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A less than three hours flight from Ecuador takes you to Lima the capital of Peru, the entrance to a world of ancient Indian history. After arrival to Lima, normally in the afternoon, you will need to spend one night in the city before departure very early morning, one hour flight to Cusco.
Laying over 3000 meters high on the Andes, Cusco offers you a wide variety of hotels and hostels that provide accommodation for all budgets.
The train to Machu Picchu leaves from Cusco central station at around 6am ,you can choose from the fancy Inca train which offers breakfast aboard also with a bar service to compensate the about 4 hours ride ,or you can take the backpacker train with basic facilities at a lower price - and a little longer ride - however still enjoying the beautiful scenery on the way down to Aguas Calientes a little town - end of the train ride where buses await you to take you to the entrance of Machu Picchu, the most famous Inca ruins in the world where you can learn about the life of Incas hundreds of years ago.
Another form to visit Machu Picchu is to walk along the famous Inca trail, you still need to take the train from Cusco just not all the way to Aguas Calientes and get off more or less half way there and start walking with highly trained guides .The walk - depending on where you start it - can take from 3 up to 5 days.
For this adventurous way of discovering the road the native Incans walked along many years ago will require a very good physical condition and a general medical check out is necessary before starting the hike.
All necessary equipment such as tents and cooking facilities are provided for this treck as well as a team of local guides and assistants who help you carry the tents for camping at night and all supplies.
Once you reach the end of the walk generally at sunrise you will se the exact view of the entrance the Incas saw when they arrived to Machu Picchu.
And of course if you want you can stay there in the hotel to relax and have a comfortable rest after the demanding walk.
* Entrance fees to Machu Picchu and airport taxes are not included and must be payed at arrival.