Be sure to negotiate before you get in, but keep in mind that taxis can be inexpensive, especially if there are a few of you. We were able to get to Sacsayhuaman for only a few dollars. And we rented a cab to take us around the Sacred Valley for a day for about $12 per person (there were 4 of us and if my memory serves me, we negotiated $50 total). The cab driver took us to thePisac Market and Ollaytantambo and waited for us at each place. It was a great way to see the valley at your own pace, and although he was not a tour guide, our taxi driver was friendly and answered our questions.
Taxis in Cuzco were mostly reliable and cheap. Basically can get anywhere for 2 Sol, at least in 2003. No meters, just agree on price before getting in. Best to have coins, was given fake coin as change on one occasion.
- Backpacker: Exclusively designed for passengers who like adventure, who, in turn, look for comfort and safety.
The Backpacker service has remodeled the seats with Inca design upholstery, giving them a very local and indigenous touch, as well as the comfort to have a wide space for the passengers' backpacks.
- Vistadome: The fastest and most comfortable way of visiting Machu Picchu. During the trip, you may taste delicious snacks and hot and cold drinks. Coaches recently renewed, which are supplied with panoramic windows that will allow you enjoying a spectacular sight and take wonderful pictures.
- Hiram Bingham: It has 02 coaches and 42 places for passengers and a bar wagon. It additionally has a kitchen wagon to prepare the food.
Among many of the exquisite design details of coaches there are the big and comfortable seats and extra wide tables. Almost 3 meters long and 30 cm wider than the others in the same route. These coaches are considered among the widest and most comfortable around the world. This service includes: 1 ticket in train, 1 Brunch, 1 Afternoon tea, 1 Cocktail and Gastronomic Dinner, Water, Coffee and Tea and 1 Tour including the entrance to Machu Picchu, 1 round trip bus ticket to the ruins.
Those who have traveled by land the Sacred Valley and do not want to lose time going back to Cusco can also take the train to Machu Picchu at the Ollantaytambo station.
If you have a very short time to visit Peru, the best way of traveling is by plane. The International Airport Jorge Chávez in Lima is the main hub for the local connections of flights. From Lima to Cusco, there are 1,165 Km (724 miles) and you need 20 hours by land and 1 hour by plane. The Velasco Astete Airport in Cusco has received 366,325 foreign tourists in the year 2002.
To move within the perimeter of the city of Cusco, the visitor may choose the public transportation, which uses buses and minibuses with a fixed route and which tariff is quite economic.
Regarding taxis, tariffs are agreed before getting on the vehicle, due to the lack of taximeters.
If you want to go to Machu Picchu, the visitor must take the train directly to Aguas Calientes. From there, take the buses going uphill until the citadel.
The usual way of reaching Machu Picchu is by train. There are 112 kilometers between Cusco and the Puente Ruinas station in Aguas Calientes at the foot of Machu Picchu.
From the San Pedro Cusco station (next to the Huánchac market) three train services are offered daily to join this city with the Machu Picchu station. This is an incredible travel. You have to be careful with the things you carry with you. Services start at 6:00 in the morning.
If you buy the tickets through an agency travel, you will be picked up from your hotel to go to the station, and after the visit you will be taken back to your hotel at dusk.
One of the peculiarities of the travel is that during the first half hour, the train passes by the Picchu Mountain through the zigzagging way until reaching the highest point called "El Arco" in the northeastern part of the city.
Going on, you go down by the Poroy, Cachimatyo and Izcuchaca towns towards the Pampa de Anta, a wide cattle raising area. Running by the narrow ravine of Pomatales, it glides towards the Sacred Valley of the Incas to the Pachar station. You cross the Urubamba River towards the right bank to reach the Ollantaytambo station and go ahead to Puente Ruinas, the final destination.
There are three types of services: tourism train or backpacker, railcar or Vista Dome and the Hiram Bingham service. They depart very early in the morning and return in the evening.
Just wanted to let you know that there might be pan pipers at Cusco airport when you land. Something you don't usually get at Heathrow. Adds a personal touch I think.