Written on March 10, 2014 by

Machu Picchu by motorcycle

Getting to Machu Picchu from Cusco isn’t that complicated. There are several ways. Expensive trains, cheap taxis and for the adventurous guys like us a few motorcycle rentals.

It depends on your preferred mode of traveling. There are three ways to get to Machu Picchu from Cusco. Doesn’t matter how you travel. You need to go to Agua Calientes which is a small touristic village next to Machu Picchu. You can take a comfy train from Ollantaytambo (1:30 hrs from Cusco) to Agua Calienties for 100 USD roundtrip. The cheapest way is a taxi to Hidroelectrica (6:00 hrs from Cusco) for 20 – 30 Soles and then you can choose between a train for 22 USD one way or hiking for two or three hours to Agua Calienties.

Motorcycle to Machu Picchu

What you should know

There are some tips and tricks you should know about traveling to Machu Picchu:

  • Prices for trains are never in roundtrip so better check if you have a return ticket.
  • Prices for taxis are really cheap like 20 Soles for 6 hours of driving.
  • Renting a motorcycle or a car is not expensive. Build groups to save money.
  • You will have internet everywhere even in Agua Calientes which is far up in the mountains.
  • A hostel on the way to Hidroelectica costs around 15 Soles but in Agua Calientes around 28 Soles.

Motorcycle to Machu Picchu

What we did

There is a way to Machu Picchu for all kind of people. The comfortable, the low-budget and the adventurous. We took the adventurous way and rented our own motorcycles to get there. The best part of it is you don’t need any driver’s license at all. It costs around 230 Soles for three days but you have to pay your gas which is 40 Soles to full. You have to fill the motorcycle just two times except you want to do some more cruising through Sacred Valley. It takes six hours to get to Hidroelectrica without stopping for taking photos or eating. After that you have to hike for two or three hours to get to Agua Calientes. You might need more than three days if you don’t want to get stressed. We did it in three days but it was hard and stressful so better add one day.

Motorcycle to Machu Picchu


Machu Picchu is one of the most amazing sights of South America. People swear you have to do the Inca Trail but it’s really expensive and peruvian people carry your whole equipment. Doesn’t sound like a real adventure. Do it yourself. With a motorcycle through the Andes. Doesn’t sound that adventurous? You won’t be disappointed.

Motorcycle to Machu Picchu

Johann Schröder
About the author

My name is Johann Schröder. I'm a digital nomad, graphic designer, blogger, and frontend developer. I replaced my office job in Germany with living and working for my passions. I travel the world while solving design problems.



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