A visit of Machu Picchu by Train is an enigmatic way on how to reach Machu Picchu! To get there, you just can choose one of the following train options: Expedition Class (standard), Vistadome Class (first class) or Hiram Bingham Class (luxury) operated by Peru Rail (a railway company) or Tourist Class (standard), Executive Class (more comfortable) or First Class (luxury) operated by Inca Rail (another railway company). On the route, you can appreciate the landspaces of the Sacred Valley of the Incas, subtropical flora and fauna as well as lovely sceneries closer to Machu Picchu! Upon arrival to Aguas Calientes (a small town just below Machu Picchu), you get on a tourist shuttle bus taking you just in front of the entrance of this unique Incan citadel! There, you receive a guided tour of the so called "Lost City of the Incas". Afterwards, you are given spare time to either climb Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain to take some panoramic pictures of the antique Incan citadal with all the splendid landscape that surrounds it!! Then you can return to Machu Picchu and explore this overwhelming citadel on your own!
To do so, just decide whether you prefer Machu Picchu 1 Day Tour or Sacred Valley to Machu Picchu 2 Days with an overnight in the subtropical town of Aguas Calientes!
he antique citadel of Machu Picchu (Old Peak in Quechua native language) is a very popular worldwide tourist attraction and the most famous Inca's architectural work without any doubt. It is located at 122 km far away from Cusco in the same named departament. The Inca citadel stands at an altitude of 2,430 metres above sea level on the Machu Picchu Mountain, close to the Urubamba River, in the midst of a lush vegetation of a cloud forest. The majestic beauty of the natural landscape surrounding this sanctuary as well as the archeological value of the ruins have contributed to make Machu Picchu one of the most appreciated and frequently visited place of both Americas!! That is why, UNESCO recognized the importance of Machu Picchu and ranked it as a Natural and Cultural Heritage of Humanity in 1983.
Machu Picchu is a perfectly planned centre and it is one of the finest examples of Incan architecture. Its original builders knew very well how to perfectly combine its construction with the exceptional natural environment that surrounds it and protects it from seismic activity, even up till now.
The Machu Picchu by Train is waiting for you so do not waver and join our group.
Tierras Vivas offers you two options of touring Machu Picchu by train:
Machu Picchu by Train 1 Day Tour
Machu Picchu by Train 2 Day Tour
Crew: A Salkantay Trek Machu Representative in Cusco and a professional bilingual Tour Guide at Machu Picchu.
Accommodation: In case of the 2 day tour, please visit the page of Prices.
Transportation: Transportation by private vehicle, a train round trip.
In the morning, we pick you up from your hotel and transfer your to a railway station (either at Poroy, which is 30 minutes far away from Cusco or at Ollantaytambo which takes 1 hour and 40 minutes 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 a bus stop. There you get on a shuttle bus taking you up to the archaeological complex of Machu Picchu following a zigzag path for about 25 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 climb Huayna Picchu (or Machu Picchu Mountain) 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. Afterwards, you can visit the thermal baths of Aguas Calientes or the Museum of the Site (neither entrance of these is included in the package).
In the afternoon, we take a train back to Ollantaytambo (alternatively to Poroy) where our driver expects us in front of the railway station to transfer us to Cusco.
In case, you have choosen the 2 day tour, you are transfered to Aguas Calientes in the same way how it is described above, but you do not tour Machu Picchu on the first day. 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 up to the Incan citadel and enjoy its guided tour! The rest of the itinerary is same as for the 1 day tour.
Meals budget: Please allow USD 20 - 30 for meals not included.
Single room: If you do not like to share your room with someone else, please book the "Single Room" option - applicable for the 2 day tour only!
Local flights: No local flight is included in the cost of the tours.
Many people include the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu in their “Things to do” list , although what most people don’t know is that there are various Inca Trails Trips to Machu Picchu to pick from in the Cusco region. The difference lies in what kind of an experience you want, hiking the Inca trail or hike other good altenative treks.
You have to take into account that usually you will need to book in advance the Inca Trail, and in case it is fully booked, we recommend other best alternatives:
All Salkantay Trek Machu traveller group tours are accompanied by a Salkantay Trek Machu 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.
A kind of luggage you need to take with depends on a kind of tour you plan to undertake, a part of the country you like to visit, a year season and a length of your trip. In general, you should pack as lightly as possible because you carry your own luggage during most of our tours (however, there are not long walking distances – up to 30 minutes). We recommend you to keep weight of your luggage under 7 kg (20 lb.).
Most of travelers use a suitcase. However, a big backpack would be more suitable. In any case, please do not forget a small rucksack that you will need for daily travels (to carry your bottled water, camera, snacks, etc.). It is better to avoid a wheeled luggage and use luggage with shoulder straps.
If you plan to visit Cusco and Machu Picchu (Andean mountain range or Altiplano), then we recommend you to take some trousers suitable for hiking, shorts, T-shirts and trekking shoes for the days; and sweaters, fleeces, hats, scarves and warm jackets for the nights. You also should take a sun protection cream, sun glasses and in some cases, mosquito repellent (depending on a route chosen). It is very convenient to have a light rain-gear available in a daypack (e.g. a waterproof poncho or jacket and/or waterproof trousers) as weather changes quickly and rains can suddenly occur. For more details, please check the below link of “What to Bring on the Inca Trail Expedition Tour”.