A visit to Machu Picchu makes the top of many people’s bucket list, and once they get here, they want to make sure they get the most out of the experience. For most people, one day at Machu Picchu, with a 2-3 hour guided tour is enough to see all the important archaeological features, take in the beautiful vistas and bask in the mystical vibe of this incredible place.
Top Reasons to Spend an Extra Day at Machu Picchu
You’re someone with a particular interest in history or archaeology;
You like to take extra time in reflection;
If you’re travelling during rainy season, Machu Picchu might be shrouded in cloud on your first visit, so you might want a second chance to visit the site;
You want to hike Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain;
You have your heart set on hitting the hot springs for which Aguas Calientes is named.
All of these things could mean that a second visit to Machu Picchu might be right for you.
Spending Time in Aguas Calientes
On the other hand, Aguas Calientes itself does not have much to offer in the way of beauty and charm so an extra night with the intention of exploring the village itself may not be recommendable. It is also a comparatively expensive city, with prices being as much as three times what they are elsewhere.
How it Works
Spend the night in Aguas Calientes after you visit Machu Picchu, and get a second visit at Machu Picchu the next day.
Any other trek:
Spend a second night in Aguas Calientes, and get a second visit at Machu Picchu the next day.
Add an Extra Day at Machu Picchu for just $250 per person
One night in a hotel. You choose the style of hotel (Standard, Comfort, Boutique or Luxury).
Entry to Machu Picchu
Buffet lunch at Tinkuy Restaurant inside the Machu Picchu Sanctuary Lodge.
Bus to Machu Picchu site from Aguas Calientes and back
Return travel to Cusco on the Vistadome (Executive Class) Train. NOTE: The “Standard” style of Extra Day package does not include return travel on the Vistadome train service.
What is Not Included?
Your second day at Machu Picchu is on your own. Note that you must retain your original entry ticket as well as your second entry ticket in order to enter Machu Picchu without a guide. This rule is subject to change; please inquire if you are in doubt!