Of course, for most people this is the reason they are coming to Peru in the first place. Recently named one of the 7 Wonders of the World, the famous ‘Lost City of the Incas’ hardly needs an introduction. We would just add that although many travelers arrive with a previous knowledge that the site may be too crowded and ‘touristy’, the truth is there are more people in the Lima airport at any time than there are in Machu Picchu.
Little known by tourist is how many alternative routes exist that also reach Machu Picchu, without the need for the high fees, crowds, and mandatory guides that hiking the Inca Trail requires. Included in this Page are several different ways to hike to Machu Picchu without taking the Inca Trail!
How to get there?
Do you already have your MachuPicchu ticket? If you do not have your ticket to Machupicchu yet, you should put down this page and purchase it now. The train station is located about 10 min walking distance from the main square of Ollantaytambo or in Cusco in Wanchaq. Don’t forget your passport.
Or you can buy it online at: http://www.machupicchu.gob.pe/
Buy online train tickets in: http://www.perurail.com http://www.inkarail.com
If you need help to get the tickets, just ask us by email.
Isn’t there another way to get to Machu Picchu? Yes, there is another way and it is the back way via Santa Maria/ Santa Teresa by either bus or bike, the scenery is spectacular and it is one of our best bike tour (a little bit crowded with traffic, dust and pavement) it is a great way to get to Machu Picchu. Otherwise the buses leave from the main square of Ollantaytambo to Quillabamba (you will get off in Santa Maria) at 10 am, 3 pm and 10 pm for s/ 25.00 -30.00 soles a person. From Santa Maria, you can take another bus to Hidroelectrica via Santa Teresa. From there it is a 3 hours walk next to the train tracks to Aguas Calientes (15 KM approximately: 2 or 3 hours hike).
There is a train service between Hidroeléctrica and Aguas Calientes but I recommend walking and enjoying the scene around Machu Picchu Mountain following the river, It’s A very easy walk and it is nearly all flat, but always bring some water and mosquito repellent, sunscreen and some snacks.