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


  • 1 or 2 day train package to Machu Picchu
  • Choose from Expedition or Vistadome Trains
  • A scenic way to experience Machu Picchu
  • Sunrise tour in Private Service

Short Itinerary

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

* We can arrange a customised itinerary for you to include the Inca Trail Trek, 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.


Cusco/Sacred Valley train station – Aguas Calientes

We transfer you from your hotel in Cusco or the Sacred Valley to the train station in Ollantaytambo where you board your train to Aguas Calientes. Upon arrival in Aguas Calientes a Representative from the Hotel will meet you and transfer to the hotel.

You have the rest of day at leisure!

Early evening your Guide will come over to introduce himself and explain the schedule for day 2.


Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu – Cusco/Sacred Valley

Machu PicchuAs early as 5:30am you can take the bus up to Machu Picchu for Sunrise! You can decide the departure time with our guide.

Your Private Guide will take you on a fascinating guided tour in the ruins, lasting approximately 2 hours, visiting 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 Inti Watana, which served as a place to study the constellations, the solstices and equinoxes.

After the tour you have leisure time in Machu Picchu / Aguas Calientes. In the afternoon you will return to Ollantaytambo via train. We will meet you at the Train Station and transfer you back to your hotel in Cusco/Sacred Valley.

Tour Photographs

Tour Prices

*For High Season please add on US$10 per person to all rates shown below.*

Travellers Low Season
2 Day Private Service
Expedition Train
Low Season
2 Day Private Service
Vistadome Train
1 traveller $480 per person $500 per person
2 travellers $370 per person $390 per person
3 travellers $340 per person $360 per person
4 travellers $330 per person $350 per person

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

Travellers Low Season
1 Day Private Service
Expedition Train
Low Season
1 Day Private Service
Vistadome Train
1 traveller $430 per person $450 per person
2 travellers $330 per person $350 per person
3 travellers $300 per person $320 per person
4 travellers $290 per person $310 per person

Explanation Of Services:

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

Rates are subject to Low & High Seasons

Low Season: 1 January – 31 March and 15 November – 20 December

High Season: 1 April – 14 November and 21 December – 31 December


  • 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 fee to Machu Picchu
  • Return bus journey from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu
  • Only applicable to 2 day tours :
    1 nights accommodation in 2-star hotel.  You can upgrade if you wish.
  • Paypal fees for easy online credit card payments


  • Meals except breakfast which is included in 2 day program
  • Entrance to Huaynapicchu – $14 per person payable in advance to secure permits (limited availability)
  • Gratuities
[accordian divider_line=”” class=”” id=””] [toggle title=”Do you need to book ahead for the Salkantay Inca Trail?” open=”no”]Currently there are no permit restrictions on the Salkantay Inca Trek so it is not like the 2 or 4 day Inca Trails.[/toggle] [toggle title=”Is it possible to do without an agency?” open=”no”]Since June 2002 trekking independently on the Inca Trail has been prohibited. Regulations state that each trekker must be accompanied by a professionally qualified guide.

The UGM (Unidad de Gestion Machu Picchu) is the regulatory body responsible for controlling access to Machu Picchu and the Inca Trail. Pachamama Explorers must meet these requirements proving professional guides and good camping equipment,radio communications and emergency first aid including oxygen.[/toggle] [toggle title=”Are there alternative routes to the Salkantay Trek?” open=”no”]

[/toggle] [toggle title=”How is the weather in the Cusco region?” open=”no”]
Temp Max °C 19 19 19 20 20 20 19 20 20 21 21 21
Temp Min °C 7 7 6 5 3 0 0 2 4 6 6 6
Rain days 18 13 11 8 3 2 2 2 7 8 12 16
[/toggle] [toggle title=”What should I bring when I’m on the trek?” open=”no”]
  • Pair of trekking shoes and plenty socks
  • Insect repellent
  • Sun block
  • Dark glasses (shades)
  • Rain coat or rain poncho
  • Light clothing for the day and warm for the night.
  • Trekking pants (the ones you unzip for shorts)
  • Hat or sun cap
  • Water Bottle
  • Sleeping bag (unless you rent one from the company)
[/toggle] [toggle title=”How fit do you have to be to do the Salkantay Trek?” open=”no”]You have to be fit. It is a common misconception that because many people do the Inca Trail then it must be easy . it isn’t.

The trail is 70km (44 miles) long and involves great physical exertion to complete. This trek is for those with good levels of fitness and are looking for a challenge.[/toggle] [toggle title=”How many people in the groups?” open=”no”]The maximum allowed group size is 16 persons. Normally the group tours are between 12 and 16 persons. Pachamama Explorers operates small groups and offers a personalized itineraries service.[/toggle] [toggle title=”What does the trail look like in the peak season?” open=”no”]It could get a little bit crowded, but with the regulations in place, you have enough space for everyone.[/toggle] [toggle title=”Are there any places where we can have a shower in the 7 day?” open=”no”]The 7 Day trek goes via the classic Inca Trail and the only place that has hot showers is Winay Wayna Campsite – the last campsite before reaching Machu Picchu.

We do provide a bowl of hot water to each passenger in the mornings to freshen up with and we suggest bringing along wet-wipes to make you feel more fresh too! Cold water showers are available at Pacamayo campsite[/toggle] [/accordian]

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