Machu Picchu: Expedition To The Ancient Citadel In 2 Days

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Embark on an unforgettable adventure to Machu Picchu with our Machu Picchu By Train – 1 Day Tour. Immerse yourself in the awe-inspiring beauty of this ancient Inca Citadel as you traverse the stunning landscapes of Peru. Designed for convenience and comfort, this all-inclusive day trip from Cusco provides a perfect blend of exploration, education, and relaxation.

  • Start your adventure in the enchanting city of Cusco, Peru.
  • Embark on a scenic journey through the breathtaking Sacred Valley.
  • Immerse yourself in the rich cultural heritage of the region, exploring ancient ruins and vibrant markets.
  • Experience the warmth and hospitality of the local communities along the way.
  • Spend a night in the picturesque town of Urubamba, surrounded by stunning mountain landscapes.
  • Wake up to a morning filled with anticipation as you head to the majestic Machu Picchu.
  • Marvel at the awe-inspiring beauty and architectural wonders of the ancient citadel.
  • Enjoy a guided tour of Machu Picchu, delving into its fascinating history and mystical atmosphere.
  • Capture unforgettable moments as you witness the sunrise or sunset casting a magical glow over the ruins.
  • Conclude your expedition with a deep sense of wonder and memories that will last a lifetime.

Note: This is a customized tour, allowing you the flexibility to tailor the itinerary to your preferences and make the most of your Machu Picchu experience.

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TicketsEntrance ticket for Machu Picchu citadel
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Train TicketsExpedition Round Train: Ollantaytambo – Aguas Calientes
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GuideEnglish speaking, professional local guide
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TranportationRound trip transportation from Cusco – Ollantaytambo
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Pick upPick up from your accommodation in Cusco city
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AccommodationHotel 3 stars in Aguas Calientes
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MoreBreakfast at the hotel , Lunch in the first day
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Extra hike to Huayna Picchu or Montaña
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Day 1: Cusco – Aguas Calientes

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  • Start early in the morning from Cusco, Peru.
  • Take a scenic train ride from Cusco to Aguas Calientes, the town located at the base of Machu Picchu.
  • Enjoy the beautiful landscapes along the way, passing through the Sacred Valley of the Incas.
  • Once you arrive in Aguas Calientes, check into your accommodation and take some time to rest and relax.
  • Explore the town of Aguas Calientes, known for its hot springs and charming atmosphere.
  • In the evening, you can enjoy a delicious dinner at one of the local restaurants.
  • It’s recommended to get a good night’s sleep to prepare for the early morning start on the next day.
Meals Included: Lunch

Accommodations: Hotel in Aguas Calientes

Day 2: Machu Picchu

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  • Wake up very early in the morning before sunrise.
  • Have a quick breakfast or grab some snacks to take with you.
  • Take the bus from Aguas Calientes to the entrance of Machu Picchu (the bus journey takes about 30 minutes).
  • Arrive at the entrance gate of Machu Picchu and enter the archaeological site.
  • Spend the entire day exploring the ruins of Machu Picchu, guided or self-guided. You can follow the marked trails and visit iconic spots like the Temple of the Sun, Intihuatana, and the Sun Gate.
  • Take your time to soak in the awe-inspiring views and learn about the history and significance of Machu Picchu.
  • If you’re interested, you can also hike Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain for stunning panoramic views of the area (requires separate tickets and advanced booking).
  • After exploring Machu Picchu, take the bus back to Aguas Calientes.
  • In the late afternoon or early evening, take the train back to Cusco.
  • Arrive in Cusco and conclude your Machu Picchu expedition.
  • Original passport (You will not be let into Machu Picchu if you do not have your passport).
  • Valid, STUDENT CARD (if you booked as a student).
  • Backpack/Day Pack(the smaller, the better)
  • Nice shirt and pants for Machu Picchu – remember you will always treasure these photos, wear something you love.
  • Sun hat and sunglasses
  • Sunscreen.
  • Refillable Water Bottle.
  • Rain jacket/ poncho.
  • Some money for a passport stamp (s/1), the toilet (S/2), and for souvenirs you want to buy or for lunch at the restaurant (expensive).
  • A camera.
  • Comfortable walking shoes or trekking shoes.
  • Insect repellent.
  • Personal medications.
  • Small first aid kit.
Pets, Smoking, Alcohol and drugs, Bags, Umbrella
  1. Comfortable Walking Shoes: Choose sturdy, closed-toe shoes with good traction for walking and exploring the uneven terrain of Machu Picchu.
  2. Layered Clothing: Dress in layers to adapt to changing weather conditions. Include a light jacket or sweater, as temperatures can vary throughout the day.
  3. Moisture-Wicking Clothing: Opt for breathable and moisture-wicking fabrics to keep you comfortable during the tour. Avoid heavy cotton materials that retain moisture.
  4. Sun Protection: Don’t forget to bring a hat, sunglasses, and sunscreen to shield yourself from the sun’s strong rays. Consider long sleeves or a lightweight scarf to protect your arms and neck.
  5. Rain Gear: Be prepared for possible rain showers by bringing a waterproof or water-resistant jacket or poncho. It’s also a good idea to have a small umbrella or a rain cover for your backpack.
  6. Daypack or Small Bag: Carry a small backpack or bag to store your essentials such as water, snacks, camera, extra layers, and personal items.
  7. Comfortable Pants or Shorts: Choose comfortable, flexible pants or shorts that allow for easy movement. Avoid wearing restrictive clothing that may limit your mobility.
  8. Breathable Socks: Wear moisture-wicking socks that provide comfort and prevent blisters during your walk around Machu Picchu.
  9. Insect Repellent: To ward off pesky insects, apply insect repellent to exposed skin, especially if you plan to explore the surrounding areas.
  10. Extra Essentials: Bring a refillable water bottle, a camera or smartphone for capturing memorable moments, and any necessary medications or personal items you may need throughout the day.

Things to Know

  1. Time Limit: The new rules state that you can only stay in the Machu Picchu area for 2 hours, but it’s challenging to enforce this rule without constant questioning by guards.
  2. Passport Requirement: Bring your passport as it is necessary for entering the site.
  3. Entry Ticket: Standard tickets allow a single entry, so once you exit, you cannot re-enter, even if you haven’t spent the full 2 hours. Guided tours typically last 2 to 3 hours.
  4. Machu Picchu + Machu Picchu Mountain: If you have a ticket for both Machu Picchu and Machu Picchu Mountain, it’s recommended to hike the mountain first and then proceed with the guided tour.
  5. Safety Caution: Avoid taking selfie-and-jumping pictures, as they contribute to accidents in the mountainous areas.
  6. Mountain Departure Times: Rangers ask visitors to leave Huayna Picchu Mountain at 12:30 pm and Machu Picchu Mountain at 12 pm.
  7. Footwear: Wear comfortable training or lightweight walking shoes for the best experience.
  8. Insect Repellent: Strong insect repellent is highly recommended.
  9. Passport Stamp: Machu Picchu offers a unique passport stamp for those interested.
  10. Bathroom Facilities: There are no bathrooms inside Machu Picchu, so use the restroom located in front of the entrance before entering. The cost is two soles.
  11. Weather Mistake: Once you start the tour, you cannot return to the viewing platform or change the trail due to weather conditions. Guards strictly monitor the circuit.
  12. Food and Water: While eating inside the site is prohibited, you can bring a small snack but be discreet and avoid littering. Carry your water in reusable flasks to support the reduction of single-use plastic bottles.
  13. Prohibited Items: Drones, hiking poles, tripods, selfie sticks, and professional cameras are not allowed. Only smaller backpacks are permitted; larger backpacks should be left at your hotel in Aguas Calientes.
  14. Strikes: Strikes and roadblocks may occur and disrupt tours. In such cases, alternative arrangements will be made, potentially involving a longer hike and a modified route back to Cusco.

Machu Picchu MP and Xplore Cusco wants to ensure your visit is enjoyable, safe, and respectful of the site’s rules and regulations. By following these guidelines, you’ll have a memorable experience at this remarkable archaeological wonder.

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How do I get to Machu Picchu?
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To reach Machu Picchu, you can either take a train from Cusco or Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes and then a bus to the entrance, or you can embark on a multi-day trek like the Inca Trail.
How long does it take to explore Machu Picchu?
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The average visit to Machu Picchu lasts around 3 to 4 hours, but you can spend more or less time depending on your preference. Keep in mind that you must exit the site by the designated closing time.
Can I hike Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain?
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Yes, you can hike either Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain for breathtaking views. Both hikes require separate permits, and it's recommended to book them well in advance as they have limited availability.
What is the best time of year to visit Machu Picchu?
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The dry season, from May to September, is generally considered the best time to visit Machu Picchu. However, be prepared for larger crowds during this period. The wet season, from October to April, offers lush green landscapes but with more rainfall.
What should I pack for a visit to Machu Picchu?
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It's advisable to pack essentials such as comfortable walking shoes, a hat, sunscreen, insect repellent, a rain jacket, a refillable water bottle, and a camera. Also, carry your passport and necessary travel documents.
Is Machu Picchu affected by altitude sickness?
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Machu Picchu is located at an elevation of about 2,430 meters (7,970 feet). While it's at a lower altitude compared to Cusco, some visitors may still experience symptoms of altitude sickness. It's recommended to acclimatize in Cusco for a few days before visiting Machu Picchu.



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