Treks to Machu Picchu

Trains to Machu Picchu

Basically there are two ways to travel from the Sacred Valley or Cusco to Machu Picchu; on foot or by train. With the following article we will try to explain the difference between the companies, trains offered as well as routes available. Hopefully with this we can offer you the information sought about traveling to Machu Picchu by train.  

Trains to Machu Picchu - Train Companies

This Huchuy Qosqo hike & 1 day Machu Picchu visit takes you from Cusco to the Sacred Valley passing by some impressive views and visiting the small site of Huchuy Qosqo. From here you will continue to Ollantaytambo for the train to Machu Picchu. This is a relatively new route that is not that often done so a great chance to enjoy the peace and quietness of the Andean highlands with few or no people around.


For people who do not have the time to do the entire 4 day Inca Trail or like hiking but don’t feel like camping, there is also the shorter 2 day Inca Trail available. This shorter trail will give you the chance to enjoy a part of the Inca Trail, get to know its ambience and maybe even more important enter Machu Picchu through the Sun Gate. Even though it is called 2 day Inca the trek only involves one day of hiking. The night is usually spent in a hotel or hostel in Aguas Calientes (Machu Picchu Pueblo). Here is an overview of what the two day Inca Trail looks like;

The 5 day Salkantay Trek takes you along the mountain chain south of Machu Picchu. You will leave Cusco for a drive to Molepata from where you will start hiking to the camping site located at 3900 meters surrounded by lakes and snowcapped mountains. The hike will show you an amazing diversity in landscapes ranging from snowcapped mountains to highland pampa and cloud forests, before reaching Machu Picchu.