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Machu Picchu by Train

If you are planning to visit The Sanctuary of Machu Picchu, but you don’t have enough time, don’t worry, this is not a disadvantage or an obstacle. Relax, choose the best schedule to start and end up your trip with the type of train that suits better for you, we have the best tailor made trip for everyone, get ready to live an unforgettable experience, enjoy the best day of your life around Machu Picchu.

The easiest and quickest way to get from Cusco by Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes, the town at the foot of the Machu Picchu is by taking the Machu Picchu train. We offer two types of train services which reach Aguas Calientes; Expedition, and Vistadom. The journey takes about 3.5 hours and the price varies throughout the year for each option. The Expedition train is for budget travelers, it’s the friendliest price train ticket.

The Vistadom train, which is a more expensive panoramic train, offers magnificent views of the surrounding mountains. You can see birds flying above the train through the large windows on the ceiling. This experience allows the visitors to connect with nature. It is an air-conditioned train with comfortable chairs. It costs only a bit more than the cheaper Expedition train and it is worth the money.

These trains are painted blue and inside they are decorated in the style of the 1920’s Pullman trains. If you want to feel like you are on the Orient Express, try this transport option to the Machu Picchu.

For this daily departure special day trip, where you can choose the schedules from Cusco and also what time you would like to be back in Cusco, this will depend on what time you would like to arrive in Machu Picchu and how long time you would like to stay there, here you have a schedules simulation, only simulation – Train schedules some times vary suddenly without previous notice. They may run the times 30 – 45 minutes later or earlier. Of course before going or starting with the program you will have everything 100% confirmed at briefing time a night previous the tour at our office in Cusco.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION:

  • Machu Picchu is one of the 7 Wonders of the Modern World, a Heritage of Humanity, a Historical Sanctuary of Peru, and probably the most important archaeological site in Latin America.
  • Machu Picchu’s majestic and ingenious architecture is comprised of 140 structures throughout the citadel.
  • Machu Picchu was built by the Inca Pachacutec and his people around the year 1460.
  • After being forgotten for many years, in 1911 the North American Hiram Bingham reached Machu Picchu on an expedition and spread news the site worldwide.
  • Machu Picchu’s most important structures are the Intihuatana sundial, the Temple of the Sun, and the Temple of the Three Windows.
  • In 1913, MP received worldwide attention when the National Geographic Society dedicated its entire April edition to the newly rediscovered city.

“As a responsible and experienced tour operator we make sure you will visit Machu Picchu properly, which means five to six hours in the citadel or maybe longer: guided tour + exploring by your own including your possibly extra activities like Huaynapicchu, Montaña or the sun gate. The average time of most of tourist visiting, staying in the citadel is of 05-06 hours total”

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Itinerary

CUSCO – OLLANTAYTAMBO – AGUAS CALIENTES – MACHUPICCHU – CUSCO

Departure in Cusco: Early in the morning, according to the final dialed program/train schedules. See your final program confirmation after requested pre-payment and at the briefing time at our Cusco office one night prior departure.

Driving Distance: 78Km / 48.36 Miles – 1.40Hrs approx.

Train Journey Distance: 44Km / 27.5 Miles – 1.40Hrs approx.

Starting Elevation: Cusco 3,400 meter ASL / 11, 155 feet ASL

Ollantaytambo: 2,792 meter ASL / 9,161 feet ASL

Lowest ElevationAguas Calientes : 2,000 meters ASL / 6,562 feet ASL

Bus Distance: 9km / 5.6 miles – 25 minutes zic zac (included)

Machupicchu Citadel: 2,450 meters ASL / 8,038 feet ASL – 02 hours touring with the guide and 03 hours exploring – hiking by your own.

Huayna Picchu: 2,720 meters ASL / 8,925 feet ASL

Machupicchu Montaña: 3,082 meters ASL / 10,112 feet ASL

Leave Machupicchu: Two hours prior your train departure from Aguas Calientes – Ollantaytambo.

Program Difficulty: Easy – Moderate with lots of hiking and hundreds of inka steps all around the Sanctuary of Machupicchu

Meals: Not included: Get your Breakfast in Cusco or a quick one in Aguas Calientes before the bus up to Machu Picchu, Lunch: get your own meal in Aguas Calientes after Machu Picchu, before taking back the train to Ollantaytambo.

Adventure: Absolutely!!! You will be in the middle of the Peruvian high jungle forest.

Arrival to Cusco: See your train departure from Aguas Calientes – (Ends: City Center, near the main square)

MACHU PICCHU FULL DAY BY TRAIN FROM OLLANTAYTAMBO

We will pick you up from your accommodation in Cusco early:

FOR EXPEDITIONTRAINSERVICE: 2:50am, 4:00am, 5:00am or 6:00am

FOR VISTADOME SERVICE: 4:00am, 6:00am, 6:30am or 8:15

According to those simulated schedules we drive you in our private van for 01 and a half hours to Ollantaytambo train station where you will board the:

EXPEDITION TRAIN SERVICE: 05:05am, 6:10am, 7:45am, 08:29am or similar schedules.

VISTADOME SERVICE: 7:05am, 08:53am, 9:15am or 10:32am or similar schedules.

Once on board on the train, the train journey takes one hour with 43 minutes approx. to Aguas Calientes train station where you will be picked up by your transfer outside of the train station. The transfer will be holding a sign with your name on it to avoid any confusion. If you don´t see your names, just await a bit more for them outside of the train station. Once the transfer has picked you up, they will show you, take you to the bus station where you will line up between 15 – 30 minutes in average (longer in the high season) after lining up you catch a 25-minutes bus to the entrance of Machu Picchu.

Once getting off of the bus, again, according the previous transfer instructions in Aguas Calientes our official tour guide for Machu Picchu is awaiting with your names, calling by your names or with a flag color that we will let you know at the briefing time in Cusco.

Once you meet your guide, plus the rest of the group which is made of 10-15 people

All the group will pass Machu Picchu control point showing original passports and official valid student cards if applied (Copies are not valid) it’s time for the guided Machu Picchu tour with our professional guide.

The tour through the temples, houses, agricultural terraces, patios and every corner of Machu Picchu will leave you speechless. Don’t be afraid ask questions to your guide, feel free, our team is here for you to complete your journey! After the guided tour you will have your own free time to keep exploring the place, take more amazing pictures or just enjoy the mystic and calmness of Machu Picchu.

“After having been in Machu Picchu five-six hours total – Leave the Sanctuary 02 hours prior your train departure from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo”

FOUR OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES: Right after finishing your guided tour, lace up your shoes and compliment your exploration of the UNESCO Historic Sanctuary of Machu Picchu with a hiking adventure. There are four trails to choose among, each option ranging in difficulty and gift new perspectives of the tropical region surrounding the archaeological site.

The easiest amazing INCA BRIDGE situated on the left-south of the park – constructed of a few narrow logs perched above a sheer vertical drop – is believed to have served as a secret entrance to Machu Picchu.

The entire trail is built into a cliffs on the western approach to Machu Picchu, snaking impressively along the side of a sheer mountainside. Most of the narrow path is in a state of disrepair and is not accessible. But the last part, which leads into Machupicchu, has been restored, along with the so-called Inka Bridge a 20-foot gap in the trail spanned by four or five planks of wood. It takes 40-50 minutes roundtrip.

THE SUN GATE main entrance from the inca trail, it takes 2.5 hours round trip.

Beginning near the Caretaker’s Hut (or Guardhouse), wooden signs for “Inti Punku” point you in the direction of the hike’s cobbled trail with a few sections of stairs that inclines gradually up the mountain away from the main citadel. It takes most people walking at a steady pace between 40 to 60 minutes to reach the top, figuring in time to rest and take photos. The surrounding mountains and beautiful valleys should be all the encouragement you need to reach the summit.

Once upon a time, imperial guards of the Inca Empire likely controlled passage into Machu Picchu at the Sun Gate (Inti Punku).

Hiking up to the Sun Gate or the Inca Bridge are FREEmore relaxed options.  Since you don’t need a special entry ticket to do either hike – just your general Machu Picchu admission – these options allow you the flexibility to decide at the moment if you want to do them or not right after your guided group tour.

HUAYNA PICCHU is the dome-shaped peak that forms the iconic background seen ubiquitously in Machu Picchu photographs, and the Inca footpath winding up to its summit is the most sought after hike within the citadel. It takes 02 hours roundtrip approx.

MACHUPICCHU MOUNTAIN  When it comes to hiking options within the famous Inca archaeological site, Machu Picchu Mountain typically plays second fiddle to Huayna Picchu, but this towering peak offers perks that should not be overlooked.

“At the top of Machu Picchu Mountain you look down on Huayna Picchu and when it’s clear you can even see snow-capped mountains in the distance,” some expert guides said “There’s a much better panoramic view at the top of Machu Picchu Mountain and it takes just a little difference in time.” It takes 02 hours and 1/2 approx. roundtrip.

Tickets for HuaynaPicchu and Machu Picchu Mountain are limited and demand is high, especially during peak season from April to October when it’s less likely to rain. Advanced planning is a must during these months to reserve your spot for one of these hikes. Tickets for both Huayna Picchu and Machu Picchu Mountain can sell out up to 03 months in advance.

Special entry ticket required:

To do Machupicchu Mountain or Huaynapicchu we must obtain a general entry + Huaynapicchu or Montaña Machupicchu ticket for Machupicchu main citadel really in advance. At the time of purchase, we select between two time slots during which you are permitted to begin the hike, of course, all this according to the time and space availability.

RETURNING TRAIN: After visiting Machupicchu – Leave the Sanctuary 02 hours prior your train departure from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo.

You already have your bus ticket on your hand; those buses departs from the main entrance of Machu Picchu every 15 minutes to Aguas Calientes. Easy peasy!!!

TRAIN EXPEDITION DEPARTURES: 14:55Hrs, 18:20Hrs, 20:50Hrs, 21:50Hrs

TRAIN VISTADOME DEPARTURES: 15:20Hrs, 15:48Hrs, 16:22Hrs, 18:10Hrs

Your train back ticket designation will depends of the morning departure, pick up in Cusco, according to that we will choose the best standard train schedule back from Aguas Calientes, after Machupichu. Of course, depending on train availabilities, on which season you are booking with us and most important, how long in advance you have done it.

Whichever your appointed train is, it will arrive in Ollantaytambo train station after one hour and 43 minutes approx. where you will be picked up by our transfer outside of the train station. The transfer will be holding a sign with your names on it to avoid any confusion. If you don’t see your names, please just await for them a bit more outside of the train station. Once the transfer has picked you up, count another one hour and 43 minutes to arrive back to the city in Cusco. We will drop you off near the main plaza or around.

End of our service!!!

Please let us know your time preference for the train at the time of booking your tour with us!

Inclusions

INCLUDED:

  • PRE-DEPARTURE BRIEFING: You will meet our representative and group in our office for an orientation before your program. At this time, you will get from us everything concerning to Machupicchu: Official pick up time,  your entrance fees, train schedules, official group size, return train schedules, last recommendations, balance payments, etc The meeting will be at 18:00Hrs the evening before the trip begins.
  • ROUNDTRIP TRANSPORT: Tourist transport: Cusco – Ollantaytambo – Cusco. You will be picked up from your hostel in the morning and will travel to Ollantaytambo where you start your train journey to Aguas Calientes town. We drop you off right at the train station control point to access to your appointed couch and seat.
  • ROUNDTRIP TRAIN TICKET: Ollantaytambo – Aguas Calientes – Ollantaytambo Expedition or Vistadome depending on availability and your budget preference.
  • TRANSFER IN AGUAS CALIENTES: An assistant awaiting for you in Aguas Calientes at your arrival and go on with the program – worry free!!!
  • UP & DOWN BUS TICKET: Aguas Calientes – Machupicchu – Aguas Calientes Roundtrip.
  • ADMISION TICKET: Entrance fee to Machu Picchu between 6:00am to 12:00 noon – Only Machupicchu – First Group or Machupicchu Second Group – Only Machupicchu according train schedules and availability.
  • GROUP SIZE: Max. 16 people for the guided tour in Machupicchu
  • EXPERIENCED GUIDE IN MACHUPICCHU: English speaking, professionally educated, and official tour guide. From the guide you will get a deep introduction about the culture and surrounding along the tour visit in Machupicchu; at the same time keep you informed, safe, sound, and comfortable on your program, so you can enjoy your time worry-free!!!
  • ASSISTANCE: We have telephone service available 24 hours/day for ease communication and preparation with our agency leading up to your program.

NOT INCLUDED:

  • TRAVEL-INSURANCE.
  • MEALS.
  • FEES: Entrance fee to the hot spring in Aguas Calientes (S/ 10.00) open till 20:00Hrs. Optional.
  • EXTRA ACTIVITIES: Huaynapicchu USD 20.00 or Machupicchu Mountain USD20.00. If you want to do either of those mountains: ONLY POSSIBLE IN PRIVATE EXCLUSIVE SERVICE departing from Cusco either 2:50am or latest 4:00am – Impossible in shared service group or different train schedules. Let us to know!!!

ADDITIONAL costs or delays caused by management out of control like landslides,  bad weather condition,  in case of itinerary modification with a view to safety concern, illness,  change of government policy, political instability raises strikes, etc.

Prices

PRICE AND AVAILABILITY:

AVAILABILITY: All year round – Daily departures.

WE OFFER TWO TYPES OF SERVICE:

GROUP SHARED SERVICE: You will share the entire journey with other people before and after Machupicchu – Popular – economical.

ADULT PRICE: USD 200.00 PER PERSON.

STUDENT PRICE: USD 00.00

ANDEAN COMMUNITY ADULT PRICE: USD 00.00 – PERU, ECUADOR, BOLIVIA & COLOMBIA

ANDEAN COMMUNITY STUDENT PRICE: USD 00.00 – PERU, ECUADOR, BOLIVIA & COLOMBIA.

PRIVATE EXCLUSIVE SERVICE: The entire tour in Machupicchu will be exclusive only for your group: Between a couple, family, friends, co-workers or study. OBVIOUSLY, this kind of service is TOTALLY personalized & upgraded from the beginning to the end. This will give you the opportunity to ask more questions in a more intimate tour.

ADULT PRICE: USD 00.00 PER PERSON.

STUDENT PRICE: USD 00.00

ANDEAN COMMUNITY ADULT PRICE: USD 00.00 – PERU, ECUADOR, BOLIVIA & COLOMBIA

ANDEAN COMMUNITY STUDENT PRICE: USD 00.00 – PERU, ECUADOR, BOLIVIA & COLOMBIA.

STUDENTS: If you are a student, you need to send us a copy/picture of both side of your student card in order to verify and get 20 dollars discount, students card must be an original ID given from the university in PVC material and it must have the next requirements: university information, personal student information, student picture, and expiration date valid only for one year, the year must coincide with the date you’ll be visiting Machu Picchu, the discount is until 25 years old. If you are older than 25 even you hold a valid student card, according to the Peruvian government rule you don’t apply to it any more.

HOW ABOUT THE FAMOUS ISIC CARD? – The ISIC international student card is no longer valid to buy the Machu Picchu entrance with a student discount. Currently, the current university card is the only valid document for this benefit.

One of the government rules says as well: All people under 17 years old they automatically pass as students, only sending us their passport copy, that’s the only way to prove with them you are under 17, in fact, they will verify and make sure you will be still with 17 THE DATES you will be visiting Machu Picchu, other ways you either don’t qualify for it.

You turn 18 years old, but you don’t have a student card or a valid student card; definitely and unfortunately you will pass as an ADULT.

WHAT’S ANDEAN COMMUNITY OR ANDEAN COMMUNITY OF NATIONS (CAN)?

The CAN is made up of Peruvian, Colombian, Ecuadorian and Bolivian citizens and any other

Foreign residing in Peru, Colombia, Ecuador or Bolivia and can access the discount to Machupicchu by making a reservation with their IMMIGRATION CARD from the mentioned countries.

Recommendations

PACKING LIST:

  • Your original passport is a must at Machupicchu control point. Not a copy – It’s not valid.
  • Mosquito repellent, sunscreen
  • hat and long sleeve shirts
  • Swimsuit, Shorts, towel, and sandals, if you want to visit the thermal baths
  • flashlight, for if you choose to walk up to Machu Picchu, a poncho for rain
  • Water bottle and snacks

DON’T FORGET:  Huaynapicchu USD 20.00 or Machupicchu Mountain USD20.00. If you want to do either of those mountains: ONLY POSSIBLE IN PRIVATE EXCLUSIVE SERVICE departing from Cusco either 2:50am or latest 4:00am – Impossible in shared service group or different train schedules. Let us to know!!!

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