The Many Roads to Machu Picchu
Hiking: There are various hiking trails that lead you to Machu Picchu. The most notable hiking trail is the Inca Trail, which is a 4 day/3 night 26-mile hike. Since we were pressed for time, we chose the 2 day/1 night 8-mile hike and stayed in a hotel.
Bus: For those that don’t want to hike in, you can take a bus from Aguas Calientes town up to the top of Machu Picchu. The buses run all day with the first bus to Machu Picchu leaving at 5:30 am and the last bus down at 5:30 pm.
Train: There is a Peru Rail train that runs from Cusco directly to Aguas Calientes. We chose to get off at KM 104 and hike the rest of the way to Machu Picchu. After our trip, we took the bus down the mountain and then walked to the train station where we took our Peru Rail train all the way back to Cusco. We highly recommend taking the Vistadome train for the best views of the Andes Mountains! If you don’t feel like hiking you can take the train directly from Cusco to Aguas Calientes.