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From Cusco: 2 Day Bus Tour to Machu Picchu

1. From Cusco: 2 Day Bus Tour to Machu Picchu

Experience two full days exploring the National Park of Machu Picchu. Travel to to the hydroelectric plant and witness the surrounding mountain scenery as you drive by. Enjoy a walk or trainride into the town of Aguas Calientes. Wake and walk to the archeological site and take a 2-hour guided tour. Begin traveling to the Machu Picchu hydroelectric plant, and marvel at the beautiful landscape as the bus travels through the mountains and into the cloud forest. Arrive at Santa Tereza to stop for lunch, and then continue on to the Machu Picchu National Park. Enter the National Park of Machu Picchu and enjoy an unguided walk along the well marked train tracks for two hours to reach the town of Aguas Calientes, or skip the walk and choose to add the option of a train ride. Meet the guide in the main plaza upon arrival in Aguas Calientes. Learn more about the town and the meeting point for dinner. Receive information about the next day's activities and return to the hotel to sleep and prepare for another day of excitement and exploration. Wake up packed and excited for a walk from Machu Picchu town to the archaeological site. Choose the option to skip the one hour walk and add a bus ride. Enjoy a two hour guided tour inside the archaeological site. Opt to hike or bus to the hydroelectric station where the return bus will be waiting. Take in the scenery on a peaceful five hour ride back to Cusco.

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From Aguas Calientes: Machu Picchu Guided Tour

2. From Aguas Calientes: Machu Picchu Guided Tour

Enjoy Machu Picchu on this amazing 2-hour guided tour and discover why the Lost Citadel of the Incas is considered one of the wonders of the world. Your tour will start in Aguas Calientes, where you will get the next bus to Machu Picchu. Arriving in Machu Picchu with the group, you will meet the expert tour guide who will take you on a journey of this world-famous site. Visit the most important places inside the Lost Citadel of the Incas and learn more about the Inca culture and history. You’ll have the chance to see amazing views and take stunning pictures to keep the best memories from this amazing day. After visiting the most important places and finishing your tour, your tour guide will assist you on how to get back to Aguas Calientes or Cusco.

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From Cusco: Overnight Tour of Machu Picchu

3. From Cusco: Overnight Tour of Machu Picchu

Start by being picked up from the comfort of your hotel in Cusco at 7:00 AM in the morning Make your way to see the and sacred mountains of the Incas and glaciers on the way to a hydroelectric plant where you will have a hearty lunch. Walk through a lush jungle and enjoy catching glimpses of the local fauna for three hours until you arrive at the charming Machu Picchu town of Aguas Calientes. Rest at a cozy hotel and have a nice dinner in the restaurant. Begin day two with a filling breakfast at 5:00 AM. Listen to the morning birds as you stroll through the jungle until you reach Machu Picchu sanctuary. Learn all about Machu Picchu from your expert guide. Take photos of the stunning landscape. After the tour, make your way back through the jungle towards the hydroelectric plant to catch a comfortable bus back to Cusco. Finish by being dropped off in Plaza de San Francisco at around 10:00 PM.

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From Cusco: Machu Picchu 4-Day 1-Night Trip

4. From Cusco: Machu Picchu 4-Day 1-Night Trip

Day 1 Be picked up at your accommodation between 1:15 PM - 1:25 PM and take a tour through the city. Visit the cathedral of Cusco, Qorikancha, Saqsayhuaman, Qenqo, Pucapucara, and Tambomachay. The tour will end around 7:00 PM in the main square. Walk to your accommodation from the main square. Day 2 Be picked up at your accommodation between 8:15 AM - 8:35 AM and head to the Sacred Valley. Spend the day exploring the valley and visit Pisaq, Ollantaytambo, and Chincheros. Return to Cusco at around 7:30 PM. Day 3 Be picked up at your accommodation between 6:45 AM - 7:10 AM and travel to Hydroelectric. Arrive at Hydroelectric at around 2:00 PM. Relax with a short break for lunch. After lunch, enjoy a 3-hour walk to the hot waters, where your accommodation is. Listen to a short briefing about the itinerary for the next day. Afterward, you can have dinner and relax in the thermal baths. Day 4 Wake up early and walk to the sanctuary entrance. Have a 2-hour tour of the sanctuary and spend some time taking photos before heading down to the hydroelectric plant. Pick up all your belongings at your accommodation and take a bus at 3:00 PM to Cusco. Travel for 7-hours to Cusco. Arrive at Cusco at around 10:00 PM, where your tour comes to an end. Walk or take a taxi to your accommodation in Cusco.

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Cusco: 2-Day Machu Picchu by Tourist Train

5. Cusco: 2-Day Machu Picchu by Tourist Train

Your day will begin as you are picked up from your hotel at around 4:00AM in the morning. From there, take the 6:10AM train to Ollantaytambo where you will transferred to Hot Waters, arriving by around 8:00AM. There your guide will be waiting for you with a sign stating your name to take you to your hotel. Following breakfast, meet with the group at 10:00AM to take the bus to the guided in the sanctuary of Machu Picchu. Meet your guide there who will teach you the history, including how Machu Picchu was built. At the end of your tour you can decide whether to go for lunch or travel back to your hotel to relax. Later in the afternoon you can explore the city to discover a little more about it, with the thermal baths or the museum popular among visitors. The next day you'll get up at 6:00AM for breakfast after which you take the train back to Ollantaytambo. Upon your arrival to Ollantaytambo your local partner will be waiting to transport you back to Cusco. Once back in Cusco, your guide will drop you off to the main square of the city.

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Lima: 9-Day Peru Express with Ica, Cusco, and Puno

6. Lima: 9-Day Peru Express with Ica, Cusco, and Puno

Day 1: Arrival in Lima, City Tour Your tour will begin as you are picked up from the airport, after which you will begin a city tour. That evening you will stay at the Miramar Hotel or similar in Lima. Day 2: Paracas, Ica, and Huacachina with Buggies and Sandboarding Visit the Ballestas Islands, Candelabrum, before a wine and Pisco demonstration in Ica city. Later that day, take part in riding buggies and sandboarding in Huacachina. That evening you will once again stay at the Miramar Hotel or similar in Lima. Day 3: Arrival to Cusco On your third day you will arrive to Cusco, where you will have a free day for acclimatizing. That evening you will lodge in the Cusco Jungle Hotel or similar. Day 4: Chinchero, Maras, and Moray in the Sacred Valley of the Incas Begin with a visit to the Chinchero textile center, before moving onward to the archaeological sites in Chinchero and Moray. Following that, you will tour the salt mines in Maras before lodging at the Golden Sunrise Hotel or similar in Aguas Calientes. Day 5: Machu Picchu Inca Citadel On day 5 you will explore the breathtaking Machu Picchu, which is one of the Seven Wonders of the world. Following a full day at this sacred site, you will overnight at the Cusco Jungle Hotel or similar. Day 6: Humanatay Lake On your sixth day you will trek to Humantay Lake, which is close to the snowy Salkantay mountain. That evening you will once again lodge in the Cusco Jungle Hotel or similar. Day 7: Rainbow Mountain Trek to Rainbow Mountain, which is very close to the highest mountain of Cusco: the Ausangate Mountain. Following your day of hiking, you will return once more to the Cusco Jungle Hotel or similar to overnight. Day 8: Route of the Sun On day 8 you will take a touristic bus between Cusco and Puno. Throughout this journey you will visit the Andahuaylillas Chapel, Raqchi Archaeological Complex, La Raya Pass, and the Lithic Museum of Pukara. That evening you will stay at the Royal Inn or similar. Day 9: Titicaca Lake and the Uros and Taquile Islands On your final day you will take a speed boat tour of Lake Titicaca, before exploring the Uros and Taquile Islands. In the afternoon, you will transfer to the airport where your tour will conclude.

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From Cusco: Full-Day Group Tour of Machu Picchu

7. From Cusco: Full-Day Group Tour of Machu Picchu

Travel from Cusco to learn about the majestic Inca city: Machu Picchu and the ancient civilization living there. Discover the secrets that are hidden in it. Go back in time as you explore the streets of these ruins located in the Peruvian Andes.  Begin with an early morning pickup from your hotel in Cusco for transfer to the train station. Get on board and enjoy the comforts offered by the train during the journey to Machu Picchu. Choose from the option of a standard train or a Vistadome train that offers panoramic views. Enjoy the dynamic landscapes of the Peruvian Andes. Arrive in Aguas Calientes and take a bus to the entrance of the citadel of Machu Picchu. Learn about the history of this wonderful place. Take the bus back to Aguas Calientes and get recommendations for lunch. Board the train back to the Ollantaytambo or Poroy station where transportation will be waiting to take you to your hotel in Cusco.

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Cusco: 2-Day Humantay Lake and Machu Picchu Tour

8. Cusco: 2-Day Humantay Lake and Machu Picchu Tour

Day 1: Cusco, Humantay Lake, and Aguas Calientes Pickup will be between 4:30AM and 5:00AM from your Cusco accommodation. From there you will drive for 2 hours to Mollepata for breakfast, then 1 more hour to the starting point of Soraypampa. Once there you will begin your trek to the Humantay Lake, where after you have spent some time exploring, you will descend to Soraypampa before traveling onward to Mollepata. Once having arrived there you will enjoy a delicious lunch as cooked for your chef. Following lunch, continue by van for 3.5 hours to Ollantaytambo. In Ollantaytambo you will take the train to Aguas Calientes, where once you arrive your transfer will be waiting for you at the train station to take you to your hotel. You will later have free time to explore the town, before retiring for the evening. Day 2: Machu Picchu and Cusco You will wake up early in the morning to take the bus to Machu Picchu. Following an approximately 30-minute ride, you will reach the site's gates. Once you have arrived to Machu Picchu, you will meet with your tour guide to begin your tour. Your guide will explain and educate you all about the function, history, and construction of the area, and once you are done enjoying this famous and sacred site, you will travel back to Aguas Calientes by bus. You will then have time to visit and explore Aguas Calientes Town, and can potentially also explore some neighboring hot springs. There are also plenty of restaurants, hotels, and bars, where you can relax for the afternoon before boarding your respective train. In the early evening you will take the train back to Ollantaytambo, before being transferred back to Cusco.

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Cusco: 4-Day Multi-Activity Inca Hike to Machu Picchu

9. Cusco: 4-Day Multi-Activity Inca Hike to Machu Picchu

Day 1: Cusco to Santa María (Biking and Rafting) You'll begin by taking a van for 3.5 hours to Abra Malaga, which sits at 4,350 meters above sea level. There you will be provided with all the equipment before you mount your bike for an enjoyable downhill bike ride to Huamanmarca, at 1,430 meters above sea level. Following a lunch break, your guides will take you on a Quillabamba River rafting adventure for approximately 2 hours. The rafting experience will run for 25 kilometers and includes both class-2 and class-3 rapids. Later that evening, you will enjoy dinner before retiring for the night in Santa Maria. Day 2: Santa María to Santa Teresa (Trekking) After breakfast you will prepare for your trekking high into the forest. On your way up, you will pass local as you venture towards the original Inca Trail at the highest point of your hike. After leaving the Inca Trail behind you, you will arrive to Quellomayo Village,where you will enjoy a delicious lunch and a small rest before trekking onward to the Cocalmayo Hot Springs. That evening you will enjoy dinner before spending the night in a Santa Teresa home stay. Day 3: Santa Teresa to Aguas Calientes (Zip-line) After breakfast you will travel to a zip-line where you will spend 2 hours. From there the group will be taken by bus to an area known as the Hidroelectrica for lunch. Following a short break you will continue walking along the train tracks, enjoying beautiful landscapes for approximately 3 hours. You will arrive to the town of Aguas Calientes at around 4:00PM, where you will check-in for your final night's accommodation and dinner. Day 4: Machu Picchu to Cusco On your final day you will wake up early to catch the bus up to Machu Picchu, where you'll take a 2-hour tour around the most important constructions of the area. This is bound to be an enlightening experience, as you learn about this ancient city that was once so vibrantly alive. Following your guided tour you will descend to Aguas Calientes to get lunch, before beginning your return journey to Cusco.

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What people are saying about Aguas Calientes

Your guide met us right at the train station. A little confusion because some of our group already had bus tickets up but this tour does not include that, but our tour guide was very helpful and made buying the bus tickets very easy. Very knowledgeable tour guide, and he stopped to let us take lots of pictures! Don’t forget to apply sunscreen even if it is cloudy/rainy and bug repellent is great to have too. Overall great tour!

Excellent activity

They have very friendly and committed guides, Miyoshi (at least I think his name is written) is very passionate and knowledgeable about Machu Picchu, totally recommended