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From Cusco: Full-Day Group Tour of Machu Picchu

1. From Cusco: Full-Day Group Tour of Machu Picchu

Travel from Cusco to learn about the majestic Inca city: Machu Picchu and the ancient civilization living there. Discover the secrets that are hidden in it. Go back in time as you explore the streets of these ruins located in the Peruvian Andes.  Begin with an early morning pickup from your hotel in Cusco for transfer to the train station. Get on board and enjoy the comforts offered by the train during the journey to Machu Picchu. Choose from the option of a standard train or a Vistadome train that offers panoramic views. Enjoy the dynamic landscapes of the Peruvian Andes. Arrive in Aguas Calientes and take a bus to the entrance of the citadel of Machu Picchu. Learn about the history of this wonderful place. Take the bus back to Aguas Calientes and get recommendations for lunch. Board the train back to the Ollantaytambo or Poroy station where transportation will be waiting to take you to your hotel in Cusco.

From Cusco: Machu Picchu Small Group Full-Day Tour

2. From Cusco: Machu Picchu Small Group Full-Day Tour

Join a small-group tour and go on an unforgettable guided journey to Machu Picchu. Receive a guided tour of the awe-inspiring citadel from an official guide and benefit from a tour package that includes hotel pickup from Cusco, train tickets, and bus shuttles. After being picked up from your hotel, be driven to Cusco's train station and embark on a 2-hour scenic train ride to the town of Aguas Calientes. Admire the breathtaking beauty of the Sacred Valley of the Incas set against the stunning Andean landscape. Upon arrival in Aguas Calientes, hop on a small bus and travel past the town of Urubamba and up to the ruins of the so-called “Lost City of the Incas”, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and now one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. Get dropped off at the main entrance to Machu Picchu where you will be met by your expert guide who will lead you around the sacred hilltop site and tell you about the fascinating history and culture of the Incas. Marvel at more than 600 terraces, 160 buildings, thousands of steps, several temples, and 16 fountains built by the Incan Emperor Pachacutec. Gaze up the restored buildings, like the Temple of the Sun and the Room of the Three Windows, and take in the sweeping scenery of the surrounding valley.   Descend back down to Aguas Calientes where you will enjoy free time to walk around the city and look for a place to have lunch.  At a scheduled time, board the train back to Cusco and be picked up at the train station to be transported back to your hotel.

From Cusco: Train Ride and Guided Tour of Machu Picchu

3. From Cusco: Train Ride and Guided Tour of Machu Picchu

Join a local guide and travel from Cusco to the infamous Machu Picchu on this private day trip. Marvel at a panoramic view of the Sacred Valley and visit the most remarkable attractions at the ancient Inca site. After being picked up from your hotel, board the train and sit back and relax as you enjoy a 2-hour journey across the Sacred Valley. Admire the spectacular views over the mountain and pass by towns like Ollantaytambo. If you opt for the Vistadome Panoramic train, you also get to taste an Andean snack and drink. Next, arrive at the town of Aguas Calientes and set off with your guide on a bus ride uphill to Machu Picchu. Shortly after check in, begin your private tour and discover the citadel’s magnificent architecture and attractions like the Temple of the Sun and The Temple of the Moon. Then, you will be given free time to explore the site on your own before taking the bus back to Aguas Calientes. In the late afternoon, ride the train for your return journey to Cusco. If you chose the Vistadome Panoramic train option, end your experience by immersing yourself in Andean culture though music and entertainment on board.

Lima: 9-Day Peru Express with Ica, Cusco, and Puno

4. Lima: 9-Day Peru Express with Ica, Cusco, and Puno

Day 1: Arrival in Lima, City Tour Your tour will begin as you are picked up from the airport, it is advisable to arrive in the morning. In the afternoon, you will take a city tour. That evening you will stay at the Miramar Hotel or similar in Lima. Day 2: Paracas, Ica, and Huacachina with Buggies and Sandboarding Visit the Ballestas Islands and Candelabrum, before a wine and Pisco demonstration in Ica city. Later that day, take part in riding buggies and sandboarding in Huacachina. That evening you will once again stay at the Miramar Hotel or similar in Lima. Day 3: Arrival to Cusco On your third day, you will arrive in Cusco, you will be transferred to the hotel then will have a free day for acclimatizing or visiting some places around the Cusco historical center. That evening you will lodge in the Ayni Cusco Hotel or similar. Day 4: Chinchero, Maras, and Moray in the Sacred Valley of the Incas Begin with a visit to the Chinchero textile center, before moving onward to the archaeological sites in Chinchero and Moray. Following that, you will tour the salt mines in Maras before taking the train from Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes, lodging at the Golden Sunrise Hotel or similar in Aguas Calientes. Day 5: Machu Picchu Inca Citadel On day 5 you will explore the breathtaking Machu Picchu, which is one of the Seven Wonders of the world. Following a full day at this sacred site. In the afternoon, take the train from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo and arrive in Cusco by transportation, you will overnight at the Ayni Cusco Hotel or similar. Day 6: Humantay Lake On your sixth day, you will trek to Humantay Lake, which is close to the snowy Salkantay mountain, you will be able to know the first camp of the famous Salkantay trek. That evening you will once again lodge in the Ayni Cusco Hotel or similar. Day 7: Rainbow Mountain Trek to Rainbow Mountain, which is very close to the highest mountain of Cusco: the Ausangate Mountain, this is a famous place around Cusco. Following your day of hiking, you will return once more to the Ayni Cusco Hotel or similar overnight. Day 8: Route of the Sun On day 8 you will take a bus tour between Cusco and Puno. Throughout this journey, you will visit the Andahuaylillas Chapel, Raqchi Archaeological Complex, La Raya Pass, and the Lithic Museum of Pukara. That evening you will stay at the Qalasaya Hotel or similar. Day 9: Titicaca Lake and the Uros and Taquile Islands On the final day, you will take a speed boat tour of Lake Titicaca, before exploring the Uros and Taquile Islands. In the afternoon, you will transfer to the airport where your tour will conclude.

Cusco: 5-day Machu Picchu Trek along the Salkantay Trail

5. Cusco: 5-day Machu Picchu Trek along the Salkantay Trail

Your adventure begins with early morning pickup on day 1 and heads by bus to Mollepata where you can stretch your legs and buy some snacks. Continue onto Challacancha next for final preparations and to double check your equipment. From here, embark on an exciting 3-hour walk to Soraypampa, then enjoy lunch whilst admiring panoramic views of the surrounding snow-capped mountains. Hike up to Laguna de Humantay for more breathtaking views of the Andes, then head to your campsite for the night. After a restful night’s sleep, wake up to an early breakfast before beginning a 4-hour walk to the highest pass of the trek, located halfway between 2 huge mountains — Salkantay and Humantay. After a stop over to marvel at the mountain views, hike 2-hours down to Huayracampa where a well-deserved lunch awaits, followed by a 3-hour trek to the next campsite at Challhuay or Colcapampa. On day 3, trek through the upper jungle region of the area and cross the Santa Teresa River, home to a variety of little brooks. Pass through the valleys and soak up magnificent views of waterfalls, tropical plants, and more. Enjoy lunch at La Playa then travel by car to Santa Teresa town, where you’ll spend the night in warmer climates. In the town, enjoy some free time to explore and treat yourself to a relaxing hot spring experience. Depart from Santa Teresa on day 4 and stroll along a relaxing path for 3-hours to reach the hydroelectric station, where a picnic lunch will be served. From here, walk uphill for another 3-hours to Aguas Calientes where you can recharge your batteries while preparing for your visit to Machu Picchu. Wake up early on day 5 to catch one of the first buses to Machu Picchu in order to appreciate the magnificent city in the early morning light as the mist dissipates. Enjoy a 2-hour walking tour of this fascinating site, and then explore this mysterious city on your own. At the end of an unforgettable 5-day experience, return by train to Ollantaytambo then take the bus back to Cusco, arriving in the late evening at Plaza San Francisco.

From Cusco: 3-Day Imperial Cusco & Macchu Picchu & Transfer

6. From Cusco: 3-Day Imperial Cusco & Macchu Picchu & Transfer

Ascend to the ancient and beautiful Machu Picchu, where you will see famous landscapes and experience the hallowed ruins. Visit the thermal baths and learn about the fascinating history and culture of the Inca Civilization. Day 1: Cusco Be picked up from the airport upon arrival in Cusco, then be transferred to the hotel where you will acclimatize to the altitude in a restful environment. Day 2: Machu PicchuBe driven from your accommodations to Ollantaytambo where you will take the train to the thermal baths of 'Aguas Calientes'. Hop onto the mini-bus that goes on a short but beautiful 20-minute trip that ascends the zigzagging path to the famous Machu Picchu. Enjoy a guided tour of Machu Picchu and marvel at the Central Plaza, the ancient ritual stone Intihuatana, the Temple of the Three Windows, sacred cemeteries, and the majestic ascent of platforms that border the citadel. Return to the Aguas Calientes before being driven back to Cusco in the evening. Day 3: City Tour and Archeological Sites Learn of interesting Incan history and culture as you take a tour of the Inca city and see its main streets and ceremonial centers.

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What people are saying about Aguas Calientes

We had a great experience with the Machu Picchu Small Group Full-Day tour! The company WhatsApp'ed me the day before with the tickets and all the information. We were picked up near our hotel in Cusco around 6am by a small van that also had another group of 2 people in it. The driver drove the four of us to the Ollantaytambo train station where we took the PeruRail to Aguas Calientes. There a tour guide was waiting for us when we got off the train. There was a little bit of down time before our entry time into Machu Picchu so we explored the town a bit before meeting up with the tour guide again. Once again, it was only 4 of us with the tour guide (me and my partner, and a different group of 2). The tour guide brought us up to Machu Picchu by the bus and gave about a 3 hour tour walking through the ruins. Afterwards, we had some more down time before taking the train back in the evening. A private driver drove my group back to Cusco around 10pm so it was a long day but worth it!

Excellent tour covering everything about Machu Pichhu. Our guide was very knowledgeable about the history and explained the significance of all the artifacts and architecture. He was very passionate about Quecha and Inca history and it was an amazing experience. Highly recommend!

Very well organised and the tour guide was brilliant. It is a very long journey from Cusco but we had all the tickets we needed in advance and it was an unforgettable day.

Everything went great and without any problems. From collection to return transport.

It was a unbelievably beautiful trip.I an recommend to everyone!