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, from where you ride in style through the Andean valleys. Watch for the hillsides covered with 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! Look up to see 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 the narrow jungle valleys, as you approach both Machu Picchu and the Amazon jungle. Transported by shuttle bus from Aguas Calientes to the citadel of Machu Picchu (2,400m/7907ft), you will finally experience this magical place, sacred and mysterious. 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 of the Vistadome train from Ollantaytambo. If you are in Cusco, we pick you up at your Cusco hotel 6:30am and then drive in our private van to Ollantaytambo. (Extra charges apply to departures from Cusco).
From Ollantaytambo, you quickly pass into 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. As you near Machu Picchu, look up through the glass ceiling to see the magical Wiñay Wayna, perched on the steep canyon wall, as if floating there.
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 at Machu Picchu, you will follow in the ancient and remote footsteps of the Lost City of the Incas! Enjoy the 2.5 hours of 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. 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 many different types of architecture.
Returning to Aguas Calientes, you will catch the Vistadome train at 13:37, arriving in Ollantaytambo at 15:04. You will arrive back at the Veronica View before 15:30, 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: (no ticket is needed). It takes an hour hike from where you may enjoy the amazing angle view of Machu Picchu: a 2-hour round trip hike.
- Inca Bridge: (no ticket needed). It is a 25-minute walk from the citadel, with great views.
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 travel 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 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 return journey is from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo following the Sacred Valley of the Incas on a journey lasting 2 hours. When you arrive at Ollantaytambo, you will transferred to a private van for your trip back to the Veronica View, arriving with time to enjoy the spa or swimming pool before dinner.
**Hiking Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mt. is not possible with the time schedule of a one-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 the 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 in 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 if you like. At about 11:30, a shuttle will take you from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu taking 30 minutes.
- At 12:00pm you will enter Machu Picchu and have a guided tour of 2.5 hours of Machu Picchu “The Old Sacred Mountain” and then you have some free time for taking photos or hiking up to the Sun Gate.
- At any time, you can take the shuttle bus back to Aguas Calientes town.
- At 6:10pm, 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 with the time schedule of a one-day tour.
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 $40 USD more per person.
***All entrance fees are included and we operate our tours in small groups averaging 5 perople 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 the 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.
HOW TO BOOK
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 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?
If you would like to avoid the high credit card fees in Peru, you may pay in cash at the VV Hotel lobby in US dollars or Peruvian soles. There some ATMs within the historical center of Ollantaytambo to withdraw money. You can also pay by VISA or PAYPAL online but you will have to pay a 5.5% service fee, 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
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: 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.