10 things I wish I knew before visiting Machu Picchu; Hillary Federico; Matador Network


Peru – Historic Sanctuary of Machu Picchu

They say ignorance is bliss – except when it comes to Machu Picchu.

IF Machu Picchu is among the destinations listed on your bucket list, you better learn a thing or two before you get going.

1. There are three ways to get to Machu Picchu, but a car isn’t one of them.

You can hike, take a train and/or ride a bus to get to The Lost City, though. There are two trains that go to Aguas Calientes (the town at the base of Machu Picchu): Inca Rail and PeruRail, or you can opt for the lesser known option of taking the bus from Hidroelectrica. To save a few sol (and work for it), hiking is also an option. Aside from the ever popular Inca Trail, there’s also the Salkantay Trek, the Vilcabamba Trek, and the Lares Trek, among others.

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