• Availability: Available now
  • Group size: 2-10
  • Tour Type: Machu Picchu train tour
  • Max. Elevation: 2792 meters above sea level

MACHU PICCHU TOUR BY TRAIN 1 DAY

270 USD Per person

MACHU PICCHU TOUR BY TRAIN 1 DAY

This 1-day excursion by train to Machu Picchu will take you through the dreamlike landscapes of the Peruvian Andes and the cloud forest of the Peruvian Amazon jungle. Enjoy incredible views that this one-day tour to Machu Picchu by train has for you.

Machu Picchu is the most outstanding Inca archaeological site from the 15th century, this is due to its creative urban design, the beauty of its architecture and the fine stonework of its buildings. This world wonder has been considered one of the most fascinating human works of engineering and hydraulics of all time.

Machu Picchu Tour by Train Trip Overview

  • Tour localization:Cusco and Machu Picchu.
  • Tour type:1-day journey by train.
  • Good for:Everybody, done in small groups or privately.
  • Difficulty: Not hiking, but a lot of walking around Machu Picchu.
  • Train Type:Peru rail Expedition Train
  • Highlights: 4-hour round trip in one of the most beautiful railway landscapes in the world and Machu Picchu the world wonder.
  • Language: All our tours are done only in English; If you need a Spanish tour, it must be booked privately and done at the initial booking.
  • Season: All year around

DAY 1: CUSCO – TRAIN TO MACHU PICCHU – CUSCO.

We will pick you up from your hotel in Cusco at 5:20 am. and we will transport you for 2 hours to the Ollantaytambo train station; place from where we will board the train to the Inca citadel. This 2-hour journey to Machu Picchu by train is considered by previous travelers as one of the most beautiful in the world. The train leaves at 7:45 am. and passes through places as beautiful and important, as the corn fields of the Sacred Valley of the Incas, KM 82, starting point of the 4-day classic Inca trail to Machu Picchu, the Inca complex of Llactapata, Salapunku, the Inca agricultural terraces of Qoriwayrachina, KM 104, start of the short trek to Machu Picchu and the Inca town of Choquesuysuy.

Once in Aguas Calientes, we will be received by our tour guide with whom, we will ascend by bus for 30 minutes to the Inca citadel. The guided tour in Machu Picchu will last three hours and will give you the necessary time to take beautiful and memorable photos and explore Machu Picchu calmly from corner to corner. Currently, due to the restrictions imposed by the Peruvian state for the maintenance and conservation of the Inca citadel for future generations, the visit is limited to 3 hours. However, 3 hours gives you the time to enjoy Machu Picchu. After finishing the excursion, you and your guide will descend by bus for 30 minutes to Aguas Calientes. In this picturesque town, you will have the afternoon free to have lunch and explore this small but interesting and beautiful town.

You can visit the thermal baths, the butterfly farm, the stone chronicles route, leave your lock on the bridge of love, the artisans’ avenue, the orchid garden, miniature Machu Picchu and the Alcamayo waterfall. We will board the return train at 18:20 pm. from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo, from where, we will be transported in a private car to our hotel in Cusco, where we will arrive at 22:00 pm.

Included on the Machu Picchu Tour by Train 1 Day

Professional local English speaker Guides: All our super leaders grew up in Cusco region and studied tourism for five years at Cusco’s university, they are friendly, funny charming, knowledgeable, professional and will care your safety into this Machu Picchu journey.

Permits: As soon as we get your details and deposit, we will purchase your permits for Machu Picchu.

Briefing: You should come to our office at least one day prior to your tour to pay the balance, provide exact information about your accommodation and receive some details for the tour. 

Transportation: INCAS PATH will be providing all transportation for this tour. You will be picked up from your hotel and brought to the Ollantaytambo train station. The round trip train ticket to Machu Picchu is included. The round bus ticket from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu is included and the transfer from Ollantaytambo back to your hotel in Cusco.

Train Tickets: Train tickets will be book in the Expeditions Class Service. Your train from Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes will be at 12:55 pm. or at 19:00 pm. and the train from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo at 14:55 pm. or 15:20 pm. If you are interested in upgrading to the Vistadome Class Service, it will be 20 $ one way and $40 round trip. These train times will be 15:37 pm. from Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes and 14:43 pm. from Aguas Calientes to Poroy.

First Aid: Every guide has got training in first aid from a clinic and firemen. We elaborate mandatory training sessions every February on our tours, which every Incas Path tour guide must attend. Your tour leader is going to have always a first-aid kit for basic medical problems.

Professional local English speaker Guides: All our super leaders grew up in Cusco region and studied tourism for five years at Cusco’s university, they are friendly, funny charming, knowledgeable, professional and will care your safety into this Machu Picchu journey.

Permits: As soon as we get your details and deposit, we will purchase your permits for Machu Picchu.

Briefing: You should come to our office at least one day prior to your tour to pay the balance, provide exact information about your accommodation and receive some details for the tour. 

Transportation: INCAS PATH will be providing all transportation for this tour. You will be picked up from your hotel and brought to the Ollantaytambo train station. The round trip train ticket to Machu Picchu is included. The round bus ticket from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu is included and the transfer from Ollantaytambo back to your hotel in Cusco.

Train Tickets: Train tickets will be book in the Expeditions Class Service. Your train from Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes will be at 12:55 pm. or at 19:00 pm. and the train from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo at 14:55 pm. or 15:20 pm. If you are interested in upgrading to the Vistadome Class Service, it will be 20 $ one way and $40 round trip. These train times will be 15:37 pm. from Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes and 14:43 pm. from Aguas Calientes to Poroy.

First Aid: Every guide has got training in first aid from a clinic and firemen. We elaborate mandatory training sessions every February on our tours, which every Incas Path tour guide must attend. Your tour leader is going to have always a first-aid kit for basic medical problems.

Not Included on the Machu Picchu Tour by Train 1 day

  • Alimentation: Is not included.
  • Gratuities for our staff:Incas Path ensures all staff are fairly paid and therefore gratuities are optional and at your own discretion
  • Travel Insurance:Highly recommended for all tourist
  • Daypack:We suggest you to use a daypack that not exceed 25L to carry passport, water, sunhat, sunglasses, sun cream, bug spray, rain jacket and a warm jacket
  • Water bottle
  • Flight tickets
  • Hotel in Cusco

Additional options

Huayna Picchu is the mountain that stands next to Machu Picchu. It is 2-hour hike to the top. While this hike is on your own, your guide will show you the entry. Huayna Picchu is an additional entrance ticket, that we must secure for you with advance. The ticket is $75 per person. To have the time to do this additional mountain, you would have to leave Cusco at 3:00 am. and board the 5:10 am train. from Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes.

Machu Picchu Mountain is the other mountain that stands above the Machu Picchu site. as Huayna Picchu it offers also spectacular views, this extra hike takes 3-hour round trip. This is an additional entrance ticket, that we must secure for you in advance. This ticket is $75 per person. To have the time to do this additional mountain, you would have to leave Cusco at 3:00 am. and board the 5:10 am train. from Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes.

Vistadome Train 

The Vistadome Class Service, which is an upgraded train that offers slightly larger seats and windows, some entertainment and snack.

To include the Vistadome Class Service in your Machu Picchu tour by train you need to pay extra 40 USD.

Prices

We would love to tour Machu Picchu with you and your loved ones and take care of immortalizing your visit to the lost city of the Incas.

We can leave any day of the year as long as we meet at least two people, our train tours can leave any day of the week, twelve months a year.

  • $270 per person

Student Discount:

  • $20 discount per person

Student discounts apply to anyone who has a valid International Student Card (ISIC) at the beginning of the hike or who is 17 years old or younger. For those who use an international student card or for children under 17, we need to see a copy of their card or passport at the time of booking to receive the discount of Machu Picchu.

Please send everything to [email protected]

Packing List

We suggest you to carry lightweight backpack that the is key to feeling good during Machu Picchu trip.

Essentials:

  • Original Passport.
  • STUDENT CARD (if you booked as a student)
  • Good daypack (the smaller, the better)
  • Comfortable athletic shoes (lightweight with good soles)

Inside Your Daypacks:

Daypacks can be any size for walking, but we always recommend the smaller, the better. Some items are listed below

  • Sunhat
  • Rain gear
  • Fleece
  • Rain jacket
  • Camera
  • Music (IPhone)
  • Extra Money for Souvenirs, Drinks & Tips
  • Personal medication
  • Sunscreen
  • Hand sanitizer

Arriving to Cusco

The airport in Cusco at the present time is only for domestic flights, so all international travelers by plane must disembark in Lima and go through Customs. Even if your flight to Cusco is the same day by the same airline carrier, you must grab your bags in Lima and then check them back in.

The best way to arrive to Cusco is by air and there are several options in airlines. LATAM tends to be the most expensive, but has the most options and flights.

Expect delays or flight cancellations; due to the high altitude of Cusco, it tends to be difficult to land and any weather inconvenience will stop air traffic.

Bus travel is always available and while the trip can be long, especially from Lima, the buses company such as Oltursa, Cruz del Sur, etc, are very well maintained and comfortable; this option is strongly encouraged if coming from a city closer to Cusco, like Puno or Arequipa.

Luggage Storage

Even though this is an overnight tour by train to Machu Picchu, your luggage allowance is still limited due to restrictions on the train; all bags brought to Aguas Calientes (Machu Picchu) need to be carry on size.

Any extra luggage you have with you, can be left safely in Cusco at either your hotel or with us at the Incas Path deposit while you enjoy your tour: We will grab the extra luggage from you the morning of your tour and return once you are back in Cusco.

Make sure your suitcase has some kind of identification on them so they are easy to locate.

Altitude

As soon as people book their trip to Peru, specifically Cusco, they start wondering about altitude sickness. The air at high altitudes contains less oxygen than at sea level and forces your body to work harder to get the oxygen it needs. Over several days at high altitude, your body adjusts to the lower amount of oxygen in the air; that is why we advise you to arrive in Cusco, three-day prior your trek begin or taking a tour of easy physical demand.

With altitude sickness, you may first feel like you have the flu or a hangover. You may have a headache, tiredness, loss of appetite, nausea or vomiting, dizziness, trouble sleeping, trouble breathing during exercise. If any of these effects become severe, please contact our representatives and we will help you get to a physician.

Most of the time, these symptoms will be mild. We always recommend easing into activity slowly, allowing your body to adjust, drink plenty of fluids such as water, electrolytes or coca tea: coca tea has been used since ancient times to help prevent altitude sickness, leaves from the coca plant contain alkaloids like the globulin alkaloid which helps creating red cells in your body that captures the oxygen faster, so helping your body avoid the effects of altitude sickness.

Avoid drinking a lot of alcohol it will cause you to urinate more often and become dehydrated, avoid smoking due it will make more difficult for your body to get oxygen and also avoid sleeping pills because it may cause shallow breathing at night, making it more difficult for your body to absorb oxygen while you sleep.

Your healthcare provider may prescribe medicines, such as acetazolamide better known as the brand Diamox and dexamethasone, to help prevent altitude sickness; start medication two days prior you get to a high altitude and continue to take it while you are at high altitude.

Weather

Of course weather is unpredictable. Typically, the dry season in Cusco is from April through October, but this does not stop rain from falling in June or the sun from coming out in December, just be prepared; no matter what month you are doing the trek or tour, please make sure that you have rain gear that includes a waterproof jacket, pants, poncho and waterproof gloves.

Travel Insurance

To protect your journey investment, we highly recommend the purchase of travel insurance; acquiring travel insurance before you leave home, is strongly encouraged and very easy.

Vaccinations

The body’s immune system helps protect against pathogens that cause infection; most of the time, it’s an efficient system, it either keeps microorganisms out or tracks them down and gets rid of them.

However, some pathogens can overwhelm the immune system; when this happens, it can cause serious illness.

The pathogens most likely to cause problems are the ones the body doesn’t recognize:

vaccination is a way to “teach” the immune system how to recognize and eliminate an organism; that way, your body is prepared if you’re ever exposed.

Vaccinations are an important form of primary prevention; that means they can protect people from getting sick, vaccinations have allowed us to control diseases that once threatened many lives, such as: measles, polio tetanus, and whooping cough.

You may require some additional vaccinations before traveling to Peru; it is advised you consult to your physician specially if you are taking any trip to the jungle.