TRIP ITINERARY

DAY 1:

Itinerary: Machu Picchu by Car - Scenic Drive and Trek to Aguas Calientes

Experience the stunning landscapes on Day 1 of our Machu Picchu by car tour, featuring a scenic drive to Hidroelectrica, a delicious local lunch in Hidroelectrica, and a 3-hour trek to Aguas Calientes.

On Day 1 of our Machu Picchu by car tour, we’ll start the tour at Machu Picchu Reservations Office at 6:30 am in Cusco for a scenic 6-hour drive to Hidroelectrica. Along the way, we’ll stop in Hidroelectrica for a delicious lunch. After lunch, continue the 3 hours trek to Aguas Calientes.

Prepare yourself for a picturesque 3-hour, 11 km trek along the flat terrain to the base town of Machu Picchu. Upon arrival in Aguas Calientes, we’ll take you to your hotel, where you can freshen up and relax. In the evening, enjoy a scrumptious dinner in the town and get ready for an exciting day ahead exploring Machu Picchu.

Key Details:

  • Driving Time: Approximately 5-6 hours from Cusco to Hidroelectrica
  • Walking Distance: 11 km / 3-3.5 hours from Hidroelectrica to Aguas Calientes
  • Weather: Warm, windy, and tropical
  • Accommodations: Hotel stay in Aguas Calientes
  • Meals inluded: Lunch in Hidroelectrica / Dinner in Aguas Calientes

On Day 2 of our Machu Picchu by car tour, choose between walking or taking a bus to the citadel. Experience a guided tour, free exploration time.

On Day 2 of our 2-day Machu Picchu by car tour, you have the option to walk or take a bus to the citadel. If you choose to take the bus, you’ll need to purchase a ticket in Aguas Calientes for $12. Those who prefer to walk should start their ascent at 4:30 AM  after breakfast to reach the main entrance by 6 AM.

Regardless of your chosen mode of transportation, the meeting point will be at the main entrance of Machu Picchu at 6 AM. Your guide will lead you on a tour through the Inca site, sharing the history and stories behind this iconic location. After the guided tour, you’ll have free time to explore the area on your own.

After visiting Machu Picchu, begin your return journey to Cusco by starting the trek from the citadel back to Hidroelectrica at around 10:00 AM. The trek will take approximately 3.5 hours, allowing you to reach Hidroelectrica in time to board the car for Cusco between 2:00 and 2:30 PM.

The drive from Hidroelectrica to Cusco will take around 6 hours, during which you can relax and reflect on your incredible Machu Picchu experience. Upon arrival in Cusco, you’ll have completed your memorable 2-day Machu Picchu by car tour.

Key Details

  • Walking Distance: 4 km / 1.5 to 2 hours from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu
  • Machu Picchu: Ticket and guided tour included
  • Walking Distance: 11 km / 3.5 hours from Machu Picchu to Hidroelectrica
  • Weather: Warm, windy, and tropical
  • Meals: Breakfast provided in the hotel in Aguas Calientes
  • Departure from Hidroelectrica: 2:00 PM boarding time – 2:30 pm departure time
  • Driving Time: Approximately 6 to 7 hours from Hidroelectrica to Cusco

Inclusions

Included

Inclusions for the 2-Day Machu Picchu Tour by Car

Discover what’s included in our 2-day Machu Picchu tour by car, featuring round-trip transportation, meals, accommodations, entrance fees, and a professional guide for the iconic Inca citadel.

Included in the 2-Day Machu Picchu Tour by Car:
  • Round-trip transportation between Cusco and Hidroelectrica
  • 1 lunch, 1 dinner, and 1 breakfast
  • 1-night accommodation at a hotel in Aguas Calientes
  • Entrance ticket to Machu Picchu
  • Professional guide for the Machu Picchu tour

Our 2-day Machu Picchu tour by car provides a comprehensive experience, complete with comfortable round-trip transportation, delicious meals, cozy accommodation in Aguas Calientes, and entrance to the iconic Inca citadel.

Not Included

  • NOTE IMPORTANT: The round-trip trek between Hidroelectrica and Aguas Calientes does not include a guide, nor is one provided for the hike between Aguas Calientes and Machu Picchu. However, we will ensure that you receive detailed information, including hotel addresses. Many people choose these routes as they serve as the second gateway to Machu Picchu. Rest assured, hiking through these canyons of Machu Picchu is both easy and safe.

What to Pack

A 2-day Machu Picchu tour by car requires a simple yet well-thought-out packing list to ensure you have a comfortable and enjoyable experience. Here’s a basic packing list to get you started:

  • Small backpack or daypack
  • Cash (in local currency)
  • Original Passport
  • Original student card in case you applied for the student discount
  • Water bottle or hydration bladder (at least 1-2 liters)
  • Snacks (energy bars, nuts, dried fruit, etc.)
  • Smartphone or camera (with chargers or extra batteries)
  • Light, breathable, quick-dry layers (t-shirts, long-sleeve shirts)
  • A light jacket or fleece for cooler temperatures
  • Comfortable pants or shorts
  • Waterproof jacket or poncho (in case of rain)
  • Underwear and socks (preferably moisture-wicking)
  • Sturdy, comfortable, and broken-in hiking shoes or sneakers
  • Hat or cap for sun protection
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen (SPF 30 or higher)
  • Insect repellent
  • Wet wipes or baby wipes
  • Small towel
  • Personal medications and a basic first-aid kit (band-aids, pain relievers, etc.)
  • Hotel or accommodation reservation details

Remember to pack as light as possible, while still having essentials to keep you comfortable and prepared for your adventure. Always check the weather forecast before your trip and adjust your packing list accordingly.

Pricing

The fixed prices for the Machu Picchu tour by bus for a 2-day, 1-night itinerary in the 2023 season are as follows:
  • Student: 100 US Dollars

  • Adult: 120 US Dollars

These prices are for a group service, which means you will join other travelers on the tour.

NOTE:
Additional activities like hiking Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain. These hikes require separate entrance tickets and are subject to availability, so it’s best to book in advance.

Also, if you would like to climb one of the mountains, it is better to spend an extra night in Aguas Calientes. This will give you more time to explore Machu Picchu and complete the additional hikes without feeling rushed. Staying an extra night also allows for a more relaxed experience and time to enjoy the town and its surroundings.

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STUDENT PRICE:

HOW TO APPLY FOR THE STUDENT PRICE:

The student price is available for all students around the world, provided that they meet the requirements set by the Peruvian government. This discount is applicable when purchasing Machu Picchu tickets from the Peruvian government.

TO QUALIFY FOR THE STUDENT PRICE, YOU MUST MEET THE FOLLOWING REQUIREMENTS:
Your student ID must be an original ID issued by your university, made of PVC material.
The student ID must have the following information printed on it.
  • University information.
  • Student name.
  • Student picture.
  1. The student ID must have a valid expiration date printed on it, which is only valid for one year. For instance, if you visit Machu Picchu in 2023, the expiration date on your ID must be 2023 or 2024. If you visit Machu Picchu in 2023, the maximum expiration date allowed is 2024.
  2. The student discount is available only for students who are not more than 25 years old.
  3. The International Student Identification Card (ISIC) is not valid for the discount, even if it meets the requirements mentioned above.
  4. The only valid document for the student price is the original student ID that meets the requirements set by the Peruvian government. No other documents such as certifications or virtual cards are accepted as proof of student status.
  5. To apply for the student price, send us a photo of both sides of your student ID to machupicchureservations@gmail.com when you book the tour. If you send it later, you will not be eligible for the student discount.

How to Book with Machu Picchu Reservation

TO BOOK THE MACHU PICCHU TOUR BY CAR, FOLLOW THESE SIMPLE STEPS:

  1. Choose a reputable, government-authorized tour operator.
  2. Click the “Book Online” button, select the date, and complete the booking form. Have one person fill it out for the entire group to ensure you’re booked together. Keep your passport handy for accurate information.
  3. Make a payment online using any debit or credit card. There’s a 2.9% fee for online payments, which customers must cover.
  4. To secure your Machu Picchu tour by car 2 days, provide a $70 deposit per person. This helps obtain necessary permits and tickets from the Peruvian government.
  5. Optionally, you can pay the full tour amount upfront to avoid any future payment concerns.
  6. If you choose to pay only the deposit, the remaining balance is due 24 hours before the tour begins. You can pay in cash (soles or dollars) at the office in Cusco or by card (3.9% fee). You can also pay the balance online with any card (2.9% fee).

By following these straightforward steps, you can easily book your Machu Picchu tour by car 2 days experience and focus on preparing for your adventure.

Payment: You can pay for the 2-day Machu Picchu tour by car online using any debit or credit card. A 2.9% fee applies to online payments, which customers must cover. To book Machu Picchu tour By car, a $70 deposit per person is required to secure permits and tickets from the Peruvian government. You can choose to pay the full tour amount upfront to avoid future payment concerns. If you pay only the deposit, the remaining balance is due 24 hours before the tour starts. Pay the balance in cash (soles or dollars) at our office in Cusco, or by card with a 3.9% fee. You can also pay online using any card with a 2.9% fee.

Passport Requirements: Ensure your passport is valid for at least 6 months beyond your planned entry date to Peru. If it’s set to expire within 6 months, renew it before traveling. If your passport expires within 6 months but you want to secure your Machu Picchu tickets, book the tour and update your passport details with us after renewal. Failure to do so may result in permit and ticket forfeiture.

Travel Insurance: We strongly recommend purchasing travel insurance to protect your investment. Obtain insurance before departing and consider working with a reputable agency for affordable coverage.

Deposit: The $70 deposit per person for the 2-day Machu Picchu tour by car is non-refundable and non-transferable.

Remaining Balance: If you only pay the deposit, the balance is due 24 hours before the tour starts. Pay in cash (soles or dollars) at our office in Cusco or by card with a 3.9% fee. You can also pay online with any card and a 2.9% fee.

Student Discount: If your student card meets Peruvian government requirements, reserve the tour with a deposit and pay the remaining balance upon arrival in Cusco. The student discount will be applied at that time.

Frequently Asked Questions MACHU PICCHU TOUR BY CAR 2D – 1N

Here are some frequently asked questions (FAQs) about the 2-day Machu Picchu tour by car:

  1. How does the 2-day tour by car itinerary typically look like?

Day 1: The tour generally starts from Cusco. You’ll be picked up by a car or minivan and driven to Hidroelectrica, passing through the Sacred Valley and small towns along the way. From Hidroelectrica, you’ll embark on a 3-4 hour trek to Aguas Calientes, the town at the base of Machu Picchu. You’ll spend the night in a hotel or hostel.

Day 2: You’ll wake up early and either hike or take the bus or walk to Machu Picchu. After exploring the ancient Inca citadel with a guided tour, you’ll, trek back to Hidroelectrica, and then take the car back to Cusco.

  1. What’s included in the 2-day tour package?

The package includes round-trip transportation from Cusco to Hidroelectrica, accommodation in Aguas Calientes, guided tour of Machu Picchu, and some meals. However, details in the inclusion section.

  1. Are there any physical requirements?

The tour involves a 2-3 hour trek from Hidroelectrica to Aguas Calientes and potentially a 1.5-2 hour hike to Machu Picchu. Participants should be in good physical condition and comfortable with walking long distances.

  1. What should I bring on the tour?

Pack essentials like your passport, comfortable hiking shoes, a hat, sunscreen, insect repellent, a reusable water bottle, rain gear, and a small backpack to carry personal items during the trek. It’s also a good idea to bring extra cash for meals and souvenirs.

  1. Can I add on other activities to the tour?

Many tour operators offer additional activities like hiking Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain. These hikes require separate entrance tickets and are subject to availability, so it’s best to book in advance.Also, if you would like to climb one of the mountains, it is better to spend an extra night in Aguas Calientes. This will give you more time to explore Machu Picchu and complete the additional hikes without feeling rushed. Staying an extra night also allows for a more relaxed experience and time to enjoy the town and its surroundings.

Remember to check with your specific tour operator for the most accurate and up-to-date information on their 2-day Machu Picchu tour by car offerings.

Travel Guide

TripAdvisor Reviews

Machu Picchu Reservations has received excellent reviews on TripAdvisor . These reviews highlight our commitment to quality and customer satisfaction. Thank you for trusting us and for your valuable feedback!", we have 5,692 reviews

Elea
Elea
2024-05-13
INCROYABLE Je recommande 100% Machu Picchu réservations! Une des meilleures expérience de ma vie avec un personnel incroyable ! Notre guide Alfredo nous a soutenu, a été à notre rythme et nous a fait découvrir des endroits hors du commun. L’organisation était au rendez vous. Le prix très abordable pour ce qu’on vécu! Je remercie toute l’équipe de Machu Picchu Reservations pour leur disponibilité et pour l’encadrement de ce super trek. Si vous devez faire un trek, foncez avec cette agence !
Matthew H
Matthew H
2024-05-13
Trip of a Lifetime This was the best trip I've ever been on. Unbelievable sights for all 5 days and so many amazing people to meet. The company took great care of us during our 5 days and 4 nights of trekking. The chefs were incredible and made great food for each meal of the day, I was really impressed! The hike itself was not too difficult. The altitude of course makes it difficult on breathing, but terrain was quite easy. There were a few spots that were extremely rocky and easy to sprain an ankle. Our tool guide, Juel, was incredible and really made our trip. He was so knowledgeable about the Inca's history and was very interesting to learn from. He would let everyone go at their own pace, always making sure everyone was okay and safe. I cannot stress the impact that he made on our trip. I would highly recommend Juel to anyone who wants the best possible experience of Salkantay. Andre at the Cusco office is also a great guy, very helpful! Overall, we had an amazing time with Machu Picchu Reservations and would highly highly recommend the tour group!
Simona I
Simona I
2024-05-12
Super trip We had an amazing tour, time and views. The information our guide was hearttouching. And all spots he show us, were so worth it the steps
Maria I
Maria I
2024-05-12
Super trip! We had an amazing time! The hike and tour in generell was just magical! Angel the guide was very kind, he gave us a lot of super interesting informations and even if it was my second time- this trip was favorite and I am taking a lot of nice memories :) I would recommend it to everybody that does not have a lot of time - worth it so much more than a one day trip!
Lucy H
Lucy H
2024-05-12
Amazing trip! The 5 day Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu was absolutely amazing. We had great accommodation each night with incredible views of the mountains, and each day was something different (lagoon, mountains, jungle, etc.). A special shout out to our guide, Billy, who was so friendly, passionate and knowledgable, and the chefs, who prepared us 3 incredible meals every single day of the trek. A trip I won’t forget for a while!
Paradise756139
Paradise756139
2024-05-12
The best 5 days What an amazing and rewarding five days with Machu Picchu reservations. My sister and I are vegan and all the food was amazing and plenty of it. The chefs went above and beyond. Aurelio was the best guide, we feel so lucky that we had him for the 5 days. He really made the trip! We had a great group of people who were so supportive and encouraging. Despite it being challenging at times we laughed so much!
Jacynthe P
Jacynthe P
2024-05-12
2 day Machu Picchu tour - amazing experience We were lucky enough to get Angel as our guide. He was amazing, super informative and captivating. Couldn't have asked for a better experience!
Pranav P
Pranav P
2024-05-11
Amazing experience Had great time at Salkantay Trekking and Machu Picchu for 5 days. Steven was excellent guide. He indulged us in inka culture, had supported so well in altitude sickness and intense hike. He took fabulous pictures and supported our vegetarian food need. Overall it was great fun with making new friends and memories. Highly recommend if you want intense hiking experience at Salkantay.
Jet S
Jet S
2024-05-11
Best andventure ever! This was honestly the best experience of my life. I had 5 days of adventure, stunning views and great company. It was sad that the time flew by as every day was such a blast! Machu Picchu Reservations is a great company to choose for the Salkantay Trek. They were very organized, food was delicious, sleeping arrangement was excellent and the guides create a supportive and amazing vibe! Aurelio was the best guide and it was bittersweet to say goodbye after such a great experience. I would highly recommend Machu Picchu Reservations and above all Aurelio as your guide!

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