Approximate budget from Cusco to Machu Picchu

by / Viernes, 08 Julio 2016 / Published in Travel

Post updated to January 2015!

Approximate budget from Cusco to Machu Picchu

One of the most frequently asked questions on the blog, how much is the approximate budget of Cusco to Machu Picchu. Many people say that the food, hotels, travel agencies, well … everything is expensive. It is true that there are very expensive services, but looking can be found for every budget. Much depends on the type of trip, as an exclusive luxury service or has a higher price. What is more expensive is the airfare and tickets to Machu Picchu and train to foreigners.

Inca Trail to Machu Picchu

Inca Trail to Machu Picchu

I reached some useful data to calculate your travel budget. Facts my trip and others who have recently traveled. For dollar exchange rate is US $ 1.00 per S /. 3.30

  • Hotels in Cusco
    Economic Hospedajes from 50-80 dollars per night for a double room. ($ 16 to $ 28).
  • Food
    The maximum savings and buenaza food on the market: breakfast 4-6 soles (1.5 to $ 2) lunches 8-10 soles (3 to 3.5 US dollars). Fruit juices are very good and they serve akimbo, from 3-6 soles ($ 1 to $ 3).

Restaurants near the main square with menus from 10 to 20 soles (3.5 to $ 7).
If you want typical food you must go to La Chomba, per plate from 10 to 20 soles.

  • Transport
  1. Taxis in the city: 4 soles ($ 1.5)
  2. Cusco to Ollantaytambo: van 12 soles ($ 4.00) per person
  3. Cusco to Pisac: 2 suns in bus
  • Tickets Tourist Attractions 

a)Machu Picchu

There are various types and prices of tickets to Machu Picchu.

Input Type adult Abroad
National adult
Machu Picchu only 128 64
Machu Picchu Huayna Picchu 152 90
Machu Picchu most museum 150 86

Tickets purchased in:

Travel Cusco Machu Picchu

Travel Cusco Machu Picchu

b) Cusco Tourist Ticket:

It includes tickets to archaeological sites: Ollantaytambo, Sacsayhuaman, Pisac, Kenko, Puca Pucara, Tipon, Moray, Pikillacta, Chinchero.

Peru: S /. 70 (adults) and S /. 40 (students)
Foreign Adults: S /. 130 ($ 43)
Foreign Students: S /. 70 ($ 23)boletoturisticocusco

Tickets are valid for only 10 days. There are also tickets per circuit and can find more information at the page Cosituc, official organization administrator Cusco Tourist Ticket.

c) Churches in Cusco: from 10-25 soles ($ 4 to $ 9)

d) Inka Museum: 5 Peruvian soles and 10 soles ($ 4) foreign

e) Qoricancha: 10 soles

f) Maras Salt Mine: 10 soles

  • Train to Machu Picchu

Peruvians can go by local train: 20 soles round trip.

Foreign tourist train prices range from US $ 48 to US $ 290 per segment (one-way), it varies schedules and services. The cheapest service is Peru Rail Expedition

  • Bus from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu

If you’re in savings plan you can climb on foot. The trail is well marked and steep. As recommended by our friend Raul Torres, the rise time is at least 1 hour. The end time will depend on your walking pace.

Price of return on the bus: US $ 19 and US $ 13 foreigners Peruvian

Unfortunately since February 2015 prices will rise to $ 24 for foreigners and $ 15 for Peruvians.

  • Guide in Machu Picchu

Approx. 20 soles ($ 7) per person if a guide is contracted between 5 to 6 people. In the same Machu Picchu can hire guides and is expected to form a group.

  • Guides in other archaeological sites

If they will not travel in agency can hire guides in the same archaeological sites. I do not know if there everywhere, I think so. Prices vary. In Tipon, I paid 15 soles per guide per group of 3 people (5 soles per person). In Quenko I paid 20 soles for 2, and Qoricancha cost 15 soles for 2.

Depends on the number of group and if there are many people looking for a guide.

  • Airfare and ground to Cusco

If you are flying and are a resident of Peru you can access LAN promotions. They are very good but just fast and can not be rescheduled once purchased tickets. For foreign airlines are cheaper lines Star Peru and Peruvian Airlines.

If you go by bus, they are like 20-21 hour drive from Lima. Rates vary by type of service. I recommend bus bed.

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