In this tour to Machu Picchu by train, you will The Inka empire grew up Thaks to the sacred valley, surrounded by 3 important agriculture cities, Chinchero, Pisac, and Ollantaytambo. This valley is crossed by the Urubamba River and bordered by many snow-capped mountains, that is why this was the principal food source of the empire.
This valley is on the way to Machu Picchu and has 2 Incas inventions. The first is the salt mines also known as Salineras de Maras used to produce tons of salt. The second invention is Moray, a big hole with concentric rings like steps, and with a parabolic shape that provides a temperature differential property.
After the sacred valley, we will go to Machu Picchu, the last destination, one full day to explore Machu Picchu and return to Cusco by train.
The first day of this tour is to visit the Sacred Valley, and the second day is to visit Machu Picchu. Therefore, this is the best tour to Machu Picchu by train, but there are other options. you can do it in 2 days without the sacred valley, Click to check Tour to Machu Picchu By Train in 2Days. However, if you are in a hurry, this tour can be done in one day, click to check the Full-Day Tour to Machu Picchu by train.
We will pick you up between 6:45 and 7:00 am from your hotel in Cusco, then we leave in the direction of the Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu, where we will visit 4 archaeological zones. First, we will arrive at the colonial city of Chinchero. There we will visit a handicraft shop, the Chinchero archeological center, and the main square, all during 1,5 hours. Then we will go to the next site in the Sacred Valley “Moray”. In Moray, you will see the mysterious Terrazas invention, a unique archaeological site with gigantic natural holes, used to adapt seeds for different environments. The adaptation was possible thanks to the temperature differential of 12°C, between the bottom and the surface.
Then we will visit another invention called the salt mines that the Incas used to establish trade to prosper. Afterward, we will go to the Urubamba Valley where you can enjoy an exquisite buffet lunch.
After a delicious lunch, you will continue to the Ollantaytambo Fortress, to discover its impressive Temple of the Sun. During the Inca civil war, this imposing structure of 12 feet (3.5 m) of stones served as a defensive barrier. This tour will be approx. 1 hour. then we will take the train to Aguas Calientes. where our assistant will wait for the group and take you to the hostel. then we will meet at the main square to go to the restaurant to have dinner and talk about the next day. After dinner, you have free time to enjoy the city, drink something, visit the hot springs or visit a handicraft shop.
On the second day, the group will get up early at 4:00 a.m., to start the trek to Machu Picchu, where the guide will be waiting for you at the entrance, to see the beautiful sunrise in the ruins of Macchu Picchu. This section of ascent to the citadel will take approximately 1 hour and 30 min. After enjoying this magical moment, the guide will give you a guided tour for approximately 2 hours, to especially illuminate you of the rich history of the ancient ruins.
After the tour, you will have time to explore the citadel on your own. You can stay in Machu Picchu as long as you want and after that, you can walk back to Aguas Calientes, on the way you will find the Machu Picchu museum (ticket-included), then pick up your backpack at the hotel and take the train back to Ollantaytambo, where we will begin our return trip by bus until we reach the Plaza de San Francisco in the city of Cusco around 9:30 pm until 10:00 p.m. This time varies according to the availability of the train or the train option you choose.
Note: there are a few options to choose to return from Machu Picchu by train to Cusco in different hours when you are booking, it is up to you, we recommend you the 360° Glass rooftop to return at 4:30 pm, that is a great train.
We have Daily departures for this tour. The weather is dry all year. However, between December and April, there are a few rain spots, but it is not a big deal. Machu Picchu is on the other side of the Andes Mountains and in a lower place, the temperature can be around 25°C during the day and 13°C During the night. That is why on this tour you do not need heavy winter clothes. Click to check the Peruvian wheater.
There are many destinations into Machu Picchu like the Machu Picchu Mountain, Huayna Picchu Mountain, the Inka Bridge, and the Sun Gate, the first 2 have to be booked on time and the last 2 are for free. Click to know more about The Destination inside of Machu Picchu.
Maybe you know that Machu Picchu was not the principal city of the Inka empire. However, was a sacred temple to receive the new year. If you are interested to know the timeline of the Inka history, we recommend you to visit Cusco (the capital of the Inka Empire), Click to see The Destinations in Cusco. if you visit those destinations first, you will be an Inka History expert when you reach Machu Picchu.
This is not a Trekking tour so everybody can do it even if they are old or so young.
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