- Aguas Calientes
- Machu Picchu
One of the most incredible train trips in the entire world
Named one of the New 7 wonders of the world, considered one of the most important energy centers in the world, and an iconic, world-renowned tourist destination, Machu Picchu, awaits to captivate you with its splendor! To reach the site, you have to cross the beautiful Urubamba Valley until you reach the Ollantaytambo or Poroy (Cusco) train station where you take the train to the town of Aguas Calientes. There you board a bus that will take you to the royal Incan citadel.
Before You Go
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 as you approach the Machu Picchu citadel, considered a masterpiece of ancient Peruvian architecture and engineering. 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.
This one-day package offers you everything: dreamy landscapes, towering snow-capped mountains, and great archaeological surprises. Every corner of the city will steal your breath!
Itinerary at a Glance
Cusco – Poroy – Ollantaytambo - Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu
Very early in the morning, we’ll come by your hotel to take you to Ollantaytambo. It’s here where you’ll board the train to Aguas Calientes that will take you from the wonderful Andean mountains to the mysterious Amazonian cloud forest.
During the trip, you’ll see several glaciers and snowy peaks, as well as fertile green valleys and Inca agricultural platforms on both sides of the valley. Upon arrival in Aguas Calientes, you’ll board a bus that will take you to the entrance gates to the historic sanctuary of Machu Picchu. You’ll have a guided tour for 3 hours where you’ll receive detailed information on the culture and history of the city. You’ll visit the main temple, the Temple of the Condor, the Inca Palace, the solar clock, as well as a stone quarry.
After the tour, you’ll have time to climb the Huayna Picchu Mountain or Machu Picchu Mountain (not included in the tour). Otherwise you can explore Machu Picchu as much as you like before returning to Aguas Calientes in the afternoon.
In Aguas Calientes, you will board the train to Ollantaytambo and then will travel to Cusco in a private van. We’ll drop you off at the hotel door. The time of your arrival will depend on the time of your train ticket.
Why Take the Rainbow Mountain Trek?
- 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.
- In Machu Picchu, feel your energy peak as you explore the Intihuatana sundial, the Temple of the Sun, Inca Palace, and the citadel's agricultural and urban areas.
- In 1913, Machu Picchu received worldwide attention when the National Geographic Society dedicated its entire April edition to the newly rediscovered city.
What Is Included?
High Quality Service & Safety
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.
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.
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
Transportation from your Cusco Hotel - Train Station / Train Station – 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?
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.
Personal clothing and gear
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.
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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.
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 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.
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.
The Machu Picchu can leave any day of the week, from March through January. We do not run this trip in February because rainy season & maintenance.
2020 Land Cost
- This small-group journey is guaranteed to operate with just two guests.
Online Payment Machu Picchu 1 Day
Private Tour - 2020 Land Cost
Private tours are available and priced by party size.
- 2 Trekkers: US$550 per person
- 3 Trekkers: US$520 per person
- 4 Trekkers: US$480 per person
- 5 Trekkers: US$420 per person
- 6 Trekkers: US$380 per person
- 7 Trekkers: US$350 per person
- 8 or more Trekkers: $320 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
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