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Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu is an Incan citadel, situated in the Urubamba Valley in Peru. The UNESCO World Heritage Site is one of the most easily recognisable Incan sites in the world.

Situated at the top of a steep hill, the citadel is reached on foot or by coach from the Inca Trail or from the town situated at the base of the hill, Aguas Calientes.

There are two principal methods of travel to Machu Picchu, on foot or by train to Aguas Calientes. If travelling by train, you will reach the town at the foot of the hill, from where you will need to catch a coach up to Machu Picchu itself. The coach ride takes only 20 minutes or so as it zig-zags up the side of the steep mountain. 

The other way to reach the site is on foot along the Inca Trail, a relatively tricky hike lasting a number of days.

How to get to Machu Picchu from
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If you don't fancy walking the Inca Trail, you can always take the train to Machu Picchu.

There are three choices for the route between Machu Picchu; to travel on the Expedition (formerly Backpacker), Vistadome or Hiram Bingham service. As you would guess, the Expedition service is the cheapest with the Hiram Bingham the most expensive, although they all follow the same route.

The Hiram Bingham service is designed to enable passengers to visit Machu Picchu in a day, departing Cusco in the morning (brunch served), before arriving at the Citadel for an afternoon visit, before rejoining the train for a gourmet dinner on the return journey to Cusco.

PeruRail has recently opened a station at Urubamba, with services to/from Machu Picchu. Visit the PeruRail website for more information.