How to Get Here

First you have to fly to Lima, the capital of Peru on the Pacific Coast. Most, but not all flights from the USA and Europe arrive to Lima in the evening requiring an overnight stay. A few airlines to check that may not show up on regular search engines:

Whether to get a hotel or spend the night at the airport in Lima is an individual decision. Most of those that choose to get a hotel go to the district of “Miraflores,” but it is a 30-minute taxi ride from the airport (about $12 US each way).


We recommend either booking the first flight in the morning and posting up at the Starbucks in the airport(free WiFi) or booking a flight later in the morning or early afternoon and getting a hotel at the airport or in Miraflores. Check for recommended hotels/hostals at and International flights generally arrive in Lima between 11pm-12am


There are many flight options for the one hour flight to Cusco. When you check in, be sure to ask for a seat on the LEFT side of the plane for incredible views of the Andes! Check the websites above and also these airlines:


Once in Cusco, it is about a one and a half hour drive to Ollantaytambo, the heart of the Andes mountains, the location of the race and the Gateway to Machu Picchu. Private taxis can be procured at the airport or off the street. Expect to pay about $40 (US) for the drive to Ollantaytambo.


A second option is to go to a popular street corner every taxi driver in Cusco knows called “Pavitos.” From there, shared taxis leave about every fifteen minutes between 6:00 am and 9:00 pm for the drive to Ollantaytambo. Expect to pay about s/10 Soles per person (about $3 US).