Machu Picchu by Train – 2 Days / 1 Night

OVERVIEW

Overview:

  • Duration: 2 days / 1 night
  • Starting point: Cusco
  • Ending point: Cusco
  • Group Size: Max. 15 people visiting Machu Picchu.
  • Travel Style: Archaeological and Cultural tour.
  • Tour Rating: The Tour to Machu Picchu is a very recommendable way to discover the charm and magic of the Inca Civilization.
  • Difficult Level: Easy.
  • Altitude: 3400 masl(Cusco City) going down to 2400 masl(Machu Picchu)
  • Departure Dates: Daily departures.

Highlights:

  • Discover the charm and magic of Machu Picchu.
  • Explore this interesting Archeological Sites along the Tour and learn about the mysteries of the ancient Inca Culture.
  • Informative Trip led by a friendly and expert local guide.
  • Travel by train alongside to beautiful landscapes and see natural bridges, Andean valleys, canyons, mountains and cloud forest.
  • All entrance tickets and permits are includes
  • Complimentary pickup and drop off from all Cusco hotels
  • Enjoy the Hot springs with thermo-medicinal water in Aguas Calientes Town.
  • Ideal for couples, group of friends, nature lovers, and for all the family.

What you can expect:

Machu Picchu is located around 2400 m. (7874ft.). It was a very important Inca City, the political, religious, administrative and cultural center in its region during the Inca Period. Actually is considered the most famous archaeological site of South America, it has magnificent work of the Inca masons such as an outstanding mix of Inca paving stones placed over trails, Temples, Inca houses, agriculture terraces, warehouses, water channels, fountains and much more, and whole these places can be visited currently.
Along this full day tour you will discover the magic and charm of these great sites, learning about the Inca Civilization and the interesting local life. Actually is the major tourist destination of Peru, receiving nearly 2 million visitors a year.

This amazing day, we will pick you up very early to discover the mysteries of majestic Machu Picchu. Enjoy a trip over a nice and scenic train to Aguas Calientes Town. Then, you’ll transfer to a bus for a brief journey to the archaeological site of Machu Picchu, where you will enjoy a beautiful day and you will be amazed for this magical place. After the tour you will have free time to explore the complex at your own pace or you can walk to the Sun Gate for great views of the area below or take a short path to Inca Bridge. Take unforgettable pictures before heading back. Have for sure you will come back home with the satisfaction of having fulfilled a dream.

ITINERARY

DETAILED ITINERARY

EXCURSION BY TRAIN TO MACHU PICCHU – 2 DAYS / 1 NIGHT

  • DAY 1: Cusco – Ollantaytambo – Aguas Calientes Town.
  • DAY 2: Aguas Calientes town – Machu Picchu – Ollantaytamabo – Cusco.

*If you wish to walk to Huayna Picchu Mountain or Machu Picchu Mountain, please ask for available spaces when you book your tour because is subject to availability, just 400 spaces a day.

DAY 1: CUSCO – OLLANTAYTAMBO – AGUAS CALIENTES TOWN.

We will pick you up from your Cusco hotel at 10:00 am. and you will be transported by car for 1 hour and 30 minutes until the Train Station located in the town of Ollantaytambo (2800 masl.), here you will catch the train to take you to Aguas Calientes Town. In order to meet various customer needs, you can choose from three different types of trains:Train Expetion, Train Vistadome and Train Executive Class – choose the one that best suits your needs.

The trip by train is a very pleasant experience through beautiful landscapes with amazing views of the magnificent peruvian mountains, for about 1 hour and 40 minutes in a nice and scenic train to Aguas Calientes Village (2000 masl).

When you get Aguas Calientes Village, in the Train Station will be waiting for you one of our representatives, who will lead the chosen hotel. Here you will have all the afternoon to know the town of “Aguas Calientes” exploring by yourself, and if you want you have the choice to enjoy the thermo-medicinal baths of the Town.
In the evening, at your hotel our tour guide will provide you very important information about your next day, so you’re fully prepared for your visit to Machu Picchu on the last day. After, it is advisable to go to sleep at a reasonable time in our comfortable hotel in order to wake up in the early hours of the morning to get Machu Picchu.

DAY 2: AGUAS CALIENTES – MACHU PICCHU INCA SITE – CUSCO

Very early in the morning, after breakfast we leave from the Machu Picchu Hotel and we will walk 5 minutes to Bus station, from here you’ll ascend in tourist bus for 30 minutes by a zig zag road through High jungle until Machu Picchu Sanctuary (2400 meters).

On arrival by bus to Machu Picchu our professional tour guide will be waiting for you, with who you will begin the guided tour, the tour will last approximately 2 hours, where our tour guide will explain about the History of this Magnificent Inca City visiting magical and Interesting sites such as the main plaza, the famous terraces, the inca houses, the granaries, the water fountains, the ceremonial sector and its altars that have made of Machu Picchu one of the New Wonders of the World. This is a once in a lifetime experience.

After the guided tour you will have enough free time to take nice pictures exploring the place by yourself, or to take an optional short walk to Sun gate (2 hours walk round trip), or to Inca Bridge (40 min. walk round trip) or to Huayna Picchu Mountain (1:30 hours walk round trip).
Then, in the afternoon, after enjoying Machu Picchu, you will catch the bus to take you down for about 25 minutes to Aguas Calientes Village.

Upon returning to Aguas Calientes you will have time to have lunch in a local restaurant or just for explore the town, if you want you can visit the handycraft market.

In the late afternoon, you will board the train back to take you to Ollantaytambo, here our driver will be waiting for you, who will bring in tourist transportation back to Cusco arriving at night.

Important notes:

  • The times described in this itinerary are approximate. The exactly time depends of the type of train chosen, and schedules availabilities of the trains. The time to visit Machu Picchu really depend of the shape and physical conditions of each person; feel free walking on your own rhythm.
  • Huayna Picchu Mountain can be climbed for $15 per person. This small original inca trail starts from Machu Picchu. This hike has incredible views and takes 1 and half hours round trip. (In this case, please require it when you book your trek because is subject to availability, just 400 spaces a day).
  • Machu Picchu Mountain can be climbed instead of Huayna Picchu Mountain for $15 per person. This hike is a bit more challenging and takes 3 hours round trip. (Book it, when you reserve your trek).
  • In Machu Picchu Archaeological Site, you always have the opportunity to climb to the Sun Gate for free and this is a much easier walk for about 1 hour and 30 minutes round trip, or maybe you can take another option for free a short and easy hike to Inca Bridge during 1 hour round trip.
  • The Time back to Cusco can vary subject to train ticket availability.

WHAT´S INCLUDED

Included

  • Pick up from the Cusco Airport upon your arrival and transfer to your Cusco hotel.
  • Pick up from your Cusco hotel and tranportation to Ollantaytambo Train Station.
  • Tourist Train ticket from Ollanytambo to Aguas Calientes Town on Day 1.
  • Professional English speaking Tour Guide for Machu Picchu on Day 2.
  • Bus up and down between Aguas Calientes and Machu Picchu on Day 2.
  • Entrance ticket to Machu Picchu Archeological site on Day 2.
  • Tourist Train ticket back from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo Train Station on Day 2
  • Bus Ticket back from Ollantaytambo Train Station to Cusco City Day 2.
  • Travel Assistance throughout your entire journey.
  • 01 night accommodation in Aguas Calientes Town. This will be in a basic hotel, in accommodations single, double, triple rooms according to your requirements and availability. All hotels booked by us are clean and safe with breakfast included, private bathrooms with hot showers, Wi-Fi, TV Cable and storage for free to leave your luggage while you are visiting Machu Picchu.
  • After your booking, we will e-mail you a confirmation with the hotel name and the exact train schedule.
  • If you want to make your hotel reservation by yourself or you have other hotel already reserved, let us know to make the respective discount.

Not Included:

  • Personal gear (please, check– the what to take list for Machu Picchu).
  • Meals and Beverages.
  • Optional Gratuities for the travel team (only if you want, at the end of the tour you can give some tips for your tour guide and driver).

WHAT´S TO TAKE

What to take

Many people assume that the weather is hot in South America, but in the zone of the higher altitude of the Andes, the temperature can feel quite cold, especially at night. Please, check the next Machu Picchu two days Tour – What to take List and remember that everything is very important for the success of your day tour, so we provide you the full list to organize much better your daypack from now.

  • Original Passport
  • Original student card issued by the university for up to 25 years, if you are student
  • Day pack.
  • Water bottle and if you want some snacks such as cookies, chocolates & energy bars.
  • Sun Hat, Sunglasses, Sun block
  • Lipstick
  • A Thermal jacket
  • Rain jacket or poncho (From November to March)
  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Photo Camera with extra memory cards and batteries.
  • Some cash, if you want to buy some souvenirs of your visit.
  • Insect Repellent.
  • Swimwear, just if you want to visit the hot springs in Aguas Calientes Town.

AVAILABILITY AND PRICES

PRICE

The price for the tour to Machu Picchu 2 days is calculated according of type the train chosen and shareable in group service. In order to meet various customer needs, you can choose from three different types of trains – choose the one that best suits your needs:

1.-The Expedition option was created for adventurous passengers seeking comfort and security without the extra frills. Departing from Poroy train station, located approximately 15 minutes outside of Cusco, your journey to Machu Picchu begins! The seats have been reupholstered with indigenous fabrics, giving them a touch of local flavor. Snacks are available for purchase, as well as additional storage space for backpacks.
USD $ 380.00 per Adult (Age 14 +)
USD $ 360.00 per Student (For this price, you must email us a copy of your original student card issued by the university for up to 25 years.)
USD $ 330.00 per Child (Age 3-8)
USD $ 0.00 per Infant (Age 0-2) – For free, travelling with your parents.

2.-The Vistadome option is a comfortable way to journey to Machu Picchu. Departing from Poroy train station, located approximately 15 minutes outside of Cusco, you’ll enjoy beautiful panoramic windows to make the most of the spectacular scenery and allow for fantastic photo opportunities. Delicious snacks as well as hot and cold refreshments are served on the way (own expense).
USD $ 440.00 per Adult (Age 14 +)
USD $ 420.00 per Student (For this price, you must email us a copy of your original student card issued by the university for up to 25 years.)
USD $ 390.00 per Child (Age 3-8)
USD $ 0.00 per Infant (Age 0-2) – For free, travelling with your parents.

3.-The Executive Class option departs from the Ollantaytambo train station, located approximately 1.5-hours from Cusco and make your way to Machu Picchu in comfort. Enjoy scenic panoramic views from the train, where you’ll be seated in comfortable, padded chairs with a fold-out table for your convenience. Snacks and beverages are served on board the train for your enjoyment (own expense).
USD $ 440.00 per Adult (Age 14 +)
USD $ 420.00 per Student (For this price, you must email us a copy of your original student card issued by the university for up to 25 years.)
USD $ 390.00 per Child (Age 2-11)
USD $ 0.00 per Infant (Age 0-2) – For free, travelling with your parents.

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