Machu Picchu By Train - 1 Day
On our Machu Picchu By Train 1-Day you will spend a day exploring the Inca Citadel of Machu Picchu during this all-inclusive day trip leaving from Cusco. Discover this renowned mountaintop Inca site with a local guide, learning about its construction, history and what daily life was like for its residents. The trip’s relaxed, non-strenuous pace is a great option for first-time visitors, families and solo travelers alike.
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MACHU PICCHU BY TRAIN ITINERARY
Day 1: Cusco - Kilometer 104 - Aguas Calientes - Cusco
Most of our Machu Picchu by train 1-day leave Cusco at 03:00 am in the morning. But if you want to leave in a later schedule, we can organize too.
we’ll drive to the village of Ollantaytambo which is located in the Sacred Valley where we’ll 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 and go straight up to Machu Picchu for your guided tour of the archaeological site. The guided tour lasts for about 2 hours and a half during which you’ll learn about the Inca civilization and visit all the highlights of the citadel.
After visiting the citadel you’ll get free time to explore the archeological site by yourself. There are several places that are not part of the tour, you can ask your guide for suggestions. In the afternoon you get the bus back down to Aguas Calientes town where you will board the train back to Ollantaytambo, then go on by private van to Cusco.
- Professional English Speaking Tour Guide.
- Transfer from your hotel.
- Hotel pickup and drop-off. Note: Some hotels are in areas where the access by vehicle is not permitted. Send hotel details in order to arrange your pickup and drop-off in a nearby place if necessary.
- Round trip train ticket.
- Private van from Ollantaytambo to Cusco.
- Entrance to Machu Picchu and 2 hours guided tour of the archeological site.
- Round trip bus ticket from Machu Picchu-Aguas Calientes-Machupicchu.
- Extra expenses.
- Huaynapicchu Mountain.
- Entrance to the hot springs in Aguas Calientes town(US$5).
- Tips (optional)
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 BY TRAIN
- Original passport (You will not be let into Machu Picchu if you do not have your passport).
- Your ticket to Machu Picchu and Machu Picchu / Huayna Picchu Mountain.
- Some money for a passport stamp (s/1), the toilet (S/2), and for souvenirs you want to buy or for lunch at the restaurant (expensive).
- A camera (and maybe a selfie stick).
- Comfortable walking shoes or trekking shoes.
- Box lunch and some snacks.
- Insect repellent.
- Personal medications.
- Rain jacket/ poncho.
- Sunscreen and/or small foldable umbrella depending on the weather.
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.