MACHU PICCHU BY TRAIN (2 Days, 1 Night)
Machu Picchu is an ancient Incan spiritual haven. It is now one of the most famous destinations on the planet, and in 2007 was declared one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. Our tour of Machu Picchu will allow you to experience the Lost City like never before!
DURATION: 2 Days, 1 Nights
TYPE: Walking Tour and hotel
DIFFICULTY (1 - 5): 1 - Light walking, no hiking. Ideal for all ages, no preparation needed.
Glass-domed train ride from Cusco, through the Sacred Valley
Dinner at the best restaurant in Aguas Calientes, "Indio Feliz"
Sunrise over the ruins of Machu Picchu (weather permitting)
Walk on the the exact same path built and used by the Incas in the 13th century
All of our tours are run by experienced guides, who are fluent in English
TRANSPORTATION: All transportation is included. However, if you would like to take the Vistadome train back to Cusco after the trek, rather than the "normal" train, tickets are an additional $70.
FOOD: All meals and snacks are provided. Please notify our staff of any food allergies or restrictions and we will ensure that the food is prepared properly.
PROFESSIONAL GUIDES: Kusa Treks strives for greatness and this starts and ends with our people. All of our trek leaders are locals to this region and studied Tourism and/or Archeology in University. They are all fluent in English and are passionate about their work. Trust me when I say, there is no better person to be on the Trail with than a Kusa Treks guide, you are in incredible hands.
PERMITS & TICKETS: Once you pay the trip deposit we will purchase your permits and tickets Machu Picchu. The government issues permits in your name, under your passport number and for a specific timeframe; they cannot be changed once confirmed, which is why the initial deposit is non-refundable. We will also secure your train and bus tickets.
HOTEL ACCOMMODATIONS: We will spend one night in Aguas Calientes, which is the town directly below Machu Picchu. Our hotel will be a 2-star hotel, similar to the Casa Andina.
WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED:
HOTEL UPGRADE: If you would like to upgrade your hotel, you may do so, Kusa Treks will cover the initial cost, however you will be responsible for the difference in price.
HUAYNA PICCHU (Wayna Picchu): Huayna Picchu is the pointy, tall mountain in the background of all the pictures of Machu Picchu. Tickets to climb it are available for travelers who wish to hike up an ancient staircase to the top of Machu Picchu's sister mountain. Hiking to the top of it provides adventurers with incredible, unique views of Machu Picchu. This secondary hike will have a 1-hour ascent, 15 minutes to take selfies and high-five at the top of the mountain, and then a 45-minute descent. FYI, the ascent and descent are pretty steep, but totally worth it! Price: $75/person
NOTE: tickets to ascend Huayna Picchu are limited, and are sold on a first-come-first-serve basis.
VISTA DOME TRAIN: On the way back from Machu Picchu to Cusco, we will book tickets on a "regular" train. However, there is a company that offers a train ride in a "Vista Dome Train" through the Sacred Valley. This train has glass walls and a glass ceiling, which provide panoramic views of the surrounding beautiful Andes mountain-side. Tickets include in-trip meals and entertainment. Price: $65/ticket.
Day 1: vista dome Train ride to Aguas Calientes
Meals: Lunch and Dinner
Accommodations (included): Casa Andina or similar
Walking Time: 1-2 hours
Your journey to Machu Picchu will start with Kusa Treks picking you up at your hotel in Cusco between 6:30AM and 7:00AM. We'll take a short ride to the train station where you'll board a Vista Dome train to Aguas Calientes. The trip to Aguas Calientes is around 2 hours and has breathtaking views of the Sacred Valley, including: glaciers, mountains, lush valleys, Incan terraces, rivers and much more. A Kusa Treks guide will meet you at the train station and take you to your hotel for the evening.
You have several different options of what you'd like to do this afternoon (your guide is an excellent source of information and advice):
Explore the quaint town of Aguas Calientes, which has many superb shops, restaurants and several indoor/outdoor markets
Catch a ride or walk to the hot springs, just outside of town
Discover the Mandor Gardens and Waterfalls
Visit the Machu Picchu Museum in town, or
Relax in your hotel and prepare for our adventure tomorrow
We will decide together what time we want to reconvene for a group dinner at the best restaurant in Aguas Calientes, Indio Feliz.
Day 2: Machu Picchu
Meals: Breakfast and Lunch
Transportation: Train and private van
Walking Time: 1-2 hours
It is entirely up to the group when you would like to start this exciting day! Today you will discover Machu Picchu, the world famous Sacred City of the Incas. The majority of travelers choose to wake up around 4:30AM, so that we can eat a quick breakfast and head over the bus station where we will catch the first bus from Aguas Calientes, drive 20 minutes to Machu Picchu, and arrive right when the gates open at 6AM as the sun is rising over the lost city. It is truly magical to experience a sunrise over these ruins, as the mists part and the city rises from the clouds stone by stone.
All of our guides have been to Machu Picchu well over 100 times and will lead you to the best places to view the ruins before the "crowds" arrive that day. Once the city begins to fill with more tourists we will start our walking, guided tour, which will start with impressive the Temple of the Sun. We will see several iconic areas of Machu Picchu including: The Citadel, the Royal Tomb, the Main Plaza, the Condor Temple and much more. After the guided tour you will have plenty of time to explore the City of the Clouds on your own; those who have secured permits to climb Huayna Picchu will do that hike at this time. If you chose not to hike Huayna Picchu you can join your guide on an hour long walk on the Inca Trail up to the Sun Gate, where you will enjoy a spectacular view of Machu Picchu from a higher vantage point.
The bus back to Aguas Calientes will depart between 2:30-3:00PM, we will enjoy a lunch together before you head to the train station to go back to Cusco. We usually book the 4:20PM train back to Ollantaytambo, where our private van will be waiting for you to take you the remaining 2-3 hours back to Cusco.
NOTE: If you are interested in taking the Vista Dome train back to Cusco, please let us know at your time of booking.