Almost every tourist visiting Peru has Machu Picchu as his or her main destination. However, you may have heard a lot of news about certain problems in the town near the Inca wonder.
While you are traveling to Peru you may need to keep communication or a translation app. That’s why you may need to use one of our mobile phone plans for tourists to have a tourist sim card. In order to make a nice trip here in PeruSIM. In the following PeruSIM article we tell you what is going on in Aguas Calientes and how you can avoid any problems so you can get to your destination.
With the lifting of restrictions on tourism in Peru, many attractions are receiving more tourists. Likewise, Machu Picchu has been progressively increasing its capacity to receive tourists day by day.
However, there is a problem in the amount of people who can enter Machu Picchu and is currently limited to a specific number of people per day that are entering daily. It is important that you take this into consideration.
How to get to Machu Picchu?
To get to Machu Picchu you must first get to Aguas Calientes, you can do it in several ways, one of them, and the most common in fact, is to arrive by train. There are some companies that can take you there, mainly IncaRail and PeruRail. There is the possibility of traveling by local train, but it is subject to availability and usually sells out pretty fast.
However, more important than getting there is that you have a ticket to Machu Picchu.
How do I get a ticket to Machu Picchu?
Currently there are 1,000 tickets available for purchase in person. However, this does not necessarily mean that you can get them. Therefore, there are two ways to purchase tickets:
1. Buy ticket to Machu Picchu In person
You have to go to the town of Aguas Calientes in advance and buy the tickets in person. This implies that you will have to go a couple of days before since getting tickets the same day you arrive is complicated.
2. Buy ticket to Machu Picchu Virtually
To buy tickets you have to go to https://www.machupicchu.gob.pe/ and buy your tickets with a credit or debit card. With this you will be able to assure the day and time you will enter the Inca citadel.
I already have my ticket, now what do I do?
Apart from getting to Machu Picchu by train, you have other options, here is where you should contact a company or acquaintance in the area to guide you on the journey to Aguas Calientes.
1. By minivan or combi
The first way to get to Aguas Calientes is by minivan bus. To do this you must contact a company that allows you to take the transport and thus be able to get to Hidroeléctrica. After that you will have to walk for about 3 hours to get to Aguas Calientes. If walking is not your thing, you can take a train from Hidroeléctrica that will charge you 6 PEN. The trip is approximately 8 hours each way.
2. On foot
You can reach Machu Picchu on foot if you follow the path of the Sacred Valley of the Incas. On the way you will meet many places with various attractions and a lot of variety of places to visit. The trail can take from 5 to 7 days depending on your physical ability to walk.
3. By train
There is the possibility of traveling by train, you can buy tickets at IncaRail or PeruRail as well as at the local station. However, we remind you that the availability of the local train is very limited. The trip takes approximately 4 hours each way.
Again, we remind you to buy your tickets to Machu Picchu in advance, so you will avoid problems on your arrival in Cusco and you can enjoy your visit to the Inca citadel without any inconvenience.Finally, we know that you have to keep communication with your relatives and friends, that you need to be able to orient yourself in new cities, that you might need help with translation and that you might need to search for restaurants or hotels. That’s why with PeruSIM you can buy a SIM card including the data plan of your need without having to worry about high roaming costs.