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How to Travel to Machu Picchu From USA

Feb 6, 2018 | Peru Travel Blogs | 0 comments

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How to Travel to Machu Picchu, Peru From the United States of America

How to Travel to Machu Picchu From USA. Before traveling to Machu Picchu we suggest you keep in mind these recommendations. This way your trip is safe and you enjoy it to the maximum!

which month is recommendable to travel to Machu Picchu from the Unites States? you should go to Machu Picchu Peru in the dry season which is from April to October. If you go in the rainy season, from November to March, take into account that climatic conditions may vary. When you arrive in Cusco it is important that you rest for at least 2 days. This helps you adapt to the altitude. Take advantage and explore Cusco City such as the Cathedral, Church of San Blas, Plaza de Armas, etc.

Who manages the tour tickets?  The Citadel of Machu Picchu is a place classified and protected at the national and international level.  those depends on the Peruvian Government and, in particular, the Ministry of Culture Cusco. They are the ones who define the conditions of access, the regulation, the entrance fees and those who sell the tickets.  What is it Huayna Picchu mountain?  Next to Machu Picchu, is located the so-called Huayna Picchu (is the hill where you take the photos of Machu Picchu) is very dangerous and should only be uploaded by people with preparation and experience climbing. Anyone who wishes to upload it makes him sign a record in which no one is responsible if something happens to him because of the high dangerousness and very difficult access of the zone.  The quotas are limited and during the day there are only 2 scheduled outings that occur in the mornings. You can buy the entrance with the entrance to Machupicchu. Not sold separately. To visit the Huayna Picchu is advisable to spend a night in Aguas Calientes to have enough time to do the excursions.
How to Travel to Machu Picchu From USA

What is the Machu Picchu Tour and how can I get there from the USA?

The tour starts early.  You have to consider that from Cusco you travel by bus or private transportation to the train station:

-Poroy station (distance from 20 minutes from Cusco) or

-Ollantaytambo station (from Cusco 2 hour )

Once you are in one of the train stations, you will only take the train that goes to Machu Picchu take into account that all services and trains to Machu Picchu are not the same and that there is much difference in the categories thereof.

The train trip lasts 4 hours approximately and will depend on what kind of train trip (tourist, first-class or luxury). Once in the Aguas Calientes station, you will take the bus that will take you to the entrance of the majestic citadel of Machu Picchu.

The guided tour lasts all day beginning in Cusco and includes the transfers from the city of Cusco, trains, the bus of ascent and descent, guided tour of the Citadel and lunch.

If you wish, you can also stay overnight in a hotel in Machu Picchu Pueblo and enjoy the thermal baths.

What is Aguas Calientes or Macchu Picchu Pueblo?

It is the village below the citadel of Macchu Picchu. The train service arrives there and has services such as wineries/shops, markets, restaurants and hotels to stay.

To climb the citadel of Machu Picchu You can do it walking, but it is a big recommendation to have a good physical condition but is very convenient to take a bus service round trip

How can I get the citadel of Machupicchu wants I left the USA and I am already in Cusco Peru?

  1. A) Inca Trail to Machu Picchu 4D/3N: To make this trekking, it is necessary to hire an authorized travel company and have a good physical condition. The duration is 4days/3nights. This trekking is the traditional Inca trail and is very quoted by tourists so it is advisable to make reservations with much anticipation as the spaces are limited.
  2. Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu 5D/4N. This trip adventure ends in Aguas Calientes, from where you climb to Machupicchu. There are several travel agencies that offer it. It is necessary to have a good physical condition. This trekking is considered an alternative trek in case it is no longer available on the traditional Inca trail.
  3. c) Machu Picchu By train on the classical route: Cusco – Machu Picchu town, you can do in one day or two.
  4. d) By the alternative route Santa Teresa. This route is by bus and train from hydroelectric town. It takes more days and it is advisable for those who like the adventure, you also arrive in Machupicchu Pueblo and from there you go up to Machu Picchu.
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Is it necessary to hire a travel agency before to go to the citadel of Machu Picchu?

How to Travel to Machu Picchu From the USA? You can go alone, you do not need to hire the services of a travel agency or tour guide to get to Peru.

The advantages of going with a travel agency are that they coordinate and program all the transfer of trains, buses, Machu Picchu tickets, Tour Leaders. Leaving the passenger to enjoy before and during the trip. If you don’t have much time it is better to hire a travel agency here

The advantage of traveling on your own is that you manage your schedules, you can adjust your itinerary at any time. But in this case, it is advisable to buy all your entrance fees in advance because the entrance tickets have limitations. and they have the new rules in Machu Picchu 2018.

If I go Solo without hiring a travel agency, what do I need and How to Travel to Machu Picchu From the US?

First you have to buy your train ticket online or in Peru rail, Inca rail for the date you want, take the bus or car to transfer you from the city of Cusco to the train station, then you have to board the train at the time and place that indicates your ticket , this train will take you to the village of Aguas Calientes.

After or before you will have to buy your Machu Picchu ticket to the sanctuary of Machu Picchu (you can buy in the national institute of culture INC this is in the village of Aguas Calientes, or in the Ministry of Culture Cusco or through  An authorized agency. It is not allowed to buy tickets in the same sanctuary or main entrance of Machupicchu) and in the same way the bus Ticket of ascent and descent of Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu. Each service is totally independent.

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Machu Picchu By Train

Can I hire Tour Leader in the same citadel of Machu Picchu?

Yes, you can hire a guided service that can cost between 30 to 60 American dollars (approximately). Groups of 8 to 10 people are also formed and the price ranges from 15 to 25  per person. Like most services in Peru, it depends on the number of people, season, and negotiating skills.

Is there a local train?

Indeed, there is a train called “local” for the route Cusco-Aguas Caliente, but by decree of the Peruvian Government is reserved only for the residents of Cusco, after the presentation of a document of identity. No tourist can take it.

Who manages the Machu Picchu tour tickets?

The Citadel of Machu Picchu is a place classified and protected by the national and international UNESCO institution.  those depend on the Peruvian Government and, in particular, the Ministry of Culture Cusco INC. They are the ones who define the conditions of access, the regulation, the entrance fees and those who sell the Machu Picchu tickets Here.

New regulation to visit Machu Picchu

Macu Picchu Tickets and new regulation

What is Huayna Picchu mountain?

If you want to learn more about what is the different between Machu Picchu and Huaynapicchu CLICK HERE. Next to Machu Picchu, is located the so-called Huayna Picchu (is the hill where you take the photos of Machu Picchu) is very dangerous and should only be uploaded by people with preparation and experience climbing. Anyone who wishes to upload it makes him sign a record in which no one is responsible if something happens to him because of the high dangerousness and very difficult access of the zone.

Difference between Machu Picchu Mountain and Huayna Picchu

The entrances are limited and during the day there are only 2 scheduled outings that occur in the mornings. You can buy the entrance with the entrance to Machupicchu. Not sold separately. To visit the Huayna Picchu is advisable to spend a night in Aguas Calientes to have enough time to do the excursions.

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