Explore Machu Picchu Inca city in a Private Tour onboard the comfortable Vistadome train and experience the grandeur of this UNESCO World Heritage Site and “New World Wonder” through the eyes of a local private guide.
The Machu Picchu 1 Day Tour by Vistadome Train is designed for those who are short on time and are looking to visit the wonder of Machu Picchu, in comfort and style in a single day from Cusco or Sacred Valley, and experience this magical place without worries as all tickets are included.
Our Machu Picchu 1 Day Tour with Vistadome Train lets you admire and enjoy the incredible scenic views and unmatched panoramic train journey as you pass through the Peruvian countryside and the ancient towns of the Quechuas (Incas) to Machu Picchu on the Vistadome class train.
You can enjoy an unmatched and mesmerizing panoramic train journey with the Vistadome train, as you pass through the ancient towns of the Incas on the popular expedition train. Travel through the alpine meadows nestled amongst the green, brown and white peaks, the intricately formed valleys, layers of hand made Inca farming terraces, rigid snowcapped mountains and sub-tropical jungle near the Amazon Jungle, all the way up to Aguas Calientes. On the Vistadome train you are entirely surrounded by glass, a truely unforgettable experience.
Wake up early with the realization, today is the day you get to experience the majestic Machu Picchu. We pick you up at your hotel at 5.40am. Then we drive in our private van to Poroy-Cusco Train Station to leave at 6.43am (only May to December), during wet season the train only stops in Ollantaytambo.
Travel through the alpine meadows nestled amongst the white glacier peaks surrounding it, the intricately formed valleys, layers of hand made Inca farming terraces, and sub-tropical jungle near the Amazon. From the quaint village of Ollantaytambo the sacred Vilcanota river will be our companion until our arrival in Aguas Calientes.
Your guide will meet you at the train station at 10:52am. You will have just a few minutes to get a sandwich or something quick for lunch before being transferred to Machu Picchu (2040mt/7907ft) on the shuttle bus. Following in the ancient and remote footsteps of the Lost City of the Incas, absorb the cultural exchange of the history of Machu Picchu from your guide in your private 2.5 hours guided tour. Use the extra time at the Citadel to explore and take photos. Returning to Aguas Calientes, you will catch the early evening Vistadome train 6:10pm train to Ollantaytambo, where we take you back to your hotel in Cusco, arriving approximately by 10pm.
Meals: Snack and Hot Drinks on the Train.
Meals: Snack and Hot Drinks on the Train.
Please note it is not possible to climb Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu with this time schedule.
The Vistadome is the ideal train for those who want to be in contact with the environment and appreciate the wonderful journey to Machu Picchu. Connect your senses through a sophisticated and sensory travel experience with the best in comfort and quality service!
Surrounded entirely by glass, in cars with large panoramic windows on the side and ceiling, offering incomparable scenic views and numerous opportunities to capture amazing pictures. The Vistadome has a different service which allows the visitor to be immersed in the Andean Culture through its landscapes, music, dance and even food, carefully prepared with local ingredients.
The Vistadome train provides travelers with on board personalized and first class service to give them an unforgettable lifetime experience. It also has air conditioning, heating and leather seats that adjust the body to provide comfort and relaxation during the entire trip.
You start your journey at the Poroy station located about 25 minutes from downtown Cusco, the journey to Machu Picchu lasts just over three hours you arrive at Aguas Calientes. This is a unique journey experience in which PeruRail pays close attention to every minuscule detail.
Your return journey is from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo the Sacred Valley of the Incas a journey lasting 2 hours. When you arrive at Ollantaytambo you will be transferred to a private van for your trip back to Cusco, arriving at your hotel at about 10PM.
The Tour to Machu Picchu is available on any date that is best for you, as long as we have a minimum of 2 people
Small groups with English speaking guide of an average of 5 and not exceeding 8!
“Please read the following information carefully; it will help you answer all of your questions about our services and tour”
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!
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.
Yes for sure! 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 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 passport to be able to enter Machu Picchu or the train. If you do not have both you will not be allowed to enter Machu Picchu and train. They are very strict about this!
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 in towns 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.
If you’re happy with the services provided, a tip – though not compulsory – is appreciated. While it may not be customary to you, 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.
Yes, we are a local sustainable & responsible tourism operator for 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.
Machu Picchu is open year-round. October through April is the official rainy season, but it can rain at any time. And while peak season is May, June, July, August and September, you should always expect crowds.
Sundays can be the most crowded, because that’s when people who live in the Cusco province are allowed into the site for free, in addition to the daily visitor limit.
Morning? Afternoon? There is no perfect time to visit Machu Picchu. These days, the site is crowded at all hours and the weather is unpredictable. However, during the rainy season, the mornings are most likely to be foggy. Depending on your disposition, fog ruins the view or adds a patina of mystery to it.
Afternoons can be slightly less crowded as day trippers return to the train station for their trip back to Cusco.
If Machu Picchu is your main goal, you will have to fly into the capital of Lima and then catch a connecting flight to Cusco city. From there, the easiest way to get from Cusco to Machu Picchu is to take the train to Aguas Calientes, a scenic 4 hours trip each way along tracks that run right along the Urubamba River in the Sacred Valley, with dramatic canyon walls on either side. However, note that the so-called Cusco train station is actually in the nearby town of Poroy. It’s a cheap taxi ride, but give yourself at least an hour to get from central Cusco to the train station.
The best way to enhance your experience of Peru’s Inca heritage is to hike the #1 trek to Machu Picchu through the Inca Trails (2 day or 4 days). The route can be busy and numbers restricted, so many travelers are now taking alternatives. The Salkantay Trek takes you through spectacular mountain scenery, while the 4-day Inca Jungle Trek, at a more comfortable altitude, focuses on lush scenery with few Inca ruins.
The time designated for you to enter Machu Picchu is selected when you buy your tickets in advance. For whichever assigned time indicated on your ticket, you have the full hour to enter the archaeological site. We suggest you arrive at the bus stop in Aguas Calientes at least one hour before your entrance time at the Machu Picchu ruins.
Walking circuits around Machu Picchu help control foot traffic. Routes 1 and 2 (indicated in green and red on the map) pass similar attractions but explore different sections of the agricultural zone near the main entrance gate. Route 3 in blue is an alternative walking route so visitors with hiking permits can do Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain.
Many visitors only spend one day at Machu Picchu. This is enough time to explore the archaeological site and take a guided tour, but it’s a long day of travel when you factor in all the legs of transport to and from Cusco or the Sacred Valley. You may want to stay overnight in Aguas Calientes and return to Machu Picchu for a second visit. This lets you enjoy Machu Picchu more relaxed and maybe even do a hike. Planning for two days at Machu Picchu is recommended during the rainy season (December to March) in the event that the weather is especially stormy one of the days.