Tour to Machu Picchu with Vistadome Train 1 Day

It is an unforgettable experience with amazing and breathtaking panoramic views on the 3.5-hour Vistadome Train journey which travels from Cusco (Poroy Train Station) to Aguas Calientes and back to Cusco in style. We will see beautiful Andean meadows lying amongst the various colorful mountains peaks, the wide valleys, the Inca farming terraces built by hand hundreds of years ago, snow-capped mountains and sub-tropical jungle along the way to Aguas Calientes – the town at the feet of Machu Picchu. We will take a shuttle bus from Aguas Calientes up the zig zagging hill to the mystical UNESCO World Heritage site of Machu Picchu (2,400m/7,907ft). We will enjoy a magical and mysterious journey back in time as we visit the Sacred Inca Citadel called Machu Picchu, “Old Sacred Mountain” and have plenty of time to explore this magnificent Incan wonder with an amazing history and many little secrets about the thriving culture of people who once lived there.

Itinerary

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 for your train departing at 7:35am.

Voyage through the Andean meadows lying amongst the various colorful mountain peaks, the beautiful valleys, the Inca farming terraces built by hand in the form of amphitheaters, snow-capped 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 10:52 am. 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 (4:43 pm or 5:23 pm train) to Poroy, 25 minutes from your hotel in Cusco. At the train station we will meet our private vehicle and driver to take you back to your hotel in Cusco, arriving between 9:00 pm and 10:00 pm.  

  • 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 the rainy season (January – April). Orange Nation provides private transfers to and from the train station.

EXTRA HIKES

  • 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 conditioningheating, 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 9pm9:30pm.

**Huayna Picchu and Machu Picchu Mountain extra hikes are not possible due to the time schedule of a one-day tour.**

Inclusions

WHAT IS INCLUDED FOR THE TOUR TO MACHU PICCHU WITH VISTADOME TRAIN?

  • Transfer from your hotel to Poroy train station
  • Vistadome train ticket from Poroy to Aguas Calientes and Aguas Calientes to Poroy
  • Round trip shuttle tickets 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 FOR THE TOUR TO MACHU PICCHU WITH VISTADOME TRAIN?   

  • Climbing Huayna Picchu and/or Machu Picchu Mountain are not possible with the time schedule
  • Drinks
  • Meals
  • Tips for your guide

Price

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 PEOPLEPRICE
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!***

DISCOUNTS

  • 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.

Important Info

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 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

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 sandwich shop. We share a lobby with the Casona Corrales Boutique Hotel.

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:

FIRST, to book your Machu Picchu Tours, we need you to fill out our booking form by clicking on BOOK NOW on our homepage or click here on the link – BOOK NOW.

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):
  • Gender
  • Passport number
  • D.OB. (dd / mm / yyyy)
  • Nationality

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 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. We have many ATMs within the historical 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 PAYPALyou need to log into your PAYPAL account using our email address orangenationperu@gmail.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?

Yes, but with some restrictions and fees. Once the tickets for Machu Picchu 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.

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 PeruPeruvian authorities will deny entry into Peru for travelers not meeting this requirement.

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.

ALTITUDE SICKNESS

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. 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.

Stay hydrated

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.

Discovering coca

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. Try drinking coca tea, which is found in the lobbies of most hotels in Cusco.

TIPPING

If you’re happy with the services provided, a tip is appreciated. While it may not be customary in your country, 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 as much 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.

Packing list

WHAT YOU SHOULD BRING?

  • A small daypack and 2-3 L bottles of water
  • Snacks
  • 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 (you cannot board the train or enter Machu Picchu without your passport)
  • Money for souvenirs
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