How to get to Machu Picchu-Train or Inca Trail
Knowing this magical destination is a dream for foreigners, although it is in a difficult location, there are several ways to get there, tips and data that you should know …
There are 2 options to get to Machu Picchu that you can choose:
1. Direct train to Machu Picchu
This option is the best known and comfortable, there are 2 train companies, PeruRail and IncaRail, the first grew so much that now is almost a monopoly, in addition to being the only company that leaves from the station of Poroy (20 minutes from Cusco) , While IncaRail leaves from Ollantaytambo (2 hours from Cusco).the imposing constructions, gives the city a unique aspect in the world .
The train journey through the Sacred Valley of the Incas is impressive, the beautiful landscapes are just the beginning of a great adventure, remember that the trip is long, so it is very important to choose the train that will take you according to your needs, from Poroy Are 4 hours to Machu Picchu, you can choose the great Hiram Bingham a Luxury train, with all the amenities you can imagine, service on board, spectacular food, a gazebo wagon, shows, etc, then we have the Vistadome which is a service Intermediate (not so expensive, not so cheap), leather seats, food on board and panoramic windows, lastly we have the Expedition train which is economical, eye: not bad, only economic without many amenities.
You have another option, the exit from Ollantaytambo, which is 2 hours from Machu Picchu, from there only the Expedition and the IncaRail that has its economic, executive and first class service on the same train, the prices are cheaper than leaving from Poroy.
2. Inca Trail to Machu Picchu
Begin to tell you that this trekking is done only with authorized agencies, it is the most famous route in South America, it has almost 42 kilometers (30 miles), it is 4 days of trekking through jungle, hills, villages and ruins like Sayacmarca or Wiñaywayna, the one that chooses this Option has to have the minimum physical conditions to be able to take long walks, some 6 hours without stopping, climbing mountains, passing puddles and be prepared to rest and sleep alone in the camps.
For security of the Inca Trail, every year is closed in the month of February to do its maintenance, in addition there is a daily quota of 500 people, this to preserve the flora and fauna of the place.
To do the same Inca Trail you must take the train to Machu Picchu, however there are 3 types of Inca Trail, this I will explain with the map that is at the top, is the classic 4-day Inca Trail (recommended ), The train leaves you at kilometer 82 and from there begins the walk to the citadel, there are 3 camps on this route (map 3, 6 and 9). Then there is the Inca Trail of 3 days, it is the same route as the 4 days, only you have to walk much more, it is very tiring and does not give you time to appreciate nature, finally there is the Inca Trail For 2 days, here the train leaves you at kilometer 104 and according to the agency you can camp at point 9 for the following day walk to Machu Picchu or sleep in a hotel in Aguas Calientes.
Fact: The Inca Trail is recommended in the dry season, but if you are very adventurous and have good physical condition you can opt for the rainy season, it is not dangerous but you require more energy!