Cuzco Transportation

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    cuzco means of transport

    by christian99 Written Nov 21, 2004

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    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.

    Me behind a puclla in cuzco Can you see me?

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    Cusco - Aguas Calientes - Cusco Trains:

    by christian99 Written Nov 21, 2004

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    - 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.

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    Taking a bus shortcut on way back from Aquas Calie

    by Tom_In_Madison Written May 26, 2007

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    The backpacker train taking you from Aquas Calientes to Cuzco is going uphill, and as you near the end of the trip it goes thru many switchbacks and generally takes a while. A 'shortcut' you can take will cut 30-40 minutes off the trip of the train, and it will be a bit better comfortwise.

    You basically get off the train at the POROY stop, the last stop it makes before Cuzco. You move fast, because others know about it and the bus can only take about 20-25 people. A ticket costs 5 soles($1.67).

    If you are too slow, and can't get a seat on the bus, you can go back to the train....they wait to make sure everyone gets a seat or gets back on the train.

    The bus also lets you out right on the main square/Plaza Armas, not by the train station--usually you'll be closer to your hotel now and can walk instead of taking a cab. It's also a bit safer in the Plaza than by the train station.

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    Facts about the Machu Picchu train route.

    by kzapanta Written Jan 30, 2007

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    Facts I found to be true:
    1. Cuzco to Machu Picchu is actually a total decrease in elevation, not increase.
    2. Even though its hard to book train tickets online in advance, try your hardest. At least book at a ticket counter a few days before.
    3. If your a traveler who likes to cram as much as possible, it is possible to fly from Lima to Cuszo on the first flight out, and get to M.P. by train that morning. It just you won't catch the train in Cuzco but have to get a taxi to Ollantambo to catch the train there at 9am. You can make it if you don't make mistakes.
    4. The longest part of the train ride is the hill right in front of Cuzco. Its switchback for an hour plus. As posted by other VTers, thanks for the info, you can take and get off at Ollantambo and taxi to and from Cuzco or even better get off at Punoy next to Cuzco and take a bus system waiting to take you to Cuzco and save time.
    5. Check the next tip about backpacker train vs. Vistadome train.

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    Tourismo Buses- never what they seem

    by kzapanta Written Nov 1, 2006

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    Tourismo Buses are the double decked buses. On all major towns and cities there is the bus station with stalls of all bus companies trying to sell you thier tickets to thier buses.

    Whatever picture of leather full reclining seats, brand new buses, toilets where you can sit down on,.... Don't believe it. Once you jump on the bus, you'll see its exactly all the same. Used bus with fabric seats that only recline down a few degrees, awful "toilets" you can't even squeeze in to shu the door.

    On our overnight bus from Cuzco to Puno, we were awoke in the middle of the night by a woman's screaming. Her carryon bag (with camera, passport, and all money) was stolen right from under her seat. So be careful.

    San Luis bus company. Don't use them.
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  • Cuzco Airport

    by flynboxes Written Mar 9, 2009

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    Cuzco now has a nice mordern airport with jetways and a first aide station if you need O2 on arrival. While the Govt has closed it to international flights the following airlines fly here from Lima.
    Star Peru
    LAN Peru and TACA Peru....TACA and LAN both fly modern 319/321s here while Star flies older 737-200s and the poor mans 747 - the Avro 146.
    There is even helicopter service here to MP in the MI 8 or another helicopter. Don't know if the one in the pic is used for that or the local Air Force.
    Try and check in at least 90 min prior to your flight as these flights can be oversold. Also due to the altitude everything comes and goes in the am hours. Terminal is full by 07:00. We left Lima on a monday morning around 7 and just made it out. Due to the rain in Cuzco the flights after that were either delayed or xld....so book the earliest flights you can get going both ways.
    And don't forget the airport tax prior to hitting the security line.

    Inside the terminal From the street From a Star 737 Need a lift in an MI 8 to MP?
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    Facts about the Machu Picchu train route.

    by kzapanta Written Jan 30, 2007

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    Facts I found to be true:
    1. Cuzco to Machu Picchu is actually a total decrease in elevation, not increase.
    2. Even though its hard to book train tickets online in advance, try your hardest. At least book at a ticket counter a few days before.
    3. If your a traveler who likes to cram as much as possible, it is possible to fly from Lima to Cuszo on the first flight out, and get to M.P. by train that morning. It just you won't catch the train in Cuzco but have to get a taxi to Ollantambo to catch the train there at 9am. You can make it if you don't make mistakes.
    4. The longest part of the train ride is the hill right in front of Cuzco. Its switchback for an hour plus. As posted by other VTers, thanks for the info, you can take and get off at Ollantambo and taxi to and from Cuzco or even better get off at Punoy next to Cuzco and take a bus system waiting to take you to Cuzco and save time.
    5. Check the next tips about backpacker train vs. Vistadome train on my Machu Picchu travel page.

    view from the train
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  • Train to Machu Picchu

    by flynboxes Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    3 trains to MP. Only the Backbacker leaves from Cuzco (San Pedro station- Not Huanchac where you bought your ticket. Cost is $48 USD each way. When we took it- left Cuzco at 06:50 (be at the station 30 min prior) and left Aguas at 5pm. The trains don't go to MP but rather AC at least the Backpacker. As for a seat next to the food cart/restroom as there is more leg room. Rest of the train is club seating at at 6'3" I spent 4 hours sitting sideways for the most part.
    The Vistadome (overhead window an nicer seats but not by much leaves from Poroy at 06:57 and costs $71.00 USD each way
    Hiram Bingham (glorified dining car for people who like to waste money leaves at 09:00. Cost is $334/337
    Buy your return tickets at least a day in advance as they fill up.
    The ticket office at Huanchac takes cash (2 ATMS out front) or credit cards (for the Puno run. They wanted cash for out AC run)
    Puno train costs $143 and is Andean Explorer class leaving at 08:00 and takes close to 10 hours with the stops.
    Bring some drinks and snacks from the market as food on the train is a rip off like it is on most trains.

    Following the Rio to MP A short stop at the Inca trail An engine Entrance to Aguas Calientes Station Kim and I
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  • Da bus

    by flynboxes Written Mar 11, 2009

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    Unless you are in great shape and feeling like climbing some serious steps you will get soaked again in Aguas. There are special buses which go from Aguas to MP every ten minutes or less for $14.00 USD each way and it takes about 30 min to make it up all the switchbacks..kind of oa cool ride but I got tired or paying to do everything here. Follow the signs down from the train station, buy your MP entrance pass and then head down to the bus stop for your bus tickets.

    The bus is middle right side- see it?
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  • Buses to Ollamtaytambo and then train to Mac Pic

    by oerkenbo Updated Feb 11, 2008

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    There are frequent buses to Urubamba from Puente Grau (every half hour). The trip takes about 90 minutes and costs S/3.5. (about 1 USD). Once you arrive at the Urubamba bus terminal, there're frequent van connections (S/1) to Ollamtaytambo, where there's a nice ruin included in your Boleto Turistico. This way, you can take in a nice ruin at your leisure, then travel to Aguas Calientes from Ollam on the train, rather than wasting a day in Aguas. (and I do mean wasting.)

    Near the bus station in Ollam

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    Lima-Cusco

    by ThiagoRamos Written Jan 5, 2007

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    The best way to get to Cuzco is flying from Lima. Taca and Lan Peru operate flights with a reasonable regularity.

    The distance between Cusco and Lima is 1.165 km, but you have to go all the way up the Andean Cordillera and this slows a lot the bus trip, which takes around 25-30 hours.

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    Train to Aguas Calientes

    by ThiagoRamos Written Jan 5, 2007

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    To go to Machu Picchu, take a train to Aguas Calientes and then a bus to Machu Picchu.

    There are 2 options of trains to Aguas Calientes: the Backpacker (cheaper) and the Vistadome (more expensive). We took the Backpacker to go and the Vistadome to come back (the Backpacker was already crowded) and I can tell you that there is no big difference between them. Don´t hesitate: take the Backpacker!!!
    The train trip takes around 4 hours...

    Machu Picchu is almost next door to Aguas Calientes. The bus will take you there in 15 minutes.

    Map of the Railroad Cusco-Machu Picchu
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    Plane to from Cuzco and how to get to Machu Picchu

    by kzapanta Updated May 18, 2007

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    PLANE AND BUS OPTIONS TO/FROM CUZCO: 1 OF 3

    There are always questions every week in the Peru Travel board about transporation in/out to Cuzco.

    I am creating this so that I can just send the link to the new questioner. In the future, plese take 3 minutes to scroll down or search in the travel pages. Anyway, your in luck, here are your answers:

    From Lima the only reasonable way to get to Cuzco is by plane. $60-$110 one way depending on season and other factors. Flights from Lima are only in the early mornings to Cuzco and Cuzco to Lima only in the afternoon/evenings.

    There is a way for you to get the first flight of Lima hit Cuzco catch the backpacker train in Ollyantambo and be in Machu Picchu THAT SAME morning. You will have to hunt in my tips to find how. By the way, if you fully understood that, then you now know that you can 'check off' M.P. off your list all in one day the FIRST day after you arrive in Peru. And train out in the afternoon, minus the whining about altitude sickness.

    Here is the simplest website for domestic flight in Peru: http://www.go2peru.com/lan_peru2.htm
    It shows you all flights broken down by regions. If you don't see a connection on this page, it does not exist. (Example: Cuzco - Iquitos, negative)

    By Bus:
    You can arrive to Cuzco by bus from Lima but its 22 hours and very long, slow, unworth it. Real choice to be using a bus is if your going/coming from Puno or even in some cases Arequipa.

    There are two kinds of bus systems and depots in Cuzco, the Torismo double decker buses geared for toursists and 'first class' bus travel. And the other is the local bus system going to the same towns and cities but are cheaper, smaller buses. Websites? Well there isn't one that I know of, sorry.

    Its your choice on what system you want to experience. I won't try to convince you either way (at least on this tip). Point is there is two ways.

    Transportation by train and how and where to go up to Machu Picchu and Agua Caliente on the next tips.

    Night of arrival in Lima, probably the same for u.
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  • 2 international flights per week from Cuzco

    by socheid Written Jan 27, 2012

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    Hi all,

    As an option if you are travelling to or from Cuzco and you want to make some decent time.

    While there´s a bunch of domestic flights for Cuzco (peruvianairlines seem to easily be the least expensive), there is an option for international travel from Cuzco airport. Aerosur fly on each of a Thursday and Sunday from Bolivia to La Paz. From La Paz there are connecting flights onwards many of which seem to go via Santa Cruz in Eastern Bolivia. Yesterday I flew from Cuzco to La Paz, then on to Santa Cruz later in the day and stayed there last night. Today is one of the days Aerosur fly from Santa Cruz to Asuncion, an attractive option with Foz du Iguassu being only 5 hours from there by bus.

    Another useful option from Asuncion is the daily flight from there on to Buenos Aires.

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    trains and planes

    by nhoolb Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    You can check Peru rail on their website.
    Inka express has a tourist bus Cusco-Puno and vv.
    http://www.inkaexpress.com

    Look for my Peru-transportation page with tips on flights and buses.
    Info January 2006

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