Machu Picchu is an ancient city in Peru about 795 miles southeast of the capital Lima. The Incas began construction in about 1450, and most of the researchers who studied Machupicchu believe that it was abandoned less than 100 years later. It is located on the top of the mountain with the same name, this citadel composed of approximately 200 buildings succumbed to the excessive growth of the forest, but remained intact with the passing of the years. As of today, a train journey of 70 miles or 110 kilos connects tourists to Machu Picchu from Cusco, the navel of the world located in the Eastern Cordillera of the Andes. At 7,546 feet (3399 masl).
The options to get to Cusco from Lima are by plane or by bus. There are no trains that connect these two cities. Flying is the fastest alternative that lasts (1 hour and 15 minutes) more comfortable and more convenient. There are many flights departing from Lima to Cusco during the whole morning until the afternoon. No late flights in the afternoon or evening. The reason is the location of the airport in Cusco where there are winds that make landing difficult in the afternoon and evening. There are four airlines with daily flights from Lima to Cusco and vice versa. They are Lan, Taca, Star Peru and Peruvian Airlines.
As regards the bus alternative, there are 3 daily buses that connect Lima and Cusco. The bus companies are Cruz del Sur and Tepsa. Buses leave at 2 pm, 5 pm and 5:30 pm. It's a 22 hour trip including one night on the bus. Therefore this option is longer, less comfortable and not very convenient when compared to flights; but it's cheaper.
We recommend flying since it is more comfortable and they arrive faster so our tours consider this option instead of the bus. This makes sense, especially if you do not plan to stay for a long period of time and are not on a tight budget.
So if you are planning to travel from Lima to Machu Picchu, our Lima Peru Tours to Machu Picchu are the best alternative. We take care of booking your accommodation in Lima and Cusco, also transfers to airports and hotels, and include excursions to visit the main attractions of Cusco, as well as train them to have a unique visit to Machu Picchu or the Ascent of the Inca Trail. Choose one of our Package Tours from Lima to Machu Picchu and live the adventure:
If you plan a trip to Machu Picchu you may have several routes and activity options in mind and want to decide the best one. Machu Picchu, the world-class wonder is visited by thousands of tourists every day, each with a particular interest. In this article we will show you several alternatives to have the best experience according to the type of visitor you are.
You can visit the citadel of Machu Picchu in one day on board a comfortable train. The route will cover landscapes of both the Andean zone and the jungle. During the morning you will appreciate all the majesty of Machu Picchu and return at night to your hotel in Cusco.
Make the most of time and energy with a visit to the sacred mountain of Huayna Picchu and the citadel of Machu Picchu on a 1-day tour. This private tour of the Inca wonder in 1 day is the perfect excuse to get out of the routine and have a short adventure.
Take the best photo postcard of Machu Picchu after a hike through Huayna Picchu, the sacred mountain. Explore the trail of the young mountain, Huayna Picchu, and when you reach the top you will have a spectacular front view as a reward.
Four days of adventure on the stone path to Machu Picchu. An outdoor hiking experience with camps and unique Andean landscapes. They will explore several archaeological sites and will appreciate the flora and fauna in their natural state under the guidance of an expert on the route. Try to bring all the necessary items for the Classic Inca Trail to have the best experience.
Walk the steps of the ancient Incas to Machu Picchu in just two days. The route from kilometer 105 of the route offers a view of the Inca citadel on the first day. This alternative is less exhausting but offers a challenge for new hiking enthusiasts with a huge reward: the guided tour of Machu Picchu during the second day.
Although the Short Inca Trail admits 250 people a day, we recommend checking the availability of spaces of the Inca Trail for 2 days to plan your trip on time.
Explore the landscapes of the high Andean mountain and the Peruvian jungle eyebrow in the best adventure of 4 days on two wheels towards Machu Picchu. From Abra Málaga, we will descend the track on an exciting bicycle route. The following days, a walk with views of the jungle, to reach the Historic Sanctuary of Machu Picchu.
This tour is available all year. You can also check which is the best time to visit Machu Picchu.
Explore the route to the citadel of Machu Picchu under the gaze of the snowy Salkantay. Meet the turquoise lagoon of Humantay, the Salkantay Pass and the valleys of the jungle brow.
The Salkantay route offers unique landscapes and an unforgettable walk. Besides nature, you know five reasons to choose the Salkantay route to get to Machu Picchu.