DAY 1: CUSCO – OLLANTAYTAMBO – AGUAS CALIENTES
We will pick you up around 9:50 am from your hotel to take you to Ollantaytambo, which is 2 hours from Cusco. The exact time depends on the time you choose to leave on the train. The train drive is breathtaking and you get to sit in very comfortable seats. During the trip, you will enjoy many glacier peaks, green lush valleys and many Inca farming terraces in both sites of the valley. Moreover, you will be able to see some Inca ruins at km 82, where the classic Inca trail begins. You will travel through the jungle and then arrive in Aguas Calientes (2000 meters above sea level) where our representative will pick you up and bring you to your hotel for the night. You will then have a free afternoon to decide how you want to explore the town. You can visit the hot springs, Mandor Gardens, or the waterfalls. Lunch and dinner will be served at the restaurant.
DAY 2: AGUAS CALIENTES – MACHU PICCHU – CUSCO
After an early breakfast at your hotel, you will take a bus to the ruins which take around 25 min. The busses depart every 10 min. If you don’t want to take the bus and prefer to hike along the Inca trail, just let your guide know so that he can show you where to begin your hike 1 hour hike up. You will have to leave the hotel around 4:00 am to start hiking.
In Machu Picchu, you will meet your group and have a 2 hour guided tour in English. Then you will have extra time to explore the ruins by yourself. During this time you can climb up to Huaynapicchu or Machu Picchu Mountain, or you can go to the most famous spot of Machu Picchu, the Sun Gate. It will take you around 1 hour to get to the Sun Gate and here you will be to get the picture perfect image of the ruins. We encourage all travelers to make the most of their time in Machu Picchu – a wonder of the modern world. Once you have seen it all, you can take the bus to return to Aguas Calientes, or carry on with your walking and descend by foot down to Aguas Calientes.
Most people depart Aguas Calientes some time in the afternoon and take the train to Ollantaytambo, and then travel by bus to your hotel in Cusco.
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IN MACHU PICCHU:
What to do during your free time in Machu Picchu:
Explore the rest of the incredibly elaborate ruins
Visit the Sun Gate: Always available and free. This is a nice place with a view of Machu Picchu.
Huanuypicchu Mountain: Incredible views of the ruins site from above. Must be booked in advance and costs additional $25 dollars per person. The climb takes 45 min and is moderately difficult.
Machu Picchu Mountain: 1.5 hr steep climb, very demanding and additional $25 per person. The summit probably has the most spectacular of all views.
*All three options are very nice and will allow you to capture the beauty of Machu Picchu.
Note: As the weather is very cold and damp, your clothes, even wet, will not dry at night. Therefore bring enough spare clothes.
Discounts for groups of more than 5 people, students with a valid student ID card, and children under 17 years old. You must show identity card or passport at time of booking