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Details after arriving at Machu Picchu by Vistadome

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Details after arriving at Machu Picchu by Vistadome

Hello,

One thing not clear to me is what the final leg of the journey entails. We will be taking the Vistadome from Cuzco (Poroy) to Machu Picchu. Is there a bus that takes one the last leg up the mountain to Machu Picchu... does one hike... what are all the options after disembarking from the train etc.? I need to know to determine the best train scheduling / time estimates for that day.

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Marc

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1. Re: Details after arriving at Machu Picchu by Vistadome

The train just drops you at Aguas Calientes. You then need to go to your hotel or visit MP site, for which you will need to walk to the bus station and catch it to go up (20 minute ride) to the entrance to MP, after you have purchased the entry ticket which you can get via internet.

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2. Re: Details after arriving at Machu Picchu by Vistadome

Hello xochitl,

Thank you for your reply. Do I need to book the bus prior to arriving or can I purchase a ticket at the bus depot?

I trust this is the link for the entry tickets:

http://www.machupicchu.gob.pe/

Kind regards,

Marc

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3. Re: Details after arriving at Machu Picchu by Vistadome

You do not need to pre-book the bus. It's a simple shuttle that leaves every 5-10 minutes. You can buy the bus tickets from the kiosk right next to the bus line and you just get on the next bus that is leaving. Be sure to buy a round trip so you have a ticket to come back down and don't have to wait to buy a ticket again at the top.

You have the correct link for buying the entry tickets but note lots of people have trouble using it. If you search through the forum you'll see tips like use the Spanish site, we a verified Visa, or just have your hotel or a travel agent book it for you.

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4. Re: Details after arriving at Machu Picchu by Vistadome

Thanks everyone, much appreciated.

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5. Re: Details after arriving at Machu Picchu by Vistadome

You could also buy it from the Perurail office (Wanchaq station) in Cusco.

Otherwise just buy it when you arrive in Aguas Calientes.

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6. Re: Details after arriving at Machu Picchu by Vistadome

You can buy a bus ticket. Note that it's a little bit confusing to get from the train to where you buy the ticket and board the bus. You have to walk through a market and it's not that clearly marked. We were rushing to make our 10AM time slot for Huayna Picchu, and were a little stressed. It didn't help that our bus had a flat tire half way up. Anyways, allow yourself plenty of time to buy the ticket and catch the bus.

Also, if you buy a roundtrip, the return is supposedly only good on the same day. However, we used ours the next day with no problem. This seems to be the "norm" in Peru. Lots of rules, but seldom enforced.

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