Hop on the Peru Railway for a breathtaking journey to Aguas Calientes along the Urubamba River Valley. Enjoy free time upon arrival to fall into pace with the locals of this quaint mountain town. At last, make your long-awaited visit to the famous Inca citadel of Machu Picchu and learn about the intriguing history of the site on a 2-hour tour with an English speaking guide.
Day by Day Itinerary:
Pre-departure Briefing: All travellers are required to visit the Cuzco office one day prior to departure for a mandatory briefing on your trip at 5 pm. At this meeting we will give you all of your tickets for the buses, trains and entry to Machu Picchu Archaeological Site. For the majority of this 2-day trip, you will not be accompanied by a tour guide. You will only have a guide during the Machu Picchu Archaeological Site Tour.
Day 1: Transfer Cuzco - Aguas Calientes (L/D)
Accommodation pick-up in Cuzco and transfer to Ollantaytambo for the journey to Aguas Calientes by train on the Peru Railway, with amazing views of the Andean mountains on the way. Wander through the quaint town of Aguas Calientes on your own and have a fulfilling lunch at a touristic restaurant. In the town you will find internet cafes, cafes with board games and cards, plenty of shops and places to relax. Enjoy a typical dinner at a local restaurant on your own. Your guide will meet with you to give you indications for the next day.
Day 2: Machu Picchu Visit - Return to Cuzco (B)
Take one of the first buses to Machu Picchu to enter the site as it opens. Meet your English Speaking guide for a guided visit of the archaeological site (approximately 2 hours). After your tour, your guide will return to Aguas Calientes and you will be on your own with plenty of free time to explore the hidden corners of this ancient Inca city. Choose from the optional treks to climb Huayna Picchu (at an additional cost - needs to be booked at least 2 weeks in advance) or walk to the Inti Punku (Sun Gate) for panoramic views of the site. Take the bus back to Aguas Calientes. Return to Ollantaytambo by train and finish the trip with a van back to Cuzco late that day. Upon arrival to Cuzco City Center, you will need to make your own way to your accommodation.
** You have the option of taking an early return train or a late return train departing Aguas Calientes at 4:12pm and 7pm, respectively.
Take an OPTIONAL hike up the steep peak named Huayna Picchu, which is located inside the Machu Picchu archaeological site. This sometimes muddy peak takes about 45 - 60 minutes to hike up and awards you with unforgettable views of Machu Picchu from a coveted perspective. Keep in mind that if you want to take this optional hike, you must now purchase your ticket at least 2 weeks in advance for an additional cost in order to get one of the 400 passes (200 people are allowed up at 7:00am and 200 more at 10:00am). Please send us an email directly to request this extra ticket.
SUGGESTED PACKING LIST: Sun hat, sun block, sun glasses, camera, extra batteries and memory card, charger, waterproof bags for your camera, hand sanitizer. Bring extra cash for snacks, water and meals.
DON'T FORGET THE ESSENTIALS: Original passport, visa (if applicable), insurance card.
** Travellers who booked their trip using one passport, then renewed or replaced it afterward, must carry the old passport they used to make the booking or a photocopy with them on the trip.