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The Machu Picchu tour from Cusco begins at your hotel. Our representative will pick you up and take you to the train station, where you will catch the train to Aguas Calientes village and spend a night. The next day, visit Machu Picchu and take a guided tour of important sites in the Inca citadel.
Machu Picchu is considered one of the Seven Wonders of the World and attracts numerous visitors eager to explore its enigmatic and mysterious beauty. The site is surrounded by two amazing mountains, providing an ideal setting for exploration. You can climb up to Huayna Picchu or Mount Machu Picchu to complete your experience and uncover the mysteries of the citadel.
Our Machu Picchu tour starts from Cusco or the Sacred Valley of the Incas and offers an all-inclusive service. The Cusco to Machu Picchu tour has a duration of 2 days, allowing you to appreciate the beautiful landscapes of the Sacred Valley, the Vilcanota River, and the flora of the Cusco region during the trip. On the second day, according to your schedule, our guide will take you on a tour of Machu Picchu. Come and book your Machu Picchu tour from Cusco for 2 days!”
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Tour Operator: Tierras Vivas – If you have questions or doubt about your trip, contact by WhatsApp: +51 984 004472
Service Level: Comfortable tourist-class accommodations and transfers.
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.
Meals: 1x Breafast and 1x snack bag (Please allow USD 10-15 for meals not included)
Transportation: Tourist van, a train round trip.
Accommodation: Hotel in Machu Picchu (01 night)
(We use hotel Casa del Cielo Machu Picchu. If you want to upgrade, please visited the section ESSENTIAL INFO)
Our Machu Picchu tour from Cusco begins when our driver picks you up from your hotel, transferring you to the railway station, either at Ollantaytambo, which is 1 hour and 30 minutes away from Cusco. Upon arrival at the train station, you’ll board the train. The journey from Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes takes 1 hour and 45 minutes. During the trip, you’ll appreciate beautiful landscapes and experience a change in climate from cold to warm. Enjoy views of the Vilcanota River and the flora of the subtropical zone.
As you travel from Cusco to Machu Picchu, observe the breathtaking landscapes and the sunrise, appreciating corn and potato farming fields. If it’s the dry season, these fields have a brown color, creating an impressive Andean landscape.
Aguas Calientes, situated at 2300 m.a.s.l., is not only a gateway to Machu Picchu but also a charming destination. Upon arrival, you’ll be transferred to the hotel for accommodation. Take a stroll around the small town, explore the local market, or add other activities to your itinerary, such as the hike to the Mandor waterfall or a visit to the Mariposario Museum. In the evening, between 6:00 and 7:00 pm, our guide will visit for your briefing. Please wait in the lobby; they will be there.
In the morning, our representative will pick you up from your hotel and transfer you to the bus station. From Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu, you’ll take a tourist bus. During the trip, appreciate the flora of Machu Picchu, including trees and vegetation, making it a delightful journey.
Upon arrival at Machu Picchu, it is crucial to present your passport and entrance fee. Depending on your chosen circuit, you will explore the citadel. There are new Machu Picchu circuits, and the most popular for this trip are circuits 1 and 2. Enjoy a guided tour of Machu Picchu, walk through the citadel, and take the best pictures for your memories.
Andes Machu Picchu offers beautiful landscapes outside the citadel. From the Guardian House, appreciate the sacred mountains that accompany the Inca citadel, giving the impression of a return to Inca times.
After finishing the visit to Machu Picchu, enhance your experience by adding Huayna Picchu or Mount Machu Picchu tickets (extra cost). Once finished, take the bus down to Aguas Calientes, have lunch in Aguas Calientes (not included), and then catch the train back to Ollantaytambo, where our transfer will be waiting to take you to Cusco. Upon arrival, our driver will drop you off at the hotel.BOOK ONLINE
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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 overnight. It is an extra cost.
Local flights: It is not included international and local flights. In case you want to book your ticket flight with us, please contact our info department (email@example.com), we can provide 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!
Machu Picchu Tour from Cusco: Our guide will visit your hotel 1 or 2 days before the tour for a briefing. We kindly request that you provide us with your hotel information.
For the best communication between you and Tierras Vivas during your trip, we recommend using WhatsApp. We have a dedicated communication staff available 24/7. Once you have made your reservation, our staff will provide you with a list of emergency contact numbers. While we do not anticipate any issues during your trip, it is crucial for us to stay in contact with you if needed.
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.
– Casa de Luz 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.
Solo Traveler: 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 (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:
|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.
If you want to know more information about the hotels, please click on Machu Picchu Hotels
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.
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:
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:
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.
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.
If you want to read more information, please click on Machu Picchu tickets
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 Machu Picchu tickets, you will not be able to enter the archaeological park of Machu Picchu.
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.
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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.Important
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 for 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.
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.
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 Inca Trail Trek, you have to book well in advance. It is also mandatory to hire a guide for the Inca Trail. 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.
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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.BOOK ONLINE
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 TourBOOK ONLINE
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.