Stunning train journey starts at Cusco, and goes all the way to Aguas Calientes
Hotel/Hostel pick-up & drop-off included
Take a magnificent train journey and visit Machu Picchu all in one day!
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Cusco hotel and hostel pick-up
Cusco hotel and hostel drop-off
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Your adventure will start in Cusco, where you’ll picked up from your hotel at the appointed time, and taken to the train station of Poroy - Cusco. Arriving at the station, you’ll take the train to the town of Aguas Calientes. Sit back, relax, and enjoy the scenic train journey, as you pass picturesque villages and changing landscapes.
On arrival to Aguas Calientes, you’ll go to the bus station. From there, a shuttle will take you to the citadel of Machu Picchu, the Lost City of the Incas, undoubtedly one of the most breath-taking constructions of the ancient times. Get your camera ready, as you ascend towards this sacred citadel.
Once inside the Machu Picchu site, you’ll have a guided tour lasting approximately 2 hours. After, there’ll be some free time for you to explore, take photos, and just absorb the magical atmosphere. Afterwards, you’ll catch the bus to the town of Aguas Calientes (2040m elevation). This place, also known as Machu Picchu pueblo, sits at the foot of the famous Incan ruins. Here, you’ll be able to get lunch and wander around.
Later that afternoon, you’ll take the Peru Rail Expedition train to travel back to Cusco. Upon arrival to the city, you’ll be transferred to your hotel, thus ending your Machu Picchu adventure!
Note: Time of service to be confirmed.
CUSCO HOTEL PICK UP
TRAIN FROM POROY (CUSCO) TO AGUAS CALIENTES
SHUTTLE TO MACHU PICCHU
GUIDED TOUR OF THE SITE
FREE TIME AT THE SITE
BUS BACK DOWN TO AGUAS CALIENTES
LUNCH/FREE TIME IN AGUAS CALIENTES
TRAIN FROM AGUAS CALIENTES TO CUSCO
HOTEL DROP OFF IN CUSCO
- Machu Picchu entrance ticket
- Round-trip mini-bus transportation from/to your hotel
- Round-trip train ticket to Aguas Calientes (Expedition Train)
- Round-trip bus ticket to Machu Picchu
- English-speaking professional guide
- Lunch in Aguas Calientes
- It is necessary to present an identification document at the start of the trip. Please bring your original passport (must be valid for 6 months or more)
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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.
Why is the train so expensive?
Peru Rail and Inca Rail are the two operators which have a duopoly on the route, so they can maintain very high prices.
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.
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.