How to go to Machu Picchu by Train - Anguro Canguro

jueves, 2 de marzo de 2017

How to go to Machu Picchu by Train


This is the least economic option but comfortable and a great experience. If you like comfort this is for you.
The rails leading to Machu Picchu are dominated by two companies:  Peru Rail e Inca Rail. Both sell tickets from USD 60 to USD 400 per way. Both companies are the only two train options. 

1. Before you buy a ticket

You should be aware of the two main train stations: Poroy Station (30 minutes from Cusco Center) and Ollantaytambo Station (1 hour 40 minutes from Cusco Center).
Recommendations

The main recommendation is to buy the train tickets in advance (2-3 months before for high season).

Then, before deciding from which station to leave, you should consider whether you are planning to travel and meet Machu Picchu all on the same day or arrive a day earlier to the town of Aguas Calientes. Then look at the availability of trains, the departure-arrival times, prices and so choose what suits you best.

If your train leaves from Poroy station and you are near the Plaza de Armas in Cusco:

There are days when there is a lot of traffic so you have to leave at least 1 hour before the time of presentation at the station. However, on a quiet day it can be reached in 25 min, but I still would recommend you to go earlier. You know, better safe than sorry.

If your train leaves from Ollantaytambo station and you are near the Plaza de Armas in Cusco:

You can go in Taxi (20-40 dollars) or take mini vans and buses that leave from the Pavitos street in the center of Cusco to S / 15 (4 dollars).
Perú Rail

It is the best known company and offers basically 3 different types of service. Vistándome, Expedition and Hiram Bingham.
Vistándome

It is a good experience. Its trains offer a guided service (they give you explanations along the way), offer food as if you are traveling by plane (fruits, drinks, bread, dessert), air conditioning and incredible views thanks to its large windows. Some trains offer a show on board.

Expedition
It is the most economical version, with great views and also big windows, but not as big as Vistándome. It did not offer the guided service (when I took it) and the snacks were very basic (drink and snack). 

Hiram Bingham

One of the most luxurious trains in the world.

Inca Rail

Their trains are very similar to those of Peru Rail and only slightly cheaper if you buy them in advanced.

Aguas Calientes
This little town, is actually very small but very impressive. You feel submerged in a unique atmosphere and being there you feel very remote from the routine, the problems and stress.
Most of the visitors decides arrive one day before their visit to Machu Pucchu and spend the night in this town so next day in the morning go up to Machu Picchu and have enough time for admire and know the wonder of the world. The price for hotels in this place goes from 25 soles per night (8 dollars) to 1000 dollars per night. 

Due to it's size and because everybody have to be there before going up to Machu Piccchu, it is highly recommended reserve the hotels with much anticipation. There are a lot of pages for make reservations with free cancelation, so why not to do it? 

Going up to Machu Picchu:

Once that you are in Aguas Calientes, climb to Machu Picchu is very easy. You can go up ith the official buses (25 min) or you can hike up for an hour if you have the physical condition.
The town is so small that it woul be impossible for you not to see the bus stop and the sell tickets point. Those are located besides the river and the bridge in the middle of the town. This are the ticket prices for the bus:

Bus Prices

 

It's much better if you buy your bus tickets by the time you arrive to Aguas Calientes, so next day you only go straight to the bus. 
A lot of people buy the bus tickets the same morning they want to reach Machu Picchu and they ended up making big lines. (Buying the bus tickets is personal and you would need to present your passport or national ID.
Guides in Machu Picchu

On the entrance of Machu Picchu you can find a lot of guides offering their services. A guide for a group of 5 people cost around 20 soles per person (6 dollars) and a private guide cost 100 soles (30 dollars).

¿How much time does it takes to know Machu Picchu?
Visiting only the city of Machu Picchu takes 3 to 4 hours. 

If you decide to make also Huayna Picchu Mountain or The Sun Gate or Machu Big Mountain  or go to  The Inca Bridge, the visit could be extended 6-7 hours. If you decide to go to all those places together in one day, is impossible. 
For the people who only have tickets for Machu Picchu:
You can visit for free the Inca Bridge or The Sun Gate. (Duration: 5-6 hours if you visit the 3 of them).

For the people who have Machu Picchu + Machu Picchu Mountain ticket:
You can also visit the Inca Bridge or the Sun Gate. In this case, I would recommend you to go to The Inca Bridge because The Sun Gate offers you a very similar view to Machu Picchu Mountain just from another angle.  (Duration: 5-6 hours if you visit for example Machu Picchu + Machu Picchu Mountain + Inca Bridge).

For the people who have Huayna Picchu ticket + Machu Picchu
You can also visit the Inca Bridge or the Sun Gate. In this case, I would recommend you to go to The Inca Bridge if you still have time (duration: 5-7 hours).
Weather in Cusco - Machu Picchu

Dry Season (May-October)
Dry most of the time, specially in the months of June, July and August. During this season you can find clear sky and sunny days, even the nights are cold. 

During the day the weather is warm with an average temperature of 17° C. Nights are colder during the dry season and is not weird in the months of June and July, the temperatures drop to 0° C.during the night. 

Dry season is considered the best moment to travel, but also a time with many visitors.

Raining Season (November-April)
Stadistical data reveals that January and February are the months with strongers rains, lightning and thunder. During this season it can rain all day but In Nov-Dec or March rain comes strong but usually lasts a short period of time.

Temperatures are slightly higher than in the dry season and the average is 18°C. During the night temperatures average is 8°C.

The abundance of rains in this time makes the region much more lush and green, compared to the dry season, where the vegetation usually looks brown / gray. The landscape is completely covered with grass, flowers and seasonal fruits. In addition, there are less people and the prices are lower.
Inka trail?

*There are many people that decided to reach Machu Picchu doing the Inca Trail. That usually lasts between 1 to 5 days of trekking/hiking. However, not all the people have the preparation, physical conditions or time. To carry out this type of adventure is mandatory to do it with an agency that has a guide and special equipment. If you are interested in the inka trail you can find information about it here: http://www.incatrail-peru.com/inka-trail/


Never forget for Machu Picchu:

-Mosquito repellent
-Sun screen
-Wearing comfortable shoes
-Bring water and some snacks

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¡Have a Nice trip!

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