Machu Picchu Overnight tour 2 days by train is the perfect way to explore the amazing UNESCO World Heritage Site. You'll board the train from Cusco and travel through the stunning Sacred Valley of the Incas, arriving at Aguas Calientes in time to explore the town, visit the hot springs, or take a short hike. The next day, you will explore the ancient citadel of Machu Picchu and return on the Panoramic trains to Ollantaytambo and bus back to Cusco.
Machu Picchu Overnight Tour Overview
Machu Picchu Overnight tour by train, 2 days and 1 night, takes you on a special train ride from Cusco to Machu Picchu Pueblo. Explore this iconic Inca fortress from the 15th century, learning about its architecture, history, and the everyday life of its residents.
On the first day of the tour, you will take the train from Cusco to Aguas Calientes. The journey takes about 5 hours, and you will have time to enjoy the scenery along the way. You will arrive in Aguas Calientes in the afternoon and check into your hotel. You will have free time to explore the town or relax in your hotel room.
You will wake up early on the second day and take the first bus to Machu Picchu. The bus journey takes about 25 minutes. You will spend the day exploring Machu Picchu, one of the most amazing archaeological sites in the world. You will take the bus back to Aguas Calientes in the afternoon and catch the Panoramic Vistadome train back to Cusco.
- Duration: 2 days and 1 night
- Best season: April to October
- Transportation: Train, bus, walking
- Accommodation: 3-start hotel
- Difficulty: Easy
- Book with Confidence and Flexibility
- Small group tours to ensure personalized service
- A comfortable way to visit Machu Picchu
- Board the Panoramic Vistadome train to return
- Door to Door Service (Start and finish at your hotel)
Machu Picchu Overnight Tour at a Glance!
Day 1: Cusco – Aguas Calientes
- Take a scenic train ride from Cusco to Aguas Calientes.
- Enjoy stunning views of the Andes Mountains and the Urubamba River.
- Check into your hotel in Aguas Calientes.
- Free time to explore the town, visit the hot springs and shop for souvenirs.
Day 2: Machu Picchu – Cusco
- Wake up early and take a bus to Machu Picchu.
- Watch the sunrise over the citadel.
- Take a guided tour of the ancient city and learn about its history and significance.
- Have free time to explore Machu Picchu on your own.
- Take the bus back to Aguas Calientes.
- Board the Vistadome Panoramic train to return.
- Pick-up and drop-off to and from your hotel
- All Transportation Included from hotel to hotel
- One-way Expedition train
- One-way Vistadome Panoramic train
- Hotel in Aguas Calientes (3-star)
- Entrance ticket to Machu Picchu
- Bus tickets to Machu Picchu
- Explore Aguas Calientes with a tour guide on day 1
- Guided tour in Machu Picchu on day 2
- All taxes and booking fees included
- Huayna Picchu Mountain
- Machu Picchu Montaña
- Travel Insurance: Strongly recommended
Optional hikes after the Guided tour in Machu Picchu
Huayna Picchu Mountain – The walk takes 2 hours round trip. The cost is 75$ per person.
Machu Picchu Mountain – The hike takes 3 hours round trip. The cost is 75$ per person.
Full itinerary of the Machu Picchu Overnight Tour
Day 1: Cusco – Ollantaytambo – Aguas Calientes
At 7:00 a.m., a representative of the TreXperience team will come to your hotel in Cusco city, pick you up, and take you to the San Pedro train station in Cusco, where you will board the Expedition train to Aguas Calientes. The journey from the heights of Cusco to the cloud forest where Machu Picchu is located is about 5 hours.
During the rainy season, from January to the end of April, all tours will depart from Ollantaytambo; in this case, the pick-up will be from your hotel at 8:00 am and travel to the train station in Ollantaytambo, from where you will board the expedition train to Aguas Calientes. This itinerary also applies when the trains from Cusco are sold out. Possible train stations are San Pedro, Poroy, or Ollantaytambo.
During the trip from Cusco, you will enjoy the views of the city as you exit through the highest mountains. You will enjoy the views of the plains of Anta, Pomatales Canyon, and Ollantaytambo as you follow the Urubamba River snaking its way to Aguas Calientes (Also called Machu Picchu Pueblo).
You will arrive in Aguas Calientes town around 12:20 pm, meet our tour guide at the train station, and check-in in at your hotel. Later in the afternoon, you can explore the city and take an optional hike with your tour guide to the Machu Picchu Museum, the butterfly station, or the Mandor gardens. You can also relax in the town and visit the hot springs of Aguas Calientes.
You will have dinner on your own in the evening and rest early for the next day's tour in Machu Picchu. The hotel is included; we work with selected hotels in Aguas Calientes town, such as Intipunku or Susanna INN.
- Pick from Hotel
- Train ticket Included
- Meals: Not Included
- Hotel: Intipunku or Similar
Day 2: Machu Picchu Tour – Return to Cusco
Wake up early and enjoy a delicious breakfast in your hotel. After breakfast, you will meet your tour guide, board one of the first buses to Machu Picchu, and arrive at the main gate of the great citadel. You must show the entry tickets and original passport to enter Machu Picchu.
You will have a comprehensive guided tour of around 3 hours exploring the best of the Machu Picchu citadel. Explore the terraces, the Guardhouse, the viewpoint, temples, and palaces. Have free time to explore on your own or hike the extra mountains: Huayna Picchu Mountain or Machu Picchu Mountain (both optional-not included).
After Machu Picchu, you will take the bus back to Aguas Calientes town, have lunch, explore the city, and shop. In the late afternoon, you will board the Vistadome Panoramic train for 1.5 hours to Ollantaytambo and then a private van to Cusco. Between 7:30 and 8:30 pm, you should be back at your hotel in Cusco.
- Entrance to Machu Picchu included
- Meals: Breakfast at the hotel; others not Included
- Train tickets: Panoramic Vistadome Train to return
- Tour Guide: Professional guide
Machu Picchu Overnight Packing List
During this 2-day Machu Picchu tour, you will travel mostly by train and bus to Machu Picchu. You need to pack very light in a small carry-on and have a comfortable daypack as well.
Below is a list of items that you need to have for the Machu Picchu tour.
- Daypack: A comfortable daypack for hiking in Machu Picchu.
- Passport: Make sure to bring your original passport.
- Comfortable Walking Shoes: You will be doing a lot of walking on day 2.
- Rain jacket or poncho: Pack a rain jacket or poncho.
- Sunscreen and Sunglasses: The sun can be intense in the cloud forest.
- Insect Repellent: There may be mosquitos and other insects in the area
- Camera: You will want to capture the amazing views and scenery during your tour.
- Cash: Bring cash in small denominations to pay for souvenirs, food, and any other expenses during your trip.
- Medications: If you have any prescription medications, make sure to bring enough for the duration of your trip.
- Snacks and water: Pack some snacks and a refillable water bottle to stay hydrated and energized during your journey.
In your carry-on:
Your carry-on must stay in the hotel on day 2 during the Machu Picchu tour. Make sure you check out and store in the lockers before you board the buses to Machu Picchu.
- Clothes for 2 days: Take light clothes for warm weather and cold weather
- Warm Clothing: Bring a fleece jacket or a sweater.
- Personal care items: Pack a small toiletry bag with travel-sized shampoo, conditioner, toothpaste, and toothbrush.
- Electronics: Bring your phone, camera, and other electronics you may need, along with chargers and adapters if necessary.
- Travel pillow: A travel pillow can make your journey more comfortable.
- Reading materials: Bring a book or e-reader, magazines, or any other reading material to keep yourself entertained during the journey.
Remember to pack light as you carry your luggage during the trip. Most hotels in Aguas Calientes will store your larger luggage while you explore Machu Picchu.
Machu Picchu Overnight tour price
Price per person:
- 450.USD per person for adults
- 410.USD per person for children & students
- 580.USD per person for a private tour
- 4+ Travelers, contact us to get a special quotation.
To book the Machu Picchu Overnight tour, you need to make an initial payment of 200.USD per person, the remaining balance can be paid online, in installments, or Cusco with any credit card at no booking fees at all.
- 40$ off per person
All travelers under 17 will have a $40 discount.
If you are 25 years old or under when traveling, you can get a 40$ discount with your student ID. Please advise by email to give you a code for the discount.
Valid Student ID
To get the student discount, travelers should have a Valid ID with the following:
- 25 years or less at the time of entering Machu Picchu. Older than 25 can not enter as a student
- The ID must have the Name of the university, name, and photo of the student
- The ID must have a valid expiration date
Invalid Student IDs
Student IDs are not eligible for a discount when:
- Traveler is older than 25
- Expired ID
- Student Id without expiration date
- ISIC cards are not valid.
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Tour to Machu Picchu 2 days FAQs
You want to go to Machu Picchu, but only have 2 days? Here is a suggested way to make the most of your trip without feeling rushed and with some frequently asked questions that will help you prepare.
What is Machu Picchu?
Machu Picchu is a 15th-century Inca citadel located in the Eastern Cordillera of southern Peru on a 2,430-metre (7,970 ft) mountain ridge. It is one of the World's New Seven Wonders and was designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1983. The site was built by the Inca emperor Pachacuti and later abandoned after the Spanish Conquest in the 16th century.
How to get to Machu Picchu?
The best way to get to Machu Picchu is by hiking the Classic Inca Trail. The Inca Trail is a 4-day trek that leads you through the stunning Andes Mountains and culminates at the ancient ruins of Machu Picchu. You'll pass through pristine rainforests, small villages, and incredible archaeological sites along the way. The Inca Trail is an amazing experience and something that everyone should do at least once in their lifetime.
If you're not up for the Classic Inca Trail, the train is the best way to get to Machu Picchu. You can take the train from Cusco train station, Poroy, or Ollantaytambo train station. Getting to Machu Picchu is an unforgettable experience, whichever way you choose to go.
What are the hours for Machu Picchu?
Machu Picchu is open every day from 6 am to 5 pm. The entry times are divided by hours: 6. am, 7. am, 8. am, 9. am, 10. am 11. am 12. pm, 13. pm, 14. pm. Travelers can spend around 2 hours only in Machu Picchu and enter at the designated time.
What are the circuits in Machu Picchu?
When you visit Machu Picchu, the place is divided into different circuits, each with its own unique features. The most famous circuit is circuit number 2 and the Inca Trail circuit, which leads visitors through a number of ruins and scenic views. Other popular circuits include the Huayna Picchu trail, which offers views of the surrounding mountains, and the Temple of the Sun trail, which takes visitors past some of the most important religious sites in Machu Picchu. Whichever circuit you choose, you're sure to have an unforgettable experience at this amazing archaeological site.
- Circuit number 1: Circuit 1 is similar to circuit 2, Includes the viewpoints, and allows you to access the center of Machu Picchu; you will not be able to access the northern area of Machu Picchu, where is the Huayna Picchu entrance.
- Circuit number 2: The longest circuit allows you to access the views points, the Main Plaza, the Huayna Picchu entrance, and then return to the main exit.
- Circuit number 3: This Circuit is part of the Inca Trail and Machu Picchu Mountain tickets. Allows you to access to the central area of Machu Picchu, where are the most important buildings, such as the Temple of the Sun, the Palace of the Inca, the water fountains, the mirrors, and the exits of the citadel. You will have access to the viewpoints.
- Circuit number 4: This circuit is part of the Huayna Pichcu ticket and Huchuy ïcchu Tickets. You will be able to access all the lower parts of Machu Picchu, including circuit 3 and the northern area of Machu Picchu, where is Huayna Picchu Mountain.
- Circuit number 5: Allows you to access the lower part where circuits 3 and 4 and also, you will be able to access the area of 3 portadas.
What is the best time to visit Machu Picchu?
There is no best time to visit Machu Picchu, as the Inca citadel is beautiful at any time of year. However, the weather varies throughout the year, so depending on your preferences, you may want to plan your trip for a certain time. In general, the dry season (May to September) is the best time to visit Machu Picchu, as there is less chance of rain interrupting your plans. However, this is also the busiest time of year, so you may want to avoid peak season if you prefer a more relaxed experience.
The shoulder seasons (April and October) can also be a good time to visit Machu Picchu, as the weather is still fairly dry and crowds are not as large as they are during peak season. Keep in mind that April can be wetter than October, so if you're planning a trip during this time, be sure to check the forecast in advance.
If you don't mind some rain and want to avoid the crowds, the wet season (November to March) can be a great time to visit Machu Picchu. Just be sure to pack your rain gear and have flexible plans in case of bad weather.
How much does it cost to enter Machu Picchu?
The cost of entry to Machu Picchu is $50 USD for adults and $25 USD for students. If you want to buy Huayna Picchu Mountain or Machu Picchu Mountain, the cost is 75$ per person.
What are some other things to do near Machu Picchu?
There are plenty of other things to do near Machu Picchu! Here are just a few ideas:
- Visit the Sacred Valley of the Incas. This valley is full of Incan ruins, traditional villages, and stunning scenery.
- Hike the Inca Trail. This classic trek takes you through some of the most beautiful landscapes in Peru, culminating with a visit to Machu Picchu.
- Explore Cusco. This city was once the capital of the Inca Empire and is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. There are plenty of Inca ruins to visit, as well as traditional markets and plazas.
- Lake Titicaca. This massive lake is located on the border of Peru and Bolivia and is home to several floating islands inhabited by indigenous people.
How long in advance do you need to arrive in Cusco for the tour to Machu Picchu?
You should arrive in Cusco at least 2 days before your Machu Picchu tour. This will give you time to acclimatize to the high altitude and avoid any issues with altitude sickness. Arriving a day or two early also allows you to explore the city of Cusco and visit some of the nearby ruins, like Sacsayhuaman and Q'enko.
Where to stay before the tour to Machu Picchu?
There are several options for where to stay before the tour to Machu Picchu.
The first option is to stay in Cusco, which is the closest city main city and airport to Machu Picchu. Cusco is a beautiful city with a lot of history and culture. It is also a good place to acclimate to the altitude before heading to Machu Picchu.
Another option is to stay in Ollantaytambo, located in the Sacred Valley and near the train station.
Where to stay after the Machu Picchu tour?
After your Machu Picchu tour, you should return to Cusco; any tours around Cusco will depart from the city; also, if you need to travel to other regions, you need to board the buses, trains, and flights from Cusco city.
Can I store my luggage in Cusco?
If you're planning on spending a few days in Cusco before or after your Machu Picchu tour, you might be wondering what to do with your luggage. Here are a few options for storing your luggage in Cusco:
- You can store your luggage at the hotel you're staying at. Most hotels will have a luggage storage area where you can leave your bags for a fee.
- You can also store your luggage with us; we do not charge for this service.