Machu Picchu By Train – 1 or 2 Days

Take the beautiful scenic train journey to Machupicchu by choosing either our 1 Day round trip or our Sunrise Tour of 2 days/1 night in Private Service.

Duration – 1/2 Days
Difficulty – Easy

Description

  • Train package to Machu Picchu over 1 or 2 days
  • Choose from Expedition or Vistadome Trains
  • A scenic way to experience Machu Picchu
  • Private Tour Service with English Speaking Guide
  • Daily departures

Short Itinerary

Day 1 Cusco/Sacred Valley train station – Aguas Calientes
Day 2 Machupicchu – Cusco/Sacred Valley

* We can arrange a customised itinerary for you to include the Train Program, contact us for more information.

Tour Itinerary

The most important place to visit on your trip to Peru or South America is Machu Picchu which was discovered in 1911 after lying abandoned for centuries. We catch the early morning train on one of the world’s great railway journeys.

The track slowly climbs out of Cusco passing through small communities on the high plains. The scenery is spectacular with wonderful views of the mountains and snow peaks of the Andes.

As the train descends into the beautiful Urubamba Valley we will notice that the vegetation becomes increasingly tropical. It is here in amongst this lush vegetation that we find the ancient citadel of Machu Picchu.

DAY 1

Cusco/Sacred Valley train station – Aguas Calientes

We collect you from your hotel and transfer you in Private Vehicle to the train station in Poroy/Ollantaytambo (dependent on train availability and schedules).  Enjoy the beautiful journey through the mountains with varied landscapes until you reach your destination of Aguas Calientes “hot waters”.  Upon arrival you will be met by a Representative from the Hotel and taken to the hotel.  There are no cars in the town (except for the buses up to Machupicchu) so it’s a short little walk to the hotel.  You have the rest of day at leisure! Perhaps enjoy the hot springs and a wander around the market!

In the early evening your Private English Speaking Guide will come to your hotel to say hello and go over the schedule for tomorrow.

DAY 2

Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu – Cusco/Sacred Valley

This morning your guide will come and collect you from the hotel at the time you discussed and together you take the bus up to Machupicchu! The first bus departs at 5.30am – the ruins open at 6am. Queues can be long in the mornings. The journey time on the bus is around 25 minutes.

Once in Machupicchu your experienced Guide will take you on a Private fascinating tour, lasting approximately 2 hours. We will visit the most important Temples, i.e. the Temple of the Sun, the Temple of the Three Windows, Temple of the Pachamama (Mother Earth), and Temple of the Intihuatana, which served as a place to study the constellations, the solstices and equinoxes.

After the tour you have leisure time in Machupicchu to explore on your own before returning back to the town, having some lunch, and getting the train back to Ollantaytambo/Poroy where your Private Driver awaits you to transfer you to your hotel.

1 DAY PROGRAM

If you do not have enough time for the 2 Day Program we have a 1 Day Roundtrip program to include all the above except for the night in Aguas Calientes.  Please enquire for further details.

 

ENTRANCE PERMITS and TIMES FOR HUAYNAPICCHU or MACHUPICCHU MOUNTAIN HIKES

Permits are required for either of these hikes – you must book in advance!

Permits can only be booked as a combined ticket together with your entrance into Machupicchu and you need to adhere to the following regulations:

  • Machupicchu entrance time 6-7am : must purchase Huaynapicchu entrance for 7-8am
  • Machupicchu entrance time 7-8am : must purchase Huaynapicchu entrance for 7-8am
  • Machupicchu entrance time 8-9am : must purchase Huaynapicchu entrance for 10-11am

Kindly note that if you want to do one of these hikes, we always do the guided tour of the ruins first. If it happens that you are part of a group and only some persons wish to do the climb we then need to coordinate with you to work out the best solution for all parties.

Huaynapicchu: Currently the more popular hike.  This hike is around 1hr steep ascent – there are sheer drops on the side – if you are afraid of heights, this is not for you!  Coming down will also be around 1hr approx. The following are the entrance times:

  • 7am-8am slot (you may need to forfeit part of your guided tour of Machupicchu with this option)
  • 10-11am slot (this is our preferred time slot for our passengers as it means you can have your tour of Machupicchu first followed by the hike)

Machupicchu Mountain:  Less known than Huaynapicchu but certainly not to be ignored.  This hike is slightly longer taking around 1.5hrs up and same down.  From the top you will also get a birds eye view of Machupicchu. Many of our guides prefer this hike as its less crowded.  The following are the entrance times:

  • 7am-8am slot (you may need to forfeit part of your guided tour of Machupicchu with this option)
  • 9-10am (this is our preferred time slot for our passengers as it means you can have your tour of Machupicchu first followed by the hike)

The cost to add on either excursion is US$ 28 per person payable in advance.  Please note your permits are with your name and passport details and are non- transferable and non-refundable

Tour Photographs

Machupicchu

Tour Prices

Travelers 2 Day Private Service
Expedition Train
2 Day Private Service
Vistadome Train
1 traveller $530 per person $560 per person
2 travellers $420 per person $450 per person
3 travellers $440 per person $470 per person
4 travellers $390 per person $420 per person

If you prefer to undertake a 1 Day Program to Machu Picchu:

Travelers 1 Day Private Service
Expedition Train
1 Day Private Service
Vistadome Train
1 traveller $460 per person $500 per person
2 travellers $380 per person $410 per person
3 travellers $350 per person $380 per person
4 travellers $340 per person $370 per person

Explanation Of Services:

    1. Expedition Train Service – basic comfort seats
    2. Vistadome Train Service – comfortable seats, panoramic windows, light snack included

Included

  • Private transfers from your hotel to the train station and return
  • Professional English Speaking Guide
  • Private tour lasting up to 2 hours
  • Return train tickets (trains departure times are subject to availability)
  • Entrance Permit to Machu Picchu
  • Return bus journey from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu
  • Only applicable to 2 day tours: 1 nights accommodation in 3-star hotel.  You can upgrade if you wish.

Excluded

  • Meals except breakfast which is included in 2 day program
  • Entrance to Huaynapicchu/Machupicchu Mnt – $28 per person payable in advance to secure permits (limited availability)
  • Gratuities

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