Machu Picchu in 1 day
How to see Machu Picchu in 1 day
In one day, you´ll go from Cusco to the train station in Ollantaytambo where you take the train to Aguas Calientes. From there, on it goes with the bus to the Entrance of the Machu Picchu Sanctuary where you´ll enjoy a guided tour both or either in English and Spanish. Then it´s down to the train station again to take the train back to Ollantaytambo and a bus onwards to Cusco. Expect to leave very early, return very late at night.
Very early in the morning you are picked up at your hotel. Transportation takes you to the station of Ollantaytambo. From there, the train takes you to Aguas Calientes. Your guide walks you from the station to the bus terminal where you board a shuttle bus to ride up the mountain to the entrance of Machu Picchu.
The guide gives you a guided tour of about 2 hours, after which you'll have free time to discover more of the fabulous site. At a given time, you need to be back at the bus terminal to take the bus back down to Aguas Calientes. Here you may have the opportunity to visit a restaurant or a souvenir shop.
Then it's all the way back to Cusco with the train and other transportation. Be sure to read the 'extra info' section about this!
* Because Peru Rail is has very complex pricing, can change timetables at will and because of other factors like whether, we can't sell you a tour now with all transportation readily defined. So an exact time table of the tour would be very difficult as well.
* The main thing you need to know is that, if buying this tour, you will get to Machu Picchu, have your guided tour around the site and you will be brought back to Cusco on the same day.
* Although you'll have to leave your hotel very early in the morning, you may get back to Cusco late at night. Travel times depend on where you board the train and where you get off again as well as on availability of train tickets for certain departure times.
Starting Place: Your Hotel
End Place: Downtown Cusco
Difficulty: Very Easy
Travelling Style: Economy
Duration: Whole Day
Understand the price
The price for this tour is a 'basic' price and depends upon availability of train tickets. If some prices change: bus in Machu Picchu, entrance of Machu Picchu or train tickets (for price changes or availabilities) an extra fee may be involved for the passenger. We will however communicate this as soon as we get the news ourselves.
This tour goes every day.
Included in the price
* All transportation from Cusco to the entrance of Machu Picchu and back to Cusco is it by bus, car, train or minibus.
* Also the bus service between Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu and back from Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes
* A bilingual (English/Spanish) or an English speaking guide.
* The entrance Ticket to the site of Machu Picchu.
NOT Included in the price
* Transportation: a taxi from the bus stop in Cusco to your hotel after returning from the tour.
* Any meals.
* Tip for the guide.
* Entrance fee for Huayna Picchu.
Machu Picchu, Quechua: “Old Peak" is a pre-Columbian15th-century Inca site located 2,430 metres above sea level. It is located in the Cusco Region of Peru, South America. It is situated on a mountain ridge above the Urubamba Valley in Peru, which is 80 kilometres northwest of Cusco and through which the Urubamba River flows. Most archaeologists believe that Machu Picchu was built as an estate for the Inca emperor Pachacuteq (1438–1472). Often referred to as the "City of the Incas", it is perhaps the most familiar icon of the Inca World.
The Incas started building the "estate" around 1400, but abandoned it as an official site for the Inca rulers a century later at the time of the Spanish Conquest. Although known locally, it was unknown to the outside world before being brought to international attention in 1911 by the American historian Hiram Bingham. Since then, Machu Picchu has become an important tourist attraction. Most of the outlying buildings have been reconstructed in order to give tourists a better idea of what the structures originally looked like. By 1976, thirty percent of Machu Picchu had been restored. The restoration work continues to this day.
Since the site was never known to the Spanish during their conquest, it is highly significant as a relatively intact cultural site. Machu Picchu was declared a Peruvian Historical Sanctuary in 1981 and a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1983. In 2007, Machu Picchu was voted one of the New Seven Wonders of the World in a worldwide Internet poll.
Machu Picchu was built in the classical Inca style, with polished dry-stone walls. Its three primary structures are the Intihuatana (Hitching post of the Sun), the Temple of the Sun, and the Room of the Three Windows. These are located in what is known by archaeologists as the Sacred District of Machu Picchu. In September 2007, Peru and Yale University almost reached an agreement regarding the return of artefacts which Yale has held since Hiram Bingham removed them from Machu Picchu in the early 20th century. In November 2010, a Yale University representative agreed to return the artefacts to a Peruvian university.
* Hat or cap.
* Insect repellent.
* Camera and batteries.
* A light raincoat
* Original passport (access to the train or the sanctuary may be refused without it)
Stuff you don’t need
* Computers, radios and other electronic gear.
* A day pack of more than 20 litres will not be allowed on the site.
* Food and drinks may be (but this happens seldom) confiscated at the entrance of the site.
What can you do before or after this tour
Things to do BEFORE this tour
The complete Sacred Valley in a private car
From Cusco you set out in a private car with a driver to take you to Pisaq, Ollantaytambo, Moray, Maras and Chinchero. During this full day you'll be amazed by the wonders, both natural and archaeological, of this region of Peru.
Western Sacred Valley in a private car
With a private car you visit Chinchero, Moray, Maras (town and saltpans) and Ollantaytambo.
Eastern Sacred Valley in a private car
In a private car, you can visit Pisaq ruins and market, Tambomachay, Puka Pukara Q'enqo and Saqsayhuaman.
Possible Options Extra Price in SOLES
Huayna Picchu – 1st Group
Ascend Huayna Picchu with the second group.
Huayna Picchu – 2nd Group
Ascend Huayna Picchu with the second group
Important: The Small Print
Using an ISIC Student Discount Card
Conditions of use of the ISIC card may vary. ISIC Discounts are usually only given by government bodies and not by commercial organizations. Discount levels vary and in some locations an upper age limit of 25 years is imposed. When buying tickets you must present your ID document as well as the ISIC card the names must match exactly. When using your ISIC discount tickets you must present both your ORIGINAL ID document (never a copy!) and ISIC card. ISIC discount tickets are not refundable in case of error.
About your train tickets
Once purchased tickets cannot be changed and are non-transferable and non-refundable. You may under certain circumstances be able to alter a return train time for a higher priced alternative if you pay the difference. In the event of cancellation of service or delay you will be offered a seat on the next available equivalent service. You may be asked to present your passport to confirm your identity before travelling. We apologise for these restrictions they are imposed by Peru Rail and are outside our control.
The price of this tour is made up with a certain time table for train tickets in mind, under the explicit condition that should this train be booked full, we can buy you tickets on another mostly more expensive train. Although changing the schedule of the tour, this will not interfere with the presented program but may involve an extra fee and you will have to agree to pay the difference.
Machu-Picchu Entry Tickets
Machu-Picchu tickets are valid only for the date and visitor name printed on the ticket; they cannot be changed, transferred or refunded. In the event of train delay or cancellation visitors may be admitted using their previously bought ticket on the next day of opening at the sole discretion of the site authorities. Passports may be inspected to validate the name on the ticket. Huayna-Picchu, Machu-Picchu mountain and the Machu-Picchu museum are extra cost items. Food drinks and large backpacks are not permitted entry to the site. A day (back) pack of more than 20 litres will not be allowed past the entrance gate.
Having/buying your own Machu Picchu entrance tickets
Sometimes our customers have already bought their own Machu Picchu tickets, most of the time bought weeks before arrival in Peru because they want to be sure to be able to visit Huayna Picchu. Should you have done so too, we'll take the exact price of your ticket out of our price. In that case, we can't of course take any responsibility about you entering Machu Picchu.
Visiting (and climbing) Huayna Picchu
Only 2 groups of 200 people are allowed to climb Huayna Picchu daily. If you want to do so, you need to ask us while buying the tour to get you this access. This access is personal, printed on your entrance ticket to the site and can't be bought nor obtained anywhere else. If the 400 are sold out, it is absolutely impossible to visit this part of the site.
About Pool tours
A pool tour means that you are being put together with people from other hotels to make a visit somewhere together.
What you should know is that guides on these tours are not paid so well. This has two consequences. First, the good guides find work somewhere else, second, the 'lesser' guides who do work the circuit will try to compensate for their (low) wages by begging for tips and most of all, by taking you to souvenir markets and restaurants where they get a high commission. How you react to this situation is up to you, but we'd like you to be informed well before buying.
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