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Machu Picchu Tours by Train


Machu Picchu Tours by Train Machu Picchu - the world famous Lost City of the Inca's was rediscovered by archaeologist Hiram Bingham in 1911 after 500 years of lying hidden and untouched in the cloud forest. These ruins are undoubtedly one of the most beautiful and enigmatic ancient sites in the world. This small but extraordinary city perched atop a mountain at 2,430m is invisible from below and completely self-contained - it is surrounded by agricultural terraces sufficient to feed the population, and watered by natural springs.

Most interestingly, it is clear that Machu Picchu was no ordinary Incan city - its layout and architecture suggests that it was utilized as a secret and exclusive ceremonial settlement rather than a population centre.

There are three different Machu Picchu Tours, according to the different train services that run to Machu Picchu: the Back Packer Train, the Vistadome Train and the Hiram Bingham Train, each priced differently for the budget of different travelers.

The Expedition Train
This is the cheapest service but still a comfortable mode of travel to Machu Picchu. They offer an on-board snack.

The Vistadome Train
Compared to the Expedition train, this service is better. The type of carriage has large panoramic windows offering better views, and the train offers breakfast on board, depending on the time of the train. In summary the Vistadome is a more comfortable service.

The Hiram Bingham Train
A luxury voyage; for those who want to make the most out of their excursion to Machu Picchu. Afternoon tea in the famous Machu Picchu Sanctuary Lodge is included, located at the entrance of the archaeological complex. A professional guide will also accompany you throughout the days visit, including on the train.


For any of the Machu Picchu Tours, you will be picked up from your hotel in Cusco and transferred to catch the train from either Poroy or Ollantaytambo station in the morning. On arrival in Aguas Calientes you will meet your guide at the station and go directly by public bus up to Machu Picchu ruins. Once there you'll have a tour of approximately 2 hours, followed by free time. Your return train will be booked for the late afternoon or evening and you will be picked up from either Ollantaytambo or Poroy station and transferred to your hotel.

There are many different train services running between Aguas Calientes, Ollantaytambo and Poroy each day. For this reason no fixed itinerary exists for this excursions - times of train departure and return depend solely on availability though of course we will try our best to meet your requests.

Important notes
  • All train services will depart from and return to Poroy (25 min.) or Ollantaytambo (1,5 - 2 hrs) (subject to availability).
  • The Hiram Bingham service does not operate on Sundays.
  • The permit to access Wayna Picchu Mountain needs to be booked separately and advisable well in advance.


Practical Information

Leaving: Daily
Transport: Train and Bus
Length: 1 day
Price: Contact us
Others: Please note that all itineraries are subject to change

Bring With You
  • Day Pack
  • Good Shoes
  • Rain Jacket or a Poncho
  • Water and Snacks (there are no shops in Machu Picchu)
  • Hat or Cap to protect you from the sun or the cold
  • Sun Block
  • Insect Repellent
  • Camera
  • Swimsuit (if you decide to stay the night in Aguas Calientes you can visit the hot springs)
  • Original passport and ISIC Card (if you have one). Photocopies are not acceptable.
  • Return transport and train from accommodation in Cusco to Aguas Calientes.
  • Return train tickets Poroy/Ollantaytambo - Aguas Calientes.
  • Return bus ticket Aguas Calientes - Machu Picchu.
  • Entrance fee for Machu Picchu.
  • Guided tour on Machu Picchu with professional bilingual guide (English/Spanish)
  • Food, but only:
    • Expedition: small snack.
    • Vistadome: breakfast on the way and a small 'brunch' on return.
    • Hiram Bingham: all meals, snacks, and drinks.
Not Included
  • TIP for your guide (per person we suggest a voluntary tip to the guide of between US$ 3 - US$ 5).
  • All other meals then mentioned above.
Additional Options

It is possible to combine a visit to Machu Picchu with a visit to the Sacred Valley: in that case you do not take the train in Cusco but in Ollantaytambo, in the Sacred Valley.
Another option is to stay for the night in Aguas Calientes and visit the ruins of Machu Picchu (again) on the Second Day.
For more information on hotel options in Aguas Calientes, or to book a hotel, please contact us.
You can also visit the famous Hot Water Springs in Aguas Calientes.

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