Machu Picchu, by Train or Walking?

Machu Picchu, one of the 7 Wonders of the Modern World, has a great Inca cultural and architectural wealth, endless cultural and natural titles due to its ecosystem and is located on the top of a mountain; an architectural challenge that the Incas managed to conquer.

Machu Picchu is a stone city, built by the Incas around the 15th century and located at 2,360 meters above sea level. The Inca city is surrounded by temples, platforms and water channels, built on the top of a mountain and its construction was built with large blocks of stone joined together, without the use of amalgam. It is located 130 km from the city of Cusco and since the explorer Hiram Bingham made it known to the world in 1911, it has received many titles and recognitions.

Machu Picchu is considered at the same time a masterpiece of architecture and engineering, its peculiar architectural and landscape characteristics, and the veil of mystery that has woven around it much of the literature published on the site, have made it one of the most popular tourist destinations on the planet.

This Wonder of the Modern World has been on the Unesco World Heritage List since 1983, as part of a whole cultural and ecological complex known under the name “Historic Sanctuary of Machu Picchu”. On July 7, 2007, Machu Picchu was declared “one of the new seven wonders of the modern world” in a ceremony held in Lisbon (Portugal), with the participation of one hundred million voters around the world. And it was chosen as “The main tourist attraction in the world 2017”

Due to all the aforementioned and more, the Inca citadel is visited daily by too many national and foreign tourists, but once it is decided that we will do the tour to Machu Picchu, the question arises: How to visit the citadel of Machu Picchu? or in what?

We already know that there are many routes to visit the citadel of Machu Picchu, within them we solve the only two options: walking or by train.


The routes that we can take on foot are the different walks offered by the different tourism operators and also that we could do on our own; Undoubtedly an adventure that will allow us to connect in a better way with nature in addition to being cheaper, here are the routes that we can do on foot:


This is the most famous trekking to Machu Picchu, respected and admired by hikers because it manages to combine various climates, impressive and unforgettable landscapes of the Vilcabamba Mountain Range accompanied by centuries-old and ancestral ruins. The fact of traveling this ancient path will make you have one of the most impressive experiences in your life. Due to its beauty, this walk is preferred by travelers, having to be requested 5 to 6 months in advance (a permit is required that has limited spaces per day).

The Inca Trail tour covers 42 kilometers of jungle and mountains, reaching a maximum height of 4200 meters above sea level and visiting some archaeological complexes such as Patallacta, the ruins of Wiñay Wayna and, of course, the Wonder of the World, Machu Picchu.


The fastest, most efficient and safest way to travel from the city of Cusco to Machu Picchu is by train and to get a train ticket the most important thing is to book the ticket weeks in advance. For this you must enter the official website of Peru Rail or Inca Rail, after completing your personal information you can make the payment online.

There is 112 kilometers of distance between the city of Cusco and the Puente Ruinas or Machu Picchu town station, by railroad and these are the train stations:


  • Poroy (20 minutes from Cusco)
  • Ollantaytambo (2 hours from Cusco)
  • Urubamba (1 hour and a half from Cusco)


  • Aguas Calientes or Machu Picchu Pueblo (it is the only return station)

Machu Picchu town that is also known as the town of Aguas Calientes, it is the town located at the foot of the Historic Sanctuary, it is the last point of arrival of the train, before going up to the entrance door of the Inca Citadel.

We can learn in a better way and read more about the subject in: how to buy the train ticket to get to Machu Picchu?

There is no excuse not to take the tour to Machu Picchu, visiting this wonderful Inca citadel in any of the 02 ways (walking or by train) is undoubtedly one of the best travel decisions we will make, some people believe that it is necessary to save a lot money to get to this Wonder of the World, but we realize that there are different ways to get to know this place while reducing expenses.

It is obvious that a great wonder like Machu Picchu, due to its ancestry, possesses these access routes and that these are fascinating and attractive, we can keep it

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