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Machu Picchu by Train

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This extension allows our travelers to explore Cusco and Machu Picchu. Spend two nights in Cusco and one night in Machu Picchu Pueblo (formerly called Aquas Calientes). The days in Cusco are free to explore on your own, and a guide will accompany our travelers to Machu Picchu. There is one free day at Machu Picchu without a guide.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Cusco
Day 2 : Train to Machu Picchu
Day 3 : Free Day at Machu Picchu. Return to Cusco
Day 4 : Cusco

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Trip Type

  • Independent

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Waiting for the train to Machu Picchu Machu Picchu Clouds A trip across the countryside A Great Day!  Machu Picchu View to Urubamba River Pisac, Peru Terraces at Chinchero The Dominican Cathedral - Cusco

Day 1 Cusco

Arrive to Cusco, where you will be met by a driver, who will whisk you away to your hotel. Settle in after your journeys. The remainder of the day is free for you to explore this vibrant city.

Day 2 Train to Machu Picchu

Follow the Urubamba River as it tumbles its way towards the Amazon and the sacred city of Machu Picchu. Ancient canals still bring water from the high mountains to the baths used by Inca priests. As visitors, you are welcomed to respectfully dip your hands in the cool water. After your tour of Machu Picchu, you'll return to the village of Aguas Calientes (located at the base of Machu Picchu). Enjoy one of many excellent local restaurants or end your day soaking in the hot springs after exploring one of the most magical archaeological sites in the world. Say goodbye to your guide as you settle in for the evening.

Day 3 Free Day at Machu Picchu. Return to Cusco

Today is your chance to watch the sunrise at Machu Picchu and to listen to the spirits of the city's past inhabitants before the hikers from the Inca Trail arrive. You can choose to book a permit to climb the sacred peak of Huayna Picchu, hike to the Sun Gate which overlooks the ruins or take a walk through the lush cloudforest to the Temple of the Moon. In the afternoon, you'll return by train to Cusco. (Let us know if you would like help arranging entrance fees or hiking permits for today – these are not included and sell out in advance!)

Day 4 Cusco

  • 1 Breakfast
Depart from Cusco at your leisure. You transfer driver will pick you up from your hotel for your flight or bus ride.

Aguas Calientes (Machu Picchu Pueblo) - Hotels

Cusco - Hotels

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Single supplement applies for solo travelers


  • 3 Breakfasts
  • 3 Nights Accommodations
    • 3 Nights Hotel
  • 1 Day Private Guide Service


  • Internal Flights
    • $425 Lima-Cusco-Lima
    • Flight cost is subject to change
  • Both International Arrival and Departure Transfers are excluded.
  • International Flights

Recommended Budgeting

  • $80 Meals not Included
  • $43 Airport Departure Tax
  • $95 Optional Excursions
    • $60 for return visit to Machu Picchu on second day + $20 local bus to ruins
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This was my first experience with Adventure Life - and I couldn't have been more pleased with the trip. The guides and local staff in both Buenos Aires and Uruguay were terrific - extremely helpful and accommodating. I really enjoyed meeting the friendly staff in Buenos Aires in person (I left my bags with them for the afternoon).
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Good to ideal period to travel, and many people choose to visit at this time.
Chance for unpredictable weather but with fewer visitors.

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