The Journey to Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu, for many visiting South America, is their number one sight-seeing spot, the highest point of their travel. Indeed, Machu Picchu is a sight of wonder. This forgotten city was discovered in the 20th century and is the best-known ancient town in South America. The journey to Machu Picchu can be taken in various ways depending on how much time and energy you have as well as the goal you wish to achieve.

What You’ll See on the Journey to Machu Picchu

The most common way is through the Inca trail that takes a minimum of four days. When you take the Inca route, you will be treated to various trail experience, all of which are packed with beautiful scenery. We have four trails that take you all the way to Machu Picchu. These trails are:

  • Classic 4D/3N trail that takes you through beautiful landscapes and finally through the sun gate of Machu Picchu
  • 5D/4N Salkantay trek You get close to the heavens with this hike that goes through Anders then finally Machu Picchu. You will also be treated to the various micro-climates of this beautiful area.
  • 4D/3N laren trek you will have the pleasure of not only going to the ancient city but meet and experience the way of life of the Inca people.
  • 2D/1N Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu trail. Here, you will go through the Inca valley, through Pisaq and Ollantaytambo. This trail starts at Machu Picchu feeding your curiosity of the beautiful forgotten city first.

Bus/Public Transport

For those who do not wish to break a sweat before reaching the city or those who only have one agenda; to see the beautiful ruins of the forgotten city, there is public transport that takes you close to the city. The journey to Machu Picchu by bus will take approximately thirty minutes.


Likewise, you can catch a train from Cuzco’s station; Poroy, which will get you to Aguas Calientes, the closest town Machu Picchu. Since there is only one train in operation, it is advisable to book early. With the train, the journey to Machu Picchu will take you approximately two and a half hours.

Regardless of how you choose to journey to Machu Picchu, you will have different and unique experience for each trip. With the Inca trail, you will be treated to beautiful sceneries, micro climate and even get to meet and experience the culture of the Inca people. With the bus and Train, you will experience the Cuzco town which is also a sight of wonder on its own.

Ultimately, however you choose to journey to Machu Picchu, you will be treated to breathtaking features the area has. To plan your Peru adventure and to learn more about the hike to Machu Picchu, get in touch with Alpaca Expeditions. Alpaca Expeditions is a Peruvian travel operator with a main office in located in Cusco, Peru, and we are the top-rated tour operators of the Inca Trail.


Our goal at Alpaca Expeditions is to create the best experience for all of our clients. We create journeys that are to be remembered for a lifetime. Journeys you can be proud of and can share with everybody around you.

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