3 Day, 2 Night Train to Machu Picchu
Enjoy full day-trips to each of the following sites: Cusco, the Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu. Cusco-city is home to the Coricancha Temple, the most spectacular of all Inca temples. The Sacred Valley includes some of the most visually stunning sites in the world, including Machu Picchu; one of the Seven Wonders of the World and where our journey will end.
Duration: 3 Days, 2 Nights
Type: Walking tours and hotels
Difficulty: 1 - Some walking, no hiking. Ideal for all ages, no preparation needed.
- All of our tours are run by experienced guides, who are fluent in English
- Visit and tour of Coricancha (the Temple of the Sun)
- Train ride from Cusco City into the Sacred Valley
- Full day tour of the Sacred Valley, which is the valley surrounding Machu Picchu
- A visit to the Písac market, an outdoor market run by the local inhabitants of the Sacred Valley
- Tour of the Ollantaytambo Fortress and its ruins
- Full day tour of Machu Picchu, starting with a sunrise entry (hours before the crowds arrive)
- You'll learn about ancient Incan history and discover hidden gems only accessible to Kusa Trek customers
Price: $625/person (two people per room)
$515/person (hotel not included)
Note: Smaller groups allow for personalized services
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 $60.
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 property.
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: On Day 2 we'll stay in Aguas Calientes. 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: $35/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: $70/person one-way OR $100/person round trip.
DAY 1: Cusco-City and inca ruins
- Meals: None
- Accommodations: Hotel in Cusco
- Walking Time: 3-4 hours
You will meet your guide at you hotel between 12pm-1pm. Your tour will begin as you walk to Cusco's Plaza de Armas, which is a famous Catholic Cathedral, located in the heart of Cusco. Our tour will continue as we walk a little ways down the ancient cobble stone street, built by the Incas, to Coricancha (Q'oricancha), or the Temple of the Sun. When it was built by the Incas, Coricancha's walls were once covered in 3 inches of solid cold, sadly the Spaniards that invaded Cusco removed the gold long-ago. However, the structure is still an incredible testament to the prodigious architecture and construction skills that the Incas used. This temple was the Spiritual Center and heart of the four quarters of the Inca Empire.
After our visit we'll walk down the Avenida El Sol, where we'll board a bus and take a 30 minute ride outside of the city to the Sacsayhuaman Inca archeological site, which was built using 200 ton boulders, formed into giant monoliths. After we've had our fill of Sacsayhuaman, we'll hop back on the bus for 5 minutes to reach the Q'inqu Inca site, where we'll learn about Incan sacrifice alters.
Our next stop is a 5-minute drive away, called Puca Pucara, a circular Incan archeological site, whose name derives from the red-color of the rocks that it is made of. Our final site for the day is Tambomachay, the Inca Water temple. Your guide will show you the incredible water fountains, used as a bath house nearly 600 years ago. After visiting Tambomachay, we'll board the bus and back to Cusco, where you will head to your hotel and prepare to tomorrow's adventures.
DAY 2: The Sacred Valley - Pisaq market and ollantaytambo
- Meals: Lunch and Dinner
- Accommodations: Hotel in Aguas Calientes
- Walking Time: 5-6 hours
Our second day will start at your hotel at 8am. We'll take private transportation on a windy road through the mountains north of Cusco. About half-way through our bus ride, we'll stop at the El Mirador, or lookout point, which has an incredible view of the mountains and rivers that make up the Sacred Valley. Your guide will teach you a little Incan history and we'll be on our way.
Our next stop will be the Inca Písac Ruins, where we'll learn about Inca culture and see incredible works of art from stone. We'll also get our first taste of the famous Inca Terraces, which they used to grow all sorts of plants in the harsh mountain environment of the Andes. After touring the ruins we'll head down the hill to the busy local market, where many textiles and hand crafted good will be available for inspection and purchase. We'll grab lunch at a local Písac restaurant, where you can taste some delicious and authentic Peruvian cuisine.
Following lunch, we'll get back on the road, which follows the Urubamba river towards Ollantaytambo, where we will stop and explore the ancient Incan ruins. There are stunning Inca constructed idols at this site, one of which represents the well-known Inca god of creation, Viracocha (Apu Qun Tiqsi Wiraqutra). You will receive a guided tour of these ruins.
Our next stop is the train station, where we'll take a 2-hour ride to Aguas Calientes, which is a city right below Machu Picchu. The trip to Aguas Calientes includes a breathtaking view 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.
DAY 3: MACHU PICCHU
- Meals: Breakfast and Lunch
- Walking Time: 3-4 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.