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Inca Heritage Tour: Excursion to Machu Picchu

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Key Highlights
  • The beautiful Lost City of the Incas is perched high among mist-shrouded mountains
  • Machu Picchu is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of New Seven Wonders of the World
  • Activity Schedule
    When does it run?



    14 hours

    Start time

    06:15 am

    Meeting Point

    Your hotel in Cusco. (We would require your hotel details in order to arrange your pick up. If you do not have this information at the time of booking, please contact the local activity operator at least 48 hours prior to the start of the tour with these details)

    Ending Point

    Your hotel in Cusco

  • Overview & Itinerary
    Overview Steeped in mystery, straddling two mountains and shrouded in clouds, Machu Picchu (Old Peak in the Quechua language) will sweep you into the world of Inca legend. Revered from pre-Inca times as a sacred site, the Incas built one of the most extraordinary cities of the ancient world on Machu Picchu, now a UNESCO World Heritage Site and also one of the New Seven Wonders of the World.

    A ‘symphony in stone’, Machu Picchu said to have been a secret ceremonial city of the Incas, totally self-contained and completely invisible from below. Located 2000 feet above the Urubamba river, the ruins have beautiful terraces, ceremonial baths, palaces, temples and tombs, and some 150 houses! The carved rock pillar of Intihuatana (Hitching Post of the Sun) is particularly impressive and stands testimony to the Incas’ significant astronomical skills.

    No trip to Peru can be complete without visiting Machu Picchu and carrying back memories for a lifetime


    You will be picked up very early from your hotel in Cusco and taken to the railway station. From here, you will board your train Vistadome train that will take you to Machu Picchu.

    Starting from Cusco, the train journey takes approximately 3 hours as it makes its way along the Sacred Valley of the Urubamba to the Lost City of the Incas.

    Refreshments will be served on the train (payable direct) and you will arrive mid-morning at the town of Aguas Calientes. Here, you will be transported by coach for the half-hour journey to the top of the mountain where the citadel of Machu Picchu is perched on a mist-shrouded mountain peak surrounded by lush cloud forest.

    Enjoy a guided tour of the Machu Picchu ruins. The ruins are separated into an agricultural zone and an urban area on the eastern slope of Machu Picchu mountain. The urban zone includes a civil sector where dwellings and canals were built and a sacred sector with temples, mausoleums, squares and royal houses. The buildings are made of stone with roofs built of tree trunks and thatched with ichu or straw and with the highest degree of expertise displayed in the religious buildings.

    This will be followed by lunch and time at leisure in the early afternoon to walk amongst the ruins and even get close to the llamas as they wander freely over the ruins!

    If you want, you can also make the 1-hour climb to the peak of Huayna Picchu in the same area before taking the afternoon train back to Cusco.

    Upon arrival at the Cusco railway station, you will be picked up and dropped back at your hotel where your tour ends.

  • Inclusions & Exclusions
    • Hotel pick-up and drop-off
    • Pick-up and drop-off at the Cusco railway stations in an air-conditioned vehicle with driver only
    • Experienced bilingual (English/Spanish) tour guide for the tour of ruins (guide does not accompany you during the train journey)
    • Coach tour: Cusco-Machu Picchu-Cusco train journey by the Vistadome train
    • Private tour: Cusco-Machu Picchu-Cusco train journey by the Vistadome train with panoramic windows
    • Lunch
    • Entrance fee
    • Refreshments on the train
    • Optional hikes
  • Please note & Additional info
    Please note

    Please call the activity operator at least 24 hours prior to start of the tour to reconfirm the departure details.

    To confirm the tour we require nationality and passport information. Request you to please enter your Nationality, date of birth and passport number in the special request section. If you do not have these details now please send an e-mail to within 2 days from making the booking on the website.

    Upon boarding the train, all passengers will need to show a valid passport and train ticket. Those who wish to stay overnight in the Machu Picchu area, must also show an Andean Immigration Card in order to be exempt from sales tax at their hotel. The Andean Immigration Card is handed out by the airplane crew upon arrival in Peru.

    Only carry-on luggage or backpacks with the following dimensions will be allowed onboard the trains:

    01 piece of hand baggage weighing less than 05 kilos (or 11 pounds)

    Less than 157 centimetres (or 62 inches) in total size (height+length+width)

    Additional info

    Drinks and snacks can easily be purchased on the trains, in Aguas Calientas and at Machu Picchu.

    The confirmation voucher includes the local activity operator’s contact details and local telephone numbers at the destination. They will happily answer any logistical questions you may have.

  • Customer Reviews
    • Awesome Tour!!!

      Our tour of Machu Picchu was simply amazing! Jorge, our tour guide was so knowledgeable and a great guy! this was the first time my wife and children had been to Machu Picchu and...

      Eliseo T Rojas, United States, 09/Jul/2012

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