How to get to Machu Picchu

Oh Cusco, you were the little break that I needed after having travelled non stop for 7 weeks. Four days at the Tierra Viva San Blas was just what I needed as I explored this cute little city.

I arrived in Cusco after finishing my tour in La Paz and stopping off at Lake Titicaca. I arrived on my overnight bus with Peru Hop at 5am. I was happy to actually get into my room at 6am for an early check in and shower and have a snooze.

Cusco’s elevation is at 3400 metres. I had been at altitudes of 3,000 metres for two weeks now and it was starting to drag on me. But Cusco didn’t seem as bad. Maybe because I was just chilling when I was there and taking it easy it wasn’t affecting me as much.

Actually, other than the stairs in Cusco the most strenuous thing I did was go to Machu Picchu and since that is at a lower elevation than Cusco it wasn’t too bad.

When I was researching how to visit Machu Picchu I couldn’t find any information that explained how to get there from door to door so I want to provide how I got to Machu Picchu and back again.

7.15am – I called a taxi to take me to Poroy Station
7.50am – I arrived at Poroy Station cost 25 soles
8.25am – Vistadome train leaves Poroy Station for Agues Caliente
12.00pm – Vistadome train arrives in Agues Caliente
12.05pm – buy a bus ticket to Machu Picchu $24 USD return
12.10pm – hop on a bus to Machu Picchu
12.40pm – Arrive at Machu Pichu
3.30pm – Bus back to Agues Caliente
4.00pm – Have a snack in Agues Caliente
5.00pm – head to train station
5.25pm – Vistadome train back to Poroy
9.30pm – arrive in Poroy
10.00pm – taxi arrives back to Tierra Viva San Blas

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As you can see it is a full on day. I could have stayed longer at Machu Picchu but every bus I saw leaving was packed and the queue for the buses was getting longer and longer.

Visiting Machu Picchu

I remember being at the ticket gate and then saying I wonder how far I have to hike to see Machu Picchu.  Well, its basically right inside the door.

When I walked in I took the first trail to the left which is the Machu Picchu trail and can take you all the way to the Sun Gate.  But this is where the views are overlooking Machu Picchu.

I spent a long time up here just taking it all in.  I didn’t even take photos for the first half an hour.  Then I decided to walk further up and see what else there is.  There are a lot of people just chilling on the grass and also a few llamas here and there.

I took the obligatory selfies and the shoe shot overlooking Machu Picchu point.  It was surprisingly calm there.

So after about two hours I decided it was time to go in and explore the ruins.  I ran into people who had hiked up the hill for sunrise that morning and were still going.  When I first booked I wasn’t sure I would have enough time but because I had read about it ahead of time and it was sign posted well I knew where I was going.

Taking the Vistadome Train with Peru Rail

The Vistadome is the best way to experience the ride to Machu Picchu.  A train with panoramic windows that will ensure a one-of-a-kind experience during your trip to Machu Picchu, with traditional music, cuisine, and dances.  The time on the train to Machu Picchu really did fly by and the seats were so comfortable.

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Staying at Tierra Viva San Blas

Tierra Viva San Blas Hotel is an excellent hotel with a great location.  I think this is one of the best value for money hotels I stayed at in Peru.  The price included breakfast and free wifi that was seriously good.

The staff at Tierra Viva were excellent as well.  Always helpful and smiling.  You know me, I bought a local SIM card and recharged it.  They couldn’t figure out how to buy the internet package I wanted at the shop so I took it back to the hotel and they helped me no problem.

Between the copious amount of Colca tea I drank in the reception (to help with altitude) to free breakfast and wifi I certainly got my moneys worth here.  I actually really enjoyed my time here and decided to stay at another Tierra Viva Hotel while I was in Peru.

Many thanks to the Tierra Viva Hotels for my stay in Cusco and the Peru Rail for the train to and from Machu Picchu. As always, all opinions are my own. 


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6 thoughts on “Machu Picchu – my 6th new wonder of the world

  1. Sandy N Vyjay

    I have always been fascinated by Machu Picchu. Like you, I too would love to sit on the grass and relax and take in all the fresh air and feel the place. I too would avoid clicking pics for a while. After all, our eyes too needs to capture the beauty. Loved reading your experience. 🙂

  2. Ryan Biddulph

    Hi Nicole,

    Awesome! I visited Cusco in 2013. All set to visit Machu Picchu. Excited. Then I got a wicked case of food poisoning and crawled on all fours to tell the tour operator I would not be able to make it LOL. 300 buckeroos down the drain, but oh well. I get to live vicariously through your inspired post, with those cute llamas and amazing scenery and those fab train rides.

    Thanks for sharing 🙂


  3. Jocelyn

    Looks so awesome! You can’t tell how many people were with you in the photos…I would assume they spread out at the site? The ones at Stonehenge were EVERYWHERE. I love the llamas, were they friendly?

  4. Sara Broers

    Fascinating~ your photos pulled me in! Now I want to go Mach Picchu. I love how you shared specifics on how to get from Point A to Point B. Great tip on once you arrive, it’s all right in front of you.

  5. Jessica

    Great timing! We’re planning a trip to Peru next year and I’m starting to research on how to get to Macchu Pichu. Looks like you had a great experience, thanks for sharing!

  6. knycx.journeying

    Just visited Machu Picchu a few months ago and yes – it’s a wonderful place with a lot of incredible views and fascinating stories and history. Glad that you enjoy it as well! @ knycx.journeying

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