How to get to Machu Picchu

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Get to Machu Picchu

One of life’s great pleasures is to travel; expanding the mind and soul and creating long lasting memories get you through the day to day dread of everyday normalcy. In the modern day world, international travel has become so easy that it is possible access the entire world. Most people dream of traveling to the naturally beautiful South America and if your going to come and visit, than you mustn’t miss the spectacular Machu Picchu, located high in the Peruvian Andes. You can have your trip booked with all of  the accommodation taken care of, but how do you get to the Inca citadel? You may ask. Well, in this article, we will go through all the ways that you can get to Machu Picchu.

After spending a few days in the Inca, city of Cusco and you have acclimatized to the altitude and you have planned your days with some of the many things that you can do in Machu Picchu,  then you will be ready to take on your adventure into Machu Picchu. There are several ways to get to Machu Picchu and the first and most popular for those of you who wish to make the most of your timer, is the train from Cusco. There are two companies that provide travel services to and from Machu Picchu, the first is Peru Rail and this company has three services to Machu Picchu, the first is the Expedition Train, the most economical of the three, and this very comfortable train features a comfortable, clean layout with large picture windows so you don’t miss any of the trip. The next train is the Vistadome train, which more luxurious than the Expedition and more costly; the Vistadome features a very lavish layout in addition to a show, large windows and a glass ceiling.

Train to Machu Picchu

The next train that Peru Rail features is the most luxurious of the fleet, The Belmond Hiram Bingham. We recommend this train to those who wish to splurge on an all inclusive deal and love train travel.  The Belmond Hiram Bingham is decorated in a 1920´s style complete with wood paneling and art deco styling. You will receive a very tasty lunch, complete with cocktails and snacks and when you finally arrive at Aguas Calientes, you will arrive relaxed and ready to visit Machu Picchu. Visiting Machu Picchu on the Hiram Bingham train you will also receive a guided tour of the ruins as part of your ticket price. After the tour at the ruins, enjoy a free afternoon tea at the wonderful Belmond Sanctuary Hotel located at the gates of Machu Picchu.

The other company to make the journey from Cusco to Machu Picchu is called Inca Rail, which also features three different trains. The first is the Voyager a comfortable tourist train that is the most economical of the Inca Rail fleet. Next is the 360 train, which features  impressive wide view windows that allow travellers to experience incredible views. The First Class train is without a doubt the most luxurious of the Inca Rail trains. Featuring luxury seats and first class service, this train is for train lovers and non-train lovers alike.

Hike to Machu Picchu

The other alternative to reach Machu Picchu is to hike; this method is very popular amongst young hipsters and the young at heart. There are different hikes to journey to Machu Picchu but the most popular amongst them is the Inca Trail, which entails four days of hiking, arriving on the fourth day at the the Inca citadel. This trek is by no means an easy journey and entails walking up high passes and back down to valleys but those who choose to journey along this path certainly to reap the rewards as they get to experience the natural landscape of South America first hand and get to see cloud forests, explore ruins and hear the history of the trail from your Inka Trail guide. The sense of personal achievement in reaching the ruins after such a hard journey is not something to be taken lightly and is unlikely something you will ever forget.

There are two seasons at Machu Picchu both wet and dry and if you plan to do the Inca Trail then the dry season is likely to be best for you. People often ask when is the best month in the year to hike to Machu Picchu? This depends on whether you prefer the dry weather? Or can handle some rain? Well the dry season is from May to September and the wet season is from October to March.

Another way to get to Machu Picchu, is by road, this will take you the best part of a day on unsafe roads, and you will arrive below Machu Picchu and have to walk for nearly a whole day to get to the site. This method of travel is only recommended for those of you who are budget conscious and at peak health and do not mind an uncomfortable ride.

As you can see, there are many ways to get to Machu Picchu which  accommodate varying budgets, from  luxury train journeys to not so luxurious car rides, there is an option for everyone. Whichever way you choose, a visit to Machu Picchu will be an experience of a lifetime, and something that will stay with you forever.

We recommend that you take the time to do some online research; take the time to discover what you want to see in Peru and South America this will make booking your holiday easier. What are you waiting for? Book a trip to Machu Picchu today!

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