Enjoy an unmatched and mesmerizing panoramic train journey in luxury! You will pass through the ancient towns of the Incas, including Urubamba and Ollantaytambo. Your 1.5-hour journey takes you from Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes, while riding in style through the Andean valleys. Be on the lookout for hillsides covered in ancient Inca farming terraces as you enter the more narrow section of the valley. Some are still used by Quechua farmers, using the same agricultural methods as their Inca ancestors! Just above you are the glaciers that grace the tops of the Andean peaks year round.
Travel back in time as you journey from high altitude wide valleys, into narrow jungle valleys. This change is a sign that you are now approaching both Machu Picchu and the Amazon jungle. After being transported by shuttle bus from Aguas Calientes to the citadel of Machu Picchu (2,400m/7907ft), you will finally experience this magical, sacred and mysterious place. Take your time exploring the majestic Machu Picchu, the Incan ruins rich in history of its past and the thriving culture of the people who once resided there.
Tour to Machu Picchu with Vistadome Train – ITINERARY
Today you will finally see the most amazing UNESCO World Heritage site: Machu Picchu! We leave from the Veronica View Hotel at 7:20 for your 8:00am departure on the Vistadome train from Ollantaytambo. If in Cusco your hotel pick up is at 6:30am, followed by a short drive in our private van to Ollantaytambo. (Extra charges apply for departures from Cusco).
From Ollantaytambo, you quickly enter the narrow valley formed by the sacred Vilcanota River. Watch across the river for the ancient Inca farming terraces. Some of which are still used today by the Quechua people, using the same agricultural techniques as their Inca ancestors. Through the glass ceiling you will be able to see the magical Wiñay Wayna, perched on the steep canyon wall, as if floating in the air.
Your guide will meet you at the train station at 9:25am. You will have a little time to get a sandwich or snack before heading up to Machu Picchu on the shuttle bus. Upon arrival in Machu Picchu, you will follow in the ancient and remote footsteps of the Lost City of the Incas! Enjoy the 2.5 hours guided tour and marvel at the cultural wonder of the history of Machu Picchu. On your private tour, your guide will take you through the rediscovery of these enigmatic ruins.
Returning to Aguas Calientes, you will catch the Vistadome train at 3:20pm or 4:43pm or 6:20pm, arriving in Ollantaytambo timeously. You will arrive at Veronica View Hotel with plenty of time to enjoy the swimming pool and sauna before dinner.
Meals: Snack and hot drinks on the train.
- Hiking up to the Sun Gate and Inca Bridge is no longer possible due to new regulations.
- Hiking Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mt. is not possible due to time constraints.
VISTADOME CLASS TRAIN
The Vistadome is the ideal train for those who want to have unparalleled views of the valley and Andean peaks high above on their journey to Machu Picchu. Sit back and enjoy this amazing experience with the best comfort and quality service!
Surrounded by glass, in cars with large panoramic windows on the side and ceiling, you will have incomparable scenic views and numerous opportunities to capture amazing pictures. The Vistadome provides a unique service, which allows the visitor to be immersed in the Andean Culture through its landscapes, music, dance and even food, carefully prepared with local ingredients.
The Vistadome train provides travelers with on board personalized and first class service to give them an unforgettable lifetime experience! It also has air conditioning and heating, plus leather seats that adjust to provide comfort and relaxation during the entire trip.
Your 2 hour return trip from Aguas Calientes , follows the Sacred Valley of the Inca all the way Ollantaytambo. In Ollantaytambo, you will transferred by our private van to Veronica View Hotel. You will arrive in time to enjoy the spa or swimming pool before dinner.
**Hiking Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mt. not possible on 1 day tour.
SCHEDULE FOR THE TOUR TO MACHU PICCHU
Enjoy a tour to Machu Picchu with the Vistadome Train in 1 Day Tour with VV Hotel & Tours, in a small group – up to 8 people!
- At 7:20 we leave from Veronica View for your 8:00 Vistadome departure. (We pick you up at 6:30am if you are in Cusco and transfer you from your hotel to Poroy Train Station for the 7:35 am departure. Extra charges apply).
- The train ride will give you spectacular views of the Sacred Valley of the Incas.
- At 10:52 am, your guide will meet you at the train station, you will have a few minutes to get a snack or some lunch. At about 11:30, a shuttle will take you from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu the bus ride is around 30 minutes.
- At 12:00pm you will enter Machu Picchu and have a guided tour of around 2 hours and then you have some free time to take photos.
- At any time, you can take the shuttle bus back to Aguas Calientes town.
- At 3:20pm or 4:43pm or 6:20pm, return by Vistadome Train to Ollantaytambo, where we will pick you up in our private van for your scenic 10 minute drive the Veronica View.
- If you are going back to Cusco, you will arrive approximately at around 10pm. Extra charges apply for transportation to Cusco.
***Hiking Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mt. is not possible due to time constraints.
***If you wish to climb these mountains, you need to request to book an extra night or you can make your own booking and we will book the train for the next day.
WHAT IS INCLUDED FOR THE TOUR TO MACHU PICCHU WITH VISTADOME TRAIN?
WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED FOR THE TOUR TO MACHU PICCHU WITH VISTADOME TRAIN?
The tour to Machu Picchu on the Vistadome Train is available on any date that is best for you, as long as we have a minimum of 2 participants.
PRICE -$397 USD per person
***Private service is available for $50 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 the following information carefully. It will help with your questions about our services and our tour to Machu Picchu..
The evening before the tour, you will receive a briefing at your hotel in Cusco or at Veronica View Hotel.
CAN I STORE MY LUGGAGE AT THE HOTEL?
Of course! During the tour to Machu Picchu your main luggage can be stored at the hotel in our secure storage facilities.
HOW TO BOOK
FIRST, to book your tour to Machu Picchu, we need you to fill out our booking form by clicking on BOOK NOW on our homepage or click here the link BOOK NOW.
Please be ready with the following information (FROM EACH PARTICIPANT in your group). We cannot purchase tickets for the train or Machu Picchu without the following information:
- Personal information (your full name, exactly as it appears on your passport):
- Passport number
- D.O.B. (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 a deposit by clicking on the VISA or PAYPAL symbol on the top of our home page, or you can click on the VISA or PAYPAL symbol on our booking page.
WHAT ABOUT THE BALANCE?
If you would like to avoid the high credit card fees in Peru, you can pay in cash at our office (US dollars or Peruvian soles) in Cusco. There are many ATMs within the historical center to withdraw money. You can also pay by PAYPAL online but you will have to pay a 5.5% service fee charged by PAYPAL. To pay your balance through PAYPAL, you need to log into your PAYPAL account and use our email address firstname.lastname@example.org to make the payment.
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 entrance to Machu Picchu, train ticket, other entrances 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 follows: 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, but it’s of great significance to the people who will take care of you during the hike. It inspires them to give excellent service and is an entrenched feature of the tourism industry across many Tourist destinations and the VV Hotel. Of course you are free to tip as much as you want, depending on your perception on the quality of service and the length of your trip. Remember, a tip is not compulsory and should only be given when you receive excellent service
ARE YOU SUSTAINABLE?
Yes! Veronica View Hotel & Tours is a local, sustainable & responsible tourism operator. 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, understand, and respect the places and its local people.