A stunning train journey starting at Cusco, going all the way to Aguas Calientes
Guided tour of the ancient citadel of Machu Picchu for approximately 2 hours
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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: CUSCO CITY – MACHU PICCHU TOWN
You’ll be picked up from your hotel at the appointed time, and taken to the train station of Poroy (Cusco). From there, you’ll catch the train to Aguas Calientes - meaning “hot water” - also known as Machu Picchu pueblo, nestled at the bottom of the ancient ruins of Machu Picchu. On this journey, you can enjoy the spectacular scenery, as you pass quaint villages and varying landscapes. This train ride will feel like quite the adventure!
On arrival to Aguas Calientes, you can head to your hotel room and leave your belongings there, before going to lunch and sampling the local cuisine. After eating, why not visit the famous hot springs for some rest and relaxation before the big day. In the evening, you can look forward to a delicious dinner, before heading to bed for a good night’s sleep.
Day 2: MACHU PICCHU TOWN – MACHU PICCHU SANCTUARY – CUSCO CITY
After a very early breakfast, you’ll go to the bus station. From there, a shuttle will transport you up to the Machu Picchu citadel, a fascinating, sacred site which attracts nearly 1 million visitors per year! Once you’ve arrived, there’ll be a guided tour lasting 2 to 3 hours, where you’ll learn about and see the main places of interest. Following the visit, you’ll climb Huayna Picchu mountain*. From the peak, you can enjoy the splendor and tranquility of the Lost City of the Incas, and its surrounding landscape.
Afterwards, you’ll catch the bus to the town of Aguas Calientes (2040m altitude). Enjoy some lunch, and explore this small, touristic town, before taking the Expedition Train back to Cusco. Once you return to the city, you’ll be taken to your hotel, where you can reflect on the amazing trip you’ve just experienced!
- *If there is no availability for Huayna Picchu, the mountain of Machu Picchu is included. If you do not want the service, there’ll be a discount of USD 10.00 per person.
- Times to be confirmed.
CUSCO HOTEL PICK UP
TRANSFER TO POROY TRAIN STATION
POROY TO AGUAS CALIENTES BY TRAIN
CHECK-IN TO HOTEL
LUNCH IN AGUAS CALIENTES
FREE AFTERNOON (HOT SPRINGS - OPTIONAL)
DINNER & OVERNIGHT IN AGUAS CALIENTES
TRAVEL TO MACHU PICCHU SITE
GUIDED TOUR OF MACHU PICCHU SITE
LUNCH & FREE TIME IN AGUAS CALIENTES
TRAIN BACK TO CUSCO
HOTEL TRANSFER IN CUSCO
- Machu Picchu entrance ticket
- Round-trip mini-bus transportation from your hotel and back
- Round-trip train ticket to Aguas Calientes (Expedition Train or Vistadome Train)
- Round-trip bus ticket to Machu Picchu
- English-speaking, professional guide for the second day
- One night of accommodation at Aguas Calientes (single or twin room)
- Breakfast on Day 2
- Entrance ticket to Huayna Picchu (if there is no availability for Huayna Picchu, we will purchase the Machu Picchu Mountain ticket)
- Meals (Day 1: breakfast, dinner; Day 2: lunch)
- Entrance ticket for the hot springs 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.
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.