Fascinating train ride with the best landscapes and breathtaking views
Explore the most visited place in Peru!
Discover Machu Picchu at sun rise and feel the magic of the Inca's Sacred Land
Take a time to know Machu Picchu for 2 days/1night and explore the most famous monument in Peru
All year round
2 days/1 night
Cusco hotel and hostel pickup
San Francisco Square
DAY 1: CUSCO CITY - OLLANTAYTAMBO - AGUAS CALIENTES
You’ll be picked up from your hostel at 10:00am, and be driven to Ollantaytambo. From there, you’ll take the train from Ollantaytambo to Aguas calientes at 12:55pm. On arrival to Aguas Caliente’s train station (at around 2:50pm), you’ll find our staff waiting for you. They’ll take you to the hostel where you’ll spend the night.
The town of Aguas Calientes – otherwise known as Machu Picchu pueblo – is the gateway to the magnificent Machu Picchu. It is therefore a tourist hotspot, as many people opt to stay the night here before rising in the early hours of the following morning to make the journey to the sacred Incan citadel. As this place basically serves as a stop-over point, there isn’t too much to do here. Despite this, you’ll find everything you need – restaurants, shops, and even massage parlours. Get some rest and an early night’s kip, as you’ll need all your energy for the big day tomorrow!
DAY 2: AGUAS CALIENTES - MACHU PICCHU - CUSCO CITY
Early in the morning, you’ll start the walk from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu, following the stone steps with your fellow travellers. Depending on your physical condition, it could take 1 to 2 hours. Look out for the beautiful sunrise, and have your camera ready!
Once you’ve entered the sacred site of Machu Picchu, our guide will conduct a 2-hour tour. You’ll get to see the Main Plaza, the Circular Tower, the Sacred Solar Clock, and the Royal Quarters, amongst other places of interest. After the tour, you’ll have some free time to explore, take pictures, or just walk around the sanctuary of Machu Picchu.
As the day comes to an end, at around 6:00pm you’ll take the train from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo, and then travel by bus to Cusco.
Arrival time in Cusco:
Train return 6:20 pm - Arrival at 10:20 pm
Train return 9:50 pm - Arrival at 1:30 am (next day)
Note: You must email us a scanned copy or photograph of your passport immediately after you have booked your tour. This is to enable the purchase of your Machu Picchu entrance ticket. It must be the passport you will use to enter Machu Picchu itself. This is a requirement when booking any tour of Machu Picchu from any operator.
Note: If you are staying at a different location than the one you select as your pick up location, it is explicitly your responsibility to be at the main entrance of the hotel or hostel selected as your pick up location for the duration of the pick up time range on your tour date. You must be in a visible place easy to see for the operator and be alert for their vehicle/guide when they go to pick you up for the tour.
CUSCO HOTEL PICK UP
TRAVEL FROM CUSCO TO OLLANTAYTAMBO
TRAIN FROM OLLANTAYTAMBO TO AGUAS CALIENTES
ARRIVAL TO AGUAS CALIENTES STATION
OVERNIGHT IN HOSTEL
EARLY WALK FROM AGUAS CALIENTES TO MACHU PICCHU
GUIDED TOUR OF MACHU PICCHU
TRAIN FROM AGUAS CALIENTES TO OLLANTAYTAMBO
BUS FROM OLLANTAYTAMBO TO CUSCO
- Mini-bus from Cusco - Ollantaytambo - Cusco
- Train ticket from Ollantaytambo – Aguas Calientes – Ollantaytambo
- Hostel in Aguas Calientes
- Entrance to Machu Picchu
- Professional tour guide
- Bus tickets up and down Aguas Calientes - Machu Picchu $ 24.00
- Entrance to Machupicchu Mountain $ 20.00 per person ( if you want to add this please send us an email as soon as you've booked)
- Entrance to Huaynapicchu Mountain $ 20.00 per person ( if you want to add this please send us an email as soon as you've booked)
- Travel insurance.
- Sun hat
- Sun cream (SPF 35+)
- Waterproof jacket or rain poncho
- Rain jacket
Cancellation or changes to this tour:
CHANGES: Any changes to the tour date needs to be done before 6:00 pm (Lima time) 30 days before the tour begins and will also receive a 60% administration fee. After this time there is a 100% change fee. Subject to availability.
NO SHOWS & CANCELLATIONS: If you cancel 30 days prior to the tour before 6:00 pm (Lima time), a 60% administration fee will apply. After this time there is a 100% no-show or cancellation fee.
For cancellations or changes to your tour please email firstname.lastname@example.org
I cannot find my accommodation listed in the operator pick up locations when making my booking. What should I select?
This operator only offers pick-ups from the hotel and hostel accommodation listed, this covers over 90% of the accommodation providers in the area. They do not provide pick-ups or drop-offs at private residences, Airbnbs, bus terminals etc. Select an alternative close by and be ready there for pick-up at the time on your booking confirmation
How do I avoid altitude sickness?
Take Soroche (Diamox) pills, eat small meals, drink coca tea, drink lots of water, and avoid alcohol (it’s a dehydrator). The best way to avoid altitude sickness is to acclimatize yourself. The recommended approach for acclimatization is to ascend gradually, spending at least 24 hours at every 2,000ft increase in altitude.
Where is Machu Picchu?
Machu Picchu is near a town called Aguas Calientes or Machu Picchu Town. From there, it is a 1.5 hour hike up steps, or a 20-minute bus ride to the complex itself.
Is the bus from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu worth it?
The walk up to Machu Picchu can be seen as part of the experience. However, the bus is an option for those who are tired after a long trek, or who just want to save their energy for all the walking at the top.
What kind of weather can we find in Machu Picchu?
Machu Picchu is at a lower altitude level than Cusco. It contains part of the jungle, and the rains are present during all seasons. During the hottest days, the temperature can reach approximately 26° Celsius (79ºF), and during the cool, early mornings, the temperature can drop to -2° C (-36ºF). The best months to visit Machu Picchu are May and June, since they are the mildest ones.
Will I have problems with altitude sickness on this tour?
Altitude sickness can catch many travellers a little bit off guard. Not everyone gets sick in high altitudes, and it is difficult to predict who is likely to be badly affected by it. For most people, it is nothing more than a headache and a dizzy sensation that diminishes over a short period of time, 1 to 2 days for most people. If you want to limit your chances of getting sick, there are a few things you can do. Firstly, do not fly directly into high altitude - proceed slowly, allowing your body time to acclimatise as you ascend gradually. However, for many that is not possible, so it’s important to drink lots of water, and to slow down! This sounds simple, but both of these things are very important. Your body is struggling because you don’t have enough oxygen, so avoiding any strenuous activity is a good idea. Chew some coca leaves - the native people of South America have been chewing coca for centuries, thanks to its ability to alleviate mild altitude sickness symptoms. Coca leaves can be bought in any supermarket, and even souvenir shops or street stalls. Take altitude sickness pills (Soroche): these are sold over the counter all over Peru and Bolivia, and are just a few dollars. If you are flying straight into altitude over 2500metres without spending any time at an intermediate elevation, and you’re worried about getting sick, you can ask your doctor for more specific and stronger altitude sickness medication in advance. In the rare case that your symptoms are more severe than a headache and mild dizziness, you should descend in altitude and seek medical assistance.