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Machu Picchu Overnight

Machu Picchu Overnight

This trip to the Lost City of the Incas is one of the most relaxing Machu Picchu tours available. Transportation and accommodation is completely taken care of and travelers of this Machu Picchu 2 days 1 night trip can experience the beautiful ancient city of the Incas without several days of trekking. Although someone is attracting by this challenging option, for many tourists, it is much more appealing to travel by train (with beautiful views of the countryside) to Aguas Calientes, spend a night in a comfortable hotel, tour the Inca city and take a transport home in the end. This is a particularly good travel way to see this historic complex for those under time pressure, for anyone who has missed the chance to book a spot on the Inca Trail but still wants to see Machu Picchu, for families with small children, or for those who are less physically fit. Machu Picchu is the New Wonder of the World and should be available to everybody who wants to visit it, not just those who can hike long distances. Book Now Machu Picchu Overnight online and enjoy the ride! smileembarassed


Machu Picchu Overnight

Tour Overview

Sustainable Tourism: At Tierras Vivas, we are happy to promote and practice sustainable tourism by being eco-friendly and supporting local communities 

Tour Operator: Tierras Vivas

Service Level: Comfortable tourist-class accommodations and private transport.

Difficulty: 1 - Easy

Age Requirements: 2+ (All travellers under the age of 18 years must be accompanied by an adult!).

Crew: A Tierras Vivas representative in Cusco, a professional bilingual Tour Guide at Machu Picchu, a driver.

Meals: 1x breafast and 1x snack bag (Please allow USD 10-15 for meals not included)

Transportation: Private van, a train round trip.

Accommodation: 1 night in a hotel

(We use the following hotels for this tour: Hotel Susana Inn. For an upgrade, please check the section ESSENTIAL INFO). 


Local flights: The local flights are not included in this service. In case you need it, you can book with us, please send us an email to, we have the best price!  


Quick Itinerary

Day 1: Cusco - Aguas Calientes

  • 10:00 - Cusco, pick-up from your hotel, transfer to Ollantaytambo
  • 12:20 - Train from Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes
  • 14:00 - Arrival to Aguas Calientes, accommodation in a hotel
  • 19:00 - Briefing

Day 2: Machu Picchu - Cusco

  • 05:00 - Pick from the hotel, transfer to the bus station
  • 05:30 - Tourist bus from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu
  • 06:00 - Arrival at the gateway of Machu Picchu
  • 06:30 - Machu Picchu tour (approx. 2 hours)
  • 09:30 - Free time / Huayna Picchu / Machu Picchu Mountain (optional)
  • 17:00 - Tourist bus down to Aguas Calientes
  • 19:00 - Return train from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo
  • 20:30 - Transport by private vehicle from Ollantaytambo to Cusco
  • 22:00 - Arrival at Cusco, drop-off at your hotel

Important Note: If you would like to return earlier, you can change your return train to 14:30 (arrival at Cusco at 18:30).


Highlights of the Machu Picchu Overnight

  • Comfortable and quick way on how to get to Machu Picchu.
  • Opportunity to view the Sacred Valley of the Incas.
  • Observation of the subtropical nature around Aguas Calientes town with its typical flora and fauna.
  • Spending a night in the warm climate just below the Inca city.
  • Day trip to Machu Picchu and its guided tour.
  • Time off to explore and discover the citadel on your own.
  • An opportunity to climb Huayna Picchu Mountain or Machu Picchu Mountain to take some panoramic photos

2 Day Machu Picchu Tour From Lima

Machu Picchu Tours Health Protocol

The Inca Citadel has obtained the "SAFE TRAVELS" seal, which confirms it as a safe destination regarding the pandemic.

This site has reopened its doors to tourism since November 1, 2020.

However, all visitors must abide by the measures required by the Health Protocol which means:

  • Only 765 visitors per day is allowed to enter Machu Picchu!
  • Visitors form groups of up to 7 tourists and 1 guide now.
  • Wearing a face mask on entry and throughout all stay in the Inca Citadel as well as having a Declaration of Health in hard copy or digital format on your mobile device.
  • The body temperature of tourists is measured at the entrance. Those who have 38°C or more cannot enter the Inca citadel. If any symptoms associated with covid-19 are detected, the suspect will be isolated in the isolation area and reported immediately to the appropriate authority.
  • Before starting the tour, it is necessary to disinfect the hands, shoes, and personal equipment of visitors.
  • During the tour of the citadel, tourists must keep a minimum distance of 1.5 meters between each other.
  • Food is not allowed during the visit.
  • Visitors are prohibited from collecting archaeological or natural material and touching the surfaces of archaeological walls, as provided for in the "Regulation on Sustainable Use and Tourist Visits to Protect the Machu Picchu Citadel".

Machu Picchu Entrance Hours:

  • During the validity of the health emergency, the daily schedule of tourist visits to Machu Picchu starts at 6:00 am and ends at 5:00 pm.
  • There are 9 time ranges for visitors to enter the Machu Picchu citadel, the first time range is from 6:00 am to 7:00 am and the last from 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm.
  • Visitors must board a shuttle bus from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu, no later than 30 minutes before the time indicated on the relevant tickets.

Tourist circuits:

The circuits for a tourist visit to the Inca Citadel are one-way and there are four defined circuits:
1. Short High Circuit.
2. Long High
3. Short Low.
4. Long Low. 

  • From reopening until further notice, visiting hours will not be held at the Inti Huatana (Solar Clock) and Templo del Cóndor (Condor Temple) complexes, while the Temple of the Sun will not be available at all for tourist visits.
  • Similarly, the alternative routes of the Machu Picchu citadel (Machu Picchu and Huayna Picchu mountains, Puente Inka and Inti Punku - Sun Gate) will not be available for tourists visits until further notice!

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Departure Point: Cusco - We pick you up from your hotel, hostel or Airbnb.

Departure Time: 9:00 -10:00 am.

Briefing Point: Our guide will visit your hotel 2 or 1 day before this Machu Picchu tour.

Briefing Time: Between 5:00 - 6:00 pm.

Return Point: Cusco - Our driver will drop-off in your hotel, hostel or Airbnb department.


Machu Picchu Packages starting in Lima

Many clients have asked us about a 2 day Machu Picchu tour starting from Lima. We do not have such a tour at the moment, but we will look at this option and if there is sufficient demand, we create a new tour and let you know. Anyway, a 2 day Machu Picchu tour from Lima is always possible as a tailored tour, so do not hesitate to contact us in case of your interest. We also would like to inform you about our Machu Picchu packages starting from Lima (and some of them finishes in Lima too). These are longer than 2 days, however, so they will suit those with a 1-3 week holiday available.


Day 01: Cusco - Aguas Calientes town

Day 01: Cusco - Aguas Calientes town

In the morning, we pick you up from your hotel and transfer your to a railway station (either at Ollantaytambo which is 1hr 30 minutes far away from Cusco). There you board a train and travel for about 1 hour 45 minutes experiencing spectacular changeable landscapes passing through lush fields and colourful villages placed on the foothill of the Andes. The highlight of the way are wonderful views of mountains and the marvellous Urubamba River that runs through the Sacred Valley of the Incas. In the end, you reach Aguas Calientes, a town just below Machu Picchu, where our Representative welcomes you at the railway station to accompany you to hotel. You just accommodated yourself in a hotel and the rest of the day is free so that you can the visit thermal baths (hot springs) and the lovely surroundings of Aguas Calientes.

Day 2: Machu Picchu - Cusco

Day 2: Machu Picchu - Cusco

The next day, you take a shuttle bus taking you up to the archaeological complex of Machu Picchu following a zigzag path for about 30 minutes. Once in Machu Picchu, your Tour Guide introduces you the most important attractions of this antique Incan site such as its main square, the Sun Temple, Intiwatana (Sun Clock), the Royal Rooms, the Temple of the Three Windows and the Royal Incas Cemetery. This guided tour takes about 2 and half an hour and then you are given time off to explore around the complex and to take some amazing panoramic photos of Machu Picchu. So please do not forget your camera and enjoy the visit of the "One of the New 7 Wonders of the World" !! When you have enjoy the site enough, you take a shuttle bus down to Aguas Calientes where you can have lunch (not included in the package) in one of many lovely restaurants offering traditional Andean as well as international cuisine. In the afternoon, we take a train back to Ollantaytambo where our driver expects us in front of the railway station to transfer us to Cusco.


What is included in the Machu Picchu Tour?

  • Pre-trek briefing (Our guide will visit your hotel a day before the trek for your briefing)
  • Private tourist transportation to the train station
  • Accommodation: Hotel (01 night)
  • Meals: 01 Breakfast, 01 Snack bag (Organic cotton bag)
  • Entrance fee to Machu Picchu
  • Professional guide
  • Expedition train round trip to Machu Picchu
  • Bus up and down to Machu Picchu


What is included in  the Snack Bag?

  • Small bottled water (500 ml);
  • A small bottle of Gatorade (a sports drink used for rehydration);
  • Cusco's cereals or Granola (it consist of kiwicha, quinoa, raisins, honey, and grated coconut);
  • Small fruit-juice drink;
  • 1x apple;
  • 1x granadilla;
  • 10x lemon candy;
  • Raisins with peanuts.

Not Included

Meal budget: Please allow USD 10-15 for meals not included.

Solo Traveler: Please note that if you have booked the "Solo Traveler" option for this tour, you receive your own single room on the overnight.

Local flights: It is not included the international and local flights. In case you want to book your ticket flight with us, please contact with our info department (, we have the best price.

It is very important that we have got your passport details at the time of booking in order to process all air tickets! Internal flight tickets are issued locally and will be given to you prior to each flight departure!


Tour Guide & Representative

Our guide will visit your hotel 2 or 1 day before the trek for your briefing, it is very important, let us know, where you will be staying in Cusco. 


All Machu Picchu Overnight tours are accompanied by a Our driver, Tierras Vivas Tour Guide, a Representative or an expedition team. The aim of our Tour Guides is to take a hassle out of our customers’ trips and to help them to have the best trip possible. The Tour Guides provide information on places visited, offer suggestions of what to see and to do, recommend a good place to eat and introduce to his/her colleagues. The Guides have a broad general knowledge of each country visited during a tour, including historical, cultural, religious and social aspects. We also use local Tour Guides where we think that more specific knowledge could add more enjoyment to visited places.

Accommodation in Machu Picchu

Accommodation in Machu Picchu

The following hotels in Aguas Calientes are used to accommodate our customers during our 2 day Machu Picchu trips:


Hotel Wiracocha Machu Picchu

ViAndina Hotel Machu Picchu


We spend a night in a small locally owned hotel rooms (either twin or matrimonial) with private bathrooms and breakfast facilities. Both hotels are situated within walking distance of the railway station.



Hotel Wiracocha Machu Picchu

Hotel-Adventure-HouseHotel Machu Picchu Dream


Single Accommodation: If you are traveling on your own, and would prefer to share a tent, we'll pair you with another trekker of the same gender and there will not be an extra cost. If you prefer to have a tent to yourself a surcharge of USD 50 will have to be paid. If you want an upgrade any service to the train or accommodation or do you want to stay extra night in Machu Picchu, contact us directly to for this to be done and confirmed to you.


IMPORTANT TO ACCOMMODATION: You must present your passport with the TAM immigration slip (copy) to all hotel accommodations. The national sales tax (18%) is charged to all Peruvian citizens and foreigners staying 60 consecutive days or more. In case the room is shared by both a taxable and non-taxable guest at the same time, the sales tax will be applied to the whole room. So please take every caution to not lose this piece of paper. You need to bring it to the Cusco office for your checking.



If you would like to upgrade your accommodation, the discount is U$ 25 per person (Double or Single room). We can recommend the following hotel in Machu Picchu or you can choose and book the hotel by yourself:


    Accommodation Accommodation
Santuary Lodge Machu Picchu 5 Star   U$ 1500.00 U$ 1500.00  
Casa Andina Machu Picchu 3 Star U$ 218.50  U$ 218.50 
Tierra Viva Machu Picchu 3 Star U$ 110.00 U$ 150.00 
Ferre Machu Picchu 3 Star U$ 230.00  U$ 230.00


Sanctuary Lodge Machu Picchu: The accommdation is Standard Patio

Casa Andina Machu Picchu: The accommdation is Standard Traditional

Tierra Viva Hotel Machu Picchu: The accommodation is Standard

Ferre Machu Picchu Hotel: The accommodation is Standard



Train Service & Transfers

On this Machu Picchu Tours are included the following train services:


PeruRail - Expedition Train


Ollantaytambo - Machu Picchu

  Departure Arrival to Machu Picchu
Expedition 81 12:55 14:25


Machu Picchu to Cusco

  Departure Arrival to Ollantaytambo Arrival to Cusco
Expedition 74 14:55 16:31 18:30
Expedition 84 18:20 20:05 22:00
Expedition 86 20:50 22:50 23:50


IncaRail - The Voyager Train


Ollantaytambo - Machu Picchu

  Departure Arrival to Machu Picchu
The Voyager 11:15 12:41


Machu Picchu to Cusco

  Departure Arrival to Ollantaytambo Arrival to Cusco
The Voyager 14:30 15:56 18:40
The Voyager 19:00 20:41 22:30
The Voyager 20:20 21:59 23:00


  • On the Expedition and The Voyager is not included extra service inside the train.
  • Our driver will drop off in your hotel.

UP GRADING Train service:

If you prefer Vistadome train or Machu Picchu Train 360 for this trek, the extra price is U$ 50 dollars. let us know before your booking your service.


Vistadome train Machu Picchu - Perurail

The Vistadome train have panoramic windows, which allows to appreciate the beautiful scenery along the route.Live an unforgettable experience of magic connection with nature on the Machu Picchu - Ollantaytambo route on the PeruRail Vistadome train. 


In the Vistadome service you can enjoy of: 

  • Long Stretch (from the Poroy Station, Cusco):
  • Outbound: Snack Service
  • Inbound: Snack Service
  • Short Stretch (from the Ollantaytambo Station):
  • Outbound: Light Snack Service
  • Inbound: Light Snack Service
  • Selection of hot or cold non-alcoholic drinks (one hot drink and one cold drink per person)

The 360 train Machu Picchu - Inca Rail

The only train in Peru with an entertainment app on board which will allow you to learn more about the train journey and the Inca civilization. Experience a unique way to travel to Machu Picchu, exploring the Andean landscape like never before with wider and taller panoramic windows and an observation outdoor carriage including a bar. Enjoy our appetizing selection of cold and warm drinks, prepared using fruit juices and Andean herbs, and our delicious gourmet and organic delights made with products from the Sacred Valley.



You can enjoy of:

  • Comfortable seats with tables in front
  • Bigger and wider panoramic windows
  • Outdoor carriage including a bar to enjoy the landscape
  • Gourmet and organic delights made with products from the Sacred Valley
  • InTrain entertainment system.

Starting point & Pickup

Usually our hike is starting from Cusco, but we can pick you up from your hotel outside of Cusco. Please check your trip and location for pick you up.


Trip/ Hiking Starting point & pickup
Machu Picchu Overnight  Cusco, Chinchero, Urubamba, Yanahuara, Ollantaytambo
Inca Trail  Cusco, Chinchero, Urubamba, Yanahuara, Ollantaytambo 
Salkantay Trek  Cusco
Lares Trek  Cusco, Pisac
Rainbow Mountain  Cusco
Ausagante Trek  Cusco
Choquequirao trek  Cusco
Inca Jungle Trek to Machu Picchu   Cusco, Urubamba, Yanahuara, Ollantaytambo
Inca Quarry Trail  Cusco, Urubambam Yanahuara
Cusco Day tours  Only Cusco


Important Note: In case you will spend night in Ollantaytambo, Our guide can pick you up from your hotel and you can have U$ 15 discount per person.

Machu Picchu Weather

Machu Picchu is located in the so-called "Ceja de selva" (jungle eyebrows), which means on the edge of the Andean highlands of the Amazon jungle. That is why it has subtropical weather that is much warmer than temperatures in Cusco. Visitors can visit it all year round because it never closes its gate.


However, there are parts of the year that are more popular and correspond to the holiday summer season of the northern hemisphere, ie June to August. In the southern hemisphere is the exact opposite, wintertime. The Peruvian winter is not quite cold there (approx. 18°C), it is basically cold only at night and early in the morning (around 0°C). The advantage of winter is that it has dry weather, so no Machu Picchu viewpoints are spoiled by heavy rains and mist.


April-May and September-October are not less worth a visit, because the climate is still mostly dry and the citadel is less crowded.


November to March falls in the rainy season. The peak of the rainy season is January and especially February. The mornings are usually dry and clear, while it rains a lot in the afternoon. The best part of these months is the fact that you can enjoy Machu Picchu along with just a few tourists and the weather is warmer all day (around 25°C) and night.

Suggested Items

You do not need plenty of things during this 2 day Machu Picchu trip. The most important factor is weather and the year season. You need a small rucksack/dayback which should be filled with your passport, bottled water, camera, mobile phone, trousers or shorts, sunscreen, sunglasses, mosquito repelent and some snacks). If it is a rainy season (March to November), do not forget a rain poncho (you can buy one in Cusco) and waterproof shoes. Please note that weather changes quickly and rains can suddenly occur.

What to Take on the Machu Picchu 2 Day Trip

  • Original passport (and its copies in case of lost),
  • Travel insurance (+ its copies),
  • Cash or credit cards,
  • Daypack (to carry your personal items during daily travels),
  • Rain gear (waterproof trousers, a rain jacket, or a rain poncho - this can be purchased in Cusco),
  • Resistible footwear, waterproof trekking shoes are recommended,
  • Sandals (in case you like to visit the hot springs/thermal baths of Aguas Calientes),
  • Swimsuit (if you like to visit the hot springs/thermal baths),
  • Sun glasses,
  • Hat or a cap (as a protection against rain, cold or the sun),
  • Sun protection cream,
  • After-sun cream,
  • Insect repellent– recommended minimum is 20% DEET!),
  • Mobile phone with a camera/camera and its charger/batteries,
  • Small towel and toiletries,
  • Sufficient reserve of underwear,
  • Snacks (chocolate, fruits, biscuits, energy bars, raw fruits, etc.)
  • Please note: we do provide a daily morning snack and our meal service is very complete and well supplied. The recommendation of taken own snack applies only for customers who like a specific snack that might not be in our menu.
  • Bottled water.

Extra Luggage

If you have extra luggage, it can be left safely in your hotel in Cusco, in the Ollantaytambo railway station or Tierras Vivas luggage storage. If you decide for our storage, our driver picks up your luggage the morning of your trip departure and leave it our office. There, you can pick it up the day your return from your Machu Picchu trip.

Machu Picchu 2 Day Tour FAQs

Where and when can you choose your preferred time in Machu Picchu?

When you have made your reservation with us, you will automatically receive an email in which all important questions about your day trip to Machu Picchu, the airport transfer and much more will be answered. We recommend answering this email as soon as possible so that we can start coordinating your tickets and guarantee you an excellent experience.


What is the Vistadome train and how can I book it?

This train option offers panoramic views due to the larger windows. It differs in price. There is an additional cost of USD 40 per train per person for this option.


Sacred Valley Machu Picchu 2 Days / 1 Night

Sacred Valley Machu Picchu 2 Days / 1 Night

Sacred Valley to Machu Picchu tour involves the experience of visiting the famous Pisac Market, Pisac Ruins and Ollantaytambo archeological site. Then you will take the train to Machu Picchu and spend one night in Aguas Calientes before visiting the site the next day. The next day you will wake up early and take the bus up to Machu Picchu. There, you will visit the Machu Picchu city and have the chance to climb Huayna Picchu mountain (must be purchased in advance) or walk around the ruins. Book Now Online the Sacred Valley to Machu Picchu Tour

Inca Trail Hiking with Camping 2 days / 1 night

Inca Trail Hiking with Camping 2 days / 1 night

Inca Trail hiking with camping 2 days is one of hike list experience for anyone planning a trip to Machu Picchu with camping, It gives you a taste of the Inca Trail but takes half the time and requires less than half the physical exertion This hike involves 2 day hike on the short trail to Machu Picchu and 1 night camping in the Puente ruinas. more information, visit our Inca Trail Hiking 2 days with camping

Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu 2 Days/ 1 Night

Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu 2 Days/ 1 Night

The Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu takes you to the same experience as the Classic Inca Trail, but in least time. We get to the first point and then we hike through lush vegetation of a cloud forest, and then we cross Incan ruins such as Wiñay Wayna until arriving to the Sun Gate. We continue down to our hotel in Aguas Calientes Town where we have a rest. The following early morning adventure starts with Machu Picchu hiking tour for two hours. Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu 2 Days/ 1 Night.

Sacred Valley & Short Inca Trail 3 Days/2 Nights

This Sacred Valley tour to Inca Trail 3 days tour was created especially for you, offers the possibility of combining a traditional guide tour of the Sacred Valley with an adventure hike, this links the famous Sacred Valley of the Incas and the 2 day Inca Trail course towards one of the seven wonders of the modern world Machu Picchu. Book Online the Sacred Valley & Inca Trail 3 days.

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