Transportation to Machu Picchu from aguas calientes is usually a point of conversation with a few travelers. The methods can usually be divided among the preference of the person trying to reach the Inca citadel of Machu Picchu. The other dividing reason tends to be on how tired you are or how you actually reached the town of Aguas Calientes.
The easy route for transportation to Machu Picchu is of course the tourist bus. The tourist bus departs Aguas Calientes and takes you across a winding, ascending path towards the stone city. Some travelers can get a bit sick from the bus ride since it simply goes in upwards circles. The ride takes about 20 minutes in total, depending on the weather and road conditions it can take a bit longer at times. If it’s been raining you’ll want the driver to take his time and after you look at the side and see how high up you are you’ll really want him to take his time. Upon arrival you’ll exit the bus and see the entrance gate to the Machu Picchu complex. From here on you will be in your guided tour of the city. The bus ride both ways costs around 59-75 soles or $15-$20, if you want to take a ride upwards and hike downwards you can do that as well. The price of course would be half.
The other option to reach Machu Picchu from Aguas Calientes is to hike up to the inca city. This method is suggested for anyone who was unable to take a trek to Aguas Calientes and wanted to at least have a few hours of hiking. The road is well set so it’s not like you are going off marked paths but since it is straight uphill the hike does pose a certain degree of difficulty. The entire hike can take upwards of 3 hours depending on how fast you or your group are walking. The views are spectacular, once you get high enough you can see the valley at the bottom while being able to see Machu Picchu still up top and a ways away. The hike upwards and downwards is of course free as in there is no ticket or pass needed to do it. As i mentioned before it can be quite tiresome if you’ve already had a hike prior to this.
Both methods are fine and the one you select really depends on personal preference. If you have any questions on Machu Picchu travel or anything related to Peru please contact us and we will be happy to help you.