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Experience Machu Picchu and Peru Without the Crowds - Authentic Machu Picchu Experiences. Machu Picchu is an amazing destination, and it definitely should be a part of your
travel plans. But, don't just go to Machu Picchu as there is so much more to see and do in the area, all of it fascinating and full of Inca architecture and history. For nuts and bolts information on visiting Machu Picchu.
- Cusco is the launching off spot for all Machu Picchu trips. If coming from Lima, most people will choose to fly to Cusco (there are flights every hour during the day) as the bus ride is long and not very interesting.
- From Cusco, most people will travel to Ollantaytambo in either a bus or a van as part of their tour, then take the 2 hour train ride to Machu Picchu Pueblo (formerly called Aguas Calientes), which sits along the Urubamba River below Machu Picchu itself. From town you will take a short bus ride up a series of switchbacks to the entrance to Machu Picchu.
- Alternatively, if you wish to arrive into Machu Picchu on foot you can hike the permitted Inca Trail from the Sacred Valley. This is the only way to arrive into Machu Picchu on foot via a trail. Please note that Inca Trail permits can sell out 6 months or more in advance.