Everything about the Machu Picchu Airport

Everything about the Machu Picchu Airport


Hey everyone,
I’m David Kosloski with Cachi Life and today we’re talking about Machu Picchu
and how to fly there. So it’s important to mention that you
can’t “fly” to Machu Picchu. You’ll actually be flying into Cusco and
that airport is the Alejandro Velasco Astete International Airport,
abbreviated CUZ. We’re gonna use that abbreviation going
forward because I might have butchered the name.
So from there you’re looking at about a five to eight hour journey to get to
Machu Picchu, depending on the route that you take.
You can take a bus which is estimated at eight hours,
or the other option is a taxi to Ollantaytambo,
roughly two hours plus a train ride, which is an additional two to three
hours. To get to CUZ,
Most of us will be flying in from Lima. Once you arrive CUZ,
you’ll want to take a taxi or a mini bus to get to Cusco city. If you’ve got a group,
you can get a private minivan for about $20 or if you want a free ride from the
airport, just book a Cusco City tour with Cachi
Life right here. Here’s where the fun begins,
so CUZ is notoriously difficult to fly into due to high elevation and cloud
coverage. Not to freak anyone out,
but have heard some crazy stories and bad situations where the pilot did it
touch and go on the runway due to not being able to see where he was landing.
Pretty terrifying stuff. Now I haven’t run into any crazy issues
like that myself, but on one of my flights ,midflight,
they rerouted us to Arequipa where we literally sat on a plane for two hours
before taking off again, it sucked.
On the plus side though, with heavy traffic coming in to CUZ the
Peruvian government signed for a new airport set to be open in 2021 and it’ll
be located in the Sacred Valley, which means you’re that much more closer
to Machu Picchu. Well,
that’s all we got for Machu Picchu airport.
For more information on this specific topic,
click on the blog link below. Again,
guys, I’m Dave Kosloski with Cachi Life.
Happy travels.

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