Machu Picchu by Train

Machu Picchu by Train

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Duration
2 Days / 1 Night
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Price
from US$380
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Max. Altitude
2400 m / 7875 ft
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Group Size
Up to 12 people
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Accommodation
Hostel
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Difficulty
Moderate
  • Cusco
  • Poroy
  • Aguas Calientes
  • Ollantaytambo
  • Machu Picchu

One of the most incredible train trips in the entire world.

Machu Picchu is a tourist destination that thousands of people dream of visiting. Considered one of the New 7 Wonders of the World, Machu Picchu offers its visitors the architectural and engineering wonders that the Incas built and indescribable energy that renews the spirit. Andean culture, history, tradition, magic, myths, and mysteries await you in a truly impressive place. Machu Picchu opens its doors to all the visitors of our planet; live this magic experience with us!

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Poroy, Ollantaytambo, Machu Picchu
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PeruRail’s Vistadome train features spectacular panoramic windows with incredibly scenic views, offering you ample opportunities to capture incredible photographs of your scenic journey to and from Machu Picchu by train.
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Have an incredible experience visiting the impressive Inca citadel of Machu Picchu.
  • Overview
  • Itinerary
  • Inclusions
  • Before You Go
  • Pricing
  Overview

This package offers you an intense and outstanding experience in Machu Picchu. Make your dreams come true and enjoy this archaeological sanctuary to the fullest in a package that gives you, like no other tour, the greatest amount of time in Machu Picchu. Discover this sacred place wrapped in a veil of mystery and find out why it has been on the UNESCO World Heritage list since 1983.

Itinerary at a Glance

  • Day 0

    Pre-Departure Briefing

    Cusco

  • Day 1

    Cusco | Poroy Train Station – Aguas Calientes

    • Our tour begins on one of the most incredible train trips in the entire world. The rails follow the path of the Urubamba River towards the cloud forest that surrounds Machu Picchu.
    • You’ll enjoy majestic landscapes thanks to the panoramic carriages of the Vistadome train as you approach the Machu Picchu citadel, considered a masterpiece of architecture and engineering of ancient Peru.
  • Day 2

    Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu – Ollantaytambo – Cusco.

    • In Machu Picchu, make your dreams come true and enjoy this archaeological sanctuary to the fullest in a package that gives you, like no other tour, the most incredible amount of time in Machu Picchu.
    • After Machu Picchu guided tour, you will have time to explore your own and climb the Huayna Picchu Mountian or Machu Picchu Mountain.

Why Take the Machu Picchu by Train 2 Days?

  • PeruRail’s Vistadome train features spectacular panoramic windows with incredibly scenic views, offering you ample opportunities to capture incredible photographs of your scenic journey to and from Machu Picchu by train.
  • We highly recommend you travel in the daytime for at least one of your train rides; otherwise, you will miss the views after the sun has set.
  • You can also take advantage of your free time to enjoy the thermo-medicinal waters of the place.
  • Have an incredible experience visiting the impressive Inca citadel of Machu Picchu.
  Itinerary
Day 1

Cusco | Poroy Train Station – Aguas Calientes

Early in the morning at the agreed time, we will pick you up from your hotels and transfer to the Train Station of Poroy. The Train leaves at 8:25 am towards Aguas Calientes, a town close to the Sanctuary of Machu Picchu. The train ride to Machu Picchu is one of the most beautiful journeys that visitors can experience in our country. The trip offers a great natural, so many staggering views of the Andes and a jungle atmosphere after descending to the 2000 meters. After approximately 4 hours, we will have arrived in Aguas Calientes, where our guide will welcome you and take you (on foot, no taxis in this town) to your hotel.

Approx. 1:30 pm you will enjoy delicious lunch in one of the best restaurants in Aguas Calientes; after you will have free time to relax and explore by your own this small town.

Aguas Calientes is a town located in the middle of a deep and green valley crossed by a river, and it has a variety of cafes and restaurants. The Tour In Machu Picchu 2 Days has considered you to try the local natural hot springs in Aguas Calientes. So you can feel very relaxed for your next day when visiting Machu Picchu.

At 7:00 pm, enjoy a delicious dinner at which you receive a briefing with the guide who will be responsible for the tour to Machupicchu's citadel.

Day 2

Aguas Calientes | Machu Picchu – Ollantaytambo – Cusco

In order to enjoy a peaceful atmosphere in Machu Picchu, it is advisable to go there early in the morning; therefore we will leave at 5:30, after breakfast. Our guide will take you to the local bus station to catch the bus that goes up to the ruins of Machu Picchu. The bus ride to the sanctuary of Machu Picchu lasts around 25 minutes, and it follows a steep winding path, offering spectacular views of the surrounding mountains.

Upon your arrival, our guide will show you the most important sectors of this incredible Inca City: the great Intiwatana (solar clock), the Sun Temple, the urban sector, and the agricultural sector.

Machu Picchu was long thought to be legendary. Then in 1911, the explorer Hiram Bingham stumbled upon its remains. Machu Picchu stands 2,430 m above sea level, in the middle of a tropical mountain forest, in an extraordinarily beautiful setting. It was probably the most amazing urban creation of the Inca Empire at its height; its giant walls, terraces, and ramps seem as if they have been cut naturally in the continuous rock escarpments. On the eastern slopes of the Andes, the natural setting encompasses the upper Amazon basin with its rich diversity of flora and fauna.

The guided tour in Machu Picchu will last about 2 hours, and afterward, you will have free time to explore the ruins on your own. If you wish, you might climb the Huayna Picchu Mountain, the huge mountain that appears on the background in every classic picture of Machu Picchu. It takes about one hour or so to get to the top, following very steep stairs, though is a little challenging, at the top, you will be rewarded with one of the most impressive views in your lifetime. Later on, we will take the bus down to Aguas Calientes, where you will have time for lunch and explore the many craft shops in Aguas Calientes. At Aguas Calientes, if you wish, you can go to relax in the thermal baths. The hot springs are located on the village's upper section; visitors may ask their local guide to get there. Finally, at around 4:00 pm, we take the train back to Cusco's city, arriving there after nightfall.

  Inclusions

What Is Included?

  • High Quality Service & Safety

  • Pre-departure briefing

    You will meet your guide and group in our office for an orientation before your trek. At this time, we will provide you with the duffle bags which will be carried by our porters. The meeting will be at 6:00 PM the evening before the trip begins.

  • Experienced Guide

    All our guides are graduates of the professional career of Tourism of the National University San Antonio Abad of Cusco. Also, they speak English. As good cusqueños, they feel a great commitment to transmit the knowledge they have inherited from their grandparents. They are very friendly and professional. They’ll make sure you are safe and happy.

  • Medical Kit

    All Salkantay Trekking guides have received specialized training in first aid. We hold mandatory training sessions with our guides every February. Your guide will always carry a first aid kit to face basic emergency situations (altitude sickness, traveller’s diarrhoea, cuts, scrapes, etc.) as well as oxygen. If necessary, we’ll evacuate you from the path as quickly as possible and ensure that you arrive at a clinic for treatment.

  • Customer Service 24/7

    We have telephone service available 24 hours/day for ease of communication and preparation with the agency leading up to your trek.

  • Entrance tickets to Machu Picchu

  • Satellite phones:

    Our main priority will always be the tranquillity of our clients. While all of our guides are prepared for emergencies in the mountains, being a phone call away from any doctor, hospital, or friend helps you feel more secure. Each Salkantay Trekking guides has a satellite phone that can be used anywhere on the mountain to call anywhere in the world. You can also use it even if it’s not an emergency.

  • Meals

  • Meals: 1 Breakfasts, 1 Lunches, 1 Dinners

    Our chef prepares the best dishes in the middle of the mountain. Our passengers love our food! We respect all diets so let us know if you have any special restrictions on your reservation form and remind your guide during the briefing. You’ll enjoy breakfast, lunch, and dinner; in addition to hot drinks and snacks. Every morning we’ll give you your snack so you can enjoy it during the walk. Remember that your last lunch will be on day 2. Dinner on the last day is not included.

  • Transportation

  • Transportation from your Cusco Hotel - Train Station (Poroy) / Train Station (Ollantaytambo) – Cusco Hotel

  • Round-trip train tickets from Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes and back to Cusco

  • Bus service round-trip from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu

What Is Not Included?

  • Travel Insurance

  • Tips for our staff

    Tips are usual on any excursion to Machu Picchu. Although we pay good salaries to our entire team, something extra is always welcome, especially considering the hard work they do. Typically, group participants collect their tips to hand out to the porters and chefs together.

  • Additional costs or delays out of control of the management

    Landscape, bad weather condition, itinerary modification due to a safety concern, illness, change of government policy, political instability/strike, etc.

  • Day 2 Dinner

  • Personal clothing and gear

  Before You Go

We want to make your trip to Peru as memorable and as easy as possible. In this section, you will find speedy answers to all those questions you had about trekking Salkantay in one place. Please read the following information carefully – it will help you with any questions about our services.

Has another question that we haven’t answered here? Drop us a line, and we will get back to you asap!

Briefing or informative meeting

All information meetings are held in your hotel at 6:00 p.m., one night before the tour begins. If you cannot attend, you must coordinate another time at the Salkantay Trekking offices. These meetings last approximately 30 to 45 minutes and there you will be given a small duffel bag, in which you’ll put all the belongings you intend to bring on the trek that won’t be in your day pack.

Payment of Trek Balance (in Cusco)

The trek has to be paid for in full by at least 7.30 pm two days before departure. For example, if your tour departs on a Wednesday, then you must come to our office before 7.30 pm on Monday.

It would be much appreciated if you pay the trek balance in cash US dollars or local currency. You can withdraw some money from several ATMs along Avenida Sol (either in US dollars or local Peruvian Soles). You can pay by credit card or PAYPAL online, but you will have to pay an 8% service charge, charged by VISA and PAYPAL. We do not accept bank checks or payment of the balance by traveler’s checks.

Storing your luggage at our Office.

Of course! During the travel, your main luggage can be stored at our office(you can organize briefing day or by email) or at your hotel, both free of charge.

Any equipment that you are not going to need on the trek can be stored safely in your hotel. Nearly every hotel will provide this service. Don’t leave items of value with your bags, put them in the hotel safe and obtain an itemized receipt (In the unlikely case of theft many insurance companies require that you have a copy of the receipt itemizing all the items). Best put items such as credit cards inside a sealed, signed envelope for extra peace of mind.

Pickups:

Salkantay Trekking can pick you up from your hotel, as long as it’s in the Historic Center of Cusco. The pickup time will be coordinated with your guide in the briefing. The pickup time may vary between 30 and 45 minutes due to traffic. Cusco is a very old city, therefore, it has many narrow cobbled streets. Some hotels and Airbnbs may be located on streets without access to cars or on long, steep slopes, making it difficult to transport luggage. We strongly recommend that you book accommodation with good access.

Group tours:

Group tours are made up of different types of people. Physical conditions and ages can vary. By agreeing to be part of a group tour, you also accept that some people may be faster or slower than you. Therefore, each person can go at their own pace on the route. It may be the case that a group wishes to modify the tour; however, it will be the guide who decides, after consulting with all the participants, if said modifications can be made.

Strikes and demonstrations:

Strikes and demonstrations are usually frequent in Peru and this may interrupt some of our tours. Roads can be blocked and train tracks can be taken over. However, we will try to keep your excursion as planned, even if it means leaving the night before the scheduled date. Under these circumstances, tours may also be cancelled. In case of changes or cancellations, all situations will be coordinated with you by our operations department. Your safety is our highest priority and our decisions will be made to protect it.

Lost objects:

You’re responsible for your objects during the tour. Please pay attention to where you leave your things and remember to take everything once you leave our trucks, tents, or restaurants.

  Pricing

The Machu Picchu by train can leave any day of the week, from March through January. We do not run this trek in February because rainy season & maintenance.

  • Group Price

  • Machu Picchu Group
  • 2020 Land Cost
    US$380
    per person
  • Pre-payment
    US$200
    (Required)
  • Balance
    US$180
  • This small-group journey is guaranteed to operate with just two guests.

Online Payment Machu Picchu by train 2 Days

Notice that PayPal charges a fee of 8%, which we ask the client to cover since it's due to the use of its service. This tax is just for online deposits so that you will pay the remaining in cash (the briefing day) without charges.
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Please, after your deposit, send us the transfer number to sales@salkantaytrekking.com; only after that, we'll be able to confirm your deposit and reservation.

Private Tour - 2020 Land Cost

Private tours are available and priced by party size.

  • 2 Trekkers: US$650 per person
  • 3 Trekkers: US$620 per person
  • 4 Trekkers: US$580 per person
  • 5 Trekkers: US$520 per person
  • 6 Trekkers: US$480 per person
  • 7 Trekkers: US$430 per person
  • 8 or more Trekkers: $380 per person

If you would like to customize this itinerary and create a Tailor Made Journey just for you and your companions, click here to inquire, or speak to your travel professional.

Extensions & Offers

There are several extensions you can include to your Adventure:

  • Rainbow Mountain:  $100  $80
  • Sacred Valley:  $100  $80
  • City Tour:  $20

Price Guarantee

Once your booking has been confirmed we guarantee the price will not increase, whatever the circumstances. Before booking please ensure you have read our important tour pricing information

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