TRIP ITINERARY

DAY 01:

CUSCO - HIDROELECTRICA - 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

Awaken your senses as you choose between an invigorating morning hike or a convenient bus ride to the majestic Machu Picchu. Join our knowledgeable guide for a comprehensive tour of the Inca ruins, and take advantage of the additional time to explore on your own, climb nearby mountains, or visit the enchanting Sun Gate. Conclude your day with a leisurely return to Aguas Calientes, followed by a scenic train and car journey back to Cusco.

Our “Discover Machu Picchu: 2-Day Scenic Train and Car Expedition” offers an unparalleled experience, blending the thrill of adventure with the luxury of convenience. Book now and create memories that will last a lifetime.

Inclusions

Included

  • Transportation: From Cusco and Hidroelectrica.
  • Meals: Enjoy 1 lunch, 1 dinner, and 1 breakfast during your tour.
  • Accommodation: Spend 1 night in a hotel in Aguas Calientes.
  • Entrance Ticket: Gain access to the breathtaking Machu Picchu site.
  • Professional Guide: Benefit from the knowledge and expertise of a professional guide during your Machu Picchu tour.
  • Train Ride: Board a train at either 14:30 or 14:55 from Aguas Calientes for a 1.5-hour scenic journey through the captivating landscapes, arriving in Ollantaytambo.
  • Transfer: Upon reaching Ollantaytambo, transfer to a comfortable vehicle for a 2-hour drive through the picturesque Andean countryside. Conclude your expedition with a convenient drop-off in Cusco’s city center, leaving you with unforgettable memories of your incredible Machu Picchu adventure.

What to Pack

For a comfortable and enjoyable Machu Picchu 2-Day Tour by Car and Train, consider packing the following items:

  • Daypack: A small, lightweight backpack to carry your essentials during the day.
  • Clothing: Pack comfortable, weather-appropriate clothing. This includes quick-drying pants or shorts, moisture-wicking shirts, and a light jacket or fleece for cooler temperatures.
  • Waterproof jacket: A lightweight, waterproof jacket is essential in case of rain, especially during the wet season.
  • Sturdy footwear: Comfortable, closed-toe shoes or hiking boots with good traction for walking on uneven surfaces.
  • Sun protection: Bring sunglasses, a wide-brimmed hat, and sunscreen with a high SPF to protect yourself from the sun.
  • Insect repellent: To protect yourself from mosquitoes and other insects.
  • Water bottle: A reusable water bottle to stay hydrated throughout the day.
  • Snacks: Bring some lightweight, non-perishable snacks for energy during the day.
  • Passport: You will need your passport to enter Machu Picchu, so keep it safe and accessible.
  • Physical original student card: (if you applied for the student discount)
  • Camera: A camera or smartphone to capture the breathtaking views and memories.
  • Cash: Bring enough local currency (Peruvian Soles) for any additional expenses, such as souvenirs or meals in Aguas Calientes.
  • Personal medications: Any necessary prescription medications, as well as a small first-aid kit with basic items like pain relievers, band-aids, and altitude sickness medication if needed.
  • Toiletries: Travel-sized toiletries such as toothpaste, toothbrush, and deodorant.
  • Travel documents: Keep a copy of your travel insurance and emergency contact information with you.

Remember to pack light and bring only what is necessary, as you will be carrying your belongings during the tour. Check the weather forecast before your trip and adjust your packing list accordingly.

Pricing

PRICE: MACHU PICCHU 2-DAY TOUR BY CAR AND TRAIN (GROUP SERVICE) FOR THE 2023 SEASON:
  • ADULT: $199.00 USD PER PERSON
  • STUDENT: $179.00 USD PER PERSON

ADDITIONAL OPTIONS TO CUSTOMIZE YOUR EXPERIENCE:

  • Huayna Picchu Mountain: Add an extra $60 USD per person to include a hike up Huayna Picchu Mountain, subject to availability. Check availability and book your spot at https://www.machupicchu.gob.pe/inicio
  • Machu Picchu Mountain: Add an extra $60 USD per person to include a hike up Machu Picchu Mountain, subject to availability. Check availability and book your spot at https://www.machupicchu.gob.pe/inicio
  • Upgrade to Vistadome – Panoramic Train: Enhance your train experience by upgrading to the Vistadome Panoramic Train for an additional $35 USD per person (one-way upgrade).

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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 MACHU PICCHU 2-DAY TOUR BY CAR AND TRAIN, 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 2-DAY TOUR BY CAR AND TRAIN
    provide a $140 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 2-DAY TOUR BY CAR AND TRAIN experience and focus on preparing for your adventure.

Payment: You can pay for MACHU PICCHU 2-DAY TOUR BY CAR AND TRAIN online using any debit or credit card. A 2.9% fee applies to online payments, which customers must cover. To book MACHU PICCHU 2-DAY TOUR BY CAR AND TRAIN, a $140 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 2-DAY TOUR BY CAR AND TRAIN 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 $140 deposit per person for the MACHU PICCHU 2-DAY TOUR BY CAR AND TRAIN 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.

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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