How to get to Machu Picchu

Once you arrive in the beautiful town of Aguas Calientes, you will take the decision of visit the inca Citadel by bus or enjoying 2 adventurous hours hiking to Machu Picchu. The city of Aguas Calientes, also call  Machu Picchu town, is a small and dense city deep in the gorge formed under the ruins by the Urubamba River; let’s say it, it is a (virtual) island separated from all places, by stone cliffs, a beautiful cloud forest and 2 rivers, one that the sleeper and another that surrounds it. It has an enviable location, but despite this, the city was formed very quickly, with an urban planning at orange blossom and dedicated entirely to the thousands of people around the world who visit the wonder every day. It is possible that the exaggerated attention of the merchants overwhelms him; but without a doubt, spending the night in Aguas Calientes, boarding the first bus in Aguas Calientes and being one of the first to arrive in Machu Picchu is one of those experiences, and will give you the possibility of enjoying the sunrise in Machu Picchu. Many people sometimes wonder what is the best option for experience everything of Machu Picchu.It’s why I will help you and answer your questions of How to get to Machu Picchu?:


Hiking to Machu Picchu

It is a great idea to go from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu walking, unless you have reserved the Machu Picchu tickets that include the mountains; In this case, we recommend using the bus to get to Machu Picchu. The mountains of Machu Picchu demand a great physical effort and if you choose the Huayna Picchu Mountain, also mental. Then know that you would not like to get tired to Machu Picchu. If after touring the Machu Picchu mountains, you still want to walk, then you can go down from Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes walking, I recommend you start your descent walk no later than 4:30 pm; so you can get to Aguas Calientes before nightfall. Unless you have to get there earlier, to board your train.


You can start your ascent to Machu Picchu by taking the path along the side of the ruins bridge, it will take between one and an hour and a half to reach the entrance to Machu Picchu; so I recommend you leave at around 4:30 a.m from your hotel in Aguas Calientes, starting your early ascent will allow you to get to Machu Picchu before sunrise. This is very special in one of the most spiritual places in the world; a city that was built just dedicated to the sun, the main deity of the civilization of the Incas.

Machu Picchu by bus

The bus ticket to Machu Picchu is very close to the final train station, and in front of it the small station where you will have to board buses to Machu Picchu. You can only buy bus tickets in person, presented your passport or current ID. Remember that the path from the train station to the bus station to Machu Picchu is stepped. So the wheelchairs should be driven by a small bridge called Sinchi Roca, through the center of the city. Some people choose to get on bus and walk down or vice versa. In any case, there is a ticket office for Machu Picchu buses, just outside Machu Picchu.


The buses to Machu Picchu depart from 5:30 am, the last bus leaves Aguas Calientes at 3:30 pm. You can enter Machu Picchu until 4:00 p.m. and stay inside until 5:00 p.m.

Hiram Bingham road from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu

It is the only road traveled by vehicles in Machu Picchu; What’s more, in the town of Aguas Calientes there are no more vehicles, than the ecological buses that provide the Aguas Calientes service to Machu Picchu. The buses take around 25 minutes to travel the winding path until entering the National Park of Machu Picchu. In case of walking up, you must travel the first minutes on one side of the road, so be careful with the buses that pass at the same time as you; I recommend you take plenty of water with you. One of the best places to relax after touring the Inca city of Machu Picchu or one of its mountains is definitely the thermal waters of Machu Picchu. They are only 15 minutes from the main square; although you can find many other things to do in the town of Aguas Calientes.

The buses to Machu Picchu

The buses in charge of the passenger transport service to Machu Picchu are ecological buses, run on gas, travel the Hiram Bingham road to Machu Picchu and are the only ones with the authorization to travel this road. So you will not see more vehicles than this, while you are in this small city, so you can enjoy pure air and the real the great combination of nature with the current citizen environment.