How to Plan your Trip to Machu Picchu? Part 1

Panoramic Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu

Do you want to organize the visit to Machu Picchu by yourself, but you don’t know where to start? Do you want to know how much will the tour cost? Are you wondering if the reservations can be made online?

Then you’ve come to the right place, this guide will show you easily how to plan the trip to Machu Picchu, what steps to take and how much you will spend.

Please, note that some prices are in soles ( S/) and some others are in US dollars (US$).

Step 1: Bus to the Train  Station

There are 2 train stations where you can take the trains to Machu Picchu.

A.  Poroy:  It is 20 minutes from the city of Cusco and you can take a taxi to get there.

B.  Ollantaytambo:  It is 2 hours from the city of Cusco and most of the trains depart from this station. To go from Cusco to Ollantaytambo, you have the following options:

  1.  Taxi – although there is the option, is not the most advisable, since it is expensive. The cost per trip is approximately S/ 120.
  2.  Group Taxis – are station wagon cars that can take up to 5 people. If you are traveling alone, you have to wait for the car to fill out. You can find this taxis in the Av. Grau. The approx. cost is S/ 12 p/person
  3.  Bus – there are some bus companies (such as Cruz del Sur) that cover this route. Check their website for schedule. The approx. cost is S / 20 p/person
Step 2: Train to Machu Picchu

There are 2 companies that provide train service to Machu Picchu:

1.  Peru Rail
Categories :      Poroy  Ollantaytambo
Expedition  comfortable & economic    US$ 140   US$ 110
Vistadome air conditiong & panoramic windows    US$ 170   US$ 140
Hiram Bingham luxury    US$ 580     N/A
  •  Prices are for return tickets
  •  Between January and May 2014 Poroy train station will be closed for maintanance. Perurail has implemented a bus-train mode,  departing    from Wanchaq station.

Points of Sale:

Web site http:/perurail.com
Larcomar Shopping Center, Lima Malecón de la Reserva 610, Miraflores
Lima Int’l airport, Jorge Chávez Domestic Flights, 2nd floor, between gates 13 & 14
Cusco Plaza Shop Portal Carnes 214, Plaza de Armas Cusco
Cusco Regocijo Shop Plazoleta Regocijo 202
2 Inca Rail
Categories: Ollantaytambo
a. Tourist service comfortable & economic run daily – all year    US$ 120
b. Executive service panoramic windows run daily – all year
c. First class luxury run daily – apr-nov    US$ 270
d.Presidential service super luxury at request     N/A
  • Prices are for return tickets
  • Although executive service is on its website as one of the categories, it doesn’t appear in the scheduled trains.

Points of Sale:

Web site http:/incarail.com
Cusco Portal de Panes 105, Plaza de Armas, Cusco
Ollanytambo Train station
Aguas Calientes Train station

OK, thats it for now, I hope you have enjoyed the post and if you have any question, just, let leave me a comment below.

In Part 2, I will cover the other 3 steps to complete your planning:

Step 3: Bus from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu
Step 4: Entrance Ticket to Machu Picchu
Step 5: Guide.

See you later……

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