Machu Picchu the Incan citadel is found in the Eastern Cordillera of southern Peru, 2,430 metre (7,970 ft) above sea level in the Cusco Region, four hours away from Cusco City by train.
There are 3 ways to get to Machu Picchu Incan City.
The only way to get to Machu Picchu walking through the sun gate is on the Inca trail. This option can be done in four days by the classic Inca trail or on the short Inca trail in 2 days, the first day in the afternoon you arrive to Machu Picchu and the second day you explore. even this last option can be done in a single day round trip from Cusco.
The fastest way to get by Machu Picchu train is boarding from the Ollantaytambo train station, which is hour away from Cusco city and from Ollantaytambo to Machu Picchu town, the train takes an hour and forty-five minutes. From Machu Picchu town you have to take a bus ride for twenty-five minutes to the entrance of the Machu Picchu archaeological site, the train does not arrive until the Inca citadel all the travelers have to take the bus option or walk full of dust on the bus route. Another train station is in Poroy, which is near to Cusco. from there the train to Machu Picchu town takes about three hours and thirty-five minutes.
Machu Picchu by bus, it is a seven-hour bus trip to hydroelectric where the car road ends, from there the travelers who bought the Tour Machu Picchu by bus they have to walk 11 kilometers to the town of Machu Picchu on the side along the railway, about 3 hours, the walk is practically around the immense mountain of Machu Picchu with a beautiful landscape.
The weather to visit Machu Picchu can be a dilemma to fully understand its peculiar sub-tropical nature. If you are not careful, the beautiful scenery can be obscured by rain, wind, fog, and clouds. Checking the weather in Cusco will not suffice either, 100 kilometers between the 2 makes a huge difference to their climates. The location of Machu Picchu within the mountains makes it vulnerable to receiving cold winds and Its encompassing wet tropical jungle adds another unpredictable component.
In general, the weather can be broken into 2 seasons; Wet season and Dry season. Even within these two seasons, it is not uncommon for drastic and quick changes to take place on the same day, our motto is “Be prepared for everything”.
Each of the stations have their advantages to go to Machu, the rainy season is the low season where there are less visitors and ideal to find a variety of orchids and birds that Machu Picchu offers without crowds.
Dry season, is where many travelers visit Machu Picchu but there is always a way to be without crowd, the best way to visit Machu is on the afternoon or arrive from the Inca trail through the sun gate in the afternoon, the most travelers visit Machu in the morning and the visitors maximum stay from 3 to 4 hours into the ruins, because 1st there are many visitors those hours, 2nd there are no toilets inside, 3rd it is forbidden to eat inside, 4th the Machu Picchu ticket is only for 1 entrance, then most of visitors start leaving Machu Picchu at noon. The other best way to visit Machu Picchu is very early when the entrance gates just barely open.
Flying to Cusco can be tricky. Delays occur often and it is not uncommon for flights to be cancelled. Please make sure to arrive within the city a minimum of two days before your trek begin date. LAN Peru is the most reliable airline. Avianca and Peruvian Airlines are acceptable companies, as well. You will not return from your trek until around 8:30 p.m. on the last day, so be sure your flight out of Cusco is not until the following day.
The airport in Cusco currently is only for domestic flights, so all international travelers must disembark in Lima and go through Customs there. Even if your flight to Cusco is the same day by the same airline carrier, you must disembark in Lima, grab your bags, go through Customs, and check back in again.