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2 Day Machu Picchu Tours

2 Day Machu Picchu Tours

Explore the magnificent Inca city of Machu Picchu with our Machu Picchu tour! Our expert guides will take you through the Inca city's important circuits, sharing this incredible site's history and culture. Choose from our various tour options, including our 2-day Machu Picchu tour, and experience the adventure of a lifetime in Peru.

 

If you're looking for an unforgettable experience and want to explore the history and culture of Peru, our Machu Picchu tours are the perfect choice for you. Our 2-day Machu Picchu tour involves catching the train in the morning and enjoying the ride on one of the most fascinating train routes. Stay a night in Machupicchu village and soak up the local atmosphere. The next day, wake up early and take the shuttle bus to Machu Picchu. Once you arrive, visit Machu Picchu by Circuit 1 or 2 and enjoy a guided tour of the important circuits of the Inca city. You'll get to explore the world-famous Inca citadel of Machu Picchu, an experience you'll never forget.

 

Book now and Visit the Inca citadel of Machu Picchu.

Machu Picchu Tour Overview

Sustainable Tourism: At Salkantay Trek Machu, we are happy to promote and practice sustainable tourism and support local communities.

Difficulty Trip: 2 Easy and Moderate.

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

Age Requirements: 2+, Accompanied by a traveler +18-year-old

Crew: A Salkantay Trek Machu representative in Cusco and professional tour guide.

Accommodation: Hotel in Machu Picchu.

Meals: 1x breakfast and snack bag

Transportation: Private transportation and train.

 

Machu Picchu Trip Itinerary

Cusco - Machu Picchu

 

  • 09:30 - Transfer to Ollantaytambo
  • 12:20 - Train from Ollantaytambo to Machu Picchu (Departure depends on train ticket availability)
  • 14:00 - Arrival to Aguas Calientes town
  • 19:00 - Our guide will be visiting your hotel for your briefing

Machu Picchu - Cusco

  • 05:00 - Our guide will pick you up from your hotel / Transfer you to the bus station
  • 05:30 - Tourist bus from Aguas Calientes to Inca city
  • 06:00 - Machu Picchu
  • 07:00 - Guided tour in Machu Picchu (This schedule is modifiable according to availability).
  • 10:00 - Huayna Picchu Mountain is available as an add-on activity for an extra fee. If you wish to climb it, we recommend booking in advance. Alternatively, you can finish your visit to the Inca city without climbing the mountain.
  • 13:00 - Bus down to Aguas Calientes
  • 14:30 or 14: 55: Train return to Ollantaytambo
  • 16:30 - Meet with our representative at the train station and transfer to Cusco
  • 18:40 - Arrive at Cusco and our driver will drop off you at your hotel.

Important Note: If you would like to return late, contact with our info@salkantaytrekmachu.com 

 

2 Day Machu Picchu tour

Integrate with the energy and strength that contains the most important place of the Inca civilization. Machu Picchu, know the jewel in architecture, a citadel that went unnoticed for centuries, also contemplate the beauty of nature from this beautiful place, in half of the jungle and you will be able to appreciate the variety of flora and fauna of the area, where the town of Aguas Calientes is located, enjoy its wonderful thermo medicinal waters and let yourself be captivated by the warmth of its people.

 

Machu Picchu Inca City

Architectural Structure of Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu have a religious and military origin, the Citadel of Machu Picchu was surrounded by a great wall of 6m. high and 1.8m. wide. Now, according to the archaeologist Alfredo Valencia, Machu Picchu can be divided into two major parts: the urban sector and the agricultural sector. Each one has two sub-sectors (western and eastern) that are defined according to their location in the topography.

 

The agricultural sector

The agricultural sector is divided into high and low. The high sector has five precincts, the apacheta (a stone that marks a sacred place), and more than forty platforms. The low sector, in turn, has seven enclosures and approximately 80 platforms. The numerous succession of successful agricultural terraces, connected some by stone stairs embedded in the same retaining walls of the terraces as steps, and others, by steps of multiple stone steps arranged as corridors. The design of the terraces or platforms is in perfect harmony with the mountains that surround the place, which gives it that impression already mentioned that the slopes had been sculpted to harmonize with nature.

 

The urban sector

This sector, delimited from the previous one by a great perimeter wall, was accessed through an imposing portal, architectural detail typical of the Inca construction style; point where the Inca Trail ends that still communicates the city of Cusco with Machu Picchu. This sector is made up of 172 enclosures of different shapes and sizes, communicated by 109 staircases that allowed to pass through the unevenness of the mountain on which Machu Picchu stands.

 

The neighborhoods

The enclosures are organized in the form of "neighborhoods", each one with specific functions according to their formal characteristics and the cultural evidence found in the excavations. For example, one sector was destined for deposits of the corn or coca crops that were produced in the agricultural terraces. Another sector pays attention to the production of corn for chicha (corn beer), so used even today in the Andean world for religious festivities. A third sector is formed by the homes of the people who lived in the place with the purpose of carrying out specialized productive activities, religious cults, or the administration of agricultural production.

 

The Square and the sacramental spaces

The venues are the framework of a large public square in the center of the urban sector, as well as two smaller squares. There are also buildings of evident ceremonial function, which complete the urban sector. Particularly noteworthy are the Temple of the Three Windows and the Intihuatana, stones specifically sculpted for astronomical observations. There is also a complex ritual system of baths and water sources. It is undeniable that the integral harmony of Machu Picchu, which contains a series of spaces and landscapes that had a sacred character, highlights the Inca beliefs.

 

A unique place

It is evident that Machu Picchu was a carefully planned construction, carefully designed to blend in with the natural environment. It is the result of a set of unique experiences, where the work of man is confused and successfully integrated with nature. The irregular topography was transformed into terraces for agricultural and urban purposes creating a mystical space with beautiful landscapes and history.

 

Additional Cusco Trips:

 

Day 01: Cusco - Machupicchu Village
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The Machu Picchu tour starts from your hotel in Cusco. Our driver will pick you up from your hotel or Airbnb and transfer you to the train station of Ollantaytambo. Then you will catch the train to Machupicchu village; during its train journey, visitors will be able to appreciate the beautiful landscapes of the Andean mountain range and the traditional villages that are at the foot of it with a great variety of plants and trees that accompany the Urubamba River or wilcamayu throughout the Sacred Valley of the Incas. You will be arriving at the town around 2:00 pm, there our representative will be waiting for your transfer to your hotel select for you or Wiracocha Hotel in Machu Picchu (Salkantay Trek Machu provides). then have free time to visit the Machupicchu village and the thermal baths of the Aguas Calientes.

 

This night before your break you will receive brief information from our guide (briefing) about the tour in Machu Picchu that you will do the following day and prepare for the guided tour. After registering at your hotel in, you will have a nice dinner (extra payment) and then sleep early. 

Day 02: Machu Picchu - Cusco
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You will be awake before sunrise to take one of the first buses to Machu Picchu, avoiding the crowds and having the opportunity to see this World Heritage Site in the early morning light. You will have a guided tour of 2 hours 30 min approx. from the site and then you could climb up to  Huayna Picchu Mountain (extra payment) to take the famous photo of Machu Picchu. (You need to organize the permits at the time of booking). Once finished to visit the lost city of the Inca. Enjoy your buffet lunch in the hotel of the Sanctuary of Machu Picchu before taking the bus back to Aguas Calientes and returning to Cusco by train and bus. This tour is highly recommended for those who want to experience Machu Picchu at dawn and would like to spend more time on the site.

 

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Machu Picchu Tours

Discover the Citadel of Machu Picchu (in Quechua voice: "old mountain") the maximum Inca work through our alternative 2 Day Machu Picchu Tour, and appreciate the incredible intrepidity and intelligence of the Incas, who built this wonder of the world in the greatest topographical difficulty, rustic and inaccessible zone. It is now universally known, both for its imposing and original ruins, as for its incomparable situation on the edge of an abyss, at the bottom of which run the stormy waters of the Urubamba River. Even today, it is a mystery how they managed to take huge blocks of stone to the top of the mountain and build such a spectacular example of their knowledge and culture. The Architectural Structure of Machu Picchu is mainly religious and military, the Citadel of Machu Picchu was surrounded by a great wall of 6 m high and 1.8 m wide. Now, according to the archaeologist Alfredo Valencia, Machu Picchu can be divided into two major parts: the urban sector and the agricultural sector. Each one has two sub-sectors( western and eastern ) that are defined according to their location in the topography. Due to the enormous cultural and natural attraction of the Inca citadel and its spectacular landscapes, Machu Picchu has declared a Natural Protected Area in 1981. In 1983, UNESCO declared it as a Sanctuary and a place of World Heritage. The citadel of Machu Picchu is located at the northwest of Cusco, approximately 112 kilometers by train, between impressive geography of steep mountains separated by narrow valleys and deep ravines, take importance because, in addition to its archaeological value, it has a great variety of ecosystems within its limits. Machu Picchu is surrounded by a mysterious nature and has kept many researchers confused for years.The Incas had a cosmological vision of their existence, they followed myths and legends and everything was sacred. Sacred was related to the word, "Huaca" which had a variety of meanings, and could mean something sacred like a temple, a consecrated place.In addition, the Incas had extra meaning for the word "Huaca" word is Huauque and it means brother. For example, they saw the Urubamba Valley as a reflection of the Milky Way. The abundance of sacred elements found in Machu Picchu confirms the belief that the Incas built a sacred city as a place of pilgrimage or sanctuary. We can compare Machu Picchu with a jewel reclining in the center of the surrounding mountains and surrounded by the Vilcanota River. which twists around the city like a huge snake and under the rainforest. The mountain of Machu Picchu and the mountain Huayna Picchu constitute a belt around this magical place. The high mountains around represent a second belt. The Incas believed that this place had been chosen by the cosmos to build a sacred city. Don't miss the opportunity and enjoy our travel during this 2 Day Machu Picchu Tour.

What is included in the Machu Picchu 2 day tour?
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  • Pre-tour briefing (Our guide will visit your hotel a day before the trek for your briefing);
  • Tourist transportation from Cusco - Ollantaytambo - Cusco;
  • Accommodation: Hotel Wiracocha Machu Picchu (01 Night)
  • Meals: 01 Breakfast at the hotel, 01 Snack bag
  • Entrance to Machu Picchu circuit 1 or 2 
  • Professional tour guide (Max 10 people per group)
  • Tourist train round trip to Machu Picchu
  • A shuttle bus tickets up and down to Machu Picchu 

 

Snack Organic Bag

Salkantay Trek Machu will provide the snack bag for your tours to Machu Picchu and include the following:

 

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

 

No Included:
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  • Meals are not detailed in this itinerary;
  • Tips and souvenirs during the trip; 
  • Entrance fee to Huayna Picchu ( $80)
  • Extra activity in the Machupicchu village.

Solo Traveler: If you do not like to share your room with someone else, please book the "Solo Traveler" option. We will provide a single room with a private bathroom in your Machu Picchu tours.

 

2 day tour Machu Picchu Sacred Valley
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During the 2 Day Machu Picchu and Sacred Valley tour, we will enjoy the landscapes that the Sacred Valley of the Incas offers us. Sacred Valley, a territory that extends along the Vilcanota - Urubamba River, is of extraordinary agricultural wealth and marked by a series of splendid Inca fortresses. The Vilcanota was a sacred river for the Incas, who saw in this course of water the terrestrial counterpart of the Milky Way. The river rises in the glaciers of the Vilcanota mountain range and changes its name to Urubamba in its descent into the dense jungles of the Amazon in the Andean region. On its way, it joins two of the most sacred mountains of that pre-Columbian civilization: Ausangate and Salkantay Peak. Its waters are nourished by the snow coming from the melting of the Veronica Peak or Wacay Wilca, a female mountain considered the "wife" of the Salkantay. Just at the end of a ridge that descends from Salkantay, on a promontory surrounded by the waters of the Urubamba River, the Incas built the extraordinary ceremonial citadel of Machu Picchu, the royal residence of the first emperors and sacred center for the worship of the surrounding mountains.

What are you need to take for this trip to Machu Picchu?
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  • Wear shoes or light shoes for tennis. 
  • Water.
  • Waterproof  (especially in the rainy season.) 
  • Long sleeve shirts. 
  • Long pants. 
  • Insect repellent. 
  • Sunscreen.
  • Hat for sunny days. 
  • Binoculars.
  • Sunglasses.
  • Medicine and/or articles for personal use.
  •  A light backpack or briefcase per person. 
  • Camera or cellphone. 
  • Take the original documents with which you made your reservation (ID, Passport, Student visa, and University card only for Peruvians). 
  • Have your migration card with you.
  • Have on handbills and coins in small denominations (preferably in soles.)

 

Why visit Machu Picchu?
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There are few places that offer magic and a special connection with the environment. With the first step in Machu Picchu, you will know that it is a wonder of wonders. One more reason to realize how impressive the Incas were at the time of making their constructions. Nature and history together dazzle us. Because of its location, it was a place that remained hidden from the view of the Spaniards, so it is an untouched wonder until Hiram Bingham decided to tell the world that here in Cusco, paradise was found. Are you going to miss this paradise?

What other experiences can you add to your Machu Picchu trip?
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These are some suggestions of what you can do in the second day at Machu Picchu.

  • After visiting Machu Picchu, relax in the hot springs of the town of Aguas Calientes Located 800 meters from the town center. Bring your towel and swimwear there are dressing rooms where you can change. 
  • Climb the Putucusi and appreciate the citadel of Machu Picchu in a different way. 
  • Go up to Huayna Picchu and live a more complete and wonderful experience. It is an escalation to the mountain that accompanies Machu Picchu although it contains important Inca constructions, its access is not easy. Access is made in two shifts from 7am to 9am and from 10am to midday, after this time no one can access this place, this due to the inclement weather that produces a dense fog that makes access to this place dangerous. Here one can appreciate from platforms built on the edge of the precipice, the famous Inca chair, passages and tunnels, carved stones, vestiges of Inkarakay (a hanging fortress in the middle of the mountain) and enjoy a great view that includes the citadel, the Vilcanota river , the Canyon and the snowy Salkantay
  • Visit the site museum of Manuel Chavez Ballon, this excellent museum gives an idea of ​​the integration between nature and archeology that characterizes the sanctuary. It can be reached by following the signposted road through the paved road where the buses run past the "Puente Ruinas", it is about 30 minutes walking from the town of "Aguas Calientes". This museum houses objects among artifacts, construction tools, mirrors and needles. It also shows the way the stone quarry was worked for the construction of the citadel. It is in this place where the pieces returned by the Yale University that Hiran Bingham took should be exhibited. Here one can observe an infinity of ornamental, medicinal and food plants of the place. You will see abundant orchids that are one of the best kept treasures of the sanctuary, here there are more than 350 species among, where you can observe the traditional "wakankis", the "zapatito de reyna" and "wiñay wayna", all of them kinds of orchids.

 

What you should know to travel to Machu Picchu
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  • Admission to the citadel is allowed from 6:00 a.m. 
  • The entry of food is prohibited. 
  • It is forbidden to climb the Inca walls. 
  • Smoking and bonfires are prohibited. 
  • The hygienic services are outside the citadel.

 

Best Time to visit Machu Picchu
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The Historic Sanctuary of Machu Picchu is located in a humid subtropical zone where vegetation predominates and where there is rain most of the year. 

 

Weather: 

Seasons 
The rainy season (December - April) 
  • T min: ( 8Cº )
  • T max: ( 22Cº)
  • Humidity 70% 
Dry season (May - November)
  • T min: ( 8Cº)
  • T max: ( 20Cº)
  • Humidity 46%
Altitude: 
  • Machu Picchu citadel: 2508 meters above sea level.
  • Machu Picchu Village: 2425 meters above sea level.
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