- Availability: Available now
- Group size: 2-10
- Tour Type: Machu Picchu train tour
- Max. Elevation: 2792 meters above sea level
TRAIN TO MACHU PICCHU TOUR 2 DAYS
320 USD Per person
TRAIN TO MACHU PICCHU TOUR 2 DAYS
The modern wonder of the world Machupicchu awaits you, come and enjoy the best tour of South America. IncaGo Expeditions will manage your entire trip. We work with local people who will teach you all the engineering and hydraulic secrets of the builders of the great Machu Picchu. Many tourists choose to hike the classic Inca trail to the lost city of the Incas, however if you are looking for a more relaxed trip, on one of the most beautiful railways in the world, then this 2-day trip to Machu Picchu by train is for you. The train journey is fabulous because during the journey, you will cross imposing Andean foothills, part of the Sacred Valley of the Incas and the cloud forest of Machu Picchu.
Train to Machu Picchu Tour Trip Overview
- Tour localization:Cusco and Machu Picchu.
- Tour type:2 days and 1 night Machu Picchu & overnight 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 – OLLANTAYTAMBO TRAIN STATION – AGUAS CALIENTES.
In this 2-day tour by train to Machu Picchu, we work with two train schedules of the expedition service. One, that leaves the Ollantaytambo station at 12:55 pm. and the other at 19:00 pm. In the case of boarding the mid-day train, you will have the whole afternoon to explore and enjoy the town of Aguas Calientes. In the case of boarding the night train, you will practically arrive to sleep in Aguas Calientes. All this will be coordinated with your INCAS PATH sales representative, according to your time availability and wishes. We will pick you up from your hotel and for 2 hours, we will transfer you to the train station in Ollantaytambo, where we board the train to Aguas Calientes (the closest town to Machu Picchu).
This trip by train to the lost city of the Incas, is one of the most amazing in the world, due to the scenic view of the Andean foothills gradually entering the beginning of the Amazon jungle, which we call the cloud forest. On this journey, we will also pass through KM 82, the beginning of the 4-day classic Inca trail, the Inca site of Llactapata, Salapunku, the cultivation terraces of Qoriwayrachina; as well as KM 104, which is the beginning of the short Inca trail and the agricultural Inca town of Choquesuysuy.
Upon our arrival in Aguas Calientes, a representative of the company will drop you off in your hotel. At night, one of our tour guides will visit you at the reception of your hotel to indicate essential details for the visit to Machu Picchu the next day.
DAY 2. AGUAS CALIENTES – MACHU PICCHU – CUSCO.
- Meals included: Breakfast Only
In order to get well rested and have plenty of time to enjoy the views, pictures and guided tour at Machu Picchu; we suggest you to wake up by 5:00 in the morning, get ready, pack the essentials and take the bus from Aguas Calientes town to Machu Picchu citadel. This will be a ride of 30 minutes until reaching the Inca citadel at 6:15 am. more or less. Thus, you will have the chance to see the sunrise on this magnificent location. Your guide will give enough time to take pictures into the most beautiful spots of the Inca citadel, share information about this amazing Incan masterpiece and display you the most impressive details of Machu Picchu.
Then we take the bus back at more or less 12:00 pm. Down to Aguas Calientes to enjoy without rush our lunch. This lunch is optional and not included. At lunch, your guide will deliver out train tickets, so if you opt to skip this; please arrange to get these train tickets before leaving your tour guide at Machu Picchu citadel. Unless you requested for an upgraded train, we will book the Expedition class train departing Aguas Calientes at 3:20 p.m. or 4:22 p.m. This will be a 2-hour drive to Ollantaytambo or 4 hours to Poroy (this is based on which train you board). At Ollantaytambo or Poroy, an INCAS PATH driver will meet you and drive you back to Cusco, then we drop you off at the door of your hotel or the closest possible if there is not car access until your accommodation.
** Our service is door to door.
Included on the Train to Machu Picchu Tour 2 Days
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.
Hotel: This tour includes one night in a three-star hotel in Aguas Calientes, the town at the foot of Machu Picchu. The hotel we book will be listed on your invoice, and upgrades are always available.
It is also possible to book this tour without hotel for $50 off our indicated price (per person). Our price is based on rooming two people per room. There is a $50 surcharge for a single room.
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: IncaGo Expeditions 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 Train to Machu Picchu Tour 2 Days
- 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
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.
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.
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.
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.
- $320 per person
We include a three (3) star hotel and we use, Retama Machu Picchu, Inti Punku Machu Picchu Hotel & Suites, or Waman Hotel Machu Picchu (based on availability at booking). Rooms are based on double or triple occupation, and there is a single room surcharge of $50 US per person if you book lonely. Rooms all include private bathrooms with hot showers, breakfast and Wi-Fi. We could also upgrade your hotel if you like better something more luxurious. Please remind the service in Aguas Calientes is not as good as in Cusco. Below there is a list of potential upgrade choices, if you want any other hotel, just let us know
- El Mapi: +$80 US pp shared (+$160 for a single)
- Sumaq: +$220 US pp shared (+$380 for a single)
+ $ 50 US per person
For those who would like a single room or travel alone, there is a $ 50 room charge to cover the total cost of the room. We do not join hikers alone in a double room. This covers three star hotels and will be more expensive for upgraded hotels.
– $ 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]
We suggest you to carry lightweight backpack that the is key to feeling good during Machu Picchu trip.
- 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
- Rain gear
- Rain jacket
- Music (IPhone)
- Extra Money for Souvenirs, Drinks & Tips
- Personal medication
- 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.