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Machu Picchu, Peru - A Day Trip From Cusco By Train, 4hrs Each Way

Peru travel blog by Mark Berman - April 2008   » View Photoset (8 Photos)

Mark Berman, South America backpacker for 10yrs!
I went on a day trip to Machu Picchu on the train, it took about 4hrs each way from Cusco and cost $105USD for everything included except the entrance ticket to the ruins. There was a group of us with a guide to talk
Peru Photo - A long staircase leads up to the ruins below Wayna Picchu.
A long staircase leads up to the ruins below Wayna Picchu.
about and explain things. When we arrived, from the train station we got on a bus that drove us up to the top of the mountain which took about 20 minutes. Then we waited for a while until they let us walk to the ruins.

Exploring

We explored this amazing place, walking up and around staircases and platforms and rocks and grassy areas. There is enough time also to climb the huge staircase up Wayna Picchu at Machu Picchu for amazing views down at the whole area. It takes less than 2hrs but you will need a strong will to achieve this feat because of the humidity, altitude and steepness. Make sure when you are there, not to lay down under a tree in the shade to rest, otherwise a policeman will come up to you and blow his whistle at you and tell you that you can't do that here. They only allow 400 people at a time to be in the area of the ruins so they like people to move through it.

Too Much Drama

My honest opinion
Peru Photo - Machu Picchu is quite magnificent to see from above.
Machu Picchu is quite magnificent to see from above.
of Machu Picchu is that it is an interesting place in an amazing setting but the touristyness of it and drama of getting there and the whole thing made it a bit of a drag. I only went there because I thought I had to and because other people told me that I should go. I was glad to get back to Cusco after a day in tourist hell. But in retrospect I am glad to be able to say that I have been here.

Inca Trail / Salkantay

The Inca Trail from Cusco to Machu Picchu is sometimes booked out for months in advance in peak season or the government may stop issuing permits because of the excessive crowds of tourists. There is an alternative to trekking the Inca Trail which is to trek via Salkantay. The trek is open to everybody, without space limitations. It is located in the same region as that of the Inca Trail and has beautiful scenery of snowcapped mountains and rain forests.

     

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Map location: Machu Picchu, Peru. I went on a day trip to Machu Picchu on the train, it took about 4hrs each way from Cusco and cost $105USD for everything included except the entrance ticket to the ruins. Machu Picchu is the number 1 tourist attraction in Peru!
 A : Cusco - Peru 71 kms 71 kms straight distance
 B : Abancay - Peru 64 kms 64 kms straight distance
 C : Andahuaylas - Peru 106 kms 106 kms straight distance
 D : Ayacucho - Peru 184 kms 184 kms straight distance
 E : Huancayo - Peru 317 kms 317 kms straight distance
 F : Nazca - Peru 318 kms 318 kms straight distance
 G : Huacachina / Ica - Peru 363 kms 363 kms straight distance
 H : Arequipa - Peru 375 kms 375 kms straight distance
 I : Camana - Peru 385 kms 385 kms straight distance
 J : Nazca to Pisco - Peru 386 kms 386 kms straight distance
 K : Chiclayo to Piura - Peru 390 kms 390 kms straight distance
 L : Pisco, Islas Ballestas & Paracas - Peru 402 kms 402 kms straight distance
 M : Puno / Juliaca - Peru 403 kms 403 kms straight distance
 N : Moquegua to Desaguadero - Peru 478 kms 478 kms straight distance
 O : Copacabana - Bolivia 497 kms 497 kms straight distance
Driving times are accurate but approximate and are listed in the order of driving distance! Drive times are always affected by weather conditions, the terrain, time of day, altitude, dinner and bathroom stops, animals on the road, protests, a fast or slow bus driver, police checkpoints, border and river crossings, dropping off and picking up passengers etc. These drive times are obtained from Google Maps and are meant as a guide. Note however, times quoted in the main text of this page are exactly as the author experienced it.


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