Explore Machu Picchu on a private Private Tour onboard the Vistadome Observatory train. Enjoy an extraordinary adventure from Andean valleys into cloud forest environments while enjoying the magnificent mountain and Urubamba River views. Visit Machu Picchu with an experienced, local private tour guide who can explain its residents' architecture, history, and daily lives.

Machu Picchu Private Tour with Vistadome Observatory Train

A private Machu Picchu tour aboard the Observatory Vistadome Trains is an excellent way to experience the wonder of Machu Picchu in comfort and style. The Vistadome Observatory Train is a panoramic train class from the PeruRail company that provides stunning views of the Andean landscape and passes through remote villages and historic sites.

With a private tour guide in Machu Picchu, you can customize your itinerary and spend as much time as you want to explore Machu Picchu with your guide. Your guide will provide insightful commentary and ensure you get the most out of your visit.

During the tour, you will have the opportunity to explore the ancient citadel of Machu Picchu and learn about the history and culture of the Inca people. You can also take in the breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains and valleys from various viewpoints throughout the site.

After you tour Machu Picchu, you will return to Cusco aboard the Observatory Train. This train features panoramic windows, an open-air observatory car, and snacks, making for a truly unforgettable journey.

Tour Highlights:

  • All-inclusive private tour to Machu Picchu.
  • Travel on the Observatory Train with stunning Sacred Valley views.
  • Enjoy lunch at the Machu Picchu Hotel.
  • Private tour guide from hotel to hotel.
  • Book with Confidence and Flexibility

Schedule at a glance:

The private Machu Picchu tour on board the Vistadome Observatory train will start from your hotel in Cusco or the Sacred Valley and finish back at your hotel.  

  • 5:30 am - Pickup from your hotel in Cusco and transfer to the Ollantaytambo train station
  • 7:45 am - Board the Vistadome Observatory Train to Aguas Calientes
  • 9:15 am - Arrival at Aguas Calientes town (Machu Picchu pueblo)
  • 9:30 am - Take a bus up to Machu Picchu and enter the site
  • 10:00 am - Begin the guided tour of Machu Picchu, which will last around 2-3 hours. Your guide will show you the site's highlights, viewpoints, the Temple of the Sun, and the most remarkable places.
  • 1:00 pm - Lunch at Machu Picchu Sanctuary Lodge Hotel
  • 3:00 pm - Return to Aguas Calientes, optional visit to the hot springs or shopping
  • 4:22 pm - Board the Observatory Train back to Ollantaytambo
  • 6:00 pm - Arrival at the Ollantaytambo train station and transfer back to your hotel in Cusco
  • 8:00 pm - Arrival back to your hotel in Cusco city

This itinerary allows you to explore Machu Picchu at a leisurely pace while still having time to enjoy the fantastic views of the Vistadome Observatory Trains and the charming town of Aguas Calientes. Of course, this itinerary can be customized based on your preferences and schedule so that you can tailor the tour to your needs.

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Included:

  • Pick up from your hotel in Cusco or Sacred Valley
  • Private van from Cusco to Ollantaytambo
  • Vistadome Observatory Round-trip
  • Bus up and down to Machu Picchu
  • Entrance ticket  to Machu Picchu
  • Lunch at Machu Picchu Sanctuary Lodge Hotel
  • Private Tour guide (from hotel to hotel)
  • The tour will finish at your hotel

Not Included:

  • Breakfast
  • Travel Insurance
  • Other meals not mentioned

Know before you book:

  • You can upgrade to luxury trains or downgrade.

Tour Itinerary of Machu Picchu Private Tour

Cusco – Ollantaytambo – Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu – Cusco

Your tour guide will pick you up from your hotel in Cusco at 5:30 a.m. and transfer you to the Ollantaytambo train station, where you will board the Vistadome Observatory train to Aguas Calientes. The train journey takes 1 hour and 30 minutes, transitioning from the highlands of Ollantaytambo into the cloud forest, following the Urubamba River. This route shows a rapid change in landscape, offering passengers a unique perspective of the Andean scenery.

Upon arrival in Aguas Calientes town (also known as Machu Picchu Pueblo), your tour guide will allow some free time for coffee or snacks before you embark on a scenic 30-minute bus ride up to the Machu Picchu citadel.

A guided tour of Machu Picchu typically lasts between 2 to 3 hours. Your guide will lead you through the site's main features, including viewpoints, the Temple of the Sun, and the Temple of the Condor. They will provide insights into the significance and functions of these structures and their connection to Inca culture. Beyond the main areas, your guide might introduce you to some lesser-known parts of Machu Picchu that are not usually covered in group tours. You may also hear fascinating anecdotes and stories that add depth to your experience of this ancient site.

After exploring Machu Picchu, you will be treated to a sumptuous lunch at the Belmond Sanctuary Lodge, the only hotel situated adjacent to the historic site. This five-star establishment boasts a restaurant offering an array of international and Peruvian cuisine, complemented by breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains and valleys. The buffet lunch at the Belmond Sanctuary Lodge emphasizes fresh, locally sourced ingredients, including produce grown in the hotel's own gardens, ensuring a dining experience that is both exquisite and authentically Peruvian.

Following the tour, you will return to Aguas Calientes by bus. Here, you have the option to explore the town, and enjoy some shopping. Afterwards, you will board the Vistadome observatory train to return to Ollantaytambo and then board a private van back to Cusco. Your estimated arrival time back at your hotel in Cusco is 8:00 PM.

The Vistadome Observatory train, after the Hiram Bingham Luxury Train, stands out as the only service permitting passengers to move freely between carriages. It also features an Observatory Lounge, where your tour guide will highlight the most stunning landscapes and sights observed during the train ride. The journey is further enriched with live shows and music, creating an unforgettable experience as you travel through the heart of the Andes to the ancient Inca citadel of Machu Picchu.

Machu Picchu Private tour price

Price per person:

  • From US$ 450 - Adults
  • From US$ 420 - Children and students

To book the Machu Picchu Private Tour, you need to make an initial payment of US$ 200 per person; the remaining balance can be paid online or at our office in Cusco with any credit card. 


Student Discount:

  • US$ 30 off per person

All travelers under 17 have a $30 discount. If you are 25 years old or under when traveling, you can get the discount with your Student ID. Please send us an email to receive 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

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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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Private Machu Picchu Tour - Travel Info

What to Bring:

If you're planning a private tour of Machu Picchu, it's essential to pack appropriately to ensure you have everything you need. Here's a suggested packing list:

  • Daypack: A small backpack or daypack will be necessary to carry your personal belongings, snacks, water, and any other items you might need during the tour.
  • Hiking shoes: You'll be doing a lot of walking and hiking, so comfortable and sturdy shoes are a must. Make sure they are well broken-in before the trip.
  • Comfortable clothing: Choose lightweight, breathable clothing that will keep you comfortable during the day. Layering is essential, as the temperature can change quickly.
  • Rain gear: Pack a rain jacket or poncho for sudden rain showers. The weather in Machu Picchu can be unpredictable, so it's best to be ready for anything.
  • Hat and sunglasses: Protect your face and eyes from the sun by bringing a hat and sunglasses.
  • Sunscreen: Even on cloudy days, the sun in Machu Picchu can be strong. Bring sunscreen with a high SPF to avoid getting burnt.
  • Insect repellent: You may encounter mosquitoes and other bugs during the tour, so pack insect repellent to avoid bites.
  • Water bottle: Stay hydrated by bringing a reusable water bottle that you can refill throughout the day.
  • Snacks: Pack energy bars, trail mix, or other snacks to keep you fueled during the tour.
  • Camera: Finally, don't forget to bring a camera or smartphone to capture all the amazing sights and experiences of your private Machu Picchu tour.

Keep in mind that if you're visiting during the rainy season (December to March), you may need to pack additional items, such as waterproof shoes and a change of clothing.

Vistadome Observatory train: 

The Vistadome Observatory Train is a luxurious train that provides stunning panoramic views of the Andean landscape and passes through remote villages and historic sites on its journey to Machu Picchu. The train features large panoramic windows that allow for unobstructed views of the surrounding mountains and valleys.

The Vistadome Observatory Train also has a unique observatory car with a glass roof that provides even better views of the passing scenery. This car also has comfortable lounge chairs where you can relax and enjoy the journey while sipping on a complimentary hot or cold beverage.

In addition to the spectacular views, the Vistadome Observatory Train also features a live music and dance show that showcases the cultural heritage of the Andean region. The show includes traditional music and dance performances that are accompanied by colorful costumes and props.

Benefits of a Private Tour Guide: 

There are many benefits to having a private tour guide in Machu Picchu. Here are some of the key advantages:

  • Personalized attention: With a private tour guide, you'll have personalized attention throughout your visit to Machu Picchu. Your guide will be able to tailor the tour to your interests and answer your questions.
  • Flexibility: A private tour guide can work with you to create an itinerary that meets your specific needs and schedule. You'll have the flexibility to explore the site at your own pace and focus on the areas that interest you most.
  • In-depth knowledge: A private tour guide will have in-depth knowledge of the history, culture, and architecture of Machu Picchu. They can provide insights into the significance of the site and share stories and anecdotes that will enhance your understanding and appreciation of this incredible Inca citadel.
  • Access to lesser-known areas: You may have the opportunity to explore some of the lesser-known areas of Machu Picchu that are not typically included in group tours. This can provide a more in-depth and nuanced understanding of the site.
  • Time-saving: A private tour guide can help you make the most of your time at Machu Picchu by prioritizing the most important areas to you and avoiding crowds during peak times.

A private tour guide in Machu Picchu can help you make the most of your visit to this incredible Inca citadel and provide a more personalized, informative, and enjoyable experience.

Machu Picchu Private Tour - Frequently Asked Questions

Below are some frequently asked questions about private tours of Machu Picchu:

What is a private Machu Picchu tour?

A private Machu Picchu tour is a personalized experience with exclusive access to a private guide who can tailor the tour to your preferences and pace. You'll have the flexibility to customize your itinerary based on your interests and schedule.

What is the best time of day to visit Machu Picchu?

The best time of day to visit Machu Picchu is early in the morning or late in the afternoon when the crowds are smaller and the light is better for photography.

When is the best time to visit Machu Picchu on a private tour?

The best time to visit Machu Picchu on a private tour is during the dry season, which runs from April to October. During this time, you'll have clearer skies and less chance of rain. However, remember that this is also the busiest time of year, so booking your tour in advance is essential.

Can I book a private Machu Picchu tour in advance?

You must book your Machu Picchu private tour far in advance through a reputable tour operator or travel agency. It's recommended to book in advance, especially during the high season, to ensure availability and secure your preferred date and time.

Can I customize my private tour of Machu Picchu?

A private tour of Machu Picchu can be customized to your interests and preferences. You can discuss your choices with your tour guide and adjust the itinerary.

Do I need a permit for this tour?

You'll need a Machu Picchu ticket to participate in this tour permit.

Is a private tour of Machu Picchu worth it?

Yes, a private tour of Machu Picchu can be a worthwhile investment for those who want a personalized experience and more flexibility in their itinerary. You can explore the ruins at your own pace and ask your private guide as many questions as you have.

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