Spend a full-day exploring the iconic ruins of Machu Picchu, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that has been astonishing explorers and travelers for years.
Machu Picchu with Good Life Expeditions
To make the most of the day, your adventure will begin at 3:30am, with a bus ride from Cusco to the Ollantaytambo train station. From here your train will depart for a 1.5 hour ride through dramatic landscapes of jagged mountains and cloud forests, all alongside the rushing Urubamba River. Along the way you will notice the foliage changing as the train approaches the meeting point of the Andes mountains and Amazon rainforest. Here you will disembark in the quaint town of Aguas Calientes – the gateway to Machu Picchu – and a final 30 minute bus ride will wind up the side of the mountain to bring you to your destination.
Spend some time exploring the areas around Machu Picchu, before meeting your guide at 9:30am for a two-hour tour of the ruins. Your guide will engage you in the rich history of Machu Picchu and take you through the ruins to visit important sites such as the Intihuatana Sun Stone, the Sun Temple, and the Room of Three Windows. Dating back to around 1450, the majestic mountain-top Machu Picchu is the ancient estate of a mighty Inca emperor, and today is considered one of the “New Seven Wonders of the World.”
Following the tour, you will have the remainder of the day to explore the site at your own pace or perhaps participate in an alternative trek, such as a hike to the Sun Gate. The park will close at 6pm, when you will take the bus down to Aguas Calientes to collect your belongings and head back to the train station. Enjoy the train ride back to Cusco, where you will be taken back to your hotel arriving around 11pm.
This tour departs from Cusco City
Average Temperature: 18° C / 64° F
Private guide and transportation
Entrance fee to Machu Picchu
Meals, personal expenses or permits for additional hikes.
For a comfortable trip, we recommend you bring:
- Layers of clothing (t-shirt, long sleeve, sweater, jacket)
- Rain protection (for the afternoons)
- Hat or cap
- Good walking shoes (no sandals)
- Sunscreen (at least SPF 30), even if it is overcast
- Small lunch and snacks