Machu Picchu Tours by Train

Description

Machu Picchu Tours by Train

The Tour to Machu Picchu is for most travellers in Peru a very special and impressive moment of their trip to Peru.

Machu Picchu, the old Inca Citadel, was discovered by archaeologist Hiram Bingham in 1911 after 500 years of lying hidden and untouched in the cloud forest of Peru. These ruins are undoubtedly one of the most beautiful and enigmatic ancient sites in the world. The 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.

Machu Picchu Tour

For your Machu Picchu Tour by train, you can choose from three different train types to Machu Picchu. First, there is the Backpacker or Expedition train; secondly, the more upgraded Vistadome. And finally, the expensive and luxurious Belmond Hiram Bingham train - each train service is priced differently according to the budget of our travellers. The prices and itineraries of those trains vary. All are operated by either Perurail or Incarail.

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.


Itinerary

For any of the Machu Picchu Tours, you will be picked up from the city center in Cusco and transferred to catch the train from either Poroy or Ollantaytambo station in the morning. Upon 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 Cusco.

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

Photos

Machu Picchu Tours by Train
Machu Picchu Tours by Train
Machu Picchu Tours by Train

Practical Information

  • Roundtrip transport from the city center of Cusco to the train station.
  • Roundtrip train tickets Poroy/Ollantaytambo - Aguas Calientes.
  • Roundtrip bus ticket Aguas Calientes - Machu Picchu.
  • Entrance fee for Machu Picchu.
  • Guided tour on Machu Picchu with professional bilingual guide (English/Spanish)
  • Meals, but only:
    • Expedition: small snack.
    • Vistadome: breakfast on the way and a small 'brunch' on return.
    • Hiram Bingham: all meals, snacks, and drinks.


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.
Included
  • Roundtrip transport from the city center of Cusco to the train station.
  • Roundtrip train tickets Poroy/Ollantaytambo - Aguas Calientes.
  • Roundtrip bus ticket Aguas Calientes - Machu Picchu.
  • Entrance fee for Machu Picchu.
  • Guided tour on Machu Picchu with professional bilingual guide (English/Spanish)
  • Meals, 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
  • Transfer from your accommodation in Cusco to the pick-up spot in the city center of Cusco
  • TIP for your guide (per person we suggest a voluntary tip to the guide of between US$ 3 - US$ 5).
  • All other meals than 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.

Alternative Tours
You might also want to read
Videos
Classic Inca Trail 4D/ 3N
Classic Inca Trail 4D/ 3N
The Inca Trail follows in the ancient footsteps of the Inca's towards the world famous Lost City of the Incas, Machu Picchu. It was...
Ziplining in the Sacred Valley
Ziplining in the Sacred Valley
Ziplining in the Sacred Valley presents an opportunity for people of all ages to fly over beautiful scenery. A safe and fun experience,...
Choquekirao Trek
Choquekirao Trek
This is a spectacular though challenging hike that crosses the Canyon of the Apurimac River and ends up at the mysterious ruins of...
Biking Tour Patacancha, Willoq & Ollanta
Biking Tour Patacancha, Willoq & Ollanta
We will start at 8:00am travelling to Ollantaytambo by public bus. On arrival we will then take another bus to Patacancha. The route to...