Epic Rides in Peru | Cusco to Machu Picchu via Ollantaytambo

Epic Rides in Peru

Cusco to Machu Picchu

(via Ollantaytambo)

This Epic Ride links the most popular tourist attraction in South America with the ancient Inca town of Cusco.


The Ride

On the ride from Cusco you’ll experience the Sacred Valley, endless mountains passes (some at 4500m) and some great examples of Inca cities from days gone by.


Cusco

Cusco was the historic capital of the Inca Empire from the 13th century until the 16th-century Spanish conquest. In 1983, Cusco was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO with the title “City of Cuzco”.

Sacred Valley Local festival

Ollantaytambo

Dominated by two massive Inca ruins, the quaint village of Ollantaytambo, is the best surviving example of Inca city planning, with narrow cobblestone streets that have been continuously inhabited since the 13th century. Because it is half way between Cusco and Machu Picchu, you’ll see alot of buses stopping for a quick break. But with the amazing ruins around, Ollantaytambo is worth at least a night. It’s perfect for wandering the mazy, narrow byways, past stone buildings and babbling irrigation channels, pretending you’ve stepped back in time.


Humantay Lake

After a moderate hike to a 4200m, the gorgeous colours of the lake finally presents itself. With all Inca man-made ruins in the area, it’s great to see some natural sites that are much more tranquil.


Machu Picchu

Shrouded by mist and surrounded by lush vegetation and steep escarpments, the sprawling Inca citadel of Machu Picchu lives up to every expectation. In a spectacular location, it’s the most famous archaeological site on the continent, a must for all visitors to Peru. Like the Mona Lisa or the pyramids, it has been seared into our collective consciousness, though nothing can diminish the thrill of being here. This awe-inspiring ancient city was never revealed to the conquering Spaniards and was virtually forgotten until the early part of the 20th century.

Best (and cheapest) way to visit Machu Picchu on a Moto

Santa Teresa is one of the closest towns to Machu Picchu. From here you can find a cheaper Hospedaje than other more tourist towns nearby

From Santa Teresa, you can either walk or get a taxi to the Hydro Electric Dam on the railroad to Machu Picchu.

From here you just need to walk along the train-line to the base of Machu Picchu.