How to Plan your Trip to Machu Picchu ? Part 2
Continuing with the post How to Plan your Trip to Machu Picchu, here is the 2nd part. To see part one, click here
Step 3: Bus from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu
The train will take you to the Machu Picchu Pueblo (also known as Aguas Calientes) station, which is located at the foot of the mountain. To get to the Citadel of Machu Picchu, you must take a bus that will take you to the entrance of the citadel. This journey takes 30 minutes.
You will find the bus stop outside the train station. If you don’t know where to go (since there is a craft market outside the station), follow the people, almost everyone goes there. You can also follow a group of passengers led by a tour guide.
The cost of the ticket is $19 for adults and $10 for students.
- Aguas Calientes: Point of sale at the bus stop
- Office Consettur – Cusco: Calle Infancia 433
- Tickets are not sold on the internet.
- If you want to buy your ticket in the Cusco office, I recommend that you go by taxi, since the area where the office is located is not nice for tourists.
- I recommend you to buy you ticket in Aguas Calientes. It is not necessary to buy your ticket in advance, as buses leave continuously.
Step 4: Entrance Ticket to Machu Picchu
To enter the Citadel of Machu Picchu, you must buy an entrance ticket, there are 3 different entrance tickets:
- Machu Picchu – only allows you to visit the Citadel
- Machu Picchu + Huayna Picchu – you can also climb the Huayna Picchu, mountain located in front of the Citadel, where you get spectacular views. To climb the Huayna Picchu, you must have a good physical condition, since there are steep stairs.
- Machu Picchu + Intipunku– you can also visit the Intipunku and climb the M. Picchu Mountain
You must choose correctly the entrance ticket that you want to buy, because if you bought the entrance only to Machu Picchu (1) and then want to climb Huayna Picchu, you’ll have to buy the complete entrance to Machu Picchu + Huayna Picchu (2).There is not the option to pay only the difference.
The price of tickets is as follows:
|Entrance ticket||Adult||Student||Adult promotional||Student promotional|
|Machu Picchu (only)||S/ 126||S/ 63||S/ 64||S/ 32|
|M Picchu + Huayna Picchu||S/ 150||S/ 75||S/ 90||S/ 45|
|M Picchu + intipunku||S/ 140||S/ 70||S/ 80||S/ 40|
- Children under 7 years old are exempt from payment, from 8 years old pay as a student.
- To access the student rate, you should have the ISIC card
- Adult and student promotional rate applies to the citizens of the Andean Community countries (Peru, Ecuador, Colombia and Bolivia)
- Website: http://www.machupicchu.gob.pe/ – Keep in mind that the web page only accepts VISA credit cards and they ask for code “verified by visa”. Also, I’ve heard the web is not working very well.
- INC Cusco Office : Av. De la Cultura Nº238 Condominio Huascar-Wanchaq
- You cannot buy entrance tickets at the entrance of the citadel, or in Aguas Calientes. Make sure to buy your entrance ticket before you board the train.
- Please note, that once you purchase the ticket there is no refund, check your details and date of entry before the payment is made, the ticket is valid only for the date indicated on your reservation.
- I recommend that you buy your ticket in advance, since there is a maximum amount of visitors per day, you can see it on thewebsite. This is especially important in the high season, from July to October, where the number of visitors is higher.
Step 5: Guide
It is recommended to visit the Citadel with the help of a guide, this is to have a clear idea of the place and the history that represents. You have 3 options:
- Hire a guide in a travel agency. Cost approx. $ 15-20 per person
- Hire a guide at the entrance to the Citadel. At the entrance you will find guides offering their services, you must have patience because the guides try to assemble groups of 6 to 8 people. The approx. cost is $ 8 per person, this can vary depending on the number of people in the group.
- No Guide. You can make the visit by yourself, if you wish. Ask for a map of the Citadel at the entrance.
And don’t forget to stamp your Passport with the figure of Machu Picchu! You will find a table with the stamp, before passing the exit booth.