Tour to Machu Picchu: know the access routes to the tourist jewel of Peru and world wonder

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Making the tour to Machu Picchu, knowing the Inca citadel is the desire of many tourists from around the world. To make the trip of your dreams, Machu Picchu Travel, shows you that there are several alternatives in terms of access roads according to your walking and physical skills for the various levels of difficulty of the routes, which will allow you to reach the Historic sanctuary and world wonder. Some of these trails have been in existence since pre-Inca times and others will be in operation since 2020.

Train ride

It is the ideal option for those who wish to arrive as soon as possible or may not be in the best physical condition for such an intense walk. There are two companies that provide the rail transport service to the Aguas Calientes station, in Machu Picchu (Peru Rail and Inca Rail).

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Inca Trail

If you are one of those who love nature walks and enjoy natural landscapes, this type of crossing is for you. This route is preferred by lovers of hiking or trekking. The captivating landscapes that can be appreciated throughout the crossing, which can take you from one to four days, everything will depend on the physique you have for the tour, this whole route is the most traveled internationally.

On the short route it takes us between 1 to 2 days, start at kilometer 104 of the road in the town of Aguas Calientes and then cross the Urubamba River through the suspension bridge to the archaeological site of Chachabamba, water study center and served as a resting place before arriving in Machu Picchu. After about 7 hours of travel between green mountains we will reach the "Puerta del Sol" or Inti Punku from this point about 45 minutes we will have the imposing view of the Inca citadel.

For the longest route, we will need to use at least four days, we will depart from the town of Piscacucho (km 82 on the railway). After 5 hours of walking we will reach the town of Wayllabamba, where you can spend the night. Reaching an altitude of 5 400 meters of altitude in the snowy mountain of Palcay. The fourth day, already in full descent, leads us to the Inti Punku or “Puerta del Sol” where we are only separated by less than an hour of walking.

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Journey of Santa Maria

This is one of the least demanding options and starts in the district of Santa María towards the district of Santa Teresa, located in all the splendor of the Sacred Valley of the Incas. An area full of vegetation and very warm weather. Here we will arrive at something really incredible and perfect to renew energies, a set of pools with hot springs (Cocalmayo). Then we will go to the hydroelectric power plant sector, where the train station that will take us to the prelude to the wonder district of Machu Picchu is located.

Salkantay snowy route

This route requires a high level of training and physical resistance. The range of days for your tour is 3 to 5 days. The reward for all those who choose to choose this route is the incredible panorama of beautiful snowy peaks of the Sakantay (famous for the feast of the Lord of Qoylluriti), the Humantay lagoon, Palcay, as well as glacial lagoons whose beauty leaves us absorbed. A unique opportunity to photograph fauna and flora that only this sector offers us.

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New routes in 2020

The municipality of Machu Picchu, in coordination with the Deconcentrated Directorate of Culture of Cusco and the headquarters of the Historic Sanctuary of Machu Picchu, will implement new access routes since 2020. One of the new routes is called "Amazon access", which seeks to integrate the community of Intihuatana with the sectors of San Miguel, Inkarakay, Mandor, Puente Ruinas to Machu Picchu Pueblo.

The second corridor will connect the communities of Choquellusca, border with Piscacucho, Ollantaytambo district, with San Antonio de Torontoy, crossing a cloud forest to Machu Picchu Pueblo.

There will be many improvements in the sections, as well as places to rest and bathrooms. In certain areas there will be botanical gardens with native plants, while in other places reforestation work is done with native trees. The community members will be trained and sensitized on environmental issues, biodiversity will be evaluated based on climate change, among other issues.

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