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1-Day Tour to Machu Picchu by Train from Cusco incl. Airport Pickup

USD $275.00

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City: Machu Picchu, Mountains // Activities: Machu Picchu tour // 

 Why you'll love this experience:

 Machu Picchu tour with visits of beautiful spots perfect for couple-, family-, and friend pictures touristy groups don't get to see.

 More than 40+ 5-star Tripadvisor reviews for the Machu Picchu tour only. See what others are saying about their unforgettable time with us.

 Enjoy more privacy with your guide thanks to the small group. 

 More time (2.5h instead of the common 2h; and option to remain solo for a bit longer in the complex) with your guide and don't rush through Machu Picchu.  

 

A tour to Machu Picchu is what many people call their most beautiful experience in Perú. 

Unfortunately, the typical group tours are characterized by large groups, pickup delays, crowded buses and unmotivated guides that present their memorized Machu Picchu scripts. Due to the group size, it’s often difficult to follow everything the guide says and to ask all the questions you want. 

With us, you can forget about these points as we’ll make sure the most romantic moment during your Peru tour will be impeccable. Not only do we cover all the must-visit spots of the ancient city of the Incas but we also visit the hidden spots normal groups don’t get to visit. These spots are perfect for some unforgettable couple shots that capture the magic of your Machu Picchu visit. Prepare yourself for vivid stories of our passionate guide that will make you feel like you are time traveling. 

If you’re short on time, this day tour to Machu Picchu from Cusco is the way to go for you. Even though a lot of time will be spent on transfers (cars and trains), the experience is well worth it. Afterwards, you’ll say that the dollars spent were worth it, instead of regretting for a lifetime that this tour turned out differently than expected.

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Itinerary*:

*please click the tab below to see the detailed itinerary for each option. Both options are exemplary for the earliest entrance option at Machu Picchu. If you want to leave Cusco/Aguas Calientes later and enter Machu Picchu at a later entrance time, the itinerary will change accordingly.

Machu Picchu Day Tour with Expedition Train* from Cusco (earliest entrance option**)
...with Machu Picchu Mountain / Huayna Picchu****
2:45 am: Hotel Pickup in Cusco or in the Sacred Valley*** 2:45 am: Hotel Pickup in Cusco or in the Sacred Valley***
5:05 am: Train from Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes 5:05 am: Train from Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes
6:35 am: Welcome by team member at train station and taking bus to Machu Picchu entrance 6:35 am: Welcome by team member at train station and taking bus to Machu Picchu entrance
8:00 am: Guided Machu Picchu tour 8:00 am: Machu Picchu Mountain / Huayna Picchu hike
10:30 am: Leaving Machu Picchu, getting Machu Picchu passport stamp, heading back to Aguas Calientes by bus (without guide) 11:00 am: Machu Picchu tour with Exploor guide
11:30 am: Arrival in Aguas Calientes and free time for lunch 1:30 pm: Leaving Machu Picchu, getting Machu Picchu passport stamp, heading back to Aguas Calientes by bus (without guide)
Return train to Ollantaytambo in the afternoon/evening 3:30 pm: Arrival in Aguas Calientes and free time for lunch
Private pickup after arrival at the train station Return train to Ollantaytambo in the afternoon/evening
Drop-off in your accommodation in the Sacred Valley*** or in Cusco Private pickup after arriving at the train station
Drop-off in your accommodation in the Sacred Valley*** or in Cusco

*Vistadome options are also possible

**Entrance preferences (as early as possible, in the late morning, in the afternoon) are eligible when filling out the pre-confirmation email you receive automatically after the reservation has been made to coordinate your private Machu Picchu tour

***Sacred Valley pickups and drop-offs available for locations between Ollantaytambo to Urubamba or Urubamba to Cusco. Locations outside this route are possible as well but will have an additional fee for the extra transportation.

****This is the only itinerary possible in this case

 

Machu Picchu Day Tour with Expedition Train* from Aguas Calientes (earliest entrance option **)

...with Machu Picchu Mountain / Huayna Picchu [ (...) in case of 10:00 am hike]
4:30 pm: Hotel Pickup (or Sacred Valley tour) 4:30 pm: Hotel Pickup (or Sacred Valley tour)
7:04 pm: Train from Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes 7:04 pm: Train from Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes
8:45 pm: Arrival at train station and heading to hotel (no pickup from Exploor, usually hotels offer this service) 8:45 pm: Arrival at train station and heading to hotel (no pickup from Exploor, usually hotels offer this service)
Before 5:30 am: Hotel pickup by guide and taking bus to Machu Picchu entrance Before 5:30 am: Hotel pickup by guide and taking bus to Machu Picchu entrance
6:00 am: Guided Machu Picchu tour 6:00 (8:00) am: Guided Machu Picchu tour
8:30 am: Leaving Machu Picchu, getting Machu Picchu passport stamp, heading back to Aguas Calientes by bus (without guide) 8:00 (10:00) am: Machu Picchu Mountain/ Huayna Picchu hike
9:30 am: Arrival in Aguas Calientes and free time 11:00 am (1:00 pm): Leaving Machu Picchu, getting Machu Picchu passport stamp, heading back to Aguas Calientes by bus (without guide)
Return train to Ollantaytambo in the early afternoon/evening 12:00 (2:00) pm: Arrival in Aguas Calientes and free time for lunch
Private pickup after arriving at the train station Return train to Ollantaytambo in the early afternoon/evening
Drop-off in your accommodation in the Sacred Valley*** or in Cusco Private pickup after arriving at the train station
Drop-off in your accommodation in the Sacred Valley*** or in Cusco

*Vistadome options are also possible

**Entrance preferences (as early as possible, in the late morning, in the afternoon) are eligible when filling out the pre-confirmation email you receive automatically after the reservation has been made to coordinate your private Machu Picchu tour

***Sacred Valley pickups and drop-offs available for locations between Ollantaytambo to Urubamba or Urubamba to Cusco. Locations outside this route are possible as well but will have an additional fee for the extra transportation.

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  • 2:50 am: Hotel pickup by Exploor driver and head with shared transport from meetup spot where our driver brings you to Ollantaytambo train station (we leave Cusco at 3:00 am, 1h earlier than almost everyone else, to avoid the tourist crowds on Machu Picchu) 
  • Take the train to Aguas Calientes from Ollantaytambo
  • Exploor team awaits you at the train station, then you head to the entrance by minibus
  • 7:15 am: 2.5-hour guided tour of Machu Picchu (we enter before the majority of Cusco's tourist groups arrives, who start later than 8:00 am, taking the train 1h later)
  • 9:45 am: End of guided tour for those who don't do the optional hike. You can either remain at the end of the site without your guide or head back to Aguas Calientes by minibus
  • Take minibus back to Aguas Calientes and free time to have lunch 
  • Take the train back to Ollantaytambo* in the afternoon, pick up from the train station and shared transport to the main point in Cusco where our driver awaits and brings you to your hotel in Cusco where you'll arrive in the evening

*Train back ends in Ollantaytambo until 30/04/2020. From 01/05/2020 onwards train heads back until Poroy train station.

In case of an overnight stay in Aguas Calientes:

  • 7:00 pm on the day before: Train from Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes
  • 9:15 pm on the day before: Arrival in Aguas Calientes and briefing with guide in your hotel
  • Pickup in the morning at time coordinated and head to minibusses

 

 Included:

  • Round trip Expedition train tickets (Vistadome train option is also possible for private tours, see “Info” below)
  • Private Machu Picchu tour or small-group tour of max. 10 travelers
  • Entrance ticket to Machu Picchu
  • Entrance ticket to Machu Picchu Mountain (only for private tours available - optional and depending on availability*)
  • Minibusses Aguas Calientes - Machu Picchu - Aguas Calientes
  • Airport pickup and transport to your hotel in Cusco's city center
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off in Cusco or Sacred Valley**
  • Professional English-speaking guide specialised on Machu Picchu tours 
  • 100% money-back guarantee in case of our failure***

*Please ask us via chat or email about availability (especially for reservations within 1 month).
**By exploor (hotel to meetup point) and shared transportation (meetup point to Ollantaytambo). Sacred Valley pickups and drop-offs available for locations between Ollantaytambo to Urubamba or Urubamba to Cusco only for private tours. Locations outside this route are possible also only for private tours and will have an additional fee for the extra distance to cover.
***In case it’s related to something that is 100% under our control, such as transportation or the guide, and that negatively affects the experience on the day of your tour.

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Not Included:

  • Meals
  • Tips

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Schedule:

  • Daily departures (the exact departure and arrival times depend on the trains chosen)

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    Recommendations:

    • Wear light shoes, a long sleeve shirt, long pants and bring a raincoat
    • Bring your original passport for the Machu Picchu tour.
    • Drink lots of water during the excursion
    • Take insect repellent, sunblock, sunglasses and a hat for sunny days with you
    • Use only hand luggage for your tour to Machu Picchu, as the maximum weight allowed is 5 kg (you can store your luggage at your hotel in Cusco)
    • Bring your camera or video camera

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     Terms of Reservation:

    • Minimum 1 week before. The earlier you book, the better the train times we can organize for you.
    • If you want to book a private tour for 3 people or more please use the discount code "MAPI3" during checkout and you'll get $10 off per person.
    • Minimum 2 people
    • Regarding Machu Picchu Mountain and Huayna Picchu reservations please see “Info” below
    • After the booking has been made, please respond to our automatic email asking about necessary information for the tour, such as pickup spot, food preferences and more.

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     Terms of Cancellation:

    • There won’t be any refunds for this tour as we proceed with the purchase of the entrance tickets, the train tickets etc. as soon as you have made your reservation.

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      Info:

      • Please note that for holidays, such as the 10/05/2020 the team receives an extra bonus as they make the sacrifice of not being with their families. To appreciate their availability, an additional $70 (in total, not per person) will be charged apart from the price indicated on the webpage. This amount can be paid via email payment request by Paypal.
      • From January 2nd until April 30th, there aren’t any trains departing from Cusco/Poroy, only from Ollantaytambo.
      • Where and when can you choose your preferred time at Machu Picchu?
        • When you’ve made your reservation with us, you’ll automatically receive an email where all important questions about your Machu Picchu day trip, airport transportation and more will be asked. We recommend answering to this email as soon as possible to enable us to start with the coordination of your tickets and ensuring an excellent experience for you.
      • What is the Vistadome Train and how can I book it?
        • This train option has a panoramic view due to bigger windows. It differs in price. Per train and person this option has an additional cost of $40 that can be paid via PayPal when the upgrade is confirmed.
          How can it be booked? In the email mentioned above, you have the option to select this train option as: “no”, “one way” or “both ways”. We’ll then take care of the rest.
      • Machu Picchu Mountain and Huayna Picchu option
        • Both are hikes to the mountains that surround the archeological site of Machu Picchu. Please find a detailed comparison here.
          In case you opt to add one of those two hikes, please contact us first via Whatsapp +51965027736 or info@exploor.pe to help you with the availabilities. When everything is clear, please select the Machu Picchu Mountain option during the booking process. In the email that you’ll receive automatically after the reservation has been made you can then indicate which option you’d like to hike and the corresponding tickets will be organized. (only for private tours available)
        • Transportation for shared groups: Our private driver picks you punctually up at your hotel/hostel/Airbnb and brings you safely to the meetup spot where you enter a shared transportation to Ollantaytambo (same for the way back, all under clear safety and comfort standards for your best).
        • The seats in the train are chosen by the train company itself; there is no possibility to influence your seat from our side.
        • In the case of flight delays, inconveniences with the train schedule or bad weather (rain, landslides, etc.) we do not assume any responsibility, but your travel insurance most likely will offer coverage for these cases. This also holds for the airport pickup. The driver arrives 5 minutes after your arrival and waits up to 25 minutes outside on the parking lot when leaving the building (with a sign and your name on it). In case of any delays, you’ll have to get to your hotel on your own as the driver has to continue with his work. For any refund on this service, please claim it with your airline.
        • Changes or upgrades are subject to 1.) availability and 2.) an extra charge as stated in our Terms and conditions.

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