To travel by land between La Paz and Machu Picchu you must divide the journey in two segments. First you need to travel by bus from La Paz to Cusco, which is a 13 hour trip. The buses leave from the bus terminal of La Paz, located on Avenida Peru and they arrive at the bus terminal of Cuzco on Vía Evitamiento. From Cusco you can then take a train towards Machu Picchu. Trains leave every day and the trip lasts about 3:30 hours. There are three different types of trains that make this route at different times of day: PeruRail Expedition, PeruRail Vistadome, and Hiram Bingham Belmond.
La Paz is the seat of government of Bolivia, it’s a city full of thriving cultural life and unique tourist attractions. Due to its location, it is also a city from where it is very easy to travel to Machu Picchu if you are coming from Argentina or Brazil.
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La Paz to Machu Picchu Bus Timetable
TRAVEL OPTIONS FROM LA PAZ TO MACHU PICCHU
Tickets Bolivia offers various travel option to make this journey:
From La Paz to Cusco: You can travel directly from La Paz to Cuzco. The border crossing takes place at the Desaguadero border center. It takes about 2 to 3 hours from La Paz to the Desaguadero, after this the journey is direct to Cuzco without stops. The bus companies offering this service are: Nuevo Continente Internacional (lie-flat bus) and Trans Salvador (lie-flat 3 rows). You can also break the journey to Cuzco by doing a stopover near Lake Titicaca, in Copacabana or Puno.
From Cusco to Machu Picchu: The easiest way to go from Cusco to Machu Picchu is by train. The trip lasts around 3:30 hours and trains leave from the Poroy train station. Poroy is located approximately 20 minutes from the center of Cusco and most tourists arrive from there by bus, taxi or private service. The trains arrive at the Machu Picchu train station in the Las Orquídeas neighborhood.
Please note that transportation service provided by PeruRail can vary a bit depending on the time of the year in which you travel. Between the months of January and April, train services may vary due to the rainy season, and part of the railway is closed for security reasons. In those cases, PeruRail provides a Bimodal Service (Bus + Train). It is a service that combines travel by bus and train, departing and arriving from the city of Cusco.
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SOME TOURISTIC INFORMATION THAT CAN BE OF INTEREST
The Inca Trail: You can reach the ruins of Machu Picchu by train, but you can also choose to do a four-day hike. If you go by train to Aguas Calientes, you can walk up to the ruins in about an hour and a half, or take the public bus that leaves every 20 minutes.
Machu Picchu archeological site: Entrance with walking sticks or very large backpacks is not allowed. Remember to bring enough water, since no food or water is sold inside the archaeological site. If you want to climb Huayna Picchu, there are 400 daily passes sold and which usually book in advance.
Aguas Calientes or Machu Picchu: The town, which has a population of 5,000, receives about 3,000 visitors per day. There is a variety of restaurants, bars, hotels and craft markets.
Accommodation: You will find a wide range of places to stay, from basic hostels and camping areas to five-star hotels.