Hey all, just thought i´d post about the alternate way to get to Aguas caliente, went there on that damn expensive train, but misread the return ticket and missed my lift back. They wanted $40 to get back to ollantaytambo, which I didn´t have, so I walked along the railline instead. Met quiet a few others doing it on my way, including many locals.
Took about 8 hours to get to the town where the road starts, can´t remember the name, but its at km82 on the track(29kms from aguas caliente), stayed the night with a family there, and caught a bus to ollantaytambo the next morning for 2 soles.
I really enjoyed the walk, its flat the whole way, has beautiful scenery, ruins, and the people who live by the tracks are really nice, and happy to see you and chat. It was sad to see the poverty of them in opposition to the thousands made by the railway every day.
There are a few shops along the way to buy food/drink, I would encourage people to walk at least one way and stop and buy things from the locals, at least your money is helping the people who need it that way, not making the rich richer.
Will definately look into this when we get there... in about 2 months!
Sounds much better than spending lots of money on a train too
im in sel calafate at the moment and have spent too much....
whats the cheapest way to do macchu pichu without going for the full on tour...
how high can i go by bus or train and then how far is it to get to the top...
also, can this be done in one day?
thanks in advance
From cusco, catch the bus to ollantaytambo for 5 soles, taxi driver shoud know where you catch it from, just ask. Its in av Grau from memory. in ollantaytambo, there are mini buses and trucks in the main square, you need to get the one that goes to the town at km 82 on the train line, don´t remember the name though, just tell them youre trying to get to aguas caliente. should cost 2 soles.
From the town, you walk 29kms along the tracks to aguas caliente. You need to buy a ticket for macchu pichu there, which is $50-60, don´t recall exactly. You can then catch the bus to the top for 18soles, or walk the 8kms up. There are shortcut paths at the start of the climb, just look for the arrows, but towards the top you have to zigzag up on the road.
Leave as early as possible, like 4am to get there early before the big rush gets in from cusco. Its great early in the morning, a really special place, but after 10, it gets ridiculously crowded.
Take water and food with you, as its super expensive to buy there, you´re not supposed to take it in with you, but they don´t check packs, just be sure not to litter! you can only take small day packs into the site- 30litres max, there is a place to store larger ones.
hope that helps,
thank you for your reply andrew...you have been very helpful...