How to get to Machu Picchu from Cusco
ALTERNATIVE ROUTES TO MACHU PICCHU - The cheapest way to get to Aguas Calientes
We call “Alternative Route to Machu Picchu”, the way to get to Machu Picchu that does not include the train trip or the recognized Inca Trail. This way to get to Machu Picchu can be done on your own in the way we describe below, or by hiring alternative tours to the Inca Trail, which are very attractive and offer a cheaper way to get from Cusco to the sacred city.
The alternative way to Machu Picchu
It includes the following stops: Cusco – Santa María – Santa Teresa – Machu Picchu
How we told you earlier, this route is special for those who want to travel to Machu Picchu in a more economical way.
It is important that travelers who choose to travel this route know to speak Spanish. Because, they will need to communicate with local people to request information about the different transports and routes.
Tour of the Alternative Route
We start from the City of Cusco, there you must take the bus that goes to Quillabamba and make your first stop in Santa María.
In Santa María you need to take a bus or van to Santa Teresa; and from Santa Teresa, there are two options; the first is to continue on foot following the railroad tracks about 3 hours (10 kilometers, approximately); and the second, take the local train to finally reach Aguas Calientes (Machu Picchu village).
Important: During the rainy season, there are landslides on the road to Quillabamba, we recommend asking the condition of the route the day before to ensure access is open to pedestrians. If the step is not enabled, choose another form of access.
TOURS TO MACHU PICCHU – ALTERNATIVE TREKS TO TRADITIONAL INCA TRAIL:
They are a slightly cheaper option to get to Machu Picchu than the traditional Inca Trail but more expensive than doing the previous option.
1. SALKANTAY TREK – MACHU PICCHU
2. LARES TREK – MACHU PICCHU
3. CHOQUEQUIRAO TREK- MACHU PICCHU
4. INKA JUNGLE TREK