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Getting To Machu Picchu

When Hiram Bingham discovered Machu Picchu, in 1911 it was not easily accessible. Over the years certainly situations changed, but still you need to spend considerable amount of time just to reach there. First you have to reach Lima (capital of Peru), then Cusco (another important city of Peru), then a three hour train journey to Aguas Calientes (a small town next to Machu Picchu ruins), and finally another 20 minutes by bus and you are at the gate of stunning, awesome Machu Picchu.


Machupicchu serves as a terminal for the PeruRail passenger train service from Cusco. Trains serve locals and tourists arriving from Cusco and Ollantaytambo to visit Machu Picchu. A sheltered souvenir market is adjacent to the train station. Avenue Pachacutec is the main and only thoroughfare of the town, connecting the baths to the town's main square.

Distance of Machu Picchu from other Cities



Distance up to Cusco

 in KM (mile in bracket)

Distance between

Cusco- Machu Picchu

Total distance

 KM (mile in bracket)

Lima 1165 (725) 112 (70) 1277(795)
Arequipa 625 (388) 112 (70) 637 (458)
Puno 389 (241) 112 (70) 459 (311)