To start the Machu Picchu tour, you will need to be in the city of Cusco at least one day before the tour begins. Cusco is located 1600 km southeast of Lima, Peru. The trains of the Peru Rail Company depart from Cusco at 6:00 a.m. There are two ways to reach Machu Picchu: by rail (using trains) or by trekking the ancient Inca Trail in two or four days. For this tour, we will use only the train service.
We will pick you up at your hotel in the city of Cusco one hour before your train departure time. We will then take you to the train station located in the town of Poroy (30 minutes away), where you will board the train operated by «PERURAIL.» Your journey will begin with a destination of the town of «Aguas Calientes» (2000 meters above sea level), which lasts for 4 hours.
Upon arrival at the Aguas Calientes station, you can explore the town of the same name, have a snack, and wait until 11:30 a.m. to head to the bus station. You will ascend 400 meters in altitude on a zigzagging road for 30 minutes to reach the incredible world wonder, «The Sanctuary of Machu Picchu,» known as «The Lost City of the Incas.»
The guided tour begins exactly at 12:00 noon. Upon reaching the Machu Picchu citadel, you will go through the control point where you will present your entrance ticket. From this point, the guided excursion will start, and you will visit the main precincts of the city, such as the Main Plaza, the Circular Tower, the Sacred Solar Clock, the Royal Quarters, the Temple of the Three Windows, and the cemeteries. The guided tour will last for over two hours. After it concludes, if you wish, you can have lunch at the Santuary Lodge Hotel. Another option you have is to return to the town of Aguas Calientes and have your meal at one of the various restaurants (lunch is not included in the package).
In the afternoon, you will take the return train (please arrive at the station 30 minutes before your train’s departure time). The return journey follows the same route as the outbound trip. Upon arriving at the train station, we will be waiting to take you back to your hotel.
PERU RAIL Train Service:
The Vistadome Train:
The fastest and most comfortable way to visit Machu Picchu. During the journey, you can enjoy delicious snacks and both hot and cold beverages. The recently renovated cars are equipped with panoramic windows entirely surrounded by glass, making passengers feel like they are part of the stunning landscape of the trip. This allows you to enjoy a spectacular view with unparalleled scenic vistas and numerous opportunities to take wonderful photographs.
The Expedition Train:
Exclusively designed for passengers with an adventurous spirit who also seek comfort and safety. The Expedition service has refurbished its seats with Inca-inspired motifs, giving them a very local and indigenous touch, as well as the convenience of having ample space for your backpacks and the essentials to enjoy Machu Picchu. In this service, drinks and snacks are available at an additional cost, and we provide space to store your backpacks.
The Luxury Hiram Bingham Train:
The train departs from Cusco in the morning, embarking on a spectacular journey through ever-changing landscapes while passengers enjoy a delicious brunch. After ascending a steep slope just outside of Cusco, the train descends into the Sacred Valley, passing through colorful villages and lush fields nestled at the foot of the Andes. It features 02 passenger cars, a bar car, and a kitchen car. The car design is exquisite and luxurious, with extra-wide tables that are almost 3 meters long and comfortable seats that are 30 cm wider than others on the same route. These cars are among the most spacious and comfortable in the world.
NOTE: In case of unavailability, other trains with different schedules will be used, provided there is no availability with the PERURAIL train company. If this is the case, you will take the train from Ollantaytambo to «Aguas Calientes,» and the return will be from «Aguas Calientes» to Poroy. Our agency will also take care of transportation from Cusco to Ollantaytambo and Poroy to Cusco.
The one-day Machu Picchu tour includes:
The one-day Machu Picchu tour DOES NOT INCLUDE:
- Wear comfortable shoes.
- Waterproof (long poncho) in the rainy season.
- Insect repellent.
- Sunscreen, wide-brimmed hat for sunny days.
- Medication and/or personal use items (contact lens solution).
- A lightweight backpack or briefcase per person.
- Camera or camcorder.
- Hotel details for pick-up.
Requirements to book the tour:
- Tour start date.
- First names (as they appear on the passport).
- Last names (as they appear on the passport).
- Scanned passport or identity card (mandatory).
- Bring a copy of the Andean Immigration Card (TAM), which will be given to you upon entering Peru.
- Passport number.
- Minimum passport validity of 6 months.
- Date of birth.
- Name of your hotel.
- Contact phone numbers.
- Payment of 50% of the tour cost.
Note: We do not accept 100% payment of the tour cost. Make sure to check if you require a Tourist Visa for your visit to Peru. The prices are promotional and for cash payments. If you choose to pay by credit card, an 8% surcharge will be applied to the total. Please remember to maintain a minimum passport validity of 6 months before your travel date.