On the Tour to Machu Picchu by Train you have the privileged experience of transporting yourself to the most important attraction of Cusco and one of the 7 Wonders of the Modern World in a full day of excitement and adventures.
This tour offers spectacular views of the Sacred Valley of the Incas and the Vilcanota River, until reaching the highest prize: the Sacred City of the Incas, Machu Picchu, where you can enjoy its mystique, archaeological sites and wonderful essence: Afterwards you will have the opportunity to spend an unforgettable afternoon in the last Living Inca Town, Ollantaytambo.
On the second day of this excursion you will start your Sacred valley tour by exploring the ancient fortress of Ollantaytambo; then you will head out to the archeological site of Moray and enjoy a super cool picnic while appreciating the majestic panoramic views of this sacred area,
Last but not least, you will visit the salt mines of Maras and finish your excursion by entering the Chinchero market.
Being one of the destinations with the highest demand in South America, the coordination of schedules, choice of train service, selection of places to visit, purchase of tickets in advance and planning are a guarantee of success and enjoyment of this adventure.
The private experience will allow you to adapt the schedule to avoid large groups of tourists and enjoy the tour with your private group.
At around 04:00 our guide will pick you up at your accommodation to start your trip. You will be traveling for about 1.5 hours to the train station in Ollantaytambo from where you will be taking a train ride to Aguas Calientes (average of 1.5 hours). Upon arrival, our professional guide will lead you to the tourist bus for the transfer to the citadel of Machu Picchu.
On the guided tour you visit the most important places, including the main temples, stairways, squares, roads, among other amazing spaces of this architectural complex, such as the Intiwatana.
After the guided tour, you have free time to explore this extraordinary World Heritage Site on your own. Our guide will indicate where and at what time they will meet again for the return.
In the tourist bus you return to Aguas Calientes to enjoy lunch and continue the adventure in this town, which can only be accessed by train or walking.
After that we will return on the train to Ollantaytambo, where you will be spending the night. You can either enjoy the rest of the afternoon/evening relaxing by the hotel or you can take an Uber to visit the small town (15 minutes away) and explore some cool artisanal galleries, grab some delicious coffee or a pint of local beer.
The adventure begins very early at 7:00 when our guide passes by your private group to the hotel, starting the journey to the Sacred Valley of the Incas. The trip will start in the town/fortress of Ollantaytambo to contemplate impressive constructions and agricultural terraces erected on the slopes of the mountains and get to know the last Living Inca People.
Then you discover the circular terraces of Moray, an archeological site that resemble a sunken amphitheater, and you will learn about the agricultural techniques used by the Incas.
At lunch time you will enjoy a delicious picnic in the middle of the Sacred Valley, where you will appreciate the extraordinary Andean landscape that runs through the Vilcanota river.
Next you will visit the Maras salt mines, one of the largest salt extraction centers of prehispanic origin, an impressive landscape filled with thousands of individual salt pools on a hillside. Last but not least, you will visit the town/market of Chincheros, where you will learn some ancient textile and coloring techniques plus also have the chance to buy some great souvenirs from your trip to Peru.
Food - Breakfast Day 2
Food - Lunch Day 2
Entrance Fee / Tickets to Machu Picchu & Sacred Valley
Transportation - Round Trip from Cuzco to Aguas Calientes to Oyantaytambo to Cuzco
WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED
Food - Breakfast Day 1
Food - Lunch in Aguas Calientes Day 1
Food - Dinner in Ollantaytambo Day 1
Tips for vendors
Transportation - Flight from Lima-Cuzco-Lima
You will go back to Cusco after visiting Machu Picchu + Sacred Valley. Accommodation for that night is not included.
THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW
Difficulty Level - Medium
Altitude - We recommend to arrive early the day before to Cuzco so they can get adjusted to the altitude
No refunds - There will be no refund in case of delayed flights, train delays, bad weather or other external factors.
Itinerary - Due to environmental, climatic or other factors, beyond the vendors control, the travel itinerary may vary. If so, it will be notified promptly.
Omar is your host for the weekend. He is a local from Peru and a friend to Remote Year. He was the previous City Manager in Lima and can't wait to meet more Remotes while experiencing Machu Picchu together.
MINIMUM TO OPERATE
DEADLINE TO BOOK
16 days prior to the start date
Frequently Asked Questions
Sacred Valley was the most fun 2-day adventure i've ever had the privilege of attending. Flor, our guide, was an absolute gem! She was intelligent, warm, welcoming, and had the sweetest daughter who joined us for the day. She was amazing with our group, and so helpful to those who were struggling with altitude issues (which will def happen). The hotel was beautiful, the campfire was a highlight, the picnic on day 2 with llamas was great. The bus ride is rough, not going to lie, but you are literally driving into the jungle where roads a scarce. Pack some motion sickness tablets, snacks, and plenty of water. I never felt rushed, we had beautiful weather, and it was a great chance to bond with our RY community!
Wow, what a way to see this incredible highlight of the Andes. Our guide was super accommodating, knowledgable, funny and kind and I wouldn't have wanted to do it without her.
Certainly a highlight of our entire trip.
Jam-packed weekend full of bucket list items! The invaluable part of booking Machu Picchu through Marketplace/RY is the logistics are taken care of - there are so many different components and trip-legs to the weekend. Flor - from Guru explorers - was an amazing, knowledgable guide throughout the weekend.
Personal experience: Bring a carry-on bag plus a small backpack for a "day bag". Pack snacks and bring a pillow to nap during van transitions to the next activity. Consider booking a hotel/hostel through the whole weekend so you can leave your "carry-on bag" in one location for the night-over component. The accommodations included are great - we stayed at Del Pilar Ollantaytambo - I plan to recommend to friends/family visiting Machu Picchu in the future.
Llamas and Alpacas - included!!!
The lunch with the llamas in a picturesque place was favorite. Every part of this experience was well thought out and amazing! Definitely worth the $$ and a must do in Peru.
Absolute highest recommendation. I would say it's medium level activity. It's definitely not leisure, but not as physical as the Inca Jungle adventure (which sounded so fun, by the way). Get to Cusco a day or 2 early to allow your body to acclimate to the altitude, so you can actually enjoy the activities.
You do not want to miss either this one or the Inca Jungle adventure. Totally worth every hike and penny.