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Machu Picchu: how to get there by bike

Are you looking for a truly strong and unforgettable experience? The cycling route from Ollantaytambo or Cusco to Machu Picchu is for you!
Machu Picchu is a historical site, to be precise an Inca fortress, located in Peru and which every year is the destination of travelers from all over the world, fascinated by this open-air museum of Inca civilization.

Reaching Macchu Picchu can prove to be not really simple, for this reason it is essential to read up before departure, you will avoid finding nasty surprises once you land.

First of all, you should know that the tickets available for visiting the site have a maximum daily limit of 2500 and, although many may appear to you, know that during the season from May to September, you may not find tickets if you do not book well in advance. . For the rest of the year, however, it is not necessary to buy them in advance.

Tickets can be purchased online , at a price of about € 36 or directly in authorized centers. Furthermore, if you are an adventure lover and you are really expert in hiking, with only about € 7 more, you will have the opportunity to go trekking in Wayna Picchu, the mountain overlooking Machu Picchu. Be careful though, it is a route suitable only for those who have a good physical preparation and is absolutely not recommended for those who have never practiced trekking.

As for the solutions to reach the archaeological site, there are different ones. From the most usual and comfortable ones, such as the train or the minibus which also offer a suggestive view along the way, up to the most daring and adventurous ones like the bicycle route.

Machu picchu how to get there

The first part of the journey goes from Ollantaytambo to Santa Teresa.

Nature, breathtaking views and unique panoramas in the world are what this first stretch has to offer. Obviously it is not an easy stretch to travel if you do not have a workout behind you, in fact you will have to climb the Abra Malaga, a mountain about 4300 meters high, go down to Santa Maria, and then go on a new and equally difficult climb that will lead you in Santa Teresa. Now you just have to go back to the hydroelectric.

The second part goes from hydropower to Machu Picchu pueblo.

Once you reach the hydroelectric, you may have problems with the controls, in fact it is theoretically forbidden to continue by bicycle. The advice, therefore, is to continue on foot, following the train tracks, up to Machu Picchu pueblo, also known by the name of Auguas Calientes, or the village at the foot of Machu Picchu.

The third and final part goes from Machu Picchu pueblo to Machu Picchu

Now you can take one of the many collective buses that will take you to your destination in just 15 minutes, or decide to continue on foot, immersed in the Amazon forest. Many, however, decide to travel this stretch using the means, as the site offers a lot to admire and there is a lot to walk, in short … feel free to choose even taking into account your preparation and resistance.

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