How to Get to Machu Picchu

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Decided you want to try hiking Machu Picchu? Congrats! Now, how to get to Machu Picchu?

Here are some of the most vital things I’ve learned while planning my own trip of how to get to Machu Picchu. Firstly there are two main trails, the Inca Trail and the Lares Trail. The Inca trail is 4 days and the Lares Valley Trail is 7 days, this post is going to teach you all about the Inca Trail.

Where to book:

First and foremost you want to book through an official tour. It’s nearly impossible to try and hike it alone. Make sure you book a few months in advance as spots fill up very fast. You can find the official site for booking here.

Right now they are booking hikes in 2018 for $605 for students and $645 for adults.

Where to fly:

Once you have a confirmed spot you will want to book your flights. If you’re coming from somewhere outside of South America you will want to fly into Lima, Peru. Your trip to Machu Picchu will commence out of Cusco (or sometimes spelled Cuzco).

You can either fly to Cusco or bus there. Flying isn’t too expensive and is WAY shorter than busing so I would highly recommend it. There are many flights throughout the day, feel free to book in advance to go along with your other flight. You can also stay in Lima for a day or two before you head out to Cusco if you aren’t in a rush.

Where to stay:

You will need to stay the night before somewhere in Cusco as that is where your adventure will pick you up from at 6am sharp.

I suggest looking on for some good hostels. If you are too lazy to do that here are a few ones that are right in city centre, have great reviews and even better prices:

  1. Sunset House Hostel
  2. The Point Cusco
  3. Wild Rover Backpackers Hostel
  4. Puriwasi Cusco
  5. Vip House, The Garden
What to bring:
  1. Gratuities (Tips) for your porters
    • Porters are the people who will feed you and hike ahead of you, taking the majority of your gear to the next rest spot. Basically super humans.
  2. Sleeping bag
    • Make sure it’s thermal, it gets quite chilly at night!
  3. Travel Insurance
    • Look specifically for adding insurance that will cover you for the altitude of Machu Picchu. The altitude is 2,430 m by the way, in case you were wondering.
  4. Personal trekking gear
    • Take a look at this Machu Picchu packing list for more details!


Now that you know how to get to Machu Picchu, I hope you have an amazing time! If you have any more advice to add please comment it below!

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