One of the archaeological wonders of the world, Machu Picchu is a highlight of any visit to Peru. This ancient citadel, discovered by Hiram Bingham in 1911, is the largest of the Peruvian Inca ruins, and it is believed to have been an important ceremonial site. Visitors will admire the feats of engineering that have survived over 500 years and many earthquakes. Everyone who sees it, will appreciate the beauty of the site as well as the nature surrounding it. No trip to Peru is complete without a visit to this wonder. You’ll take an early morning train to the village of Aguas Calientes. Here, a bus will transfer you up to “The Lost City of the Incas.” A professional guide will lead you through the magnificent citadel and share the secrets of Inca architecture and their way of life. Thereafter you’ll have free time to wander and admire this awe-inspiring edifice on your own.
Highlight: Train to Aguas Calientes, Machu Picchu, Huayna Picchu.
Location: Sacred Valley/Cusco, Ollantaytambo, Aguas Calientes
Duration tour: 1 day (14 hours)
Depature Dates tours: any day with 2 people
Train Options: Expedition Option: This is the cheapest, but still a very comfortable way of getting to Machu Picchu.
At 3:55am in the morning we will pick the passengers up from their hotels and drive to the train station at Ollantaytambo, where the train will take you to Machu Picchu (approx. 100 min.). You will take the train at 6:40am to Aguas Calientes, arriving around 8:00am. Your guide will meet you at the train station in Aguas Calientes to take you to the bus up to Machu Picchu. The bus ride is about 30 minutes. You should arrive at Machu Picchu around 8:45am and enter the site.
During a tour through this magnificent site, your bilingual guide will explain all about the historical sanctuary of Machu Picchu and visit all the major sites within the lost city. The guided tour will take around 2:30-3 hours.
Optional: You can climb the mountain of Huayna Picchu (tickets need to be purchased at the time of your Machu Picchu purchase), which is a 1:30 to 2 hours roundtrip. This trip is without a guide. The entrance time is 10:00-11:00am, so if you choose to take this tour, your guided tour will be faster in order to finish in time to enter Huayna Picchu.
After the guided tour, you can spend the rest of your time exploring Machu Picchu on your own. If you would like, you can exit the park to eat a snack at the cafe and re-enter the park. Your ticket is good for the entire day. Afterwards we will descend to Aguas Calientes, the town named for its hot springs. Buses leave from Aguas Calientes every 5 minutes (30 minute trip). Then we will return by train to Cusco. You can choose the 4:12pm train to return to Cusco or the 7:00pm train to return to Ollantaytambo. The train ride is about 100 minutes. A car will be waiting in Ollantaytambo to take you to Cusco (approx. 90 min.).
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