Enjoy a once in a lifetime spiritual and magical adventure on the Classic Inca Trail
A 2-day experience with a 2-hour guided and private tour in the magnificent Machu Picchu
All bilingual and professional guides
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All year round
2 days/1 night
Cusco hotel and hostel pick up
Cusco hotel and hostel drop off
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Day 1: POROY – AGUAS CALIENTES – MANDOR GARDENS
You’ll be picked up at 6.50am from your hotel, and taken to the most convenient train station, according to availability and weather. During your train ride, take in the jaw-dropping views of glaciers, snow-capped peaks, lush, green valleys, and Incan farming terraces and ruins. Before your arrival to Aguas Calientes (2000 m/6000 ft above sea level), you will enter the subtropical areas, with tropical flowering plants and ferns.
Our representative will meet you just outside of Aguas Calientes’ train station, and take you to your hotel. You will have a free afternoon to visit the hot springs, waterfalls, Mandor Gardens natural reserve, or the Machu Picchu museum.
Dinner that evening will be at the best restaurant in town, Indio Feliz.
Hotel Included: La Cabaña (or similar)
Meals Included: Dinner at Indio Feliz, breakfast at your hotel
Entrance Tickets: Included
DAY 2: AGUAS CALIENTES – MACHU PICCHU – CUSCO
After an early breakfast at your hotel, you will take a 25-minute bus to the ruins. The buses run as a shuttle system, starting at 5.30am. If you prefer, you can hike along the trail instead of taking the bus. This route will take about one hour and 30 minutes. For further instructions on the hike, be sure to consult your tour guide.
Once in Machu Picchu, you’ll have a two-hour private, guided tour, followed by some time for you to explore on your own. If you choose to book a permit to climb Huayna Picchu* (or Machu Picchu Mountain*), that will be your next adventure. The Sun Gate one hour climb is also available, and free to all.
The train to Ollantaytambo will depart from Aguas Calientes in the afternoon. This will be followed by a mini-bus back to your hotel in Cusco.
*Note: If you prefer to climb Huayna Picchu for an extra $35, this needs to be booked in advance. It is a challenging 45 minutes to the top. The other option is to climb Machu Picchu Mountain (this is different to Machu Picchu citadel). It’s an extremely challenging, steep, yet beautiful 90 minute hike, costing $15 per person.
DAY 1: 6:50AM
HOSTEL AND HOTEL PICK UP
TRANSFER TO TRAIN STATION (POROY)
GO TO MACHU PICCHU TOWN BY TRAIN
OVERNIGHT IN MACHU PICCHU TOWN
GO TO MACHU PICCHU
RETURN TO CUSCO CITY
- Professional Guides: All our guides studied English and tourism at Cusco National University. They all grew up in this region, and have a true passion to teach others about their heritage. They are fun yet professional, and will ensure you are safe and happy.
- Hotel: This tour includes a one night stay in a hotel in Aguas Calientes, the town below Machu Picchu. Typically, we book at a 3-star hotel, such as La Cabaña (or similar). Your booked hotel will be listed on your confirmed invoice. Upgrades are always possible.
- Transportation: All your transportation is included on this tour. You’ll be picked up directly from your hotel and brought to either the Poroy or Ollantaytambo train station. Following this, you’ll take a 4-hour train journey to Aguas Calientes, and check into your hotel. While your expedition train is part of the tour package, it can be upgraded to the Vistadome train. It is $100 per person if you choose to upgrade for a round-trip, or $65 per person for a one-way upgrade.
- Indio Feliz: You will enjoy dinner at the best restaurant in Aguas Calientes. Here, your guide will also begin your Inca history lessons, starting to paint a picture of the ruins you’ll see the following day.
- Huayna Picchu: This is the mountain that stands next to Machu Picchu. It is a 45-minute hike to the top. Going back down is quite steep, so be aware of this if you’re scared of heights. This is done without your tour guide, after your tour of Machu Picchu. The cost is $35 per person. Arrangements need to be made at least one month in advance, due to popularity. Please understand that the weather is out of our control.
- Comfortable shoes: Machu Picchu is a large area with a lot of steps
- Sun hat
- Sun cream
- Waterproof/rain jacket or rain poncho
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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.