Are you thinking of visiting the Inca city of Machu Picchu but you don’t have a big budget? Do not wait any longer in this post I will give you all the information on how to get there on your own. To get to Machu Picchu there are several ways, the easiest and fastest way is to take a train but it is very expensive since you will need at least $120 per person to reserve the tickets depending on the category of service. There is also the other option of arriving by minibus from Cusco to the hydroelectric plant and then taking a walk until you reach Aguas Calientes. Below we will expand the information on these two alternatives.
Machu Picchu by Train
Traveling by train to Machu Picchu is comfortable but also expensive since there are only two operating companies of the Ollantaytambo – Aguas Calientes (Machu Picchu Pueblo) route, in addition to the fact that you must first board a transport from Cusco to the Ollantaytambo train station. Buy train tickets regularly is with the Perurail company since you have the highest frequency of trains to Aguas Calientes and vice versa and the price varies according to the type of service you choose, the cheapest is the local train that costs 24 soles ( round trip) but this service only applies to Peruvian tourists. For foreign tourists, there is the cheapest Vistadome train that costs 120 dollars (round trip). To reserve the train ticket you must reserve it in advance so that you can then buy the entrance tickets to Machu Picchu. These tickets also differ according to the nationality of the tourist, for example, travelers belonging to the Andean community (Colombia, Ecuador and Bolivia) have a cost of 15 dollars, instead the local tourist will only pay 64 soles and the foreign tourist will pay The general rate of 38 dollars, in addition to the train and Machu Picchu tickets, you must also buy the bus tickets for Aguas Calientes at the entrance gate to Machu Picchu, which also differ by type of tourist.
Map by Train
By minibus by hydroelectric
If you choose this option, you will have to take a shared minibus from Cusco to Hidroeléctrica in a trip of 5 hours and a half, these minibuses depart from the Plaza de Armas of Cusco at 7:00 am, the cost is 40 soles per person and you I recommend that you arrive on time so you don’t miss the bus. When you arrive at the hydroelectric plant, you must walk for 10 kilometers until you reach the town of Aguas Calientes (Machu Picchu Pueblo).
In Aguas Calientes you can have lunch and dinner in the market, then you will have to look for a hotel to spend the night, there are for all prices, that will depend on the type of service you need to hire. The next day after breakfast and according to the entry time of your entrance ticket to Machu Picchu you will have to board the Aguas Calientes bus at the entrance gate to Machu Picchu. before entering machu picchu it is necessary that you enter with a tour guide otherwise you will not be able to enter, one way to save the guide is to group with other tourists, after visiting machu picchu you will return to hot water so you can have lunch and then return to cusco, You will take the same route back to hydroelectric and then we will board the minivan to the city of Cusco.
If you choose this option to travel from Cusco to Machu Picchu on your own, you will really like this route because you will see the Amazon jungle up close. It is also the cheapest route, but in return you will have to carry your luggage during the walk.
Map by Hydroelectric