Cusco is the main access point for Machu Picchu. From Cusco, you need to reach Aguas Calientes. Aguas Calientes can be reached via train, trek, or else a combination of bus and walking. Once you get to Aguas Calientes, Machu Picchu lies at the top of the mountain above the small town.
Getting from Cusco to Aguas Calientes
There are 3 options for you to choose from –
- Trekking from Cusco to Aguas Calientes
- Taking the Train from Cusco to Aguas Calientes
- Taking the Bus from Cusco to Aguas Calientes(Not recommended)
Getting From Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu
- Walk up the steep hill (around 2 hours, semi-difficult)
- Take a bus (quite expensive for a short journey)
Note: If you book a tour to Machu Picchu (via a trek or train), most companies will have a local guide assisting you with getting from Cusco to Aguas Calientes and then up to Machu Picchu.
Important: To access Machu Picchu, you MUST have an entrance ticket purchased in advance…they are NOT sold at the entrance to Machu Picchu. Tickets are usually included as part of any tour to Machu Picchu, or you can buy a ticket online yourself (not recommended if you are doing a tour). Tickets are limited, so it is STRONGLY recommended to book a tour or buy your ticket in advance and ensure you only book from a reputable company.
Visit our guide to Machu Picchu tickets for more information about how to get your tickets.