TRIP ITINERARY

DAY 1:

CUSCO - HIDROELECTRICA - AGUAS CALIENTES

Your journey begins with a 6:30 am pick-up from the Machu Picchu Reservations office. From there, you’ll embark on a 6-hour drive to Hidroelectrica, traveling through breathtaking landscapes along the way. Upon arrival at Hidroelectrica, you’ll stop for a delicious lunch at a local restaurant, refueling before the next leg of your adventure.

Following lunch, you’ll set out on a scenic 3-hour hike to Aguas Calientes, trekking alongside the train tracks as you immerse yourself in the natural beauty of the surroundings. Once you arrive in the charming town of Aguas Calientes, you’ll check into your hostel, where you can freshen up and relax after a day of exploration.

In the evening, you’ll head to a nearby restaurant for dinner, where you’ll also meet your guide who will provide you with further details about the following day’s activities. With a full day of adventure and exploration behind you, you’ll be well-prepared for the excitement that lies ahead.

Embark on an unforgettable journey to Machu Picchu, where you have the flexibility to choose between an invigorating hike or a convenient bus ride to reach the majestic Inca site. If you opt for the bus, purchase a $12 ticket in Aguas Calientes to secure your ride. Alternatively, you can embark on a scenic trek that begins at 4 a.m., allowing you to reach the main entrance by 6 a.m. Whichever method you choose, our knowledgeable guide will be waiting for you at the main entrance at 6 a.m. sharp.

Together with the guide, explore the captivating Inca ruins and immerse yourself in the rich history of this ancient civilization. Following the guided tour, seize the opportunity to venture further on your own, taking advantage of the additional time to climb either Machu Picchu Mountain or Huayna Picchu, or perhaps visit the enchanting Sun Gate.

After a day filled with wonder and discovery, return to the charming town of Aguas Calientes to rest and recharge, spending the night in preparation for your next adventure.

Embark on an exhilarating hike to the Hydroelectric station at approximately 9:30 a.m., as you traverse through picturesque landscapes for around three hours. Ensure you arrive at the Hydroelectric station by 2:00 p.m., where you’ll board a comfortable vehicle for your seven-hour journey back to Cusco.

Anticipate arriving in Cusco at around 09 to 10 p.m., where we will conveniently drop you off at Plaza Regocijo, a vibrant and bustling square in the heart of the city. Prepare for this unforgettable day of adventure, and remember to adhere to the schedule to ensure a seamless and enjoyable experience.

Inclusions

Included

TOUR INCLUSIONS:

  • Round trip transportation from Cusco to Hidroelectrica and back
  • One lunch, one dinner, and one breakfast during the tour
  • Two nights of accommodation in a hotel in Aguas Calientes
  • Entrance ticket to Machu Picchu
  • Professional tour guide for the Machu Picchu visit

What to Pack

WHAT TO PACK FOR MACHU PICCHU 3 DAYS BY CAR:

  1. Rain poncho (plastic)
  2. Warm jacket or coat
  3. Sunscreen
  4. Hat or cap
  5. Sunglasses
  6. Comfortable walking shoes
  7. Water bottle
  8. Insect repellent
  9. Camera

DOCUMENTS TO BRING WITH YOU:

  1. Original passport
  2. Original International Student Identity Card (if you have applied for a student discount)

Pricing

Prices: MACHU PICCHU TOUR BY BUS 3D – 2N Group Service – SEASON 2023
  • ADULT: USD 140 PER PERSON
  • STUDENT: USD 120.00 PER PERSON
ADDITIONAL OPTIONS TO ENHANCE YOUR MACHU PICCHU TRIP:

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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 3 DAYS, 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 3 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 3 DAYS experience and focus on preparing for your adventure.

Payment: You can pay for MACHU PICCHU TOUR BY CAR 3 DAYS 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 3 DAYS, 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 MACHU PICCHU TOUR BY CAR 3 DAYS and 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 MACHU PICCHU TOUR BY CAR 3 DAYS tour 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 By Car 3 Days / 2 Nights

What is Machu Picchu?

Machu Picchu is an ancient Incan citadel located in the Andes Mountains of Peru. It was built in the 15th century and was abandoned a century later during the Spanish Conquest.

How do I get to Machu Picchu?

The most common way to get to Machu Picchu is by train from Cusco to Aguas Calientes, followed by a bus ride up to the entrance. Alternatively, you can hike the Inca Trail or take one of the alternative treks to reach Machu Picchu.

When is the best time to visit Machu Picchu?

The best time to visit Machu Picchu is during the dry season, which runs from May to September. However, this is also the busiest time, so you may want to consider visiting during the shoulder seasons of April and October.

Do I need to book Machu Picchu tickets in advance?

Yes, it is highly recommended to book Machu Picchu tickets in advance, especially during the peak season. Tickets can be purchased online or through a tour operator.

Can I hike to Machu Picchu without a guide?

No, it is mandatory to have a guide to hike the Inca Trail or any of the alternative treks. However, you can visit Machu Picchu on your own if you take the train and bus.

How long should I spend at Machu Picchu?

Most visitors spend around 3-4 hours exploring Machu Picchu, but you can spend more or less time depending on your interests.

Are there any restrictions at Machu Picchu?

Yes, there are several restrictions at Machu Picchu to help preserve the site. For example, visitors are not allowed to bring in food, drinks (except water), or large bags. Smoking and littering are also prohibited.

Is Machu Picchu accessible for people with disabilities?

Machu Picchu is not very accessible for people with disabilities due to the steep and uneven terrain. However, there are some accommodations and facilities available for visitors with disabilities, such as wheelchair ramps and adapted restrooms.

What should I wear to Machu Picchu?

It is recommended to wear comfortable and breathable clothing, as well as sturdy walking shoes or hiking boots. Sun protection, such as a hat and sunscreen, is also important, as well as a rain jacket in case of rain.

Can I take photos at Machu Picchu?

Yes, photography is allowed at Machu Picchu, but the use of tripods and professional equipment is not allowed without a permit. Also, drones are not allowed to be flown over the site.

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

Helena G
Helena G
2024-03-26
Bucket list experience This was an experience of a lifetime! I wouldn’t have done it with any other company. They really look after you and ensure you have the best experience as possible. We were served delicious freshly made traditional Peruvian food everyday and served an array of different hot drinks. Along the way we were welcomed by the amazing views of the Peruvian Andes and Amazon rainforest. Juel was an incredible tour guide, very passionate about his Inca ancestors and about the nature around us.
Charlotte T
Charlotte T
2024-03-26
Great, rewarding experience This tour was a great experience, not only seeing Machu Picchu itself but also beautiful lakes, viewpoints and Inca sites. The food was absolutely incredible and there was more than enough for each of us. Joel was a great guide, very passionate and knowledgable about the Incan empire. I would definitely recommend hiring the walking poles and sleeping bag. The whole experience was very rewarding and Joel made sure the morale of the group was high. The only downside was the return bus company from Hidroelectrica to Cusco. We booked via bus and had to leave Machu Picchu early to catch this bus. The organisers made us wait for over an hour for our bus, which meant we could have had more time at the site.
Stefan G
Stefan G
2024-03-25
4-Days Salkantay Trek with superb guide Aurelio I did the 4-days Salkantay Trek with Machu Picchu Reservations together with a friend. Our guide Aurelio was really good and you felt that he completely identifies with the Anden culture! He always made sure that everybody in the group was able to follow. Also he gave us a lot of interesting insights into the Anden culture and nature. In general the organisation of the tour was good (briefing one day ahead of the tour, information flyer etc.). It could have been better, if we would have been better prepared for the rainy weather. Drying wet clothes was challenging in the accommodations which we had.
Kelan J
Kelan J
2024-03-24
5 day trek review with Juan Oros (guide) The salkantay trek under the expert guidance of Juan Oros was a life highlight of mine. We completed the hike across 5 days and were blessed with plenty of breaks in the weather given it was wet season. If you're completing the hike in March, do NOT forget a poncho, plastic bags/dry bags, and extra pairs of socks/clothes for when your stuff gets wet (it's very hard to dry stuff after it's wet). Juan was optimistic, knowledgeable, understanding and went out of his way constantly to ensure our experience was a good one. Additionally, he was transparent and gave us options when the conditions affected the normal route. Machu Picchu reservations are accommodating for dietary requirements and provide comfortable accommodation along the hike. All-in-all, some incredible views, plenty of laughing, great and varied hiking, good food, and an incredible guide. Thank you Juan and Machu Picchu Reservations for an unforgettable experience!
Hélio J
Hélio J
2024-03-24
Tour Vale Sagrado e Salkantay 2D1N Viajamos a Cusco na segunda semana de março. Reservamos dois passeios com a agência, o tour do Vale Sagrado e o passeio Salkantay de dois dias e uma noite. Na agência fomos atendidos por Jimmy, que foi bastante solícito e respondeu todas as nossas dúvidas. Nos dois passeios ocorreu tudo bem. Eles foram pontuais e seguiram exatamente conforme programado. Gostaria de deixar um elogio especial ao guia Nestor, que nos acompanhou no Tour Salkantay. Nestor foi muito atencioso e respondeu todas as nossas dúvidas, desde o briefing até o retorno a Cusco. Nos ajudou bastante durante nossa estadia no acampamento e na volta. Só temos elogios e agradecimentos, muito obrigado Nestor e todos os funcionários da agência!
Alex Proskurnya
Alex Proskurnya
2024-03-24
Marco’s Muchachos - A Tale of Adventure, Laughter, and Friendship Words cannot even begin to describe the experience Marco provided for myself, my mate from work, and our Aussie, British, and English friends. Aside from the natural beauty of Humantay Lake, rich culture of the Incas, majesty of Salkantay Peak, and, of course, the grandiose beauty of Machu Picchu itself, the experience was truly made unforgettable because of Marco’s guiding service. Incredibly knowledgeable, considerate, and fun, Marco guided us through the 4 day, 3 night trek stopping to elaborate on the fascinating history of the trail and of the Incan people culminating in a well-earned view of the historic ruins themselves. As an avid traveller and hiker, I would strongly recommend THIS particular company with specifically Marco as the leading guide.
claireK6420PL
claireK6420PL
2024-03-24
ChoquequirWOW I can't recommend this tour enough. Our tour guide Renzo was organised, professional and incredibly intelligent. I felt like I was in safe hands and benefitted so much from his vast local knowledge and prefect English. The food was a great opportunity to try local Peruvian cuisine and as a vegan I was very grateful for the effort our hosts, Renzo and horseman Jon went to to make sure I had delicious meals. The hike was challenging but the constant stunning views made it worthwhile and I felt so accomplished afterwards. Plus Renzon provided us with lots of encouragement and support. Choquequirao itself was like nothing I have ever seen before. We only saw 13 people not in our group there (including the ricket collector). The site is impressive and feels special, especially with everything Renzo told us about it. Having a whole day to explore the site was brilliant as we could take our time ot enjoy and appreciate it rather than rushing off, like others we saw did. It meant we had a lovely lunch there, kindly delivered by Jon, and had the site to ourselves for the afternoon. If you are in Peru you must visit Choquequirao and I strongly recommend ypu use Machu Pichu adventures for the perfectly curated experience.
Sarah C
Sarah C
2024-03-23
Incredible Trip! Incredible trip!! Our guide, Bruno, was phenomenal and a crucial part of why our experience was so great. He let us set our own pace and had meeting points each 1-1.5hrs of hiking. He taught us so much about local culture and history and made us appreciate the scenery we were walking through even more. The views are truly stunning. Each camp was comfortable and the meals were great! Tons of food and always felt fueled up for long days. I would recommend Machu Picchu Reservations again! We had nightly briefings about each day of the trek and they ensured we had everything we needed for a safe and enjoyable trek. I have been to Machu Picchu before but going via Salkantay Trek was a far better experience and I would recommend this trek over and over--truly an unforgettable experience!
Sam H
Sam H
2024-03-23
4 day Salkantay trek with Angel Me and my friend Conor did the 4-day Salkantay trek with our guide Angel. Angel was a fun and attentive guide who taught us a lot about the surrounding area and showed us some breath taking scenery. He always gave us a lot of information about the day ahead, made sure we were comfortable and helped make the trek a really memorable experience. Reaching the 4600m peak of Salkantay was incredible and finally getting to see Machu Pichu were definitely highlights of the journey. Would recommend.
Sarah-Jane D
Sarah-Jane D
2024-03-21
Marco’s Salkantay Tour Marco took us on the 4 day Salkantay Trek. He was so enthusiastic and friendly so it didn’t take long for the whole group to bond very well. Marco was very supportive of all abilities and very knowledgeable. The food and the organisation was incredible and the whole team kept us safe. We loved every second and each challenge was met with a reward of the beautiful views. A highlight of South America

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