Travel in style to Machu Picchu on the Expedition Train! You will enjoy a beautiful train ride, as you journey from the end of the Sacred Valley to the foot of Machu Picchu. As you follow the Vilcanota river, look across to see ancient terraces, built during the Inca Empire. Some are still in use by Quechua farmers, following the traditions of their Inca ancestors. You will pass from the agricultural landscape of the Sacred Valley into sub-tropical jungle, as you get closer to the Amazon on your way to Aguas Calientes.
MACHU PICCHU TOURS BY EXPEDITION TRAIN – 1 DAY
Wake up early to a new day of adventure and wonder on your way to experience the majestic Machu Picchu! We pick you up at the Veronica View Hotel at 5:30am, and then drive in our private van to the Ollantaytambo Train Station to leave on the 6:10am train. (If you prefer to begin in Cusco, we will pick you up at your hotel at 4:00). Travel through this narrow Andean valley, nestled amongst the green ridges, and white glacier peaks. Passing by ancient Inca farming terraces, the sacred Vilcanota River will be our companion until your arrival at Aguas Calientes.
Your guide will meet you at the train station in Aguas Calientes at around 7:30am and transfer you to Machu Picchu on the shuttle bus. Following in the ancient and remote footsteps of the Lost City of the Incas, listen carefully the 2.5 hours of guided tour as you marvel at the history and architecture of Machu Picchu. On your private tour, your guide will expertly direct you through the enigmatic ruins and its most important sites. You will see the Temple of the Sun, Temple of the Condor, Temple of Three Windows, Sun Dial, Quarry, the House of the Inca, the urban areas, agricultural terraces and several different types of architecture.
Returning to Aguas Calientes, you will have time for lunch at one of the many restaurants before you take the late afternoon Expedition Train at 4:22pm to Ollantaytambo. We will pick you up at the train station in our private van for the short drive back to the Veronica View, with time for relaxing in the swimming pool or sauna before dinner. If you are going to a hotel in Cusco, you will arrive approximately by 8:30pm.
- Hiking up to the Sun Gate: (no ticket is needed). It takes an hour hike from where you may enjoy the amazing angle view of Machu Picchu.
- Inca Bridge: (no ticket needed). It is a 25-minute walk from the citadel, great views.
EXPEDITION CLASS TRAIN
The Expedition service is designed for traveler’s comfort, where you can share your experience with four passenger seats facing each other over a table. A luggage compartment is available for your backpack. Andean music is played throughout the journey, panoramic windows, air conditioning and heating.
Expedition service leaves from Ollantaytambo – Located 2 hours away from Cusco
***Please note it is not possible to climb Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu with this time schedule.
SCHEDULE FOR MACHU PICCHU TOUR
Enjoy Machu Picchu Tour in 1 day, in a small group (up to 8 people)!
- At 5:30 we leave the Veronica View for your 6:10 train departure. (If you are in Cusco we pick you up at 4:00am.)
- The train ride consists of spectacular views in the Sacred Valley of the Incas.
- At around 7:30am, your guide will meet you at the train station. From Aguas Calientes you will take the shuttle bus u to Machu Picchu, about a 30 minute ride.
- Upon arrival; your guide will give a guided tour of Machu Picchu that lasts around 2.5 hours and then you have some free time for taking photos.
- At about 12pm, you will take the shuttle back to Aguas Calientes town in time to enjoy lunch.
- At 4:22pm, return by Expedition Train to Ollantaytambo where we will pick you up and take you back to the Veronica View by van, arriving at the hotel at about 6:30.
- If you are going back to Cusco you will arrive at your hotel in Cusco approximately at 8:30pm.
***Hiking Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mt. are not possible with the time schedule of a one-day tour.
WHAT IS INCLUDED ON THE MACHU PICCHU TOUR?
WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED FOR MACHU PICCHU TOURS?
The Machu Picchu Tour is available on any date that is best for you, as long as we have a minimum of 2 participants.
PRICE -$347 USD per person
***Private service is available for $40 USD more per person.
***All entrance fees are included and we operate our tours in small groups averaging 5 people with a maximum of 8!
- 18 to 25 years old: $30 USD. Information required on student card: name of university, student name, photo of student, expiration date etc. A copy of the card is required at booking for government approval for discount.
- Under 18 years old: $30 USD. Please send us a copy of your passport at the time of booking.
- Under 11 years old: $40 USD. Please send us a copy of your passport at the time of booking.
Please read carefully the following information as it will help you answer all of your questions about our services and your Machu Picchu Tour.
The evening before the tour you will receive a briefing at the Veronica View.
CAN I STORE MY LUGGAGE AT THE HOTEL?
Of course! During the Machu Picchu Tour your main luggage can be stored in our secure storage at the hotel.
HOW TO BOOK
Please be ready with the following information (FROM EACH PARTICIPANT in your group). We cannot purchase an Inca trail permit, entrance to Machu Picchu or the train without the following information:
- Personal information (your full name, exactly as on your passport):
- Passport number
- D.OB. (dd / mm / yyyy)
SECOND, we require a deposit of $211.00 USD per person in order to purchase a your Inca Trail permit, entrance to Machu Picchu and train ticket. You can make you deposit by clicking on the VISA or PAYPAL symbols on the top of our home page, or you can click on the VISA or PAYPAL symbols on our booking page..
WHAT ABOUT THE BALANCE?
It would be greatly appreciated if you pay in cash (US dollars or Peruvian soles). There are ATMs within the historical center of Ollantaytambo to withdraw money. The balance can be paid at the service desk at the hotel. You can also pay by VISA or PAYPAL online but you will have to pay a 5.5% service charge, charged by VISA and PAYPAL. To pay your balance through PAYPAL, you need to log into your PAYPAL account and use our email address firstname.lastname@example.org
MAY I CHANGE THE DEPARTURE DATE AFTER THE TICKETS HAVE BEEN BOUGHT?
Unfortunately the answer is no. Once the tickets have been bought the government does not allow any changes, so we can’t change any departure date after the tickets has been bought. Tickets are also not transferable nor refundable.
If you cancel your Machu Picchu Tour, the deposit is not refundable at all!
DO I NEED MY ORIGINAL PASSPORT?
Yes! You have to bring your original passport and it is very important that it is the same passport number you sent to us to book your ticket for Machu Picchu, train ticket, other tickets and reservations.
In case you are renewing your passport or changing your name, go ahead and send us your old passport information to secure your permit, and we can change it when you get your new passport number or updated your name for a fee of $25 USD per person. We must have a copy of your old and new passport to make the change.
If you do not wish to pay this fee you will need to bring both passports to Peru with you. You can enter Peru with your new passport but you will need to show both passports, old and new to be to enter into Machu Picchu or the train. If you do not have both you will not be allowed to enter into Machu Picchu or get on the train.
WHAT IS THE WEATHER LIKE?
The weather is very unpredictable and it’s difficult to foresee. We recommend that you always dress in layers as that makes it easier to adjust to the quickly changing weather patterns.
WHAT ABOUT ALTITUDE SICKNESS?
For some visitors, the first hours in Cusco can be summarized as: shortness of breath, a discomfort in the body, dizziness, headaches, stomachaches, even vomiting. As great connoisseurs of natural medicine, the Incas used coca leaves to counteract soroche, Quechua for high-altitude sickness.
The Veronica View Hotel, and all of the Sacred Valley, are at a lower altitude than Cusco. If you are concerned about the altitude of Cusco, you may want to spend a few days in the Sacred Valley when you first arrive.
If you’re happy with the services provided, a tip – though not compulsory – is appreciated. While it may not be customary in your country, it’s of great significance for the people who will take care of you during the tour. It inspires excellent service and is an entrenched feature of the tourism industry across many VV Hotel & Tours destinations. Of course, you are free to tip as much as you feel appropriate, depending on your perception of the quality and the length of your tour. Remember, a tip is not compulsory and should only be given when you receive excellent service.
ARE YOU SUSTAINABLE?
Yes! We are a local, sustainable & responsible tourism operator for that we incorporate the universal principles of tourism: protect the environment and benefit the local communities by respecting their culture and religion. With this in mind, we have trained all our local staff to know and understand, respect the places and the local people.