MACHU PICCHU TOUR BY EXPEDITION TRAIN – 1-DAY
We wake up early for the big day we have all been waiting for ahead of us. We will pick you up from your hotel lobby at 4:00 am and drive in SAM’s private van to Ollantaytambo Train Station to catch the 6:10 am train. We voyage through the alpine meadows lying amongst the various mountains with colorful peaks, the beautiful valleys, Inca farming terraces built by hand in the form of amphitheaters, snowcapped mountains and sub-tropical jungle along the way to Aguas Calientes, the town at the base of Machu Picchu. The sacred Vilcanota River will accompany us throughout the trip until we have arrived in Aguas Calientes.
Our guide will be waiting for us at the train station in Aguas Calientes when we arrive at approximately 7:30 am and take us up to Machu Picchu on a shuttle bus. We will begin our adventure exploring the Lost City of the Incas with a 2 1/2 hour guided tour of tall the nooks and crannies learning the ancient history of Machu Picchu. Then, we have plenty of free time to explore on our own or hike to the Sun Gate until noon. At this point, we must depart and return to Aguas Calientes, where we can have a leisurely lunch and take the 4:22 pm Expedition train to Ollantaytambo. There we will be collected by our private van and drive back to your hotel in Cusco, arriving around 8:00 pm.
- Hiking to the Sun Gate: (no ticket is needed). It is an hour hike from Machu Picchu
- Inca Bridge: (no ticket needed). It is a 25-minute walk from Machu Picchu
EXPEDITION CLASS TRAIN
Expedition service leaves from Ollantaytambo – Located a 1.5 – 2 hour drive from Cusco, depending on traffic.
This is a more economical train experience with all the quality and benefits of Peru rail has to offer.
***Please Note: There is not enough time in this tour to climb Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain.
WHAT IS INCLUDED:
- 4:00 am transfer from your hotel lobby to Ollantaytambo by private van
- Expedition train ticket from Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes
- Round-trip bus tickets from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu
- Entrance ticket for Machu Picchu
- Two hour tour with English-speaking guide
- Expedition train from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo, then transfer to your hotel in Cusco
WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED
- Hiking Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain is not possible with the time schedule
- Tips for your guide
The Machu Picchu Tour is available on any date that is best for you, as long as we have a minimum of 2 participants.
|No. OF PEOPLE||PRICE|
|2 to 8 people||$ 327 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 people with no more than 8 people!***
- 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 at booking is required & 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 you answer all of your questions about our services and tour
ARRIVAL TO CUSCO
We will pick you up from the Cusco airport and take you to your hotel in Cusco. Please let us know your flight details at least 14 days before arrival. Our representative will be holding an orange sign reading ORANGE Nation outside the arrivals. You must exit the terminal to find our representative as they cannot enter. (Please let us know if your hotel is in the Sacred Valley so we can make the necessary arrangments).
The briefing will be held the night before your trek at 6pm in our office ,which is located at Calle Santa Teresa Nº383; 101 (first floor), we are next to SUBWAY sandwich shop. We share a lobby with the Casona Corrales Boutique Hotel.
CAN I STORE MY LUGGAGE AT YOUR OFFICE?
Absolutely! While you are your tour to Machu Picchu, your main luggage can be stored at our office or at your hotel, both are free.
HOW TO BOOK THE MACHU PICCHU TOUR
Please have the following information (FROM EACH PARTICIPANT in your group). We cannot purchase the necessary entrance tickets to Machu Picchu or the train tickets 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 per person, in order to purchase your entrance to Machu Picchu and train ticket. You can make your deposit by clicking on the PAYPAL symbols on the top of our home page, or you can click on the PAYPAL symbols on our booking page.
WHAT ABOUT THE BALANCE?
It would be greatly appreciated if you pay in cash at our office (US dollars or Peruvian soles) here in Cusco and avoid the additional 5.5% International transaction fee. We have many ATMs within the historic center to withdraw money. You can also pay by PAYPAL online but you will have to pay a 5.5% service charge, charged by PAYPAL. To pay your balance through PAYPAL, you need to log into your PAYPAL account using our email address firstname.lastname@example.org.
HOW DO I QUALIFY FOR THE STUDENT DISCOUNT?
According to Peruvian Law, you must be under 18 years of age at the time of your trek, tour, or visit to Machu Picchu (students 18 & above need student cards). For example: if you book a trek at the age of 17 but you turn 18 before you do your trek, you do not qualify for a student discount.
All students from 11 to 17 years, the discount is $30.
For children from the age of 2 to 11 the discount is $40.
Children under the age of 2 are free.
All students must provide a copy of their passport at the time of their booking to get the student discount.
MAY I CHANGE THE DEPARTURE DATE AFTER THE TICKETS HAVE BEEN BOUGHT?
Sorry, the answer is No. Once the tickets for Machu Picchu have been purchased, the government does not allow any changes, so we can’t change any departure date after the tickets have been bought. Tickets are also non refundable nor transferable. If you cancel your Machu Picchu Tour, the deposit is non refundable!
DO I NEED MY ORIGINAL PASSPORT FOR THE MACHU PICCHU TOUR?
Definitely! You MUST bring your original passport with the same passport number you sent to us to book your entrance to Machu Picchu, train ticket, other entrances and reservations. They will check when you enter Machu Picchu and board the train.
In case you are renewing your passport or changing your name, you must send us a COPY of your old passport to secure your permit, and we can change it when we have a COPY of your new passport or new name for a fee of $25 USD per person. We must have a copy of your old and new passport to make the change. Before you change your passport keep a copy of your old one.
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 enter Machu Picchu and the train. If you do not have both, you will not be allowed to enter Machu Picchu or get on the train.
Remember to check your current passport to make sure it doesn’t expire within 6 months of your arrival to Peru!!! The Government of Peru is enforcing the existing law that requires all foreign travelers to have a passport valid for a minimum of six months past the time of entry into Peru. Peruvian authorities will deny entry into Peru for travelers not meeting this requirement.
WHAT IS THE WEATHER LIKE IN THE MACHU PICCHU TOUR?
The weather is very unpredictable and always changing, so it is difficult to say with any certainty. We recommend that you be prepared for warm weather, possible rain (Orange Nation provides rain ponchos), and a warm jacket in case of cold.
ARE WE DROPPED OFF AT OUR HOTEL AFTER THE MACHU PICCHU TOUR?
Of Course! We will drop you off at your hotel when we return from the trek or tour. If you are staying in the Sacred Valley, we will pick you up and/or drop you off there as well!
Welcome to Cusco, the capital of the Inca Empire, located at 11,152 ft (3,399 meters) above sea level, where lack of oxygen is the only thing that can prevent you from enjoying your trip. Don’t waste one day feeling sick, prevent altitude sickness before your trip to Cusco.
For some visitors, the first hours in Cusco can be summarized as shortness of breath, discomfort in the body, dizziness, headaches, stomachaches, and even vomiting. As great connoisseurs of natural medicine, the Incas used coca leaves to counteract Soroche Quechua for high-altitude sickness.
Don’t do anything other than rest
If you travel from Lima to Cusco, the effect can be immediate. This lack of oxygen, scientifically known as hypoxia, begins to manifest itself at 7,874 ft (2,399 m) above sea level. That’s why right after landing in Cusco, visitors can feel fatigued and have difficulty walking. It is advisable to take it easy on the first day and, if possible, rest the first few hours to help the body acclimatize to the altitude.
How do people feel after a night of drinking? Really thirsty! That’s how you’ll feel when you arrive in Cusco. As already stated, the body dehydrates quickly in high altitudes. It is recommended you drink lots of water before and during your trip to Cusco. Also, avoid heavy meals since your stomach takes longer to digest food at high altitudes. A diet of low proteins and high carbs is advisable.
No one knows the effects of high altitude better than indigenous people. Coca is the best natural medicine to combat altitude sickness. It was even considered sacred because of its curative powers and is still used in the same way now as it was in the time of the Incas. It contains iron, vitamins A, B1, B2, and calcium, among other nutrients. Coca makes it easier for your bloodstream to absorb oxygen, suppresses hunger, combats fatigue, headaches and can ease your stomach. Try drinking coca tea, which is found in the lobbies of most hotels in Cusco.
If you’re happy with the services provided, a tip is appreciated. It means a lot to the staff and their families who will take care of you during the tour. It inspires better service and is a major part of the tourism industry across many ORANGE Nation destinations. Of course, you are free to tip as much as you want, depending on how you feel about the quality of service and the length of your tour.
ARE YOU SUSTAINABLE?
We are a local, sustainable & responsible tour operator which functions according to the ethical principles of tourism. Protect the environment and help the indigenous communities by respecting their culture and religion. We have trained all of our staff to know, understand, and respect the local communities and the people living there.
WHAT YOU SHOULD BRING?
- A small daypack with 2-3L water to drink
- Comfortable shoes
- Camera and rain jacket or poncho
- A fleece or jacket, basic toiletries
- Hat for the sun , sunscreen, insect repellent
- Passport (you cannot board the train or enter Machu Picchu without your passport)
- Money for souvenirs, drinks, food and tips