Machu Picchu Tour by Train
Machu Picchu Tour by Train–Unfold the mysteries of Machu Picchu, one of the world’s most renowned archeological treasures. Sign up today for one of our unforgettable trips to Peru’s high-altitude jewel and come join the fun. From relaxed day-exploration in Cusco to making potteries in the Sacred Valley. Crocotrail Travel has the perfect itinerary for you! Experience the authentic Andean culture and taste the innovative cuisine that’s earning accolades the world over. Take one of the world’s most scenic train rides along the Urubamba River through the lush valleys, fields, and mountains of Peru’s wild countryside. Arrive in the high Sierras and explore the sanctuary of Machu Picchu. Learn about the history and culture of this incredible lost empire with the helpful knowledge of a private Leader. It has been more than 100 years since explorer Hiram Bingham first rediscovered the existence of Machu Picchu, and the majesty of the Citadel has not diminished since. As modern-day adventurers, we begin our trip with a 3-day introduction to the former Inca capital of Cusco and the Sacred Valley. Spend some time becoming familiar with the altitude of the region, visiting iconic ruins and traversing well-preserved cobblestone streets. Join us for an adventure of a lifetime–Machu Picchu Tour by Train
Duration: 3 Days / 2 NightS
Physical Rating: 2 – Easy, Light, Nothing too Challenging. Hotel nights and/or safari-style camping, hikes of two to four hours on some days. Other physical activities are sometimes included, such as optional sea, river, lake kayaking.
Service Level: Upgraded, Comfort
Group Size: Small Private Group. Small group experience, Min 02 – Max 08, Avg 04.
Overnight In Machu Picchu Town? YES.
Limited Ticket Permits: YES, Reserve your tour early!
The Peruvian Government has restricted the number of Machu Picchu permits to 2500 visitors per day. With many individuals and groups vying for an opportunity to visit this spectacular site, obtaining permits has become a bigger challenge than ever. It is common for permits to be sold out one to two months in advance. Don’t miss your opportunity to experience this unforgettable unique place… reserve your spot early for the best selection of date options and leave the rest to Crocotrail Travel!
Please Note. Passport information must be submitted to Crocotrail Travel at the moment you book prior to departure. This information is necessary to issue Machu Picchu train tickets, Machu Picchu entrance fee, and Bus tickets.
Day 01. Llama & Alpaca Visit, Pisac Ruins, Pottery Center, Ollantaytambo, Machu Picchu Town (Aguas Calientes)
Today we head out on a full-day exploration of the Urubamba Valley – the enchanting “Sacred Valley of the Incas”. Shortly after leaving Cusco. En route, visit a center where South American camelids, such as llamas and alpacas, are bred. Learn about the valuable fibers created from their coats, and feed these iconic animals. Our next stop will be at the exceptionally well-preserved ruins at Pisac, which provide an opportunity for us to take a short warm-up hike as we explore the site’s various structures and terraces. After exploring we travel through the Sacred Valley to Pottery Center, where we’ll have a chance to understand about making pots, cups, jugs, and we’ll grab a punch of clay to create our own pottery with your own designs, we’ll find these ceramics at our hotel in Cusco after Machu Picchu, ready to take with us as a nice memorable souvenir. We then continue traveling through the same valley, past Incan terraces and fields of corn, wheat, barley, and Quinoa, ultimately arriving in the town of Ollantaytambo, where a stunning temple of the sun is located over the hill, made by rocks that were brought from 4 miles away, and Ollantaytambo whose street plan still maintains its original Incan layout. After Cusco was overtaken by the conquistadors, Manco Inca and his army of approximately 30,000 retreated to Ollantaytambo and were victorious here against the forces of Spanish commander Hernando Pizarro in the Battle of Ollantaytambo. After a guided walking tour of the town and remarkable namesake ruins. In the evening we’ll take the train from Ollantaytambo station to Machu Picchu town, upon our arrival we’ll make the hotel check-in.
Day 02. Guided Tour of Machu Picchu; free time to explore or Hike Huayna Picchu
We have an early breakfast and head up to the Inca city to experience the peace and solitude of this magical place. Our knowledgeable Leader leads us through, explaining the significance of the various structures and the theories behind Machu Picchu’s purpose and construction methods. We have the rest of the morning and early afternoon to attempt the optional hike up Huayna Picchu mountain and/or explore the Inca city on our own. We catch the afternoon train to Ollantaytambo and from there take the bus back to Cusco, arriving at approximately 6:45 p.m. The day concludes with our Leader joining us for a final celebration dinner at a traditional local restaurant. Only breakfast included, the rest of meals don’t include
Hiking Optional Huayna Picchu. Hike may be unguided and is steep with some exposure. Permits are limited to 400 spaces a day. An alternative optional hike may be available if Huayna Picchu permits cannot be obtained.
Day 03. Sacsayhuaman – Barrio de San Blas – Qoricancha (Temple Of The Sun) – San Pedro Market.
Today, you will engage in a full day tour of Cusco. You will have the opportunity to enjoy a pleasant stroll through the quaint district of San Blas, Sacsayhuaman, Qoricancha, and the San Pedro market.
In Sacsayhuaman we’ll witness the breath-taking Inca architecture, nine meters high limestone blocks were used to make massive walls, employing only the manpower, which was offered to Andean Gods as a great temple. We then visit typical, bohemian area of San Blas, you will get to see another side of the Inca capital as you wander through the cobbled streets learning about the Inca history. The streets still keep the original names in Quechua, the local artisans are still seen carving, painting beautiful little saints and virgins which are sold in Santurantikuy (saints and virgins fair), the day before the Christmas. Next, you will proceed to Coricancha the most important temple for the whole Inca Empire, this place still amazes you by the finest walls the Incas were able to make. The tour ongoings to San Pedro market, a typical market that has been still working for many years since the 1920s, where we’ll see very bizarre local things. After exploring and having enough knowledge of Cusco we’ll go back to our hotel.
Note on Itinerary
Although we do our best to adhere to the schedule listed above, this itinerary is subject to change for numerous reasons beyond our control.
– Private transport for Sacred Valley tour.
– Entrance fee to Machu Picchu.
– One night hotel in Machupicchu town.
– Bus tickets up and down in Machupicchu town.
– Round trip train ticket.
– Pottery Workshop.
– Entrance fee to ruins in Sacred Valley.
– Entrance fee to ruins in Cusco and Around.
– Private Transport for Sacsayhuaman and Cusco.
– Private transport from the train station to hotel in Cusco.
– Tour Leader.
What’s Not Included
– Extra expenditure during the tour, such as soda, alcoholic drinks, extra snacks, tickets for the Hot Springs in Aguas Calientes.
– Travel Insurance.
– Travel and health insurance (bring copies with you please), we highly recommend to get an insurance of trip cancellation, interruption; an insurance to protect your travel investment, Included with your pre-departure package, bring your travel insurance to cover trip cancellation, interruption, baggage loss and delay, emergency medical evacuation insurance and emergency medical expense insurance. Any unexpected situations occurred during the journey and which are beyond our control, including changes in scheduling trains or flights, delays, strikes, cancellations, missed connections, etc. it should be covered by the passenger as a whole. Also, if you for physical reasons of health cannot continue the trek or walk, and will need emergency evacuation then all charges incurred such as transportation, hotel, ambulance, doctors, medication, hospitalization, etc. will be at passenger’s expense.
– International or internal airfare, transfers for independent arrival or departure, any meals not specified after each itinerary day in the Detailed Itinerary, airport departure taxes, optional tipping or gratuities to leaders or staff, additional hotel nights that may be necessitated by airline schedule changes or other factors, expenses such as medical immunizations (if any), travel insurance, or passports and visas, and other expenses of a personal nature (alcoholic beverages, laundry, etc.).
Hotel in Machu Picchu Town. On the night we arrive in Aguas Calientes town, after your final day of exploring, you’ll overnight at charming Gringo Bill’s Boutique hotel, in the town of Machu Picchu (Aguas Calientes).
From USD 820.00 Per Person.
Prices are quoted in US Dollars and all payments must be made in US Dollars.
To offer the lowest possible cost, our trips are tier priced according to the number of full-paying participants on the trip.
All costs are per person, based on double occupancy. If you wish to have a single room, you must pay the single supplement fee. If you are willing to share accommodations, we will match you with a roommate if one is available. If we cannot match you with a roommate, the “forced single supplement” is listed if applicable.
Trip Payment Schedule.
– At the time of reservation: 30% of total balance.
– 90 days prior to departure: Balance should be paid fully, or once upon your arrival in Cusco the other 50% of final balance must be paid fully.
Cancellation and Transfer Fee Schedule.
– Minimum fee (Machu Picchu permit fee): $180 per person
– 61-90 days prior to departure: 30% of trip cost
– 46-60 days prior to departure: 50% of trip cost
– 45 days or less: 100% of trip cost.
A professional Crocotrail Travel Tour Leader with a deep knowledge of the destination and a focus on customer service makes all the difference. Our leaders are experts in Inca history, nature, birding, gastronomy, the local language, etc, with a profound connection to Peru’s fascinating traditional culture. They take care of all the details so that you can savor the experiences of the trip. And just as important, they have a remarkable gift for sharing their extensive knowledge and favorite places. Our Tour Leaders have the warmth, endless energy, and that special “it” factor that transforms a trip into an unforgettable journey.
This trip is Level 2, Easy, Light, Nothing too Challenging. Most activity is between 1,640 and 10,500 feet. The maximum elevation we reach is 12,038 feet. Trails can be rugged, not the well-maintained trails you may be accustomed to in your country. For the most part, you can hike at your own speed. Our group will walk in group along the tour. On the tour, you will just carry your own daypack for the items that you want with you on the excursion, such as a water bottle, camera, and a jacket. Our extra gears are left in our van.
– Original passport.
– Travel insurance (and some copies).
– Face tissue paper, toilet paper.
– Camera charger and, extra batteries.
– Sun hat.
– Backpack to carry your things.
– Rain gear
– Water bottle, Canteen or Camelback container.
– Long sleeve T-shirts.
– Hiking trousers
– American dollars and Peruvian soles in cash.
– Anti-inflammatory tablets (e.g. Ibuprofen).
– Personal first-aid kit (should contain lip salve, Aspirin, Band Aids, anti-histamine, Imodium or similar tablets for mild cases of diarrhea, re-hydration powder, extra prescription drugs you may take).
When to Go
The Sacred Valley of the Incas & Machu Picchu Tour by Train can be explored all year, but in late January and February, are the rainiest months, when some Inca sites are foggy and difficult to see. The season normalizes in March and April when the rains lighten up and the mountains are still green. High season begins in May and extends through September, as these are the driest months. October through December are considered shoulder season when occasional rain is possible, but keep in mind that the highlands of Peru are a temperate desert and it is not uncommon for it not to rain for weeks at a time even in the height of the rainy season. This is also the time with the fewest hikers on the trail, more flowers in bloom, and fewer tourists at Machu Picchu as well as in Cusco. Temperatures in the Cusco-Machu Picchu region range from the high 60s in the daytime to the low 40s at night, with some variation depending on the time of year you go.