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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 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! 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: 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


Quick Itinerary

Machu Picchu 2 day tours from Cusco

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

Advantages of the 2-day Machu Picchu tour

  • This tour is ideal for young people looking for a bit of adventure in Machu Picchu.
  • The 2-day Machu Picchu tour allows you to appreciate the best landscapes of Machu Picchu in due time.
  • This tour allows you to get to know the town of Aguas Calientes better. After visiting Machu Picchu, tourists can relax in the town's thermal baths.

2 Day Machu Picchu Tour From Lima

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


Machu Picchu tours from Lima


Quick Itinerary:

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


Machu Picchu Tours Health Protocols

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!

Conditions to enter to Machu Picchu

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.

  • The ticket must be correctly filled out, without erasures or amendments.
  • In the case of minors, who do not have identity documents, they can enter accompanied by their parents and under their absolute responsibility.
  • Students must present their International ISIC Card.
  • To enter Machu Picchu, you cannot be under the influence of alcohol, drugs or other substances; You may not carry firearms, flammable substances or other objects that alter the order within the archaeological site.
  • Remember that only canteens and walking sticks can be used for water, they are only for people with disabilities or older adults and definitely, you cannot smoke in the archaeological park of Machu Picchu.
  • Only, you can move, by places marked and allowed otherwise, the Regional Directorate of Culture, is not responsible for any accident that may arise.
  • The stay in the enclosure, is from the registration of the visitor and can remain, until 17:00 hrs.

2 Day Machu Picchu Tour

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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.



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 tickets 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 tangerine;
  • 10x lemon candy;
  • Raisins with peanuts.

Not Included:

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 (, 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

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 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 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 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:

    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

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


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

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 
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.


If you want more information, please click in the Best time to visit Machu Picchu.


When to go?

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.

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.

What to Take on the Machu Picchu Tour

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.


Travel documents

  • Airline tickets (confirmation) and itinerary.
  • Valid passport (it is essential, not only for the purchase of the Machu Picchu ticket, but also to identify yourself in a country that is not yours
  • Credit or debit cards and cash and small denominations.

Clothes and accessories


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.

  • Medium backpack (you will not be able to enter Machu Picchu with a large backpack)
  • Hiking shoes, especially if you plan to visit some of the mountains of Machu Picchu.
  • Sunny days:
    • Sunglasses
    • Hat or cap, to protect yourself from the sun
    • Detachable pants
    • Light clothing (cotton polo shirts, shorts)
    • Warm clothes (nights are usually cold, especially in the dry season)
  • Rainy days:
    • Waterproof cover for the backpack.
    • Waterproof clothing (jacket, rain poncho, windbreaker, gloves)
    • Warm clothing (jacket, coat, poncho)
    • Long-sleeved garments (sweaters or sweatshirts)


Basic Accessories


These elements are quite useful to enjoy your visit.

  • Enough water to stay hydrated, in a walk of at least 2 hours
  • Insect repellent
  • Lip protection
  • Sunscreen with high protection factor
  • Zippered plastic bags

Electronic accessories


We know that you will not forget your cell phone, so we will not include it on the list.

  • Photographic camera
  • Extra batteries
  • Additional storage memory
  • Power adapter

Personal Hygiene Accessories


Most of these things can be purchased in Cusco or Aguas Calientes, but you may want to bring your own for convenience.

  • Comb brush
  • Shampoo, shower gel, soap, towel
  • Toothbrush, toothpaste, dental floss
  • Deodorant
  • Lotions, creams
  • Lip balm
  • Wipes
  • Shaving machine and cream
  • Nail clippers, lime
  • Other personal hygiene items



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.

Lima to Machu Picchu

Lima to Cusco

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.


Arrive in Cusco by plane

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.


Get to Cusco by Train

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.


Arrive in Cusco by bus

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.


Cusco to Machu Picchu

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.


Train to Machu Picchu

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.


Inca Trail

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.


Adventure trip to Machu Picchu

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.


Information about Machu Picchu

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, the jewel of the emperor?

  • Machu Picchu was ordered to be built by the famous Inca emperor Pachacutec (1438 - 1471) to be his resting place in a strategic point of the empire: the limits with the Amazon rainforest.
  • The buildings of Machu Picchu were built in harmony with their natural environment. The Incas adapted the shapes of the mountains to build their city.
  • Most of their construction is underground, since they developed a complete irrigation system to grow plants of different species in various parts.
  • In Machu Picchu all types of crops were found: from tubers in the highest areas to hallucinogenic plants from the jungle parts of the empire.
  • Like many of the most important Inca settlements, it was built on terraces linked by steep paths and stone steps.

Where is Machu Picchu located?

  • Currently, the Inca city of Machu Picchu is located in the district of the same name, in the province of Urubamba, in the department of Cusco, in southern Peru (South America).
  • If we take geography into account, Machupicchu is located 2,438 meters above sea level (m.a.s.l.), between the Andes Mountains and the Amazon jungle.
  • There are 3 mountains that surround the Inca wonder: the mountains Machupicchu, Huayna Picchu and Putucusi. All these mountains belong to the so-called ‘Vilcabamba Batholith’.
  • Due to its location at the top of an inaccessible mountain, Machu Picchu was little known by the Spanish invaders and the nearby settlers, until it was known to the world by the investigations of the American explorer Hiram Bingham in 1911.

What does it mean?

  • The word Machu Picchu comes from the Quechua language (language of the Incas and of many of the current peoples settled in the Andes Mountains) which means "old mountain". This name was chosen arbitrarily by the settlers who called the mountain that way.
  • However, according to various investigations, the true name of Machupicchu would be ‘Patallaqta’, a Quechua word that means ‘people of the steps’.
  • Currently Machupicchu is also the name by which the famous town of Aguas Calientes is known, located at the foot of the Inca wonder. The immense mountain on which the archaeological site is located is also known by that name.
  • Likewise, the Peruvians baptized as ‘Machu Picchu’ a famous cocktail made from pisco (brandy symbol of Peru) and whose presentation combines the colors green, yellow and red.


  • The geography where Machupicchu is located is characterized by the presence of mountains and peaks belonging to the so-called ‘Cordillera de Vilcabamba’ where the imposing Salkantay mountain stands out.
  • The area has geological faults which generated an abundance of granite stones (which facilitated the construction of the Inca city). Two mountains stand out on the Inca citadel: Huayna Picchu and Machupicchu. Currently, both mountains offer the two most popular hiking trails in the area. Another of the nearby mountains is the ‘Putucusi’. Just 10 kilometers away is the famous town of Aguas Calientes.

Flora and fauna

  • Machupicchu has a great diversity of butterflies and birds where the cock of the rocks stands out, recognized as the national bird of Peru.
  • There are also some wild animals such as the pudu, the sachacabra, the ucumari, the llama, the vizcachas and the spectacled bear, the latter in danger of extinction.
  • Among the flower species stands out, without a doubt, the more than 300 species of orchids. This flower is highly appreciated for its beauty and multi-colored shapes. Likewise, there are many species of ferns, shrubs and more.

What to see in Machu Picchu?

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).

  • The House of the Guardian - Famous construction from where the entire environment of Machupicchu was watched since it offers a panoramic view of the place. Currently, in this place tourists take the classic postcard photo.
  • The Intipunku - The famous ‘Puerta del Sol’ through which the Incas entered Machupicchu from Cusco. The sun's rays were received there at the summer solstices. It consists of several walls and windows as well as a main door through which tourists who are currently on the famous 4-day trek known as the 'Inca Trail' enter. Reaching the top from the current entrance to the archaeological site takes approximately 1 hour.
  • The Inca Bridge - The Inca Bridge is a rustic construction made of stone that limited the limits of the Inca empire with the east. Faced with a possible threat, the Incas destroyed the bridge to prevent invasions. Currently going there is an optional route that lasts approximately 30 minutes. It crosses sections close to cliffs but 100% safe.
  • The Intihuatana - This construction is made of a large stone sculpted in three levels that directly receive the sun's rays. This sundial was used to know the sowing and harvesting seasons in the place. It is believed that the villagers who bring their hands to this construction are filled with the energy that comes from the sun.
  • The Main Temple - The Main Temple is made up of an enclosure with three walls and a main platform as an offering table. It also has windows where ornaments were placed. Earthquakes and the passage of time have damaged these structures, which are uneven.
  • The Temple of the 3 Windows - The Temple of the 3 Windows, as its name suggests, is made up of a stone structure with three windows that symbolize the division of the Inca world into three levels: the Hanan Pacha (heavenly world), the Kay Pacha (earthly world) and the Uku Pacha (world of the dead).
  • The Temple of the Condor - This temple is made up of an irregularly shaped rock as well as a stone figure on the ground; which visually united form a figure of a condor, a sacred bird for the Incas. According to the Inca worldview, the condor communicated the earthly world with the heavenly world of the gods.
  • The Temple of the Sun - This temple was one of the main religious sites in Machupicchu. It is made of many regularly carved stones that form a circumference on top of a cave. It is on the highest point of the place so it received the rays of the sun inside. Below is a staircase that leads to what would be a royal tomb, due to the relics that were found there during its discovery.
  • The Temple of the Moon - This construction is also known as the ‘Great cavern’, since it is built inside a cave. It has finely carved walls and windows as well as a kind of altar where it is assumed that sacrifices were made. The Temple of the Moon is on the Huayna Picchu mountain, an hour from a fork. Visitors who come to the temple will find themselves almost alone since few people come near there.

What to do in Aguas Calientes?

In your free time in Aguas Calientes you can:

  • Taking a walk to the Mándor Falls is a quiet walk is 4 km. from town.
  • Another option is to go to the Hot Springs of Aguas Calientes, a place that has changing rooms and a snack bar.
  • You can visit the Manuel Chávez Ballón Site Museum where you have a panorama of the discovery and investigation of Machu Picchu.
  • There is also the Model Museum of the Municipality of Machu Picchu.
  •  And if you have good physical condition, experience in hiking, high-level climbing, you can encourage yourself to ascend to Putucusi Mountain.

Altitudes in Machu Picchu

At what altitude is Huayna Picchu?

  • The Huayna Picchu mountain is at an altitude of 8,923 feet (2,720 m.s.n.m.).
  • At that altitude the tourist may suffer slightly from the symptoms of altitude sickness.

At what altitude is the Machu Picchu mountain?

  • Machu Picchu mountain is located at an altitude of 10,111 feet (3,082 m.s.n.m.).
  • At that height, most tourists suffer from some symptoms of altitude sickness such as difficulty breathing.

At what altitude is the town of Aguas Calientes?

  • The town of Aguas Calientes is at 6,692 feet (2,040 m.a.s.l.).
  • At that altitude, no tourist suffers from altitude sickness.

What to do against altitude sickness?

  • Stay calm - his body is trying to get used to the lesser amount of oxygen so it is extremely important that he take it easy the first few days he is in Cusco.
  • Take a deep breath - Once again your body is trying to get the necessary oxygen. To provide enough oxygen to the lungs, it is advisable to stop and breathe deeply from time to time.
  • Avoid alcohol - Some studies suggest that the effects of alcohol are greater in high altitude locations. Also, alcohol can exacerbate the effects of altitude sickness. Stay away from pisco, at least the first days in Cusco.
  • Drink lots of water - Altitude sickness can cause a dry throat, leading to thirst. In addition, drinking water calms rapid breathing and alleviates the sensation of oxygen deprivation caused by altitude sickness.
  • Acclimatize to Cusco - The city of Cusco is almost a thousand meters (3,280 ft) away. above Machu Picchu. If the tourist adapts satisfactorily to the city of Cusco, it is sure that he will not have any problem to visit Machu Picchu.
  • Sorojchi Pills - One of the drugs recommended to alleviate the symptoms of altitude sickness is called 'Sorojchi pills'. You can find them in any pharmacy in Cusco without a prescription.
  • Bring drops of chlorophyll - This natural remedy increases the number of red blood cells in the blood. Therefore, there is more opportunity for oxygen to be absorbed by the blood. It can be found in any health food store in Cusco.
  • Drink coca tea - The coca leaf has been used since before the time of the Incas as a remedy for different ailments. Currently, the coca leaf infusion is widely used in Cusco to combat the symptoms of altitude sickness.

What time is recommended to visit Machu Picchu?

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.

Machu Picchu 2 Day Tour FAQs

How long does it take to get to Machu Picchu?

  • Machu Picchu is located in the Andes Mountains of Cusco in Peru (South America).
  • To get there, the visitor needs to take a flight to the city of Lima (capital of Peru). Then, you must take another flight to the city of Cusco.
  • Once in the city of Cusco, the tourist is 74 kilometers from Machu Picchu. To get there you must take a train route through the Sacred Valley of the Incas.
  • The trip from Cusco to Machu Picchu by train takes approximately 4 hours.

Where to sleep on the 2-day trip to Machu Picchu?

  • During the 2-day trip to Machu Picchu, the visitor will be able to spend the nights in hotels in the city of Cusco, the town of Urubamba and the town of Aguas Calientes.
  • There are 5-star hotels in Cusco, Urubamba and Aguas Calientes. It is also possible to get cheap accommodation.
  • It is recommended to book hotel services online and in advance. Thus the visitor will be able to get the rooms of their preference and at the best price.

What are the risks of a quick visit to Machu Picchu?

  • There are some risks associated with fast travel such as flight delays or itinerary clutter.
  • On the 2-day trip to Machu Picchu, you will sleep little. This excursion is not for every type of traveler. It is a maximized itinerary to make the visit to Machu Picchu possible in record time.

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.


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

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.

Machu Picchu Packages starting in Lima

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.


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