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 day tour 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!
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: Hotel in Machu Picchu (01 night)
(We use the following the Hotel Susana Inn. If you want to upgrade, please visited the section ESSENTIAL INFO)
Important Note: If you would like to return earlier, you can change your return train to 14:30 (arrival at Cusco at 18:30).
If you have a short time to visit Peru and you arrive in Lima thinking that Machu Picchu is in the capital of Peru and you are surprised that it's not there. Tierras Vivas have the best option trip to Machu Picchu for you. We can offer the 2-day Machu Picchu tour from Lima. This itinerary is the following. We provide local flight tickets from Lima to Cusco. Once you arrived in Cusco. Our driver will be waiting in the airport and transferring to the train station. You will catch Train to Aguas Calientes town, transfer to the hotel, and spend a night in the hotel.
The second day. Wake up early and take the bus up to Machu Picchu and take a guided tour in the lost city of the Incas. In the afternoon you will take the train from Aguas Calientes town to Ollantaytambo train station. Arrival and transfer from the train station to the Cusco airport. Flight from Cusco to Lima in the night. Or you have the best itinerary for your holidays, please, let us know please, we can help you to organize it. If you want more information, please send us an email firstname.lastname@example.org
Day 01: Lima - Cusco - Machu Picchu
06:40 Flight from Lima to Cusco
08:00 Arrival to Cusco and transfer to the train station
09:30 Ollantaytambo train station
11:15 Train from Ollantaytambo to Machu Picchu town
13:00 Arrival and transfer your hotel Susana Inn (Single room with private bath)
13:10 Free time, you can explore the small town and have a lunch (not included)
18:00 Our guide will be visiting your hotel for your briefing (20 min approx).
Day 02: Machu Picchu - Cusco - Lima
05:30 Wake up and transfer to the bus station
06:00 Tourist bus to Machu Picchu
07:00 Enter to Machu Picchu
07:30 Guided Tour in Machu Picchu (2 hrs)
12:00 Bus down to Aguas Calientes town
12:30: Arrival and have a lunch (not included)
14:30 Train return to Ollantaytambo
16:10 Arrival to the train station and transfer from Ollantaytambo to the airport
18:30 Checking into the airport
19:45 Flight from Cusco to Lima
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:
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.
It is not enough to acquire your ticket to enter Machu Picchu; It is also necessary that you carry your personal, current and current documents. If you do not have your documents, which match the registered data, in the Ticket to Machu Picchu, you will not be able to enter the archaeological park of Machu Picchu.
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.
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.
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.
Meal budget: Please allow USD 8-10 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 (email@example.com), 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!
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 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.
The following hotels in Aguas Calientes are used to accommodate our customers during our Machu Picchu 2 day tours from Cusco:
- Susanna Inn Machu Picchu Hotel
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
UP-GRADING MACHU PICCHU HOTELS
If you would like to upgrade your accommodation, the discount is U$ 25 per person (Double or Single room). We can recommend the following:
|MACHU PICCHU HOTELS||STAR||SINGLE||DOUBLE|
|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|
Important note: If you want it, you can choose and book the hotel by yourself, our sales department will give you a discount for your accommodation
On this Machu Picchu Tours are included the following train services:
Ollantaytambo - Machu Picchu
|Departure||Arrival to Machu Picchu|
Machu Picchu to Cusco
|Departure||Arrival to Ollantaytambo||Arrival to Cusco|
Ollantaytambo - Machu Picchu
|Departure||Arrival to Machu Picchu|
Machu Picchu to Cusco
|Departure||Arrival to Ollantaytambo||Arrival to Cusco|
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.
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:
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:
The Machu Picchu Tours are starting from Cusco and 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|
|Lares Trek||Cusco, Pisac|
|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 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.
If you want more information, please click in the Best time to visit Machu Picchu.
It is one of the best questions before going to Machu Picchu, and to tell the truth only you can choose when to go to Machu Picchu. The climate in Machu Picchu and Cusco is clearly marked by 2 seasons or seasons; the rainy season and the dry season. We detail each of them below.
No matter what time you come, you should bring waterproof clothing with you since, regardless of the season, the rains can fall at any time of the year.
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.
We have divided the packing list to Machu Picchu into sections; Before coming, know that the rainy season in Cusco and Machu Picchu goes from November to March, the rest of the time the weather is dry; However, the location of Machu Picchu means that rains can occur at any time of the year, so it is advisable to always carry rain protection with you.
The suggested clothing may vary according to the Climate of Machu Picchu on the day of your trip; We recommend checking the weather forecast; However, know that in Machu Picchu you can go from a clear sky to a heavy rain, in just minutes.
These elements are quite useful to enjoy your visit.
We know that you will not forget your cell phone, so we will not include it on the list.
Most of these things can be purchased in Cusco or Aguas Calientes, but you may want to bring your own for convenience.
Most basic medication can be bought without a prescription at any pharmacy; however, antibiotics and other medications will be sold only with a prescription. If you need any special medication, it is best to bring your own prescription. Aguas Calientes (Machu Picchu town) is the town at the foot of the Inca city of Machu Picchu, and although you can find several pharmacies, it is very likely that there are medicines that you can only get in Cusco. If you have any chronic conditions, consult your doctor before setting out on your trip.
From the Lima airport to the city of Cusco there is a distance of 1,165 km. and it will only take an hour if you decide to travel by plane; On the other hand, the bus trip from Lima to Cusco takes around 20 hours. Remember that the city of Cusco is a mandatory arrival point for people wishing to reach Machu Picchu.
A flight from the city of Lima to the city of Cusco will take about 1 hour (55 minutes to be exact), flights from Lima and any city in Peru, arrive at the Teniente FAP Alejandro Velasco Astete International Airport in Cusco; there are regular daily flights to and from Lima.
From the Cusco airport there are daily flights to and from Arequipa, Juliaca (Puno Lake Titicaca), and Puerto Maldonado (Tambopata), and international destinations such as La Paz (Bolivia).
The airport of Cusco has; ATMs, restaurants, gift and souvenir shops, bookstores and a small medical center. On the outskirts of the airport you will find taxis to any part of the city.
From Cusco you can travel by train the city of Puno on the shores of Lake Titicaca, the city of Arequipa and the National Park of Machu Picchu, so it is also possible to arrive to Cusco via train if you are in any of the places mentioned.
The train route from Cusco to Puno was awarded as the second most beautiful in the world.
During the train journey, you will ascend slowly to great heights. In the first half of the journey, you can enjoy the magnificent Andes mountain range, then you can enjoy the Andean plains, where you can see vicuñas and alpacas.
The trains to Machu Picchu leave from the Ollantaytambo station in Cusco, and the route through the Sacred Valley of the Incas, is considered among the most beautiful short train routes in the world; However, to get to Machu Picchu by train, you must book Machu Picchu tickets and train tickets in advance.
You can get from Lima to Cusco by bus along the south Pan-American highway route, some people pass through the city of Arequipa during this tour: although you can get directly to the city of Cusco if you wish.
The city of Machu Picchu does not have an airport. There are no roads from Cusco to Machu Picchu.
There are daily departures of train and / or taxis between Cusco and Ollantaytambo. Also Bus service between the city of Machu Picchu (Aguas Calientes) and the Inca citadel of Machu Picchu Inca on the top of the Mountain.
Rail travel is the simplest option and the fastest to get from Cusco to Machu Picchu, but also the most expensive. The railway companies that operate there are functioning as a monopoly so prices are high. Now, if you have little time to visit Machu Picchu, hiring a day tour may be the best option.
Taking advantage of the road that the ancient Incas made to reach Machu Picchu, it has been converted into a tourist destination. The traditional Inca Trail distance involves 40 kilometers from Piscacucho (starting point) to the sacred temple. As I say, there are different versions, but they usually offer you two or four nights. The problem: the price and the excess of demand. To be able to make this IncaTrek, you have to book well in advance. It is also mandatory to hire a guide for the Inca Trek. Adding up everything is an important financial outlay, but everyone who does recommends it.
There are many travel agencies that offer alternative routes to Machu Picchu including adventure elements: bicycle route, zip lines, bungee jumping. Actually, they sell you the complete package but they do not include everything. If you do not want complications, Inka Jungle is a good option, but it also implies schedules and lack of freedom. It is not expensive but you can still look for a more affordable option for your pocket.
Now with these practical tips that will help you get from Lima to Machu Picchu and take the trip in the most complete and comfortable way, do not miss the opportunity to visit one of the seven wonders of the world and explore the imperial city of Cusco as It is due and unhurried. Distances and travel times are not that great in Peru; However, geography requires that drivers take things slowly, and without a doubt it is the best way to travel to a destination like Peru.
Machu Picchu is one of the 7 wonders of the modern world. What you know of this citadel is still being discovered. It was built approximately in 1450. A.D. under the orders of Emperor Pachacutec. The beauty of the site was not accidental. The Inca ruler looked for a citadel that harmonizes with his natural environment. After the Spanish invasion in the 16th century, the place was abandoned. Several centuries later, in 1911, the American explorer Hiram Bingham found Machupicchu hidden in the thick vegetation. From that day until today, the history of ‘mapi’ is full of discoveries and mysteries. Today it is one of the most visited sites in the world.
Machu Picchu is impressive: it has temples, residences, platforms, roads and more. Most of these places are included in the tourist route in the company of a guide. To enter others it is necessary to take optional routes, as in the cases of Intipunku and the Inca Bridge. In other cases, such as the Temple of the Moon, the visit is included in a different ticket (entrance that includes the Huayna Picchu mountain).
In your free time in Aguas Calientes you can:
While some people say that 5 or 6 hours is fine; others feel that they would have needed at least two days there. Opinions vary, but it definitely all depends on what you want to do when you get to Machu Picchu.
The most advisable thing would be to go the day before and stay in Aguas Calientes (Machu Picchu town) the night before, this will give you the opportunity to board the first bus that leaves for the citadel of Machu Picchu and take the time to enjoy it. . For example, to climb the Huayna Picchu mountain you will need a minimum time of three hours (the entrance to Huayna Picchu must be obtained months before because the availability is limited). Some people feel the need to be up there as soon as possible, in addition to wanting to make their visit as long as possible.
How long does it take to get to Machu Picchu?
Where to sleep on the 2-day trip to Machu Picchu?
What are the risks of a quick visit to Machu Picchu?
What tour to Machu Picchu to choose for seniors?
Older adults should choose a 2-day tour to Machu Picchu as long as it does not include the ascent to the Huayna Picchu mountain.
What tour to Machu Picchu to choose for children?
If you travel to Machu Picchu accompanied by children, you can choose the 2-day tour that includes the ascent to Machu Picchu Mountain. In addition, in the town of Santa Teresa there are some perfect thermal baths to relax with the little ones.
Traveling to Machu Picchu with a tour or on your own?
Both options are good to enjoy Machu Picchu. Tours are a good option for family travel. Young people can choose to travel on their own. In that case, they should purchase the Machu Picchu ticket online and in advance.
How much luggage can i bring on the train?
The train services either Peru Rail or Inca Rail only allow you to carry hand luggage. Maximum weight 5 kilos (11 pounds). Dimensions: 150 linear meters (width + length + height). However, you can find guardian services at the Ollantaytambo and Machu Picchu stations.
From what time can you enter Machu Picchu?
The entrance to the Inca City of Machu Picchu is from 06:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The buses to Machu Picchu go up from 05:30 hrs.
What is the town of Ollantaytambo?
Ollantaytambo is a famous town located in the Sacred Valley of the Incas in Cusco, Peru. Its fame is due to the fact that it is the only Inca town that preserves its streets and urban design. In it is the important Archaeological Site of Ollantaytambo.
How far is it from Ollantaytambo to Machu Picchu?
Ollantaytambo is also famous for being a mandatory route before reaching Machu Picchu. Both tourist destinations are separated by 32 kilometers apart.
Where is the Ollantaytambo train station located?
The train station is located on Avenida Ferrocarril s / n, a 15-minute walk from the Main Square of the town of Ollantaytambo.
How to get to the Ollantaytambo train station?
To get to Ollantaytambo you will need to board a minivan from Pavitos street in the city of Cusco. This trip will cost you around S /. 15 (US $ 4). The final stop of these cars is in Ollantaytambo, just a few meters from the train station.
How is the train journey from Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes?
The train journey from Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes runs along the banks of the Urubamba River through the Sacred Valley of the Incas.
This 2-hour stretch by train is considered one of the most beautiful short tours that exist. Do not forget to carry your camera well charged.
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.
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 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 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
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.
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.
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.