The Cusco tourist ticket is one of the most important tourism development initiatives in Cusco. This ticket allows tourists to make a one-time payment, gaining access to nearly all of the city’s varied tourist attractions.
It can be purchased at the following address:
Av. El Sol 103 Of. 101, Cusco
For more information on the tourist ticket, visit the COSITUC website.
Bus to Machu Picchu
After arriving in Aguas Calientes (Machu Picchu Station) you have two options available for the ascent to the citadel of Machu Picchu: on foot or by bus.
For those who prefer to go on foot, the six-kilometer walk will take you no more than an hour.
You can also take one of the 20 buses that travel the winding road, departing from town every 15 minutes. The first bus leaves at 5:30 am, and the last one leaves the citadel for town at 5:30 pm.
The bus ticket costs approximately USD 24 (round trip) and may be purchased at the ticket offices in Aguas Calientes: Av. Hermanos Ayar S/N, or at the CONSETTUR offices located at Av. Infancia 433, Wanchaq, Cusco.
Ticket to Machu Picchu
If you wish to purchase only the ticket to the citadel, visit www.machupicchu.gob.pe
You can also buy your ticket at our point of sale located on the Plaza de Armas (Main Square) of Cusco or at the ticket windows in the Wanchaq, Poroy, and Ollantaytambo Stations, providing that you are also purchasing a train ticket.
Ministry of Culture – Cusco
Calle San Bernardo s/n
Huayna Picchu, the eternal guardian of the Inca citadel, is the highest peak that can be seen in typical photographs of Machu Picchu, and scaling its summit is a truly unforgettable experience. The strenuous ascent takes approximately two hours, and begins at the Main Plaza of Machu Picchu, along a trail built by the Incas themselves, currently well-marked and in excellent condition.
If you would like to take advantage of this once-in-a-lifetime experience, we recommend getting to the citadel early and heading straight to Huayna Picchu to reserve your spot, because only 400 tourists are allowed up each day (since 2009) and all adventurous hikers must set out for the peak by 1 pm.
Please note that in order to undertake this hike, it is first necessary to fill out a record form with your name and identity document information, stating that you have entered of your own free will. We recommend leaving behind any heavy backpacks, but make sure to take lots of water with you.
This hike is not recommended for the elderly, expectant mothers, persons with heart conditions, or those afraid of heights.
Machu Picchu is inarguably the most important undertaking left behind by the extraordinary Inca civilization. In order for pilgrims and authorized officials of the Empire to reach the citadel, they first had to travel the Royal Road through the rugged geography of the Andes. Today, this path is known as the Inca Trail.
Surrounded on all sides by breathtaking natural beauty and unforgettable vistas that will remain etched in your mind, this trail once stretched nearly 23,000 km, joining together the whole of the Tahuantinsuyo empire, which included present-day southern Colombia, western Brazil, Ecuador, Peru, and Bolivia, reaching as far south as central Chile and northern Argentina.
At present, you can undertake this remarkable journey through valleys and tunnels, across rivers and bridges, on one of the six hike options offered (up to 39 km). If you are interested, make sure to contact your travel agency and reserve your place well ahead of time.
What precautions should I take if I will be reaching Machu Picchu on foot?
- If you are thinking about hiking the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, the most important recommendation is to reserve your trip at least one month ahead of time, since it will take at least this long for the permits to be issued
- Make sure to go with a qualified guide backed by a specialized agency
- Take insect repellent
- Take the most comfortable shoes you can find
- Take the bare minimum of camping equipment, including a first aid kit, as well as:
- Cold food that will keep for a long time
- Warm and cool clothing
- A rain poncho or coat
- A hat and sunblock
- A flashlight and replacement batteries
- Chocolate and food to give you energy
- Water purification tablets
- A bathing suit