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Train reservations needed in Cusco to Machu Picchu?

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1. Posted by lisasd (Budding Member 43 posts) 10y

I will be in Peru next month and only have 3 days in Cusco. Do I need to book my train to Machu Picchu in advance? The first day I fly into Cusco in the morning so I can't go that day but have the rest of the day to buy a ticket. That only leaves me 2 possible days to go.

Your advice and prior experience is greatly appreciated.


2. Posted by Utrecht (Moderator 5597 posts) 10y

It won't be a problem. I was there around september, end of highseason and tickets for every day were available immediately.....which is not a mircale with that prices

3. Posted by lisasd (Budding Member 43 posts) 10y

Thanks. I just don't want to get all the way there only to have the train sold out. I will be taking the Vista Dome train, not the backpacker train.

What about the bus to Machu Picchu and the entrance fee? I am assuming I can buy of those when I get there too?

4. Posted by Utrecht (Moderator 5597 posts) 10y

I took the Vista Dome as well, mainly because I hate the word backpacker train;)
Plenty of buses in Aguas Calientes, 1 minute walk from the train station and you just buy your ticket in the bus.
But maybe better if you take a day trip, is to arrange it as well in Cuzco, including entrance fee and a guide for just an hour. It's much nicer to know something and to hear something than reading it in a guide book.
Like I said, it doesn't come cheap, but hey, everything has it price. I didn't feel like walking for days, so i did a trip (actually cheaper than the Inca trail itself, so why bother) for a day.

5. Posted by lisasd (Budding Member 43 posts) 10y

Thank you.

The Vista Dome now has a 2nd return train that leaves Aguas Calientes at 5:00pm. (instead of the earlier 3:00pm one)

Are there guides or groups once I arrive at Machu Picchu? The "package" that includes all the fees is $180. But if I do it myself its $105 for the Vistadome + $30 for the entrance fee and bus. So if I can get a guide or tour there for under $45 I can save some money.

6. Posted by Utrecht (Moderator 5597 posts) 10y

Actually, just join a group, no one will no you are on a group. You can spend all the time by yourself of course, but unless you are going to walk a the last part of the Inca trail and back, it gets pretty boring after a couple of hours.

7. Posted by lisasd (Budding Member 43 posts) 10y

You are the first person to admit that. Everyone says that a couple of hours isn't enough time up there. I would imagine a couple of hours is plenty of time.

8. Posted by Utrecht (Moderator 5597 posts) 10y

Well, yes, many people just say things because they think that will be the best answer...because it should be said that way otherwise it's wrong.

I've met other people who thought so the same. I met travelers who walked the Inca trail and found Machu Picchu a bit disappoiting even! Glad I haven't done the Inca trail.
Many 'backpackers' say that the more time you have somewhere the more you will appreciate it. Well, of course just one day in New York or a week in India is not enough, but for one view and walking around a place, it's more then enough!

[ Edit: Edited on Feb 9, 2007, at 3:12 AM by Utrecht ]

9. Posted by lisasd (Budding Member 43 posts) 10y

Great. Thanks for your help.