The access point to Machu Picchu is the town of Aguas Calientes (also known as Machu Picchu Pueblo). This little town has no road access from any surrounding towns, so it’s not reachable by car.
It is necessary to use a combination of transport methods including train, car, or walking. Once there, Machu Picchu lies at the top of the mountain above Aguas Calientes.
You can choose between a hike up or a bus to Machu Picchu. To access the site, you must have a ticket for Machu Picchu – which are available online in advance or from various ticket offices in Cusco. Machu Picchu tickets are NOT sold at the entrance gate and are limited to 2500 per day, with entrance to Huayna Picchu and Montaña Machu Picchu each being further limited to 400 per day.
During peak times of the year, tickets to Machu Picchu and the special areas of Huayna Picchu and Montaña Machu Picchu can sell out weeks in advance. For this reason, it’s highly recommended to buy your Machu Picchu tickets in advance. Visit our guide to Machu Picchu tickets for more information about how to get your tickets.
The highest peaked mountain of Machu Picchu with Inca structures on the top at 2,720m. The hike takes about 50 minutes to reach the top of the mountain. The scenery from the summit is unreal, you can see the main square of Machu Picchu about 600 meters down and the Urubamba canyon all around. The hike is tough and a decent level of fitness is required.
Machu Picchu Mountain (Montaña Machu Picchu)
Located at the southwest end of Machu Picchu. It’s a longer trek, less steep and less crowded and also offers great views over Machu Picchu and surrounding area but takes about 1 hour 30 to the summit.