Machu Picchu by Train 2D/1N
Price: $420USD Per person
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Note: The hotel must be booked in the main town due to the early pick up for our services we are unable to go to the Airbnb as most of them do not have a name or address easy to find and some of them are located far away from the main town.
Day 1: Poroy – Aguas Calientes – Mandor Gardens
We will pick you up at 6:50 a.m., from your hotel and take you to the most convenient train station, according to availability and weather. During your breathtaking train ride, you will see glaciers, snow-capped peaks, lush, green valleys and Incan farming terraces and ruins. Before your arrive in Aguas Clients (2000 m/6000 ft above sea level), you will enter the subtropical areas with bromiliads and ferns. Our representative will meet you just outside the train station and take you to your hotel. You will have a free afternoon to visit the hot springs, Mandor Gardens and waterfalls or the Machu Picchu museum.
Dinner that evening will be at the best restaurant in Aguas Calientes, Indio Feliz.
Hotel Included: La Cabaña (or similar)
Meals Included: Dinner at Indio Feliz, breakfast at your hotel
Entrance Tickets: Included
Day 2: Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu – Cusco
After an early breakfast at your hotel, you will take a 25 minute bus to the ruins. The buses run as a shuttle system, starting at 5:30 a.m. If you prefer, you may hike along the Inca trail instead of taking the bus. This trail will take about one hour and 30 minutes. For further instructions on the hike, be sure to consult your tour guide.
Once in Machu Picchu, you will have a two hour private, guided tour followed by some time for you to explore on your own. If you choose to book a permit to climb Huayna Picchu (or Machu Picchu Mountain), that will be your next adventure. The Sun Gate one hour climb is also available and free to all. Usual train departure to Ollantaytambo is in the afternoon, followed by a bus to your hotel in Cusco.
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If you prefer to climb Huayna Picchu for an extra $35, this needs to be booked in advance. It is a challenging 45 minutes to the top. The other option is to climb Machu Picchu Mountain (this is different than Machu Picchu citadel). This is an extremely challenging, steep, yet beautiful hike. It costs $35 per person for the 90 minute hike.
Professional Guides: All of our guides studied English and tourism at Cusco National University. They all grew up in this region and have a true passion to teach others about their heritage. They are fun yet professional, and will ensure you are safe and happy.
Hotel: This tour includes a one night stay in a hotel in Aguas Calientes, the town below Machu Picchu. Typically, we book at a 3 star hotel, like La Cabaña (or similar). Your booked hotel will be listed on your confirmed invoice. Upgrades are always possible.
Transportation: All your transportation is included on this tour. You will be picked up directly from your hotel and brought to either the Poroy or Ollantaytambo train station. Following, you will take a four hour train to Aguas Calientes and check into your hotel. While your expedition train is part of the tour package, it can be upgraded to the Vistadome train. It is $100 per person if you choose to upgrade, for both directions, or $65 per person for a one way upgrade.
Indio Feliz: You will enjoy dinner at the best restaurant in Aguas Calientes. Here, your guide will also begin your Inca history lessons to begin making the ruins you will see the following day, come alive.
Huayna Picchu: Huayna Picchu is the mountain that stands next to Machu Picchu. It is a 45 minute hike to the top. Going back down is quite steep, if you are scared of heights. This is done without your tour guide, after your tour of Machu Picchu. The cost is $35 per person. Arrangements need to be made at least one month in advance, due to popularity. Please understand that weather is out of our control.
As long as we have a minimum of two people, your train tours can leave any day of the week, twelve months a year.
$420 per person
La Cabaña (or similar)
This is a 3 star hotel. It is assumed you will share a room, either a double, matrimonial or triple. There is a single room surcharge of $60 per person, if you are booking alone. Rooms include private bathrooms with hot showers and wifi. We can also upgrade your hotel, if you prefer something fancier. Please remember that the service in Aguas Calientes may not be comparable to that of Cusco.
$20 off per person
Student discounts apply to anyone who has a valid Green ISIC card at the time of the trek or who is 17-years-old or younger. For those using an ISIC card to receive the discount, we need to see a copy of the card at booking. For those booking children 17-years-old or younger, we need a copy of their passport at booking time. Please send all to firstname.lastname@example.org.
More Information about ISIC STUDENT CARD
There are several optional upgrades you can include in this trip. Below is a quick list of prices, but check our Overview section for more details.
Huayna Picchu: $35 per person
Vistadome train (one way): $75 per person
Vistadome train (round trip): $120 per person
Getting to Cusco
The airport in Cusco currently is only for domestic flights, so all international travelers by plane must disembark in Lima and go through Customs. Even if your flight to Cusco is the same day by the same airline carrier, you must grab your bags in Lima and then check them back in.
The best way to get to Cusco is by air and there are several options in airlines. LAN tends to be the most expensive, but has the most options and flights. Expect delays or flight cancellations. Due to the high altitude of Cusco, it tends to be difficult to land and any acclimate weather will stop air traffic. Bus travel is always available and while the trip can be long, especially from Lima, the buses in Peru are very well maintained and comfortable. This option is strongly encouraged if coming from a city closer to Cusco, like Puno. Lima buses will take about 20 hours to arrive.
Even though this is an overnight tour by train, your luggage allowance is still limited due to restrictions on the train. All bags brought to Aguas Calientes (Machu Picchu) need to be carry on size. Any extra luggage you have with you can be left safely in Cusco at either your hotel or with us at the Alpaca Expeditions deposit while you trek. We will grab from you the morning of your tour and return once you are back in Cusco. Make sure your bags have some kind of identification on them so they are easy to locate.
As soon as people book their trip to Peru, specifically Cusco, they start wondering about altitude sickness. The air at high altitudes contains less oxygen than at sea level and forces your body to work harder to get the oxygen it needs. Over several days at high altitude, your body adjusts to the lower amount of oxygen in the air.
With altitude sickness, you may first feel like you have the flu or a hangover. You may have a headache, tiredness, loss of appetite, nausea or vomiting, dizziness, trouble sleeping, trouble breathing during exercise. If any of these effects become severe, please contact our office and we will help you get to a doctor.
Most of the time, these symptoms will be mild. We always recommend easing into activity slowly, allowing your body to adjust. Drink plenty of fluids such as water or coca tea. Coca tea has been used since ancient times to help prevent altitude sickness. Leaves from the coca plant contain alkaloids which helps bring oxygen into your blood, helping your body avoid the effects of altitude sickness. Avoid drinking a lot of alcohol and coffee. They will cause you to urinate more often and become dehydrated. Avoid smoking. Smoking makes it more difficult for your body to get oxygen. Avoid sleeping pills. They may cause shallow breathing at night, making it more difficult for your body to absorb oxygen while you sleep.
Your healthcare provider may prescribe medicines, such as acetazolamide and dexamethasone, to help prevent altitude sickness. Start the medicine two days before you get to a high altitude. Continue to take it while you are at high altitude.
Of course weather is unpredictable. Typically the dry season in Cusco is from April through October, but this does not stop rain from falling in June or the sun from coming out in December – just be prepared. No matter what month you are doing the trek, please make sure that you have rain gear that includes a waterproof jacket, pants, poncho and waterproof gloves.
Also prepare for four seasons. Many of the treks through the Andes involve many micro-climates and you will need to be prepared for all seasons. Layers are always key as they are easy to adjust to the different temperatures. And evenings will always be cold, so please be prepared with a warm, winter-weight jacket.
To protect your travel investment, we highly recommend the purchase of travel insurance. Obtaining travel insurance before you leave home is strongly encouraged and very easy. In fact, we work with a great agency in the United States that has helped to make it easy and affordable. This is a great way to protect yourself while visiting Peru.
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Alpaca Expeditions is really proud of the work we do for our community. This is a main focus for our company. We have worked with villages directly to help supply them with needs their families were missing. We have supported local schools by giving them computers and books. We currently sponsor a teacher at the village most of our porters come from to ensure their children are offered the best education.
We buy all our food from local farmers and markets and serve the freshest ingredients. We provide English classes for all our team: guides, porters, chefs and drivers. And we are building a house for our porters to give them a safe and comfortable place to stay before and after our treks so they no longer need to sleep on the floor of a friend.
And twice every year we bring our porters and their families to Machu Picchu. This is our favorite trip to do as the guys who work tirelessly have never visited the Lost Citadel of the Incas. Showing them this place is our biggest honor.
We are always looking to do more for our partners. Please let us know of your ideas and we will work to help.