4 ways to know Machu Picchu from Cusco
Today we bring you a special blog dedicated to one of the most important places in Cusco. Today we are celebrating the 14th anniversary of one of the Modern Worldwide Wonders: Machu Picchu.
As itinerary experts, we know that there are a lot of different types of travelers. Depending on their preferences, you could choose how to get into this mystic place in different ways: from trekking following the steps the incas made to luxury train with panoramic views of the beautiful mountain of cusco, gourmet food and live shows.
Curious about knowing the best option that fits your style? Let ‘s begin!
Regular Incas Trail (4 days / 3 nights)
The incas trail to Machu Picchu is well known as one of the best treks of the world. This is because of their impressive andean landscape, ecology areas and vegetation. In this experience we will camp 2 nights and during 4 days, we will explore many places such as the urubamba river, pacaymayo, phuyupatamarca, some archaeological ruins and lakes, until we arrive at the expected destination: Machu Picchu.
This 43 kilometers of trail are perfect to adventure travelers, who look to challenge themself physically and metally, having a moments of complete disconnection and being around nature. If you want to have more information about this experience, you could consult our itinerary of travel to Peru for 10 days and 9 nights that includes this unique experience.
Express Inca Trail (2 days / 1 night)
This trekking is of the faster version of the regular inca regular. This route is shortest but as beautiful and enjoyable as the other one. This option is perfect for travelers that want to experience different journeys in cusco without doing the famous inca trail. The physical effort is way less than the other because we just walked 11 kilometers that are approximately 4 hours in less altitude. During the route we also have incredible landscapes, waterfalls and orchids in the natural habitat.
What other differences have the inca trail express and the regular?
- In the regular inca trail, the walking begins in the km 82 of the Ollantaytambo railway in Machu Picchu, while the express begins in the km 104.
- Accomodations: In the regular Inca trail you will have 3 nights of a luxury camping, where you could rest in the middle of nature. In the express, later of a day of trekking you will rest in a cozy hotel in the town of Aguas Calientes, so you could enjoy the ancestral citadel of Machu Picchu the next day.
Remember that all our itineraries include transportation, food and beverages, so the only thing you have to do is enjoy this great adventure!
Hiram Bingham: Luxury train
Did you know that this train is considered as one of the seven luxury trains of the world?
Inspire in the pullman wagons of the twentys, the belmond train: Hiram Bingham, is perfect for travelers that want to live an exclusive and luxury experience in their way to Machu Picchu.
This destination includes gourmet food on board, live music show and an observatory so you could enjoy the spectacular route.
The regular / Touristic train
There’s two rail companies that offer different alternatives to enjoy this journey. The selected option depends on the budget you have and the type of service you would like to have. If you are not sure which one is perfect for you, we will recommend you the best option for each of the companies:
Would you like to see all the ride to Machu Picchu from your seat? If your answer is yes, The Vistadome Observatory is perfect for you. In this road you will admire the beautiful landscapes of the city of cusco, thanks to panoramic windows and an open observator. Also, you will enjoy the typical dances and live music from the relaxing vagon of the train.
The company also has panoramic windows and comfortable versions of the vagons, so you can not lose the opportunity to see the spectacular view of the cusco nature. Also this train has an entertainment system with wifi and an observatory so you could enjoy the outdoor landscapes.
What do you need to know?
To maximize your cultural experience in Cusco and fully enjoy your trip, we invite you to read our blog about how to organize your trip. Also, we share with you some extra tips for this cusco routes:
- Get ready the documents for your trip, to board any of the trains you will need your passport or DNI (for peruvian pasaggers), your vaccine card or your negative PCR (48hr before the trip).
- You need to use the KN95 mask during your trip . If you forget it, our team will give you one so you can enjoy your trip in the safest way.
- Don’t forget to have your train boarding pass, it doest matter if it is digital or printed.
- If you travel with childrens, let us know and we will assign you a special guide to share this world wonder with the little ones, in a very entertaining way.
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