Bus from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu is a curious tourist destination in the Andes of Peru, South America. It is often referred to as the “Lost City of the Incas.” This famous ruin representing the Incas Empire and is listed under UNESCO’s World Heritage List and is a must-see site. The inspiring archeological site is often populated with visitors from all over the world who come to witness its scenic view.

To access Machu Picchu, you will have to go through Cusco, which can be accessed via air or road. At Cusco, you can buy bus tickets to Machu Picchu at the Cusco office. Another office is located at Agua Calientes where you can similarly buy tickets.

Buses to Machu Picchu

At the Aguas Calientes terminal, located just 5 minutes away from the train station and adjacent to the Vilcanote River, buses leave for Machu Picchu from as early as 5.30AM up to 4.00PM. They are the only official public means of transport that cruise the meandering highway leading to the site. If you want to be on the first trip, get to the station at least 30 minutes earlier to the departure time. The site opens at exactly 6.00AM and you will be there just in time. In between the hours of operation, the buses leave within 5-10 minutes intervals from either side. This will, of course, depend on the season, high or low and the number of visitors.

It takes an average of 20 minutes in these Machu Picchu bus trips on the winding road with steep side views. The view along the way is captivating and you can vividly note the climb with the Vilcanote River appearing down in the distance.

As a summary of your preparation for this trip, it is important to note these:

-The Machu Picchu site opens at 6.00AM.

-You are served on a first come first serve basis at the bus terminal.

-Buses from the Aguas Calientes terminal operate between 5.30AM to 4.00PM.

-An average one-way trip takes only 20 minutes.

-One-way and round-trip costs for adults are $12 and $24 respectively.

– One-way and round-trip costs for children are $7 and $12 respectively.

To get in touch with the offices, see the details below:

Aguas Calientes office:

Avenida Hermanos Ayar S/N

Aguas Calientes Bus Terminal

Tel: 084 211 134

Open: Daily 5.00AM-9.30PM

Cusco Office:

Avenida Infancia 433, Wanchaq,Cusco (Consettur)

Tel: 084 222 125

Open: Daily 8.00AM-1.00PM, 3.00PM-5.30PM

Machu Picchu has been a great tourist destination for a long time now. Being a UNESCO world heritage site, it features a lot of attraction sites for people from all walks of life. Machu Picchu is the only intact surviving city of Inca in Peru. Being situated at 2360 meters above the sea level, it surely takes you closer to the beauty of nature. We all would naturally want to be in such a place but the question that begs for answers is how to get there. There is no road between Cusco and Machu Picchu. The road exists only up to a point between the two places and that is Ollantaytambo, it is somewhat midpoint and after this, the train is the only mode of transport between the two places.

There are two train companies that provide the train service between Cusco and Machu Picchu. The first one is PeruRail and the second one is Inca Rail. There once existed the third rail company that got merged with the Inca rails, the Machu Picchu Trains. These two companies provide a wide variety of options to choose from for those traveling to Machu Picchu:

PeruRail Trains To Machu Picchu:

Thes trains provide the customers with three departure points – Cusco, at Urubamba, and at Ollantaytambo. And, all have different travel time before you can reach Machu Picchu station in AguasCalientes.

In Cusco, it’s basically Poroy station from where you get the train and the travel time is 3-4 hours. From Urubamba, the time is 3 hours and from Ollantaytambo, it is 1.5 hours. There are three trains classes that are available these are

  1. Expedition.
  2. Vistadome.
  3. Hiram Bingham.

The Expedition is the most economic train and has various facilities like AC and heating in the cabin, large panoramic windows for a clear view of outside scenes, as well as a highly spacious and a separate luggage area. It costs you around $65 one way and has 6.50 as departure time from Cusco and 10.51 arrival time. From Ollantaytambo, it has various departure times starting from 5.37 to 20.35 and arrival time from 7.44 till 22.58.

The Vistadome is the upgraded version of The Expedition and is a little costlier than it. It costs you around $100 one way, but with this huge amount, you get to enjoy lots of services such as comfortable, air-conditioned, plush leather seats, fitted with panoramic windows, and most importantly it has a wide variety of snacks and beverages (Non-Alcoholic) and all this included in your ticket price. From Cusco, its departure time is 6.05 and arrival time is 9.52. From Ollantaytambo it has different departure and arrival time, 6.40 -16.03 being the departure time and 8.01 – 17.42 the arrival time.

PeruRail_Trains to Machu Picchu

Hiram Bingham, being the most luxurious among all the three trains of PeruRail, it costs you around $400 and only runs from Poroy station with the departure time being 9.00 and arrival being 12.25. It has a very well furnished interior and also has an in-house bar and kitchen. Hiram Bingham is named after the man who gave Machu Picchu the real recognition. It has services like a Welcome cocktail as well as an onboard gourmet lunch, and a spectacular observatory car, which makes it different from all. It is indeed one of the best trains from Cusco to Machu Picchu.

Train to Machu Picchu Hiram-Bingham

Inca Rail trains to Machu Picchu:

Inca rail provides you with 3 class of travel: Machu Picchu train class; executive class; the first-class; and the presidential service. The trains of Inca rail operate from Ollantaytambo three times a day in high season (April through October). The Machu Picchu class is also known as the tourist class.

Inca Rail train to Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu train class/ tourist class are like the economy class among all the four. It is quite cheap in comparison to the other three. It will cost you around $75 per person one way and has a very comfortable structure and seating arrangement. Snacks and refreshment will be served on board.

They operate from Ollantaytambo station. With different time slot of travel:

  1. 06. 40 departure – 8.01 arrival
  2. 11.15 departure – 12.45 arrival
  3. 16.36 departure – 18.09 arrival
  4. 11.30 departure – 13.06 arrival
  5. 19.27 departure – 21.09 arrival

The first class is the luxury train. It has plus-sized seats for extra comfort and costs you around $200 per person one way. But if you are paying $200, it is worth it because they provide you with so many onboard facilities like expansive panoramic windows for a better view and thirst quenching welcome cocktail. Also, you can choose between gourmet lunch or dinner as well as background music and much more. The departure time is 19.00 and the arrival time is 20.41.

The Executive is the lower version of the tourist class which costs you only $60 per person one way but it is not as spacious as the other trains. It is a quick and economical option to choose. They provide you with onboard snacks and drinks with music in the background. This option has different departure and arrival time. The first set being the departure at 10.32 and arrival at 12.12 and the other being the departure at 16.12 and arrival at 17.50.

The Presidential-class is the Inca Rail’s high-end option being the most expensive and the luxurious option. The cost of booking is $5000 and you’ll have to make a prior booking for the entire car. The train is well decorated with wood interior which gives it a luxury touch. Also,the food that they provide you is prepared by the best chefs of the region and after the meal, they provide wine or cocktail which is also the best in the region. It has an onboard stocked open bar with a variety of drinks.

The presidential class has three slots of travel:

  1. 6.40 departure – 8.01 arrival
  2. 11.15 departure – 12.45 arrival
  3. 16.36 departure- 18.09 arrival

Other than these train networks, there are different trail and trek routes to travel Machu Picchu.

Some of the options are:

  1. Inca trail is an alternate route; time taken to reach Machu Picchu is 4-5 days covering 82 kilometers.
  2. Salkantay trek is another alternative. It is a 7-day long trek and then joins Inca trail in the end.
  3. Lares trek is the most popular trek route, which takes 2 to 3 day to complete the trek.

There are many more options available but the safest mode is train travel to reach Machu Picchu. If you want a better deal than others to travel to Machu Picchu come to us, we also provide exciting offers. Machu Picchu is the dream of a traveler and we make that dream true.

The question hanging over all tourists is Machu Picchu is going to be closed to the public?

The answer is NO.

Only the Inca Trail is closed every year for the month of February for rainy season, conservation work etc, sometimes people turned this from a rumour to Machu Picchu is closing!!!

Dont fear, Im sure it will there for many years to come!

 

How to buy Machu Picchu tickets online through internet

Is Machu Picchu on your bucket list for Peru? Do you want to know how to buy Machu Picchu tickets online & where to get them? Check this guide on all the different ways to buy your Machu Picchu entrance tickets as an independent traveller!

1. Go to the Ministry of Culture website

http://www.machupicchu.gob.pe/

2. Select which sites you want to visit
Machu Picchu Museum
Huayna Picchu or Montaña Machu Picchu

3. Choose your date

4. Choose the # of tickets needed

5. Enter your information

6. Finalize your order

7. Pay for your tickets

8. Save & print your tickets

How to buy Machu Picchu tickets in Cusco

The Ministry of Culture of Cusco makes available 2 places to buy tickets to Machu Picchu

  1. Calle Garcilaso
  2. Calle Maruri

How to buy Machu Picchu tickets in Aguas Calientes

 

How to buy Machu Picchu tickets in Lima (or any city in Peru)

 

Best restaurants in Machu Picchu (Aguas Calientes)

You can choose between many of the restaurants in Machu Picchu options that are located in the same town of Aguas Calientes, and enjoy an excellent meal and view. The dishes they serve are for all tastes, from native cuisine and international cuisine; As for drinks you can order the famous Pisco sour or the Coca sour.

Below you can see a list of the most visited restaurants in the city of Machu Picchu:

El Indio Feliz Machu Picchu Restaurant – Peruvian-French cuisine.

Calle Lloque Yupanqui Nº 103 (Aguas Calientes) – Machu Picchu Pueblo
Urubamba, Cusco, Perú.
Reservations: 51 84 211090 / 211320

Toto´s house – One of the most spacious places with a good view, where you can enjoy a buffet lunch or a la carte dishes.

Toto's house restaurants in Machu Picchu

Imperio de los Incas St.  (Aguas Calientes) – Machu Picchu Pueblo

Cafe Inkaterra – Delight in the excellent combination of Novoandina food. Mix the best of both worlds, ancient and local ingredients with the newest preparation techniques.

Cafe Inkaterra Restaurants in Machu Picchu

Address: Address Machu Picchu, next to the train station Phone 5184 211122/211123. Email [email protected] . Open daily from noon to 4pm.

Chullpi Machupicchu restaurante

Tampu restaurant at Sanctuary Lodge

Chez Maggy Pizza place – selected tomatoes, mozzarella, fresh vegetables and meats, with the warranty the best pizza,  made on a clay oven.

Address: Pachacutec 156, (Aguas Calientes) – Machu Picchu Pueblo. Phone 084 211006.

Machu Picchu: You can no longer travel through ruins without a tour guide

Also, since this month the Inca citadel and wonder of the modern world can only be visited in two schedules and for four hours.

As of July 1 2017, visits to the citadel of Machu Picchu that take place in groups of up to 20 people will have to count with the service of a tourist guide, according to a resolution of the Ministry of Culture that came into effect on Saturday the first of July.

“To enter the City of Machupicchu, visitors must carry the entrance ticket, their official identity document and must be accompanied by a tourist guide for the protection of their physical integrity, especially in places of risk,” indicates the document.

However, how much does Machu Picchu Guide cost?

Prices vary according to the company that provides the service. According to travel agents, currently group guided prices for the Citadel range from $10 to $15 by groups of more than six people.

You can also use private services ranging from $25 to $50 per person for groups of up to four people. In all cases, these prices are for one hour and a half to two hours. However, the standard requires that the guiding time should not be less than three hours.

“If a family of four wants to enter alone, it would have to pay for a guide,” Jorge Arrunátegui, Deputy Minister of Cultural Heritage and Cultural Industries. He added that this new regulation seeks to improve the flow of tourists and information received by people who visit the wonder of the modern world.

Machu Picchu in double schedule

As well as the enforceability of the tour guide, the resolution establishes that the visits to the ruins can have a duration of four hours in the schedules of 06:00 a.m. to 12:00 PM and between 12:00 p.m. until 05:30 p.m. The price of tickets is as follows:

OptionForeign Adult (Soles)National Adutl (Soles)
Machu Picchu City15264
Machu Picchu + Huayna Picchu200112
Machu Picchu + Machu Picchu Mountain200112
Machu Picchu City Afternoon Schedule100

*Afternoon entrance is valid for all adults, regardless of whether they are foreign or national.

Also, people who want to enter the two schedules of the visit of the Citadel will have to buy two tickets to the Inca shrine. All these provisions will be evaluated in November, according to the Ministry of Culture.

Re-entry to Machu Picchu

Although the Decentralized Department of Culture of Cusco recently recalled that during the tour of the City of Machu Picchu is not allowed to re-enter the Inca citadel, Deputy Minister Arrunategui indicated that people who want to go to the toilets, which are outside the ruins, they can re-enter without any problem.

OPTIONAL GUIDES
The rule states that if a person enters both schedules during a day, having a guide is optional in the second entry. Also, if a person visits the ruins two days in a row, the second day will not need guidance.

Machu Picchu Maps

Thinking about visiting Machu Picchu? The following Machu Picchu maps may serve to better locate and better understand the lost city of the Incas.

Description of Machu Picchu in Maps

Machu Picchu Map (The lost Incas city)

Machu Picchu Sanctuary map

The Urban Zone and its Two Areas Machu Picchu map (Zona Urbana)

Machu Picchu urban sector map

The Agriculture Zone Machu Picchu map (Zona Agraria)

Machu Picchu Agricultural sector map

Map showing the Inca Trail route to Machu Picchu

Inca Trail to Machu Picchu map

TOP PLACES TO VISIT IN MACHU PICCHU, PERU

Thanks to historian Hiram Bingham, the world has access to the fantastic and mysterious sites of the ancient ruins of Machu Picchu. Your trip to Peru will be incomplete without visiting Machu Picchu. In Machu Picchu itself, there are magnificent structures that you must see. This ‘Lost City of the Incas’ has about 200 buildings which include both its urban and agricultural sections.
Some of these places you must visit include:

The Sun Gate

The Sun Gate is a very important structure in Machu Picchu. It has steps which give the impression that this was how people entered and exited the Sanctuary of the Sun god – INTI. The location of the gate allowed him to monitor the coming and going of people. Also known as Inti Punku, the sanctuary has a route to Machu Picchu and a very breathtaking view. At the Sun Gate, you get to see Machu Picchu and Huayna Picchu mountains and the Urubamba River more visibly.

Temple of the Sun

You’ll find the Temple of the Sun in the urban area, and you can gain entry by going in through a gate which has a closure mechanism that ensures maximum security of the city. This unique site overlooked the Urubamba site and was the most famous temple. It was covered in sheets of gold and gold statues filled the courtyard. The sun, during summer, usually shines through one of the windows of the temple and it aligns with the temple boulder. The people believed that being close to the sun made them find ease with their sacred practices. The Inca people held sacred events such as rituals and religious sacrifices there, and placed Torreon, their most important building or tower in the temple.

Temple of the Three Windows

This historical structure is very important in Machu Picchu as it is close to the Main Plaza which has the greatest spiritual value of the city. You will find it in the residential sector, precisely in the lower part, on the east. This sacred place provides so much of the history of Machu Picchu. Foreigners could not gain access into the city because this temple hid the Inca people from the Spanish invaders. It was the best hideout. The temple is a sided building with windows which were made by expert engineers. We can as well say that this is the foundation of the Inca civilization.

IntiHuatana

IntiHuatana refers to the stone which the Inca people used to ‘tie the Sun’ and keep him in his place. The stone is a ceremonial piece in between two annual equinoxes which occur in March 21st and September 21st. The Incas used it as a clock for telling times and as religious rituals for one of their main gods – the Sun. It was located in the Sacred Valley until it was slightly damaged in 2000.

To know more about the Sacred Rock Terraces, The Principal Temple and the Inca Bridge and how to climb Huayna Picchu, don’t hesitate to contact us. We’re at your service

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Physical Training for Machu Picchu Hiking

Some of the best things really do take time and efforts to accomplish. It applies to all aspects of life including tourism world. Take Machu Picchu for example; an Incan citadel set in the Andes Mountain in Peru. Located in probably the most spectacular site, the citadel is the best known archaeological site in the continent. During the Spanish colonial period, the site survived and was never found by the Spaniards, so they did not destroy or plunder it as they did to other sites. Machu Picchu stands at 2,430 meters above sea level in the middle of tropical mountain forest. If you feel like visiting, be ready for the physical training for it.

Trails

There are 9 known trails to reach Machu Picchu as follows:

TreksLengthLevel
Classic Inca Trail4 days 3 nightsDifficult
Short Inca Trail2 days 1 nightEasy
Salkantay / Inca Trail Combo6 days 5 nightsExperienced
Salkantay Trek5 days 4 nightsExperienced
Lares Trek4 days 3 nightsIntermediate
Choquequirao Trek4 days 3 nightsExperienced
Inca Jungle Trek4 days 3 nightsIntermediate
Vilcabamba Trek5 days 4 nightsProfessional
Huchuy Qosqo3 days 2 nightsIntermediate

While one of the trails is relatively friendly even for beginners, physical trainings are still required to acclimate to the elevation. Here is an easy breakdown of the physical trainings you need.

1.    Aerobic Fitness: assuming you are not already participating in aerobic training, the best time to start one is now. The level of fitness required for comfortable trekking adventure takes regular exercise of about 4 to 5 times a week. There is no need to do specific program because anything that elevates your heart rate will do for examples swimming, running, and step aerobics. Your heart and lungs need to be stronger to prepare for the thin oxygen as you climb higher.

2.    Leg and Core Strength: you may focus on your legs during the training (which is a good thing because the leg muscles do the hard works), but it also takes steady core strength to maintain form and balance. Many parts of the trail (any trail) are rocky and with uneven surfaces, so you need to focus not only on legs, but also core strength, arms, back, and shoulders. Train those muscles and you’ll be ready for the adventure.

3.    Weight Training: when you think of hiking, the first thing that comes to mind is standing at the top of mountain with sense of great relief. You are missing one big part of the picture: the hike itself. Training using weighted pack regularly as you will carry a huge load of things on your back when you trek the trails of Machu Picchu. Take your largest backpack, fill it up with sands, and climb up a small hill. Do this multiple times a week.

4.    Backcountry hiking: referring back to the table above, some trails can take up to 9 days to complete. You can always choose the easier ones, but you may not get the full excitement at the same time. The problem with multi-day hiking is the continuous strenuous physical exertion; combine that with the absence of computers, cell phones, or any kind of entertainment. Get used to the idea by doing a backcountry hiking many times before you head to Peru. It is best that you minimize the possibility of a shock to your system.

5.    Acclimatize to elevation: the only way to do this is to climb high-elevation locations. Symptoms of altitude sickness typically develop at between 8,000 feet to 12,000 feet above sea level. While Machu Picchu is “only” 7,970 feet, you still need to be ready for the worst. Before you go to Machu Picchu, get used to the elevation by climbing high altitude destinations as often as you can.

Conclusion

The construction and location of Machu Picchu is nearly impossible even by today’s standards. The good thing is that the Incas were probably all excellent architects that they also built roads that blazed through the Andes to reach the sacred citadel. Today Machu Picchu is one of UNESCO World Heritage Sites that you can visit and experience. The only downside is that, you must climb unbelievably high through strenuous trails to get there.

Machu Picchu Tickets to Exploring Machu Picchu: The Land of the Incas

Are you stuck in a mid-life crisis and want to get away from the bitterness of the situation? Then trekking to the top of Machu Picchu might just be the right option for you!

Nestled atop the Urubamba Valley, Machu Picchu is a scenic tour site in Peru. It has been labelled as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, and is rightly one of the seven new wonders of the world. The plush terraced fields, the Temple of the Sun and the spectacular view overlooking the Sacred Valley, are sure to get you pumped up and to catch the next flight available to Peru!

If you have decided to take wing and land in Peru to explore Machu Picchu, the historical land of the mystic Inca Civilization, then it is highly likely that you will need to get your Machu Picchu mountain tickets well before you make the actual journey.

The most important and crucial part of planning the journey is to inquire about the Machu Picchu ticket availability, and after then, getting your hands on one!

Machu Picchu tickets cost

The entire process of availing tickets, combined with the change in official schedule of sight- seeing, might be enough for some people to lose interest in the journey. However, we have compiled together a brief guide on how to acquire Machu Picchu mountain tickets according to the new schedule of 2017!

 What is the New Schedule for Machu Picchu Mountain Tickets?

Machu Picchu tickets Huaynapicchu

The new official schedule will be put to action after the 1st of July. Trekkers who purchase a ticket after the 1st of July, will only be allowed a half day visit. Half a day of sight-seeing seems to be a bit of a turn off, but here’s the catch: You can also book for two consecutive tour shifts to experience Machu Picchu! Of course, you will need to pay for each shift, but it will be worth it!

You will be provided with a choice to choose from either of the two shifts:

  • You can either choose the morning shift from 6 am to 12 in the noon, or,
  • You can opt for the second shift that would run from 12 to 5.30pm in the evening.

Whichever shift works best for you, go ahead and get your Machu Picchu mountain tickets booked for it!

What Will be the New Costs for a Machu Picchu Mountain Ticket?

The Machu Picchu ticket costs from 1st July, 2017 have been increased to 152 Soles, which is equivalent to around $47 USD. Previously, the Machu Picchu ticket price was listed at 100 soles or $40 USD for a single adult. Children, students and locals can avail discounts by displaying the required documents while booking the tickets.

Where Can I Purchase These Tickets From?

The most important thing is to get your tickets, before you reach the Machu Picchu mountains. This is step is crucial because there is no office located at the mountain base to issue you the Machu Picchu mountain tickets!

However, you can arrange for the tickets by inquiring about Machu Picchu ticket availability, in either of the following four ways.

1.    Purchase tickets from the Peru Government Website:

You can connect to the internet and purchase Machu Picchu tickets online from the Peruvian governments website.

2.    Purchase tickets from Any city in Peru:

When you land in Lima, or any other city, you can make the payments for your online ticket, by paying at any local bank.

3.    Purchase tickets from Cuzco:

If you are a student, then you can purchase your Machu Picchu mountain ticket from Instituto Nacional de cultura during your stay at Cuzco, and avail student discount on it!

4.    Purchase tickets from a travel agency:

Contact a genuine travel agency in Peru and ask them to arrange Machu Picchu mountain tickets for you. Hand them the required information and leave it to them to arrange a smooth Machu Picchu tour for you!

Huayna Picchu Tickets

The tour timings and ticket costs have been hiked up to ensure that each tourist gets to experience the best of Machu Picchu, and also to protect the ruins of the ancient Inca Citadel.