How To Get To Machu Picchu From Cusco?  How do you schedule a day trip to Machu Picchu from Cusco?  It’s a fairly easy task but it requires a good amount of planning months in advance.

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Cusco is the main city where people arrive before they head to Machu Picchu.  It has become a tourist town with bars and restaurants catering to the foreigners.  It’s an economic situation I would take advantage if I was a local.  There are an abundant of tour guides in Cusco offering a number of ways to get to Machu Picchu.  However, the best way to secure your spot to see Machu Picchu is to plan months in advance.  I’m talking about 3 or 4 months in advance.    How To Get To Machu Picchu From Cusco?

PeruRail @ Poroy Station  How To Get To Machu Picchu From Cusco
PeruRail @ Poroy Station

Machu Picchu limits the daily visitors.  The current limit is 2,500 visitors per day.  It’s a good idea to buy the ticket well in advance to ensure you get the chance to see Machu Picchu.  It wouldn’t be a very good time to book your plane ticket and hotel rooms then arrive at Machu Picchu to find out that it’s sold out.  I was on the train with a few people who arrived at Machu Picchu to find out they couldn’t get into the complex.  It sucks.   How To Get To Machu Picchu From Cusco?

Day Trip Options: How To Get To Machu Picchu From Cusco

A) Book A Tour How To Get To Machu Picchu From Cusco

It is the easiest way to do a Machu Picchu day trip.  There is no hassle.  No headaches.  Everything is done for you and all you have to do is show up in Cusco, Peru.  Online tour guides has a lot of options for Machu Picchu day trips.  However, the most popular Machu Picchu day trip tour would be this option here.  They provide transportation from your hotel to the train station and back.  In addition, a tour guide accompanies you to the site.  It’s easy.     How To Get To Machu Picchu From Cusco

 How To Get To Machu Picchu From Cusco
Day Trip Tour

B) Do It Yourself How To Get To Machu Picchu From Cusco

To be honest, planning a Machu Picchu trip on your own is a piece of cake.  There are only a few things needed to be book to reach Machu Picchu:

  • Machu Picchu Ticket – First and foremost, buy your ticket on the official Machu Picchu site.  For your information, Adobe Flash is required.

     How To Get To Machu Picchu From Cusco
    Machu Picchu Ticket
  • Train Ticket Peru Rail is the train that takes you to Aguas Caliente (i.e., Machu Picchu).  The ticket prices varies depending on the train class (i.e., Expedition, Vistadome, etc).  I took the Expedition and Vistadome.  The only difference would be Vistadome has leather seats and free meal. They have different types of trains scheduled throughout the day; however, it’s best to take the early train and be one of the first people at Machu Picchu.  Machu Picchu gets really crowded really fast and the entrance gate closes at 4 PM.  Here’s the route to take:
     How To Get To Machu Picchu From Cusco
    Expedition Train

  • Taxi to Poroy Station – The taxi ride to Poroy Station from Central Cusco should only cost 15 USD (i.e., 45 Peru Soles).  I booked my cab ride with my hotel when I arrived in Cusco.
  • Aguas Calientes Shuttle Bus – This is the 30 minute shuttle bus that takes you up to Machu Picchu once you arrive in Aguas Caliente.  It’s 24 USD for a round-trip ticket and it could only be bought in Aguas Caliente.

Those are the two easiest ways to do a Machu Picchu day trip from Cusco.  I didn’t need more than 5-6 hours in Machu Picchu.  My time included the shuttle bus rides, two hours to walk around Machu Picchu, an hour for lunch, and another hour to explore Aguas Calientes.  I had enough time to relax in the train station.   How To Get To Machu Picchu From Cusco

PeruRail @ Poroy Station  How To Get To Machu Picchu From Cusco
Poroy Station

Lastly, Machu Picchu is one of the must do things on any travelers’ bucket list.  It’s an expensive trip but it’s worth the money.   How To Get To Machu Picchu From Cusco

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Let us know if you have any other ways to get to Machu Picchu in the comment section.