Machu Picchu is the most visited place in Peru in South America. It is an archeological site that causes admiration for being located on the top of a mountain that is surrounded by a landscape that causes admiration, such uniqueness has been reason to be recognized as a historical and natural sanctuary by UNESCO.
Where Exactly is Machu Picchu Located
The UTM coordinates of Machu Picchu are:
13º 10´19 ″ and 13º 14´ 00 ″ of south latitude, and
72 ° 30 ′ 5 ″ and 72 ° 36 ′ 33 ″ of west longitude.
- Continent: South America
- Country: Peru
- Region: Cusco
- Province: Urubamba
- District: Machu Picchu
How to get to Machu Picchu
Aguas Calientes is the closest town to Machu Picchu
The Inca city of Machu Picchu (the best known and most visited part) is located on the top of the mountain, to access this site you must pass through Aguas Calientes that is located in the lower part of the same mountain. From Aguas Calientes you climb on a road (approximately 2 hours) or by bus (approximately 25 minutes)
Cusco is the closest city to Machu Picchu
The distance betwen Cusco and Machu Picchu is 74.7 km. but;
The shortest route to get to Machu Picchu from Cusco:
Due to the mountainous geography of the Andes, the shortest route is Cusco – Ollantaytambo – Huarocondo – Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu:
- 84 km by car: Cusco to Ollantaytambo 1 hour and 8 minutes.
- 30 km by train: Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes.
- 8.4 km by bus: Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu
The cheapest route to visit Machu Picchu from Cusco
230 km The total distance from Cusco to Machu Picchu via Hydroelectric. You pass through Huarocondo, Ollantaytambo, Abra Malaga, Santa Maria, Santa Teresa, Cocalmayo (optional) and Hidroelectrica.