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Take the train to Machu Picchu! Machu Picchu, that famous Inca citadel located in the heart of the Peruvian Andes, is one of the world’s most well known archaeological sites. “Machu Picchu” is a compound Quechua word that means “old peak” or “old mountain”. The famous mountain that faces Machu Picchu, the one that appears in most of the classic views of the site, is Huayna Picchu, which means “young peak”.
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Discover this enigmatic site on a one-day excursion that sees you travel by train to Machu Picchu and back, with a guided tour of the ruins and lunch at the site. This is a long day, but if you only have one day in Cusco, this train to Machu Picchu tour is worth it for the chance to visit the incredible site.
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Unique, off-the-beaten track routes
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We offer you the opportunity to personalize your train to Machu Picchu trip and make your experience more comfortable through our Optional Extras and Upgrades. All options are available during the reservation process; please ask your sales consultant for more information.
Combine with any trek for a complete Cusco Experience!
On this trip, you will need to bring very little other than what your personal preferences dictate. For our comprehensive recommendations on what to pack during an Andean trek, see What To Bring. For more great suggestions, check out our blog about How to Prepare for a Trek in Peru.
Remember that scans of the student card (for students) or passports (for children) need to accompany the booking in order to be eligible for the discount.
Want to join a trek? Ready to confirm a departure date of your own, but interested in having others join you? Then Trekkers Wanted is for you! Our innovative Trekkers Wanted system matches people up who are interested in hiking the same trek, bringing costs down and multiplying the fun for everyone!
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Travel by train to Machu Picchu! We will pick you up at your hotel early in the morning and transfer you to the train station in Ollantaytambo where you will travel by either the Expedition or Vistadome train to Aguas Calientes. In Aguas Calientes, we’ll take the bus up to Machu Picchu where we will enjoy a guided tour of Machu Picchu.
Your guide will give you a 2-3h walking tour of the historic citadel. After the tour, we return to Aguas Calientes by bus to have lunch and later in the evening you will catch the afternoon train back to Ollantaytambo, where we will transfer you back to Cusco, leaving you at your hotel.
The Expedition service is cheaper than Vistadome, but the advantage to the Vistadome is that it is faster, has a snack service, bigger windows and is generally a more comfortable experience.
Note that this tour does not include a ticket to climb Huayna Picchu or Machupicchu Mountain. Due to the timing of the trains on this one day train to Machu Picchu tour, it is actually not possible to arrive in time in order to complete these hikes.
This trip exceeded my expectations in every way! Arturo was an excellent guide and I cannot say enough about how much he did to make our trip great!
I just felt so good to be going with a company that values sustainable travel, especially seeing how many people go through Machu Picchu every day! Thank you – it was the trip of a lifetime. It was really thoroughly planned to meet all of our needs!