Machu Picchu 2 day tour
Enjoy a relaxed overnight visit to the famous Inca city of Machu Picchu 2 day tour. This option will allow you early access to this iconic archaeological site. The Journey by train through the beautiful river valley to the town of Aguas Calientes, where you’ll have time to relax and explore the town before settling in for the evening. Then wake up early for a sunrise visit at Machu Picchu, including a 2-hour guided tour.
- ELEVATION: 4,300m (14107 ft) – 4,850m(15,900ft)
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MACHU PICCHU 2 DAY TOUR ITINERARY
Day 1: Cusco – Aguas Calientes
We leave Cusco at 09:00 am in the morning for our Machu Picchu 2 day tour. we’ll drive to the village of Ollantaytambo which is located in the Sacred Valley where we will take our train to Aguas Calientes. With unparalleled landscape throughout the journey, the train journey itself is a lifetime experience. Following the Urubamba River downstream the Sacred Valley you’ll get to Aguas Calientes by about 02:30 pm the w ego to check in your hotel and after checking in to our hotel you’ll have all the afternoon free. Whether you want to take advantage of your free afternoon you could visit the Machu Picchu museum, orchid exhibition, and butterfly exhibitions which is a 40 minutes’ walk outside of the village or you can just relax in the hot springs which is 5 minutes’ walk of the town.
Day 2: Machu Picchu!
Day two is the most magical day: Machu Picchu. We will wake up at 3:30 am to take the first bus up to Machu Picchu and see the sunrise over the ruins. If you want, we can go a bit late to Machu Picchu.
Your guide will spend around 2 hours explaining the highlights of Machu Picchu. Afterward, you will have free time to explore by yourself the rest of the ruins and hike Huaynapicchu if you have booked this option. (This is a separate entrance ticket that costs $15 per person. Finally, you will return to Aguas Calientes and take a train back to Ollantaytambo, and then bus back to Cusco. Once in Cusco, we will transfer you back to your hotel.
- Transfer from the hotel to the train station and back to the hotel.
- Round trip train tickets to Machu Picchu.
- Orientations for the trip.
- Round trip bus from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu.
- 1-night accommodations at La Cabaña 3 star hotels (or similar standard).
- 1 breakfast at the hotel.
- English speaking tour guide for 2 days.
- Entrance fee to Machu Picchu.
- Entrance fee to Huayna Picchu Mountain.
ADDITIONAL THINGS TO UPGRADE
1.- Huayna Picchu Moutain: $15USD
2.- Machu Picchu Mountain: $15 USD
- One way Vistadome Ticket: $35 USD
- Round trip Vistadome ticket: $70 USD
WHAT TO BRING FOR MACHU PICCHU 2 DAY TOUR
- Original passport.
- Tennis shoes or trainers.
- Long, comfortable pants and a wind jacket.
- Sweater and light shirt.
- Rain jacket or poncho – in any season it can rain.
- Camera with a full battery and lots of memory!
- Insect repellent (for sand flies).
- Sunblock and sunglasses.
- Personal first aid kit (personal medications).
- Water bottle with 1-2 liters of water.
- Light backpack.
- Snacks (everything is more expensive in Aguas Calientes!).
- Padlock for a locker in the hostel.
- Flashlight if you plan to walk up to MP early in the morning.
Machu Picchu is opened all year round, with October through April the official rainy season. The heaviest rain is in February this is also the time when the Inca Trail is closed, as landslides can occur and the experience for hikers would not be positive, but it is also a time when you’ll have the citadel almost for yourself, but it can rain all year. The peak tourist season is July and August which is part of the dry season and you will be with thousands of other travelers and there will be long lines to enter the ruins and catch the bus. It is free to enter Machu Picchu on Sundays for Peruvians so the crowds are bigger on Sundays.
Bad news, there are no bathrooms or food stalls in Machu Picchu. Make sure you use the bathroom before you enter the site. It is right in front of the entrance and costs two soles.
If it is cloudy and rainy and you will leave the viewing platform where the most classic photos are taken from and start the tour around Machu Picchu, with a hope to come back when the weather improves, we would like to inform you that this is impossible. Once you are on the trail you only have to move forward and follow the circuit – there are many guards with whistles watching, and you won’t stand a chance.
Food and Water
When it comes to food and water, bring your own. The ticket says that eating inside the site is prohibited, but you can bring a small snack with you, only try not to eat too openly, and it comes without saying that you should not litter. Also, you should bring your water in re-usable flasks or canteens, because Machu Picchu tries to fight against single-use plastic bottles.
Important things you should know
As per the new rules, you can stay in the Machu Picchu area only 4 hours, but it is almost impossible to enforce this rule unless visitors would have been all the time harassed by guards who would have to ask them over and over again what time did they enter (this rule should be more strict).
When visiting Machu Picchu, you must bring the passport with you as you will need it to enter the site.
With the standard entry ticket to Machu Picchu, you will not be allowed back in after you exit, even if you do not spend the full 4 hours allotted with each ticket. However, following the pathway through the ruins generally does not last 4 hours. A complete guided tour only tends to last between 2 to 3 hours.
With the Machu Picchu + Machu Picchu Mountain and Machu Picchu + Huayna Picchu mountain ticket, you can exit after your hike to buy water and use the bathroom, and then afterward reenter with your guide for the citadel tour.
Be careful with selfie-and jumping pictures, as these cause most of the accidents in the mountains.
Park rangers invite you to retire from Huayna Picchu mountain at 12:30 pm, and from Machu Picchu mountain at 12 pm.
Training shoes or lightweight walking shoes highly recommended.
Strong insect repellent recommended.
Machu Picchu is a unique site, and if you want, you can get a pretty unusual stamp into your Passport.
Prohibited objects inside Machu Picchu
Walking sticks are not allowed unless the person needs them.
It is not allowed to enter Machu Picchu with drones, hiking poles, tripods, or selfie sticks as well. Older people can carry a cane, but with a rubber tip, not with a metal one.
Professional cameras are not allowed. Permits for professional cameras are over $300 so avoid bringing a professional-looking camera in to save some money.
You cannot enter to Machu Picchu with your travel backpack. Only smaller models are allowed so leave your backpack in Aguas Calientes in your Hotel.