Train to Machu Picchu Tour

Train to Machu Picchu Tour

Train ride from Cusco to Aguas Calientes and a tour of Machu Picchu
Activity Level: 1  | Duration: 2 days, 1 night | Group Size: 2-16 | Price: $415

Overview

This 2-day trip allows you to travel by train through the Sacred Valley on your way to visiting the iconic Machu Picchu. 

On the first day, you will take a train from Cusco to Aguas Calientes, which is beautiful a town directly below Machu Picchu Park. 

On the second day, you will have a professionally guided tour of Machu Picchu, one of the Seven Wonders of the World!  You will experience the majesty of these iconic ruins before taking a train back to Cusco. 

Trip Highlights

  • Professionally guided tour of Machu Picchu
  • Glass-domed train ride from Cusco, through the Sacred Valley
  • Dinner at a local restaurant in Aguas Calientes
  • Sunrise over the ruins of Machu Picchu (weather permitting)
  • No hiking or camping

Activities

  • Light Walking
  • Scenery
  • Culture
  • History
  • Great company

Accommodations

  • 1 night in a 3-star hotel in Aguas Calientes

WHAT'S INCLUDED:

TRANSPORTATION
All transportation for the trek.
This includes:
   - Pickup from your hotel in Cusco in a private van
   - Train ride from Cusco to Aguas Calientes
   - Bus ticket to Machu Picchu
   - Train ride from Machu Picchu back to Cusco
   - Private van pickup from train station and drop-off at your hotel in Cusco
SOME MEALS
We provide the following meals: 
   - Day 1: breakfast (at hotel), lunch and dinner
   - Day 2: breakfast (at hotel)

NOTE: Please notify our staff of any food allergies or restrictions, and we will ensure that the food is prepared properly.
PROFESSIONAL GUIDES
Kusa Treks strives for greatness and this begins and ends with our people. All of our Lead and Assistant Guides are locals to this region and studied Tourism and/or Archaeology in University. They are all fluent in English and are passionate about their work.

Trust us when we say, there is no better person to be on a trip with than a Kusa Treks guide. You will be in incredible hands!
PERMITS AND TICKETS
Once you pay the trip deposit, we will purchase your entrance tickets for Machu Picchu. The government issues this permit in your name, under your passport number, and for a specific time-frame; they cannot be changed once confirmed, which is why the initial deposit is non-refundable after 24 hours.

We will also secure your train ticket back to Cusco at this time.
HOTEL
1 night in a 3-star hotel in Aguas Calientes

WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED:

SOME MEALS
The following meals are not provided: 
   - Day 2: Lunch and Dinner
HUYANA PICCHU PERMIT
Huayna Picchu is the pointy, tall mountain in the background of all the pictures of Machu Picchu. Tickets to climb it are available for travelers who wish to hike up an ancient staircase to the top of Machu Picchu's sister mountain.

Hiking to the top provides adventurers with incredible, unique views of Machu Picchu. This secondary hike will have a 1-hour ascent, 15 minutes to take selfies and high-five at the top of the mountain, and then a 45-minute descent.

The ascent and descent are pretty steep, but totally worth it!

Price: $75 USD per person

NOTE: Tickets to ascend Huayna Picchu are limited and sold on a first-come-first-serve basis. We cannot guarantee permit availability less than 6 months before a trip start date.
VISTA DOME TRAIN
For your trip back from Machu Picchu to Cusco, we will book tickets on a "regular" train called the Expedition Train. However, there are several train upgrade options available, the most popular of which is known as the "Vista Dome Train".

The Vista Dome train has glass walls and a glass ceiling, which provide panoramic views of the surrounding beautiful Andes mountain-side. Tickets include in-trip meals and entertainment.

Price: $70 USD per ticket
INTERNATIONAL FLIGHTS
This tour begins and ends in Cusco, Peru. You are responsible for getting to Cusco.

We do offer a flight booking service. The price for international flights will depend on origin city, time of travel and preferred class of cabin. If you are interested in having us book your flights, please inform our team at the time of booking.
HOTEL(S) IN CUSCO
We include accommodations you will need for the 2 days and 1 night of this tour. We highly recommend that you arrive to Cusco at least 2 full days before starting a trek to ensure proper acclimation to the high elevation.

You are responsible for booking your own hotels in Cusco before and after the tour.

As with flights, we do offer a hotel booking service. The price for hotels in Cusco will depend on your preferred class of hotel. If you are interested in having us book your hotels, please inform our team at the time of booking.

Pricing:

GROUP TOUR PRICE: $415 
A "group tour" means you will be paired with other people that are doing the same hike on the same date as you.

PRIVATE TOUR PRICES: A "private tour" is just your group and our guides.
2 - 3 People: $485
4 - 6 People: $460
7 - 9 People: $435
9+ People: $415

PRICES ARE PER PERSON AND IN U.S. DOLLARS ($)

Solo Traveler? We require a minimum of 2 people to guarantee a trip start date. For solo travelers, we will do everything possible to pair you with an existing group on, or close to, your preferred start date. In the event that we do not have a group doing your desired trip during the dates you are available, we can find a “partner company” to pair you with. Also, please note that single supplement charge may apply. 

MACHU PICCHU BY TRAIN TOUR ITINERARY:

High Level Itinerary:

DAY 1: Train Ride From Cusco To Aguas Calientes

Pick up from your hotel in Cusco at 7AM. Enjoy a train ride on a Vista Dome train through the stunning Sacred Valley to Aguas Calientes. Free afternoon/evening in Aguas Calientes.

DAY 2: Machu Picchu!

Early wake up. 20-minute bus ride to Machu Picchu. Full day tour of the world famous Machu Picchu. Train ride back to Cusco, arrival between 7-8pm.


Details For Each Day

DAY 1: Vista Dome Train to Aguas Calientes
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Walking Time: 1-2 hours

Your journey to Machu Picchu will start with a Kusa Treks van picking you up from your hotel in Cusco at 7AM. You will take a short ride to the train station where you’ll board a Vista Dome train to Aguas Calientes. The Vista Dome is an upgraded train with large glass walls and a glass ceiling that provide amazing views of the surrounding area on your trip through the Sacred Valley to Machu Picchu.

The trip to Aguas Calientes is around 3 hours and has breathtaking views of the Sacred Valley along the way. During the trip you will see: glaciers, mountains, lush valleys, Inca terraces, rivers and much more. A Kusa Treks guide will meet you at the train station and take you to your hotel.

You have several different options for what you’d like to do this afternoon (your guide is an excellent source of information and advice):

  • Explore the quaint town of Aguas Calientes, which has many superb shops, restaurants and several indoor/outdoor markets
  • Catch a ride or walk to the hot springs, just outside of town
  • Discover the Mandor Gardens and Waterfalls
  • Visit the Machu Picchu Museum in town, or
  • Relax in your hotel and prepare for your adventure tomorrow

DAY 2: Machu Picchu!
  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Walking Time: 3-4 hours
MORNING

Today you will discover Machu Picchu, the world famous Sacred City of the Incas. It is entirely up to you when you would like to start this exciting day, but the majority of travelers choose to wake up around 4:30AM. This allows you to eat a quick breakfast and head over the bus station where you will attempt to catch the first bus from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu.

The drive to reach Machu Picchu Park is 25 minutes uphill on a road full of switchbacks. The gates to Machu Picchu open at 6AM as the sun is rising over the lost city. It is truly magical to experience a sunrise over these ruins, as the mists part and the city rises from the clouds stone by stone. If you have permits to climb Huyana Picchu, your official guided tour of Machu Picchu will begin at 8AM and end at 10:30AM. If you chose not to hike Huyana Picchu, your tour will begin between 6 and 7AM and end between 9 and 10AM.

All of our guides have been to Machu Picchu hundreds of times and know this site incredibly well! Your guided tour will start with the impressive Temple of the Sun. You will see several iconic areas of Machu Picchu including: The Citadel, The Royal Tomb, the Main Plaza, the Condor Temple and much more.

NOTE: Due to new regulations (effective Jan 1. 2019), the paths that lead through Machu Picchu are all “one-way”, meaning you are not able to backtrack during your visit to Machu Picchu. Each visitor without a permit to climb Huyana Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain will have ~4 hours to spend inside the park, and those with permits to climb either Huyana Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain will have 6 total hours to spend inside the park (including the 2 hour climb).

AFTERNOON/EVENING

After touring Machu Picchu, your guide will take you to the bus stop just outside the gates of Machu Picchu Park. You will take this bus back to to Aguas Calientes. Depending on your train departure time (see below), you will either need to head straight to the train station, or you can go to one of the many fantastic restaurants in Aguas Calientes for lunch (not included).

There are several train class options for the ride back to Cusco. The main two trains are the “Expedition Train” (included in the price) and the “Vista Dome Train” (additional $70 USD per ticket). We usually try to get tickets for a train leaving in the 15:00 (3PM) hour, which will have you back to your hotel in Cusco around 19:00 (7PM).

If you have a preference for departure/arrival time and provide us with 4+ months notice, we are able to book tickets for the following departures: Expedition train departure times (train ticket included in price):

  • 15:20, 15:55, 16:20, 18:10

Vista Dome train departure times (additional $70 USD per ticket):

  • 15:20, 16:20, 17:10, 18:20
  • 13:37, $25 USD only available for those who do not do the Huyana Picchu hike

All trains that depart from Aguas Calientes will arrive at one of two stations:

  1. Ollantaytambo station, 2 hour drive back to Cusco
  2. Poray station, 30 minute drive back to Cusco

Your arrival station will depend on the time of year of your trip, departure time and class of train. Once you arrive to either station, a Kusa Treks van and driver will be waiting for you at the station to take you back to your hotel.

NOTE: Train times depend on: the number of people in your group, the time of year of your trip and the class of train you prefer.