to Aguas Calientes. In total, it will take 8 hours approximately to get to Aguas Calientes.

From Cusco to Hidroelectrica it takes 6 hours approximately and from Hidroelectrica to Aguas Calientes, you will have to walk for at least 2 hours. 

In case you don’t want to walk, you can take the train to Aguas Calientes. It is a 30-minute ride.

Ruta Hidroeléctrica

 Hidroelectrica Route

Tren Vistadome de Cusco a aguas calientes para subir a Machu

Vistadome train from Cusco to Aguas Calientes

Inkayni Additional notes:

  • There is no need to book the tickets online to go to Hidroelectrica. You can take the buses to Santa Maria on Antonio Lorena Av. in Cusco.
  • Inkayni Peru Tours does not recommend taking this route from December to April due to the heavy rains. These months are part of the rainy season and there is a great probability of landslides, mudslides, and other natural disasters that can ruin your trip. 
  • Once you arrive in Aguas Calientes, you have to spend the night there. You can book a hotel or hostel in advance. The next day early in the morning you can visit Machu Picchu.

“To my mind, the greatest reward and luxury of travel is to be able to experience everyday things as if for the first time, to be in a position in which almost nothing is so familiar it is taken for granted.” – Bill Bryson

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