The tourist ticket of Cusco is one of the most important initiatives for the development of Cusco tourism. This ticket allows you to access through a single payment in different circuits to almost all the attractions of this city.
It can be purchased at the following address:
Av. El Sol 103 Of. 101, Cusco
Bus to Machu Picchu
When you get to Aguas Calientes (Machu Picchu station), you have two options to go up to the citadel of Machu Picchu: walking or by bus.
If you want to climb on foot, the 6-kilometer road will not take more than 1 hour.
You can also take one of the 20 buses that run along the winding road and leave every 15 minutes. The first one leaves at 5:30, while the last one returns at 5:30.
The value of the bus is approximately $ 24 (round trip) and can be purchased at the Aguas Calientes ticket office: Av. Hermanos Ayar S / N, or at CONSETUR, whose offices are located at 433 Childhood Avenue Wanchaq , Cusco.
Entrance to Machu Picchu
To buy only the entry ticket to the citadel, go to: www.machupicchu.gob.pe
You can also buy the ticket at our point of sale located in the Plaza de Armas of Cusco; as long as a train ticket is also purchased.
Due to a new regulation for the entrance to the citadel of Machu Picchu, please take into account that as of July 1, 2017, tickets will have two schedules:
1. From 06:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
2. From 12:00 p.m. until 05:30 p.m.
Tickets can only be used once a day within the chosen time.
The Huayna Picchu, eternal guardian of the Inca citadel, is the highest mountain seen in the typical photograph of Machu Picchu, and climbing to its summit is an unforgettable experience. The difficult ascent takes approximately 2 hours and is done from the main square of Machu Picchu, by a road built by the Incas themselves, and which is currently signposted and in excellent condition.
If you want to be part of this unique experience in life, we recommend you arrive very early and go directly to Huayna Picchu to reserve a place, because the number of tourists allowed per day is 400 (in 2009), and you can not enter after 1:00 p.m.
It is important to mention that to go up it is necessary to sign a record with name and documents, so that there is proof that you have voluntarily entered. Also, we recommend that you do not carry a large backpack with you, but plenty of water.
This route is not recommended for elderly, pregnant, with heart problems or who fear the heights.
Roads of the Inka
Machu Picchu is undoubtedly the most important sample of the extraordinary Inca civilization. For the pilgrims and authorized officers of the Empire to access the citadel, it was necessary to travel the Camino Real through the rugged Andean geography. Today, this road is known as the Inca Trail.
Surrounded by an impressive natural beauty and unforgettable views, this road traveled more than 23 thousand kilometers, integrating the Tahuantinsuyo empire, which covered southern Colombia, western Brazil, Ecuador, Peru and Bolivia, reaching central Chile and northern Argentina.
At present, you can make this unforgettable trip through valleys, rivers, tunnels and bridges, in one of the 6 existing routes (up to 39 kilometers). To do this you must contact a travel agency and reserve your space in advance.
What precautions should I have if I am walking to Machu Picchu?
- If you plan to make the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, the main recommendation is to make the reservation of your minimum trip with 1 month in advance, because it is the minimum time of the permits.
- Be sure to go with a trained guide with the guarantee of a specialized agency.
- Bring insect repellent.
- Wear very comfortable shoes.
- Bring a minimum camping equipment, including the first aid kit and in addition:
- Long preserved cold food.
- Warm and fresh clothing.
- Rain cover.
- Hat and sun protection.
- Flashlight and spare batteries.
- Chocolates and energy meals.
- Pills to make water drinkable