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There’s just one Machu Picchu in the world. And only one reliable mean of transportation to get there: a train.
That makes for a fabulous monopoly, and the possibility to get dirty easy money from tourists.
So, I’ll provide you some basics about Machu Picchu and then explain you some of the alternative routes to get to Machu Picchu.
But first, let me recommend you the grungy, friendly, cheap hostel “Let’s go Bananas“. in Cuzco. That’s where I was provided all the useful infos on how to get to Machu Picchu – and where I found several other people to join me and Damian in the adventure. “Let’s go bananas” is also a bar – so you can go there for a coffee, a breakfast or a fruit juice.
First of all, a look at the map just to get an idea.
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The nearest village to Machu Picchu is Aguas Calientes, at about one hour and a half walking distance.
You’re going to spend at least one night there.
You can’t see it from the map, but it’s a really narrow valley, and Aguas Calientes is connected to the rest of the world only through a railway and through hiking trails.
In fact, this post is basically about how to get to Aguas Calientes from Cuzco. I haven’t mentioned it – but ure enough, you’re starting from Cusco.
As I said, no road (and hence, no car) arrive in Aguas Calientes.
The nearest roads arrive at two points: Hydroelectrica, a power plant 12kms away from Aguas Calientes, or in Piscakucho, a little place where the Inca Trail begins.
Hence, you get at least three possibilities
Other options might be possible. For example, we found a van bringing us directly from Hydroelectrica to Cuzco for S/.30.
This post is really detailed about how to do the Santa Maria way. We actually did something different, as we could find (by chance) a van that brought us directly to Cuzco. And this is about getting back from Aguas Calientes. You can just do it in the reverse order to get from Aguas Calientes to Cuzco.
You can get a bus for approximately 10 US$ to Machu Pichu. But that’s not for you. You want to walk up the hill for about one hour and a half.
I travel with a ridicolously big mochila (backpack).
And I have so much more at home!
I sometimes feel my travel experience would be so much better without all those things I bring with me, and that I belong to my stuff much more than my stuff belongs to me.
Getting to know the existence of Richard Roberts, who lives outdoors and always carries with him all of his belongings in his everyday life, gave me a new perspective and made me feel quite stupid.
Richards tunes pianos and lives outdoors in London, all his belongings being a bicicle, smartphone, and little more.
This kind of living makes it possible to work less, save more money and be healthier in both body and mind. And is oh so distant from consumism.
He reminds me of Uruguay’s president Jose Mujica‘s speech about the relationship between sustainable development and human happiness.
I find ‘s experiment extremely fascinating; while it’s not something everyone could do, it’ definitely an original and innovative way of living.
He got rid of (or he did not have) many socially accepted addictions and shows how it’s possible to live a sustainable life out of very little.