MACHU PICCHU BY TRAIN – 1 DAY
Machu Picchu is an Inca citadel constructed in the 15th Century, probably during the Reign of the Inca Pachacutec (1438 – 1470). It has been elected as one of the seven marvels of the modern world. It is believed that it was constructed for two principal motives – as a religious sanctuary and as retreat for the Nobles. It was neither a fort nor a hiding place as proposed by some authorities.
What makes Machu Picchu such a special place is the combination of impressive structures and the spectacular geography. It is located about 130 km to the north west of Cusco high above the Vilcanota River. It is surrounded by abundant vegetation as it is found at the edge of the jungle on a series of hills at an altitude of 2,438 metres above sea level and around 450m above the valley floor, thus creating some amazing views.
Duration: All day from about 4 a.m. to 9 p.m.
You will be collected from your hotel and then taken to Ollantaytambo by private van or collective bus depending upon the program you have chosen. From there you will travel by train through verdant scenery to the small town of Aguas Calientes.
From the train station at Aguas Calientes you will be taken by bus to Machu Picchu. Once there you will be offered a guided tour of the site lasting about 2 hours.
There is an option of walking to the top of the Huayna Picchu hill. This is the high peak which appears in most of the typical photos of Machu Picchu. At the top there are important religious archaeological remains and, of course, there are amazing panoramic views. If you wish to climb Huayna Picchu it is necessary that you reserve with anticipation as there are limits both on the numbers of people allowed up each day and on the times that the ascent is permitted.
Another alternative is to return to Aguas Calientes in order to spend a few hours in this interesting town, which is accessible only by train – there is no connecting road. At the top of the village are some thermal baths, which are worth visiting.
In the afternoon or evening you will return to Ollantaytambo by train and then to Cusco by bus. There are different options for return times.
For those who have a little more time available we recommend that you spend a night in Aguas Calientes. This gives you the opportunity of exploring Machu Picchu at greater leisure and also of relaxing more time in the thermal baths. Besides there are other points of interest close by such as a butterfly garden and a sanctuary for the Spectacled Bear. If you have even more time available then it is definitely worth taking the train to the hydroelectric station and taking a van to Santa Teresa. Close by there are some thermal baths even more agreeable than those at Aguas Calientes.
We can help reserve hotels in both Aguas Calientes and Santa Teresa if you request this additional service.
COST OF TOUR
The Price Includes:
- Pick up from hotel
- Private or collective transport by van or bus between Cusco and Ollantaytambo and vice versa according to your program
- Train travel between Ollantaytambo and Aguas Calientes and vice versa. For international visitors the service offered is the Expedition and for Peruvians the local train unless other services are specifically requested. Other services are more costly.
- Bus from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu and vice versa
- A professional guide for the tour of Machu Picchu (2 hours)
- Entrance to Machu Picchu
The Price does not include:
- Meals or snacks
- Entrance to the thermal baths of Aguas Calientes
04.00 a.m. Pick up from hotel and bus travel to Ollantaytambo
06.10 a.m. Start of train journey to Aguas Calientes
07:40 a.m. Arrival in Aguas Calientes where the guide will be waiting
05.20 p.m. Leave Aguas Calientes
07.00 p.m. Arrival in Ollantaytambo.
08.45 p.m. Arrival in Cusco
Note: There are other possible times but they may affect the cost