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MACHU PICCHU DAY TRIP

On our Machu Picchu day trip 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. The trip also includes round-trip hotel transport, transfer from Cusco to Machu Picchu (via train and van) and the site entrance fee.

TRIP DETAILS

DEPARTURE

 daily departures with 2 or more people.

ACLIMATIZATIONS

No needed, because it is lower than cusco.

BEST TIME

Best from March to December.

SOLITUDE RATING

famous, touristy place, crowded.

ELEVATION

2000 m (6561,799 ft)- 2600 m (8,530 ft).

CUSTOMIZABLE

yes! private, custom, add-ons all available.

TRIP ACTIVITIES & FEATURES

Machu Picchu, train ride,  Inca Ruin.

TRIP TYPE

Sightseeing.

SEASON

year around.

DIFFICULTY

Easy.

DURATION

1 day.

DISTANCE

Walking in town and in ruin site only.

We leave Cusco at 03:00 am in the morning. 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 highlight 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.

What’s Included?

  • 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.

Does Not Include

  • Meals.
  • Entrance fee to Huayna Picchu Mountain (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jrr_Z-G4Cxk).
  • Tips.
  • Travel Insurance – you are highly recommended to take your travel insurance for the duration of your travel.
ADDITIONAL THING TO UPGRADE
 
1.- Huayna Picchu Mountain
 

Huayna Picchu Mountain behind the citadel and commonly seen in pictures as the background of the ruins in every classic picture of Machu Picchu. Each day, only 400 espaces are offered per day in 2 available shifts. From 7a.m. to 8a.m. (200 spaces) and from 9a.m. to 10a.m. (200 spaces). Tickets are required and it sells out a few months in advance. The path narrows towards the upper-section of the trail and goes up steep staircases and past stone ruins clinging to cliff precipices. There are handrails and ropes to grab onto for extra support, but it’s a scary experience for anyone with a fear of heights. Reaching the summit will take a mere 45 minutes and round trip is 2 hours roughly. Perhaps the most amazing aspect of this hike is the 360-degree view from the summit, which overlooks the Inca ruins, the snaking Wilkamayu (Urubamba) River, and the lush mountainous landscape.

Huayna Picchu Mountain is: $15

This is the picture that you will take from the top of Huayna picchu Mountain

 
2.- Machu Picchu Mointain
 

Machu Picchu Mountain is located on the opposite side of Huayna Picchu Mountain. It offers The panoramic vista of the inca ruins of Machu picchu, Huayna Picchu Mountain and Putucusi Mountains, the snaking Wilkamayu (Urubamba) River,  the lush mountainous landscape and  the last part of the Classic Inca Trail. The trail to Machu Picchu Mountain is ascending through steps made of stone and well-established paths. The walk is not really dangerous, nor difficult to perform, but it will require all your strength. As the trail gets closer to the base of Machu Picchu Mountain, the steps become steeper, narrower and more challenging and there isn’t any flat part. The amount of time to hike up to Machu Picchu mountain depends on the physical condition of the person and can range from 1 to 1.5 hours to climb or 2 to 3 hours (round-trip). 

Machu Picchu Mountain is $15

This is the picture that you will take from the top of Machu Picchu Mountain

3.- Vistadome Train 

If you love nature and the countryside, the PeruRail Vistadome is exactly what you are looking for. The panoramic windows located beside and above your seat will bring you close to nature unlike anything you’ve experienced before. The  Vistadome train offers you a unique connection with the scenery along the way to Machu Picchu(Llacta), making customers feel as if they were somehow part of the nature that surrounds them. Return trips on the Vistadome option, also offer you an onboard fashion show, featuring the exclusive baby alpaca wool collection with the latest trends in alpaca apparel, all available for sale. As an added bonus, you can enjoy live dances inspired by the ancient culture of the Andes of Peru. Passengers also get a snack made of local ingredients.

One way Vistadome Ticket is $35
Round trip Vistadome tcket is $70

Our price is $290 per person.

WHAT TO BRING TO MACHU PICCHU?

  • 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 INFORMATIONS

  • 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.
  • Professional cameras are not allowed. Permits for professional cameras are over $300 so avoid bringing a professional-looking camera in to save some money.
  • 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 + Machupicchu Mountain and Machu Picchu + Huaynapicchu 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Be careful with selfie and jumping pictures, as these cause most of the accidents in the mountains.
  • 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.
  • Walking sticks are not allowed unless the person needs them.
  • Machu Picchu is opened all year round, with October through April the official rainy season, 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.
  • Park rangers invite you to retire from Huayna Picchu mountain at 12:30pm, and from Machu Picchu mountain at 12pm.
  • Training shoes or lightweight walking shoes highly recommended.
  • 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.
  • Strong insect repellent recommended.
  • Machu Picchu is a unique site, and if you want, you can get a pretty unusual stamp into your Passport.
  • 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.
  • 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