Tour to Machu Picchu by train 2 days 1 night

The 2-day Tour to Machu Picchu by train is the perfect way to see this 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.

The Tour to Machu Picchu 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 buses 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.

Highlights of the 2-Day tour to Machu Picchu

  • 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)

Price per person: 450.USD   

To book the 2-Day tour to Machu Picchu, 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.

Student Discount:
All travelers under 17 will have a $40. If you are 25 years old or under at the time of traveling, you can get the 40$ discount with your student ID. Please advise by email to give you a code for the discount.


Itinerary

Day 1: Cusco – Aguas Calientes

We will pick you up from your hotel in Cusco at 7:00 am and transfer you to the San Pedro train station in Cusco so you can board the Expedition train to Aguas Calientes. The train ride to Aguas Calientes takes approximately 5 hours, traveling from the heights of Cusco to the cloud forest where Machu Picchu is located.

After arriving in Aguas Calientes at around 12:20 pm, you will check into your hotel and have the afternoon at your leisure in the town or explore the city and surroundings with your tour guide.

  • Pick from Hotel
  • Train ticket Included
  • Meals: Not Included
  • Hotel: Intipunku or Similar

Day 2: Machu Picchu – Cusco

After breakfast at your hotel, you will meet your guide to get on the first buses to Machu Picchu and explore the ancient citadel.

After the tour, you’ll have some free time to hike to Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain (optional-not included). In the late afternoon, take 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

Optional hikes after the Guided tour in Machu Picchu

Huayna Picchu Mountain – The walk takes 2 hours round trip. You must hike this mountain after the guided tour from 10:am to 11:am. The cost is 75$ per person.

Machu Picchu Mountain – The hike takes 3 hours round trip after the guided tour. The shift is from 8:am to 19:am. The cost is 75$ per person.


Included

  • 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

Not Included

  • Huayna Picchu Mountain
  • Machu Picchu Picchu Mountain (different from Machu Picchu Citadel)
  • Meals
  • Tips for our staff
  • Travel Insurance: Strongly recommended

What to take on the 2-Day tour to Machu Picchu

  • Original Passport (No Photocopy accepted)
  • Student card, if you booked as a student.
  • Rain gear, Ponchos, jackets, two sets of clothing
  • Warm clothes, T-shirts, Comfortable pants
  • Sun hat, Sun cream, Insect repellant
  • Toiletries, Personal medication
  • Extra Money for souvenirs
  • Small Comfortable backpack for Machu Picchu

Covid-19 measures to keep you safe during traveling

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The full itinerary of the Tour to Machu Picchu 2 days 1 night

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 March, 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, Ollantaytambo, and follow the Urubamba River as it snakes 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 and board the first buses to Machu Picchu and arrive at the main gate of Machu Picchu. You must show the entry tickets and original passport to enter the citadel. 

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, and have free time to explore on your own or hike the extra mountains: Huayna Picchu Mountain or Machu Picchu Mountain (both optional-not included).

Next, you’ll take the bus back to Aguas Calientes town, have lunch, look around 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

 

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 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 New Seven Wonders of the World 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 taking the Classic Inca Trail hike. 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. Along the way, you'll pass through pristine rainforests, small villages, and incredible archaeological sites. 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 Trai, the best way to get to Machu Picchu is by train. You can take the train from Cusco train station, Poroy, or Ollantaytambo train station. Whichever way you choose to go, getting to Machu Picchu is an unforgettable experience.

What are the hours for Machu Picchu?

Machu Picchu is open every day from 6am to 5pm. 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 Machu Picchu and enter in the designated time. 

What are the circuits in Machu Picchu?

When you visit Machu Picchu, the place is divided in different circuits, each with its own unique features. The most famous circuit is circuit number 2 and the 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: The circuit 1 is similar to the circuit 2, Includes the view points and allows you to access the center of Machu Picchu, you will not be able to access to the northern area of Machu Picchu where is the Huayna Picchu entrance.

Circuit number 2: The longest circuit, allows you to access to 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 is the most important buildings, such as the Temple of the Sun, Palace of the Inca, the water fountains, the mirrors, and exits the citadel. You will have access to the view points.

Circuit number 4: This circuits part of the Huayna Pichcu ticket and Huchuy ïcchu Tickets. You will be able to access all the lower part of Machu picchu including the circuit 3 and northern area of Machu picchu where is the Huayna Picchu Mountain.

Circuit number 5: Allows yu to access the lower part where is the circuit 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 does vary throughout the year, so depending on your preferences, you may want to plan your trip for a certain time of year. 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 $25 USD for students. If you want to buy the Huayna Picchu Mountain or Machu Picchu Mountain the cost is 75$ per person.

What is the Classic Inca Trail?

The Inca Trail is a network of ancient trails that lead from the Sacred Valley to Machu Picchu. The trail was built by the Incas and is still used today by tourists and locals alike. The Inca Trail starts at Kilometer 82, near the town of Ollantaytambo, and ends at Machu Picchu.

The Inca Trail is a popular tourist destination, as it offers stunning views of the Andes Mountains and Machu Picchu and is home to many Inca ruins, including the site of Llactapata, Intipata, wiñaywayna, and Sungate. 

There are several things to keep in mind when planning a trip on the Inca Trail. First, it is important to obtain a permit in advance, as only 500 people are allowed on the trail per day (including porters and guides). Second, it is necessary to be in good physical shape for the hike, as it can be quite strenuous at times. Finally, it is important to be prepared for changes in weather conditions, as the trail goes through a wide range of climate zones.

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 Cuscowill depart form the city, also if you need to travel to other regions, you need to bard the buses, trains, flights from Cusoc 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:

1. 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.

2. You can also store you luggage with us, we do not charge for this service. 

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