Machu Picchu Tour Full Day with Expedition Train

5 best places to visit

Altitude

2700 m.s.n.m

Group size

Up to 8

Service

Group or private

Type Tour

Adventure, Cultural

Difficulty

Mild

Duration

1 Days

Machu Picchu Tour Full Day with Expedition Train

1 day

from $347 per person

You can enjoy an unmatched and mesmerizing panoramic train journey, as you pass through the ancient towns of the Incas. Travel through the alpine meadows nestled amongst the green, brown and white peaks, the intricately formed valleys, layers of handmade Inca farming terraces, ridged snowcapped mountains and sub-tropical jungle near the Amazon Jungle before arriving in Aguas Calientes.

Transported by shuttle bus from Aguas Calientes to begin your connection to the natural world and cultural show at the citadel of Machu Picchu (2,400m/7907ft), catch yourself as you travel back in time to this magical place, sacred and mysterious, with the name of Machu-Picchu, “The Old Sacred Mountain.”  Take your time exploring the majestic Machu Picchu, the Incan ruins rich in the history of its past and the thriving culture of the people who once resided there.

ITINERARY

MACHU PICCHU TOUR BY EXPEDITION TRAIN – 1 DAY

Wake up early to rise to a new day of adventure and mindfulness sharing the day with our majestic Machu Picchu. We pick you up at your hotel at 4:00am, and then drive in our private van to Ollantaytambo Train Station to leave on the 6.10am train. Travel through the alpine meadows nestled amongst the green, and white glacier peaks, the intricately formed valleys, layers of handmade Inca farming terraces, ridged snowcapped mountains and sub-tropical jungle near the Amazon from Ollantaytambo. The sacred Vilcanota River will be our companion until your arrival in Aguas Calientes.

Your guide will meet you at the train station in Aguas Calientes at around 7:30am and transfer you to Machu Picchu on the shuttle bus. Following in the ancient and remote footsteps of the Lost City of the Incas, enjoy the 2.5 hour guided tour and cultural exchange on the history of Machu Picchu. You will then have free time to explore and take photos.  Returning to Aguas Calientes, you will have time to catch lunch and take the early evening Expedition train at 4:22pm to Ollantaytambo, where we transfer you by private van back to your hotel in Cusco, arriving at approximately 8:30pm.

EXTRA HIKES

  • Inca Bridge: (no ticket needed). It is a 25-minute walk from the citadel, great views.

EXPEDITION CLASS TRAIN

The Expedition service is designed for traveler’s comfort, being able to share your experience with four passenger seats, with two seats facing each other . A luggage compartment is available above the seats for that faithful backpacker. Andean music is played throughout the journey, panoramic windows, air conditioning and heating.

Expedition service leaves from Ollantaytambo – Located 2 hours away from Cusco

This is a travel experience with all the quality and benefits offered by Peru rail at a reasonable price.

Please note it is not possible to climb Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu with this time schedule.

SCHEDULE 

Enjoy Machu Picchu Tour in 1 Day with INCA TRAIL HIKE, in a Small Group!

  • At 4:00am; transfer from your hotel in Cusco to the Train Station at Ollantaytambo. (Train leaves at 6:10 am)
  • The train ride consists of spectacular views of the Sacred Valley of the Incas.
  • At around 7:30am, your guide will meet you at the train station,  He will transfer you to the shuttle bus from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu about a – 30 minutes ride.
  • Upon arrival; your guide will give a guided tour of Machupicchu that lasts around 2.5 hours and then you have some free time to take some photos and explore the citadel by yourself.
  • By 12pm, you will take the shuttle back to Aguas Calientes, in time to enjoy lunch in one of the many restuarants in town.
  • At 4:22pm, return by Expedition Train to Ollantaytambo and transfer back to Cusco by van.
  • Arriving at your hotel in Cusco at around 8:30pm.

Hike of Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mt. not possible with the time schedule of a one-day tour.

If you wish to include these hikes, you will need to spend the night in Aguas Calientes at an extra cost, please request this at the time booking. Tickets  sell out fast.  

WHAT IS INCLUDED?

INCLUDED

  • Transfer at 4:00am from your hotel to Ollantaytambo by private van
  • Expedition train ticket from Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes
  • Round-trip bus tickets  from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu (30mins)
  • Admission ticket for Machu Picchu Citadel
  • Guided tour in English for approximately 2 hours – with a lot of free time for photos and exploring
  • (Small group of 2 to 8 people  with an experienced English speaking guide)
  • Expedition train from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo, than transfer to your hotel  in Cusco

NOT INCLUDED

  • Hike of Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mt. not possible with the time schedule of a one-day tour.
  • Drinks
  • Meals
  • Tips for your guide.

PRICE

“The Machu Picchu Tour is available on any date that is best for you, as long as we have a minimum of 2 participants”

  • US$327 per person

Private service is available for $40 more per person.

All entrance fees are included and we operate our tours in small groups averaging 5 people with a maximum of 8!  

DISCOUNTS

  • 18 to 25 years old: US$30 Information required on student card: name of university, student name, photo of student, expiration date etc. A copy of the card at booking is required & government approval for discount.
  • Under 18 years old: US$30 Please send us a copy of your passport at the time of booking.
  • Under 11 years old: US$40  Please send us a copy of your passport at the time of booking.

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QUESTIONS & ANSWERS

“Please read the following information carefully; it will help you answer all of your questions about our services and tour”

WELCOME TO CUSCO

You will be welcomed at the airport in Cusco and taken to your hotel, please ensure that you inform us of your full flight details at least 14 days prior to your trek. Look out for our representative holding an orange board with INCA TRAIL HIKE at the arrivals terminal. It can be done on any date that is best suited to you!

THE BRIEFING

It will take place the night before the trekking departure at 6pm in our office which is located at Garcilaso Street 210 , Office Nº:213 (2nd Floor) in the la CASA DEL ABUELO shopping center.

CAN I STORE MY LUGGAGE AT YOUR OFFICE?

Of course! During the Machu Picchu Tour your main luggage can be stored at our office or at your hotel, both are free. Please don´t  pack anything you will need for your hike in your stored luggage.

HOW TO BOOK THE MACHU PICCHU TOUR?

FIRST, to book your Machu Picchu Tour, we need you to fill out our booking form by clicking on BOOK NOW on our homepage or click the link BOOK NOW.

Please be ready with the following information (FROM EACH PARTICIPANT in your group).  We cannot purchase an an entrance to Machu Picchu or the train without the following information:

  • Personal information (your full name, exactly as it appears  on your passport):
  • Gender
  • Passport number
  • D.O.B. (dd / mm / yyyy)
  • Nationality

SECOND, we require a deposit ofUS$200.00 per person in order to purchase your entrance to Machu Picchu and train ticket.  You can make you deposit by clicking on the VISA or PAYPAL symbols on the top of our home page, or our booking page.

WHAT ABOUT THE BALANCE?

It would be greatly appreciated if you pay in cash at our office (US dollars or Peruvian soles) here in Cusco. We have many cash machines in the historical center to withdraw money.  You can also pay by VISA or PAYPAL online but you will have to pay a 5.5% service charge, charged by VISA and PAYPAL.  To pay your balance through PAYPAL, you need to log into your PAYPAL account using our email address of info@incatrailhikeperu.com to complete the payment.

HOW DO I QUALIFY FOR THE STUDENT DISCOUNT?

  1. According to Peruvian Law you must be under 18 years of age at the time of your trek, tour, or visit to Machu Picchu (students 18 & above need student cards). For example if you book a trek at the age of 17 but you turn 18 before you do your trek, you do not qualify for a student discount.
  2. All students from 11 to 17 years, the discount is $30.
  3. For children from the age of 2 to 11 the discount is $40.
  4. Children between the ages of 0 to 2 are free.
  5. All students must provide a copy of their passport at the time of their booking to get the student discount.
  6. Send us a copy at info@incatrailhikeperu.com

MAY I CHANGE THE DEPARTURE DATE AFTER THE TICKETS HAVE BEEN BOUGHT?

Unfortunately the answer is “No”. Once the tickets have been bought the government does not allow any changes, so we can’t change any departure date after the tickets has been bought. Tickets are also not transferable nor refundable.

If you cancel your Machu Picchu Tour, the deposit is non-refundable!

DO I NEED MY ORIGINAL PASSPORT FOR THE MACHU PICCHU TOUR?

 You have to bring your original passport and it is very important that it is the same passport number you sent to us to book your entrance to Machu Picchu, train ticket, other entrances and reservations. The rangers will check passport when you enter Machu Picchu. The train company will also check your passport before allowing you to board the train.

In case you are renewing your passport or changing your name, go ahead and send us your old passport information to secure your permit, and we can change it when you get your new passport number or updated your name for a fee of $25 per person.  We must have a copy of your old and new passport to make the change. Before you change your passport keep a copy of your old one.

If you do not wish to pay this fee you will need to bring both passports to Peru with you.  You can enter Peru with your new passport but you will need to show both old and new passports to be able to enter into Machu Picchu or the train.  If you do not have both you will not be allowed to enter into Machu Picchu or get on the train. They are very strict about this here!

WHAT IS THE WEATHER LIKE IN THE MACHU PICCHU TOUR?

First I would say that the weather is very unpredictable and it’s difficult to foresee.  We recommend you to bring a warm jacket for early morning and rain poncho in case of a rain shower.

ARE WE DROPPED AT OUR HOTEL AFTER THE MACHU PICCHU TOUR?

Absolutely! Included in our packages is dropping you off at your hotel on the return from your trek or tour. If you have booked your hotel in the Sacred Valley like Ollantaytambo or Urubamba, we will drop you off there too!

If you spend the night at Ollantaytambo before the trek, we will pick you up from there.

ALTITUDE SICKNESS

In general if you exercise regularly and spend a couple of days in Cusco, or in the Sacred Valley for acclimatisation to the altitude, you may be fine.

The recommended medicine for altitude sickness is WATER, COCA TEA and OXYGEN IF NEEDED; our guides are trained to treat you for Altitude Sickness. Click the following link to see detailed information about Altitude Sickness: Altitude sickness 

We offer the Cusco City Tour or Sacred Valley Tour that you can book while you are acclimatizing.  Check out our Day Tours on our Home Page.

TIPPING

If you’re happy with the services provided, a tip – though not compulsory – is appreciated. It may not be customary to you but it’s of great significance for the people who will take care of you during the tour.  It inspires excellent service and is an entrenched feature of the tourism industry across many INCA TRAIL HIKE destinations. Of course you are free to tip as much as your budget will allow, depending on your perception on the quality of service and the length of your tour. Remember, a tip is not compulsory and should only be given when you receive excellent service.

ARE YOU SUSTAINABLE?

Yes, we are a local sustainable & responsible tourism operator in that we incorporate the universal principles of tourism: protect the environment and benefit the local communities respecting their culture and religion. With this in mind, we have trained all our staff to know, understand and respect the local places and it´s people.

WHAT YOU SHOULD BRING?

  • A small daypack with water to drink
  • Snacks if you like
  • Comfortable shoes or runners
  • Camera and rain jacket or poncho
  • A fleece or jacket, basic toiletries
  • Hat for the sun , sunscreen, insect repellent.
  • Passport  (Cannot enter Train or Machu Picchu without your passport)
  • ISIC card if required.
  • Money for souvenirs