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Cusco to Machu Picchu by Train - Help :)

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Cusco to Machu Picchu by Train - Help :)

Hello,

I am arriving at Cusco on the 28th of November.

I am planning on catching the train on the 30th, from Poroy (is it easy to get there from Cusco city center?) at 07:42 to arrive at Machu Picchu at 10:52.

Return on the 2nd of Decemeber at 17:23 (arrive at Poroy at 20:50).

Planning on buying ticket to Machupicchu+Huaynapicchu on the 1st of December.

Is this itinerary recommended?

What should we do on the first day we get there? Can we hike just a part of the Inca Trail?

Should we buy the train ticket and the Machupicchu+Huaynapicchu ticket in advance?

Thank you so much

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1. Re: Cusco to Machu Picchu by Train - Help :)

Most people will stay only 1 night in Aguas calientes, to visit MP (hike HP) & return on the 2nd day. You only need to stay 2 nights in AC if you plan to visit MP twice.

On the 30th, you don't need to take the train to AC at 7:42 AM unless you plant to visit MP that day & again the next day. There is not much to do/see in AC to go that early. Most people would spend their time exploring Cusco or the sacred valley & take a late afternoon or evening train to AC.

Also, most would recommend taking the train from/to Ollantaytambo.

YES, buy Train Tickets & MP/HP Tickets in advance.

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2. Re: Cusco to Machu Picchu by Train - Help :)

Agree you are spending a lot of time in Agua Calientes. One night is plenty. If you spend one full day or two half days in Machu Picchu, you will see everything with no problem.

If you want to hike HP, buy the tickets in advance.

What we did is spend the first afternoon just walking around MP. We also hiked to the Inca Bridge, which was not far. Then we went back the next morning and climbed HP. That got us back down to Agua Calientes in time to catch a 1:30 train, but you could have spent the full second day in MP if you wanted to walk around more.

No, you cannot hike part of the Inca Trail. That requires a permit and is either a 4 day or 2 day hike. It's not a day hike. What you can do inside of Machu Picchu is hike up to the Sun Gate. That's free and maybe a one hour hike. Technically that's part of the Inca Trail. Usually people hiking the trail hike into MP through the gate and down into the site, but visitors for the day often like to hike up to the gate from inside. You can do that instead of or in addition to hiking to HP.

Also, I think the better way to go between Cusco and MP is to take a taxi to Ollantaytambo and the train from there. The train between Ollantaytambo and Poroy goes really slowly and there are only a few trains from Poroy so this will be both faster and cheaper.

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3. Re: Cusco to Machu Picchu by Train - Help :)

Thank you both!

I will follow your advice then :)

Day 1

12:58 Ollantaytambo - 14:25 Machu Picchu

Day 2

07:00 Machupicchu+Huaynapicchu

14:55 Machu Picchu - 16:31 Ollantaytambo

Regarding acoomodation... There seems to be several hotels near the train station. Anything I should consider before choosing?

Again, thank you so much!

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