One of the best adventures for any traveler through South America is to climb up to the mighty Machu Picchu. However, the experience of exploring the iconic Inca civilization dramatically varies with how you reach there.
The journey to Aguas Calientes or Machu Picchu Pueblo is just 50 miles from Cusco. However, the absence of direct roads and the natural mountainous landscape makes it difficult for tourists to reach the spot.
You might have limited options. Although booking a train ticket offers an easy way to travel by train, the ride is anything but cheap. If you opt for the four-day Inca Trail hike along with the camping adventure, the whole deal is going to cost you somewhere around $600.
Travelers who do not want to spend a fortune on train fares can opt for local van services from Cusco to the Machu Picchu hydroelectric plant and then take a local train from there or walk. With this option you cut down commuting costs.
However, this is not the safest or the most reliable method to reach your destination because local vans does not meet safety requirements, they drive dangerously, you need to change a lot of time of transport and the journey can be very long. Instead, travelers can benefit from a efficient mini-bus services that travelers companies offer to help tourists make the most out of their trip.
With this service provided by traveler companies such as Peruways, all passengers are safely taken from Cusco to Machu Picchu Hidroelectrica directly without change of vehicle, from where they can walk for 2-3 hours to Aguas Calientes or take a 35 minutes train. Mini-buses stop in Santa Theresa where a buffet lunch can be offer. If travelers opt for walking from Hidroelectrica to Aguas Calientes, they will be able to see amazing landscapes and even Machu Picchu from another angle that train travelers do not see.
The cost of a single ticket is less thans 30 USD and much affordable than the 150 USD train tickets + extra transport method of reaching the train station.
Tickets can be booked here.