EXCURSIONS TO MACHU PICCHU BY TRAIN (ONE DAY) - Peru

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Location: From Cusco or Poroy to Machu Picchu.
Starting / Ending Point: Your hotel or hostel in Cusco.
This is a fascinating excursion to the famed ruins of Machu Picchu, rediscovered in 1911 by archaeologist Hiram Bingham from Yale University in the United States. These ruins are undoubtedly one of the most beautiful and enigmatic ancient sites in the world. While the Inca people certainly used the Andean mountain top (9,060 feet elevation), erecting many hundreds of stone structures from the early 1400's, legends and myths indicate that Machu Picchu (meaning 'Old Peak' in the Quechua language) was revered as a sacred place from a far earlier time. Whatever its origins, the Inca people turned the site into a small (5 square miles) but extraordinary city. Invisible from below and completely self-contained, it is surrounded by agricultural terraces sufficient to feed the population, and watered by natural springs. Machu Picchu seems to have been utilized by the Inca as a secret ceremonial city.

There are different trains that go to Machu Picchu: the Back Packer Train, the Vistadome Train and the Hiram Bingham Train, each priced differently, for the budget of different travelers.

The Backpacker Train
 This is the cheapest, but still a comfortable way of getting to Machu Picchu. The excursion leaves at 7:00 am and includes the transfer from your hotel. You arrive in Machu Picchu at around 11:00. A guided tour is included as well as the bus ticket from the train station to the ruins (roundtrip) and the entrance fee to the ruins. You arrive back in Cusco in the evening.

The Vistadome Train
A more comfortable way of getting to Machu Picchu. The excursion leaves at 6:00 am and includes the transfer from your hotel. You arrive in Machu Picchu around 9:45. A guided tour is included, as well as the bus ticket from the train station to the ruins (roundtrip) and the entrance fee to the ruins. You arrive back in Cusco in the evening.

Compared to the backpacker the Vistadome train is faster, has snack-service, bigger windows and is generally a more comfortable experience.

Please note: Sometimes Peru Rail organizes the train to be met in Ollantaytambo by a bus and you might have to travel from there to Cusco in bus. Please be ready to look for your names among the bus drivers if the train disembarks in Ollantaytambo.

Bingham Train
A dream trip! For those who definitely want to make the most out of their visit to Machu Picchu. We depart at 9:00 from Poroy (15 kms from Cusco). Breakfast, snacks, cocktails and a lovely dinner with live music is served on board this absolutely gorgeous train. A professional guide will be with you during the whole trip. An afternoon tea at the famous Machu Picchu Sanctuary Lodge, located at the entrance of the Ruins, is included as well as the services of the guide, all transfers, meals and drinks and the entrance fee to the ruins.
The train returns to the village of Poroy at 6.30pm (above the valley where Cusco lies) from where you are transferred to a bus that will take back to Cusco, arriving at 7pm.

DURATION:
 1 day (exact duration can be found in individual description of excursion).

SEASON & STARTING DAYS OF TOUR
Throughout the whole year, except in February. Check for available departure dates.

INCLUDED SERVICES
  1. Pick Up at hotel
  2. Train ticket
  3. Roundtrip bus ticket from train station to Machu Picchu
  4. Entry fees to Machu Picchu.
  5. Bingham Train: All meals and drinks, services of the guide, all transfers

NOT INCLUDED
  1. TIPS for guides
  2. The Backpacker Train and The Vistadome Train: meals and drinks


PRICE:
Please for price quotation and further information.


IMPORTANT REMARKS
An extra night in a hotel in Aguas Calientes can be booked for those who want to stay an extra day. If you wish to go back to Machu Picchu the following day, you will have to pay your entrance fee again (the first one was included in the Inca Trail Excursion). Discuss with us your plans when booking as we will have to buy your train ticket for the following day.


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