Peru

Machupicchu - 2 Days | 1 Night

PROGRAM ITINERARY:

Looking for an unforgettable experience and enjoy the culture and the amazing landscapes and snow carpets mountains plus ride one of the most amazing train lines and having quite limited time, to really see that is about Cusco and Machu Picchu, this classic tour to Machu 
Picchu by train is made for you

Day 1: Cusco - Ollantaytambo - Aguas Calientes

We pick you up from your hotel at 10:00 am and transfer you to Ollantaytambo train station. Passing by a few small, colorful towns like Chinchero, Urubamba, Calca, etc. we finally arrive at Ollantaytambo, where we will have a few minutes to have a coffee before boarding the train, at 12:50 am. Then experience an incredible 2 hour journey on a train with panoramic windows which will take you along the Sacred River of the Incas ascending from high valley down to the cloud forest, at 2000 m. You will notice the landscape changing dramatically in front of your eyes, where you will be able to see the tropical mountain ending in snow carpet and the small waterfalls shimmering on the hills, forming small rivers that flow down to converge at the Sacred River. After these spectacular natural views you will arrive at Aguas Calientes (Machu Picchu town) where the warm atmosphere will welcome you with a few typical jungle sounds.
Green Peru adventures staff and a tour guide will be waiting with your name at the gate of the train station in Aguas Calientes and take you to your Hostel. In the afternoon you will have plenty of free time, the guide will give you a few tips about what to do or visit, but we do recommend, the Botanical garden, new Machu Picchu museum or taking a walk along the train line to Mandor waterfall where there is also a botanic garden with native plants of the area (10 soles entrance fee).
If you are looking for extreme adventure and you do not suffer from vertigo, climb Putucusi Mountain and you will have an alternative view of Machu Picchu (aprox.3hrs, with a steep gradient including ladders up to 20m each, not recommended in rainy season).
Please be at 7:00 pm at your hotel, the tour guide will come to give you a briefing for the next day's tour.

Day 2: Machu Picchu:

The day you were waiting for! Optional wake up early for breakfast starting our day by climbing or taking the bus up to the entrance of the famous Inca Citadel of Machu Picchu, the “Lost City of the Incas.” At 5:30 am. Avoiding the crowds, you will be one of the first visitors of the day. At 7:45 am your bilingual tour guide will take you around the vast ruins for about 2.5 hrs, in case you don’t want to wake up early, please take the bus at 7 am.
Comprehensively explaining its historical significance and place in the Inca Empire. After this you have some free time to wander around. Machu Picchu is the best known of the Inca ruins, as it is recognized worldwide, yet it is not mentioned in any of the writings of the Spanish Conquistadors. It is believed to have been constructed around the mid-15th century and was “rediscovered” by American historian Hiram Bingham in 1911. The guided tour of this fascinating place is an unforgettable experience. Visit the Main Square, the Royal Quarters, the Temple of the Three Windows, the Circular Towers, the Sacred Sun Dial and Burial Grounds. After the excursion you can hike up the mountain behind Machu Picchu “Huayna Picchu “where you will have stunning views over the whole complex! However there are only 400 persons per day allowed, therefore you must let us know in advance. This, we have to book it when we reserve your tour and has a cost of $10 plus. Optional unguided walks include Inti Punko, the “SUN GATE” the traditional end of the Inca Trail, duration 45 mins and the Inca Bridge, duration 1 hr. Otherwise simply relax and take in the awe inspiring atmosphere. After your free time you can walk down to the town of Aguas Calientes for a late lunch or a dip in the hot springs (not included). In the afternoon you take the train back.
A frequent bus service takes visitors back to Aguas Calientes, where you will catch the train to Ollantaytambo (at 06:40 pm please be 30 minutes before de departure) and then take the tourist bus on to Cusco. 

IMPORTANT NOTES:

  • Take the bus to Aguas Calientes anytime, if you prefer to walk down through the jungle it will take you roughly 45 minutes. The train to return to Ollantaytambo is in the late afternoon at 7 pm and we recommend you to do that, so you can have more available time. If you want to comeback early afternoon please let us know we can book the eally train at 2:30 or 4:12 but hast a cost of USD$ 10 plus. so we can coordiante the early transfer from Ollanyatambo to Cusco.
  • At the entrance gate of Machu Picchu on your way out, you can stamp you passport with a Machu Picchu stamp which is totally legal.
  • Bring money in case you want use the toilet.
  • if you want a snack at the entrance of Machu Picchu (the cost is 10 times more than anywhere else).

WHAT IS INCLUDED ON THE TOUR:

  • Transfer from your hotel to Ollantayatambo train station.
  • .Entrance fee for Machu Picchu (US$20 discount with valid ISIC ID, please bring the original)
  • Tourist train tickets.
  • Bus both ways to Machu Picchu and down to Aguas Calientes
  • Guided Tour 2.5 hours in Machu Picchu
  • Transfer back from Ollantaytambo to  Cusco

WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED ON THE TOUR:

  •  Guided tour on Day 1
  •  Climbing to Huayna  Picchu US$10 (if you book it two weeks in advance)
  •  Hot Springs 10 soles ($4)
  • Lunch and dinner
  •  Climb to Putucusi Mountain or walk to Mandor (any activity on the day 1)
  • Extra money (prices in Aguas Calientes can be higher than anywhere 
  • else in Peru)