If you begin exploring the different ways you can reach the ancient site of Machu Picchu, you will quickly discover that many travelers enjoy a few days of hiking and trekking to reach this “lost city”. It makes sense because there were once tens of thousands of miles of interconnected trails used by the ancients, and they remain for trekkers to follow today! However, you may be unable to hike for miles on end or have limited time in Peru, and that makes you an ideal candidate for a Cusco to Machu Picchu tour.
If you ask experts, many will tell you that a Cusco to Machu Picchu tour is the easiest way to see the site. Many starts in Cusco and rely on the train to Aguas Calientes. This 3.5-hour trip is a worthy destination on its own since it takes travelers along the banks of the Urubamba River in the Sacred Valley and brings you right to the heart of the town.
It is only a few miles from the heart of Aguas Calientes to the mountaintop city, and if you are part of a guided Cusco to Machu Picchu tour, you may be transported to the region by bus, van or car instead of the train. Any way you make the trip is a wonderfully scenic experience.
When you opt to participate in a tour, keep in mind that you will want to choose one that ensures you can reach the site early in the day – even around sunrise if possible. This is a majestic time to view the site, and it helps you avoid crowds. Also, be sure that your tour includes more than the basic passes and that you have tickets that let you visit the Huayna Picchu peak or Machu Picchu Mountain (two separate tickets). These give you amazing views but do involve some climbing.
The good news is that tickets to the site are good all day, so you can start your day at sunrise, avoiding crowds and heading for the Guard House and then spending time going up and down to the peaks in order see truly stunning views of the entire site below.
When you are part of any Cusco to Machu Picchu tour, you are part of an unforgettable experience and one you are sure to wish to relive and even experience again!