Machu Picchu by Train – 1 Day

OVERVIEW

Overview:

  • Duration: 1 day
  • 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
  • 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.

Activities:

Day 1:

Machu Picchu – Full day

  • Pick up from Cusco Hotel and transportation by private car to Ollantaytambo Train Station.
  • Trip by train from Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes- choose the type of train that best suits your needs.
  • Transportation by bus from Aguas Calientes Town to Machu Picchu Inca Site.
  • Guided Tour in Machu Picchu.
  • Optional short walks in Machu Picchu Inca City: Sun Gate, Inca Bridge, Machu Picchu Mountain or Huayna Picchu Mountain.
  • Transportation by bus from Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes Town.
  • Trip by train from Aguas Calientes Town to Ollantaytambo Train Station.
  • Transportation by car From Ollantaytambo Train Station to Cusco City.

*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.

ITINERARY

FULL ITINERARY

Early in the morning, we pick you up from Cusco hotel and you will be transported by car for 1 hour and a half 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).

From the Train station in Aguas Calientes we 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, 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.

WHAT´S INCLUDED

What´s includes

  • Pick up from the Cusco Airport upon your arrival and transfer to your chosen hotel.
  • Pick up from your Cusco hotel and tranportation to Ollantaytambo Train Station.
  • Tourist Train ticket from Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes Town.
  • Professional English speaking Tour Guide for Machu Picchu.
  • Bus up and down between Aguas Calientes and Machu Picchu.
  • Entrance ticket to Machu Picchu Archeological site.
  • Tourist Train ticket back from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo Train Station.
  • Bus Ticket back from Ollantaytambo Train Station to Cusco City.
  • Travel Assistance throughout your entire journey.

Not Included:

  • Personal gear (please, check – the what to take list).
  • Accommodation.
  • 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 climate in South America is warm, but in higher altitude areas like the Peruvian Andes, the temperature can feel very cold, especially at night, so we put at your disposal the complete list of Things you must take to organize your backpack from now on. In this way, if you do not have any of them, you can buy them in advance, and if you can not buy them, do not worry, here in the City of Cusco there are many shops where you can buy what you need.

Please, check the following list of things to take to the Machu Picchu excursion – Full day, and remember that everything is very important for the success of your trip.

Documents:

  • Original passport
  • Original student card issued by the university for up to 25 years, if you are student.
  • Excursion Coupon issued by us.

Essentials:

  • Small backpack.
  • Water bottle.
  • Some snacks like cookies, candies, chocolates, cereals.
  • Extra money, if you want to buy some souvenirs of your trip.

Clothing and Clothing:

  • Comfortable shoes.
  • Waterproof clothing: rain jacket and poncho. (from November to March).
  • Bath linen, if you want to visit the Thermal Baths of Aguas Calientes.
  • Hat to cover the Sun

Pharmaceutical products:

  • Personal medicines, blessings and anti-inflammatory pills.
  • Insect repellent.
  • Sunscreen.
  • Cream for the skin and lips.

Other articles:

  • Sunglasses.
  • Photo camera with batteries and extra memory cards.
  • Good general health and a good sense of humor.

AVAILABILITY AND PRICES

PRICE:

The price for the tour to Cusco and Machu Picchu 3 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 $ 350.00 per Adult (Age 14 +)
USD $ 330.00 per Student (For this price, you must send by email a copy of your original student card issued by the university for up to 25 years.)
USD $ 280.00 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 $ 410.00 per Adult (Age 14 +)
USD $ 390.00 per Student (For this price, you must send by email a copy of your original student card issued by the university for up to 25 years.)
USD $ 340.00 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 $ 410.00 per Adult (Age 14 +)
USD $ 390.00 per Student (For this price, you must send by email a copy of your original student card issued by the university for up to 25 years.)
USD $ 340.00 per Child (Age 2-11)
USD $ 0.00 per Infant (Age 0-2) – For free, travelling with your parents.

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