machu picchu
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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.

  • OVERVIEW
  • ITINERARY
  • INCLUSION
  • WHAT TO PACK
  • IMPORTANT INFO
  • FAQ

MACHU PICCHU TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

  • Enjoy a 2-hour guided tour of the inca ruins with your private guide.
  • Take the train to Aguas Calientes town and enjoy the beautiful Peruvian rain forest scenery.
  • Capture the best photos from prime vantage points and meet resident llamas.
  • See the Temple of the Sun, condor temple. Sundial, the Sacred Plaza, and more.
  • All transportation, all tickets and private guide is included in the price of your tour

Why should you take machu picchu 1 day tour with us?

  • This machu Picchu 1 day tour is operated by AB Expeditons, a 100% local tour operator based in Cusco.
  • Small groups of 2 to 8 people máximum. This fact sets us apart from other travel companies that take bigger groups.
  • We dont share service of Machu Picchu 1 day  trip with other companies.
  • We are practical, punctual, reliable Travel company, welcoming individuals or groups. Check out our reviews on trip advisor.
  • Our Tour Guides pride themselves on being up to date and have a comprehensive programme of continual professional development. We love showing what a fascinating and amazing Machu Picchu is.
  • Your return train ticket is at 02:55 pm from Aguas Calientes. Therefore you arrive to Cusco early so you will sleep enough to do any tour the next day.

MACHU PICCHU BY TRAIN ITINERARY

Day 1: Cusco - Kilometer 104 - Aguas Calientes - Cusco

Note: 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 will pick you up at 03:00 am then drive for 1 hour and half 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 at 06:40 am, then take the bus 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 Machu Picchu.

After visiting the citadel you’ll catch the bus down to Aguas Calientes where you will have lunch then you will board the train at 02:55 pm back to Ollantaytambo, then go on by private van to Cusco. We will drop you off at 07:00 pm in your hotel.

INCLUSIONS

Included

  • Professional English Speaking Tour Guide.
  • Transfer to and from your hotel in Cusco. 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 from Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes.
  • 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.

Not Included

  • Meals

ADDITIONAL THINGS TO UPGRADE

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.

IMPORTANT INFO 

Best time

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.

Bathroom

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.

Mistake

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.

FREQUENT ASK QUESTIONS

MAY I CHANGE DEPARTURE DATE AFTER THE PERMITS HAVE BEEN PURCHASED?

Yes, it is possible. But you have to pay the penalty of 25% of deposit which Peru rail and Machu Picchu office charges us.

DO I NEED TO BRING MY ORIGINAL PASSPORT ON THE MACHU PICCHU 1 DAY TOUR?

Yes! You must bring your original passport and it is very important that it should be same passport you sent us to reserve your Machu Picchu ticket. Your passport will be checked at Machu Picchu checkpoint and when you board the train.

UPDATING PASSPORT NUMBERS

If you are renewing your passport, go ahead and email us a copy of your old passport to book your Machu Picchu ticket. If you no longer have your old passport, any government issue ID will be accepted, as long as the name is the same. Once you receive your new passport. Please email us a copy of your new passport ASAP to change the information of your ticket.

WHAT IS THE SCHEDULE OF MY TRAIN TICKET?

It will depend on the train availability. We usually book the 05:05 pm schedule from Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes on day 1 and the return train ticket is at 02:55 pm so you arrive to Cusco at 06:30 pm and you have enough time sleep and do any tour next day, like Rainbow Mountain.

CAN I STAY IN THE SACRED VALLEY FOR MY MACHU PICCHU 1 DAY TOUR?

Yes, you can stay in Urubamba or Ollantaytambo.  by staying in the Sacred Valley, your pickup will be 1 hour and half after the cusco pick up so you will sleep more.

HOW ABOUT THE STUDENT DISCOUNT?

According to Peruvian Law, you have to be under 18 years old at the time of your visit to Machu Piccu 2 days (if you are 18 or over, you need valid student cards). Below is the sample of valid student card

  • All students from 11 to 17 years old have a discount of $20 USD.
  • For children from 2 to 11 years old have a discount is $30 USD.

All students have to send a copy of their passport and student card at the time of their booking to get the student discount. Send us a copy at info@abexpeditions.com

HOW TO BOOK MACHU PICCHU BY TRAIN TOUR  WITH AB EXPEDITONS?

In order to book your Machu Picchu by train 1 day tour with us, we will need a deposit of $150 per person. Once we get your deposit, we will send you a confirmation of your trip and the booking form to fill out. Here is all the detail that you need to send us.

  • Personal information (your full name, exactly as on your passport):
  • Nationality
  • Gender
  • Passport number
  • Date of Birthday (dd / mm / yyyy)

***We need copies of Passport of each participants because they are required when buying Machu Picchu and train ticket.

When your Machu Picchu tickets are in our hands, we will send you a confirmation that everything is 100% organized. All start dates, once confirmed, are guaranteed.

HOW TO MAKE A DEPOSIT?

You can make your deposit by clicking on the  PAYPAL symbols on our page or you need to log into your Paypal account and send the money to info@abexpeditions.com

WHAT ABOUT THE OUTSTANDING BALANCE?

The Outstanding balance can be made in cash one day earlier your trip in USD or soles or if you prefer PayPal at least one week prior to your trip(7% service fee applies). Also, you can pay us with Credit card only Visa(5% service fee applies).  Please let us know what you prefer. Cash payment MUST be paid 1 day prior your trip.

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