Machu Picchu: How to get there without spending hundreds

Hola, Que tal?

Have you ever been to Machu Picchu or dreamt about it? Following the cartoon “Tintin in Peru”, I always wanted to discover the country of the Inca Empire & go on the path of this lost civilization. Located in the Andes Mountains, the site of Inca ruins is located 50 miles north Cuzco. 1450 is the estimated construction date, the site was abandoned about 100 years after its edification.

Machu Picchu despite years of researches remains a mystery. Will we ever know the all truth about one of the Sevens Wonder of the World?

How to buy the entrance ticket to Machu Picchu?

The best way is to buy online on the official government website. BUY HERE Note there is an entrance quota per day, some tickets are sold very fast even 2 months in advance. Make sure the entrance hour you chosen match your train arrival.

IMPORTANT: You only can stay 4 hours in the park.

For example: entrance to Machu Picchu 10 am. I took the train from Cusco at 5 am to arrive in Aguas Caliente around 8:30 am. Once arrived go to buy the bus ticket. The office is located in the city of Aguas Calientes. (about 3 minutes from the train station). The bus will depart around 9:25 am which give you some time.


If you want to visit Machu Picchu From Lima without paying Millions

My friend Jo (@jo_exploring_the_world) was in Peru right after me & found a great way to get to Machu Picchu without spending crazy amount. You should definitely take this option if you can.

  1. Take your flight Lima – Cusco
  2. Spend a night in Cusco
  3. Take a VAN, NOT a bus between Cusco and Hidroeléctrica around 8:00am
  4. Walk 2-3 hours between Hidroeléctrica and Aguas Calientes OR take a train for USD 30.
  5. Spend one night in Aguas Calientes
  6. From Aguas calientes to Machu Picchu: You can take a bus (USD 12) OR walk 1h30 minutes to the top.
  7. To get the best of Machu Picchu and avoid the crowed, Enter the site as early as you can.

This will avoid you to spend USD 300 a day to visit Machu Picchu (option 2)


If you are tight on time: Take the train from Cusco

Budget: About 300 USD for one day,

  1. Take the train Cusco-Aguas Caliente (USD 80 to USD 100). (Depends on the departure time. (trip: 4 hours)
  2. Bus from Aguas Caliente to Machu Picchu (USD 12, 20 minutes)
  3. Enter Machu Picchu.
  4. Walk down within 1 hour for FREE or take the Bus (12 USD)
  5. Take the train back to Cusco. (USD 80 to USD 100)

Inca Rail : Book HERE

Peru Rail: Book HERE

What do you think of Machu Picchu?

With Love

Cécile Lammer


The historic capital of the Inca Empire has been built in the Peruvian Andes 3,399 m above sea level. Capital from the 13th to 16th century, Cusco has know its turning point in 1533 when the Spanish invaded the city. 


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