Machu Picchu Tour
We wake up early to begin the big adventure, we have ahead of us and we have all been waiting for. We pick you up from your hotel at 6:35am and then, drive for 25 minutes in our private van to the Poroy Train Station departing at 7:35am.
Voyage through the alpine meadows lying amongst the various colorful mountain peaks, the beautiful valleys, the Inca farming terraces built by hand in the form of ampitheatres, snowcapped mountains and sub-tropical jungle along the way to Aguas Calientes – the town at the base of Machu Picchu.
Our English-speaking guide will be waiting for us at the Aguas Calientes train station, when we arrive at 10:52am. We will have a little time to grab a sandwich or something for lunch before heading up the zig zagging hill to Machu Picchu on the 30-minute shuttle bus (2,040m/7,907ft). We will have a 2.5 hour guided tour learning about the secrets which lie within as well as the ancient history of Machu Picchu. Then, we will have free time to explore on our own or hike to the Sun Gate. We then return to Aguas Calientes to catch the early evening Vistadome train (4:43pm or 5:23pm train) to Poroy, 25 minutes from your Hotel in Cusco, where we will meet our private vehicle and driver to take you back to your hotel in Cusco, arriving between 9:00pm and 10:00pm.
- Meals: Snack and Hot Drinks on the Train.
***Please Note: The Vistadome Train only departs and returns to and from Ollantaytambo Train Station in the Sacred Valley during Rainy Season (January – April). Orange Nation provides private transfers to and from the Train Station, in any case.
- Hiking up 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.
VISTADOME CLASS TRAIN
The Vistadome is the ideal for those looking for the best comfort and quality service!
The train cars have large panoramic windows on the sides and ceilings providing endless scenic views and many opportunities to take photos. The Vistadome offers traditional Inca style service, which allows the passengers to experience the Andean Culture through its landscapes, music and dance.
The Vistadome train provides first class service to give you the experience of a lifetime. It also has air conditioning, heating and adjustable leather seats to provide comfort throughout the trip.
We start our journey when we collect you from your hotel lobby and drive to the Poroy Train station located 25 minutes outside of Cusco, the Train journey to Machu Picchu is about three and a half hours to Aguas Calientes.
Our return trip is from Aguas Calientes to Poroy Train Station, which takes 3.5 hours. When we arrive to Poroy, we will drive in our private van for 25 minutes back to Cusco, arriving to your hotel between 9pm – 9:30pm.
**Huayna picchu and Machu Picchu Mountain Hikes are not possible due to the time schedule of a one-day tour.
WHAT IS INCLUDED:
- Transfer from your Hotel to Poroy Train Station
- Vistadome train ticket from Poroy to Aguas Calientes and Aguas Calientes to Poroy
- Bus round trip from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu
- Admission ticket for Machu Picchu
- Guided tour in English
- Snacks and Dance Presentation included on the train
- Transfer to and from the train station to your hotel
WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED:
- Huayna picchu and/or Machu Picchu Mountain are not possible with the time schedule
- Tips for your guide
The Tour to Machu Picchu with Vistadome Train is available on any date that is best for you, as long as we have a minimum of 2 people.
|No. OF PEOPLE||PRICE|
|2 to 8 people||$ 377 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!
- 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 answer all of your questions about our services and Tours to Machu Picchu with the Vistadome Train
ARRIVAL TO CUSCO
We will collect you from the Cusco airportfor a private Transfer to your hotel, please inform us of your flight details at least 14 days prior to arrival. Our representative will be holding an orange board reading Orange Nation outside the arrival terminal.
The briefing is the night before the tour at 6pm in our office which is located at Calle Santa Teresa Nº383; 101 (first floor), we are next to SUBWAY restaurant and across the street from Sunat.
CAN I STORE MY LUGGAGE AT YOUR OFFICE?
Absolutely! Your main luggage can be stored at our office or at your hotel, both are free.
HOW TO BOOK:
Please be ready with the following information (FROM EACH PARTICIPANT in your group). We cannot purchase an an entrance to Machu Picchu or the train 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 US$211.00 per person in order to purchase your entrance to Machu Picchu and train ticket. You can make you deposit by clicking on the VISA, MASTERCARD, DINERS CLUB, AMERICAN EXPRESS or PAYPAL symbols on the top of our home page, or you can click on the VISA, MASTERCARD, DINERS CLUB, AMERICAN EXPRESS or 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. We have many ATMs within the historical center to withdraw money. You can also pay by VISA, MASTERCARD, DINERS CLUB, AMERICAN EXPRESS or PAYPAL online but you will have to pay a 5.5% service charge, charged by VISA, MASTERCARD, DINERS CLUB, AMERICAN EXPRESS and PAYPAL. To pay your balance through PAYPAL, you need to log into your PAYPAL account using our email address of email@example.com.
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?
Unfortunately the answer is No. Once the tickets have been bought, the government does not allow any changes, so we can’t change any departure date after the tickets has been bought. Tickets are also non transferable nor refundable. If you cancel your Tour to Machu Picchu with Vistadome Train, the deposit is not refundable!
DO I NEED MY ORIGINAL PASSPORT FOR MACHU PICCHU TOURS?
DEFINITELY! You MUST bring your original physical passport (No Copies) with the same passport number you gave us to book your entrances, train tickets and other reservations. They will check your passport when you enter Machu Picchu and board the train.
In case you are renewing your passport or changing your name, please send us a COPY of your old passport to secure your permit, and we will change it when we receive a COPY your new passport and/or updated 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 must 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.
WHAT IS THE WEATHER LIKE IN THE MACHU PICCHU TOURS?
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 showers (Orange Nation provides rain ponchos) and a warm jacket in case of cold. We recommend that you dress in layers so you may take off or put on clothes as needed.
ARE WE DROPPED OFF AT OUR HOTEL AFTER THE 1 DAY MACHU PICCHU TOURS?
Absolutely! Included in our packages is dropping you off at your hotel on the return from your trek or tour. If you have booked your hotel in the Sacred Valley like Ollantaytambo or Urubamba, we will drop you there too!
If you spend the night at Ollantaytambo before the trek, we wil pick you up there.
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.
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. Walking one block could feel like walking ten blocks carrying a backpack full of rocks. It is advisable to take it really 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? 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 knew better the effects of high altitude than indigenous peoples. 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. If you do not feel like chewing leaves (which can be bitter, apart from numbing your mouth), you can try drinking coca tea, which is most commonly found in the lobby of hotels in Cusco.
If you’re happy with the services provided, a tip is appreciated. While it may not be normal to you, it’s of great significance for the people who will take care of you during the tour (and their families). It also inspires better service and is an major facet of the tourism industry. Obviously, you are free to tip more or less as you wish, depending on what you thought about the quality and the length of your tour.
ARE YOU SUSTAINABLE?
Orange Nation Peru is a local sustainable and responsible tour operator that operates with principles of responible tourism: protecting the environment and benefiting the indigenous communities while respecting their culture and religion.
WHAT YOU SHOULD BRING?
- A small daypack and water
- Comfortable shoes
- Camera and rain jacket or poncho (provided by Orange Nation)
- A fleece or jacket, basic toiletries
- Hat for the sun, sunscreen, insect repellent
- Passport (Cannot enter Train or Machu Picchu without passport)
- Money for souvenirs