Choosing the Perfect Way to Reach Machu Picchu

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More than one hundred years ago, getting to Machu Picchu meant embarking in an ordeal only matched to Saturday evening cinema serials. A journey to the Lost City of the Incas entailed having to follow intricate foot-paths, and face unseen dangers, just like what wide-eyed spectators used to watch at adventure films. However, with the passing of time, modern travel has helped the region catch up with the times. Nowadays, travelers from all around the world can reach Machu Picchu effortlessly, by choosing any of the most varied options to suit their needs, wants, budgets and whims.

If you’re short on time, you can take a helicopter ride directly from Cusco city to Machu Picchu. The service can be quite pricy, but the experience will be a memorable one; specially since you’ll be treated to an exclusive service only reserved for busy, top officials, dignataries, and the like.

The most popular way for getting to the Lost City of the Incas is by train. From Cusco to Aguas Calientes you will choose from a variety of train services, from the basic second-class rides, to the luxurious Hiram Bingham. Most upper class trains have on-board food service, live music and ammenities. The Hiram Bingham, considered as one of the best train services in the planet, boasts world-class cuisine, glass ceilings, as well as prime services ready to cater for the most demanding tastes. Once you reach Aguas Calientes, you have the option of either staying the night at a hotel, or taking a short bus ride to Machu Picchu.

Outdoors enthusiasts come from all over the world to take on one of the most celebrated of routes: the Inca Trail. This two to four day trek takes you to astounding mountain passes, through abandoned Inca outposts, and down to enjoy the magnificent flora and fauna of the Cloud Forest. This is truly a once in a lifetime experience.

Regardless of which option you’d like to choose, our specialized staff at Sumaq Hotel will make sure you enjoy Machu Picchu in all its splendor. Whether you’re looking for VIP treatment, or want to experience a more hands-on adventure, let Sumaq Hotel cater for that very special vacation with the right amounts of excitement, comfort, and style.

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