Getting to Machu Picchu: introduction

A “3 in 1” kind of post

Alright, as promised I’m going to start posting a cheap way to do the journey to Machu Picchu. All the information I’ll share was acquired in March 2009 through personal experience and talking to both locals and travelers. It’s not an exact guide because on the way there we were delayed by Nature.

So – and before anything else – you’ve got to get to Cusco. You should definitely spend some time visiting the once capital of the Inca Empire, and the nearby ruins. From there on we start our journey to Aguas Calientes, the final destination before the famous World Wonder.

You will find ATMs in Aguas Calientes, but in any case, and if you want to play it safe, do the maths throughout the posts plus 130 soles for the entrance in Machu Picchu. Also, better get a flash light and depending when you’re visiting, an impermeable (more or less like this!). Some snacks for the way, water and you’re done.

For more practical information on Cusco (where to stay, what do do, etc.) check out the “backpacker’s glance over Cusco” post.


I) From Cusco to Santa Teresa
II) From Santa Teresa to Aguas Calientes
III) From Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu


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