Machu Picchu Train 1 Day

1 Day

2400 msnm

Machu Picchu





MINIMUM GROUP: 02 persons

DEPARTURES: Subject to availability



The MACHU PICCHU TRAIN TOUR is a must for those who don’t want to trek or have limited time but still want to explore one of the 7 man-made wonders of the world!
This tour is best enjoyed in 2 days with an overnight in Aguas Calientes, the town below Machu Picchu. Though it can be completed in one ambitious day, it makes for a very long day with limited time in Machu Picchu at the most crowded time. The 2D/1N Machu Picchu Train tour is best combined with a tour of the Sacred Valley of the Incas in the morning of the first day.

Machu Picchu (7874 ft/2400 m) is at a lower altitude than Cusco (11,152 ft/3399 m), though we do still recommend a day in Cusco prior to departing on the tour in order to rest up from your travels, adjust to jet lag and the altitude. Despite being lower than Cusco, it is still considered high altitude. Minimum passengers necessary for tour departure: 2 people (small group, 1 person or private/custom treks possible with extra fee). Maximum trekkers per group: 10 people (special, private party groups can exceed maximum).


Full itinerary:


For the one day tour we book the vistadome train to Machu Picchu (unless fully booked). This trip departs at approximately 4:00am via private transport from your Cusco hotel. The journey (via car, train and bus) to Machu Picchu takes around 4.5 hours. Once you have arrived at the entrance to the ruin site, you will explore Machu Picchu via a guided tour. Once your tour is over you will take the bus, train and private transport back to your hotel in Cusco, arriving around 7:30-8:30 pm, depending on the train time booked. Compared to the backpacker the Vistadome train is faster, has snack-service, bigger windows and is generally a more comfortable experience.


Included on the Trail

  • Pre-tour briefing the night before your tour to answer any questions
  • Collection from your Cusco hotel in the morning
  • Private transport to the train station
  • English speaking professional guide
  • Snacks on the tour
  • Dietary needs: able to cater to any dietary preference/need
  • Roundtrip train from Ollantaytambo or Poroy to Aguas Calientes
  • One entrance fee to Machu Picchu Archaeological Complex (Second entrance time: 9am to 1pm)
  • Guided tour of Machu Picchu
  • Round trip bus ticket from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu and back
  • Private Transport back to your hotel in Cusco


Not included

  • Flights
  • Hotel before/after trek
  • Dinner on the last day
  • Sleeping bags and walking poles (poles must have intact rubber bottoms)
  • Entrance to hot springs
  • Travel interruption & travel medical/evacuation insurance (required)
  • Tip for your guide(s) and trek staff are optional but highly encouraged if you enjoy your trek



  • Sleeping bags and walking poles (poles must have intact rubber bottoms)
  • Recommend a sleeping bag rated for 20F/-7C or below for this trek
  • Sleeping bag liner (for your sleeping bag if you wish)
  • Mattress pad – while we provide a mattress pad, being rested is essential for a great hiking experience and we find that sleep habits are very individualized. Therefore we recommend bringing your own pad that you know you are comfortable sleeping on, as well as any other sleep items you might want to have (camp pillow, etc).
  • Sunscreen: the sun is very strong in Cusco
  • Sun hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Lip balm
  • Hiking shoes/boots with good, grippy tread
  • Optional: microspikes in case of excessive snowfall (rare)
  • Hiking pants (or shorts) and shirts (layers)
  • Layers – long underwear and/or warm sleep pants for cold nights
  • Hand warmers if you wish
  • Warm hat, gloves, scarf and thick warm socks (or you can buy a traditional Peruvian hat and scarf – they are beautiful!)
  • Daypack and rain cover
  • Rain gear – rain jacket and rain pants (optional for the pants), can buy an inexpensive poncho before the trek
  • Cash for tipping porters (USD or Peruvian Soles are fine), cooks, horsemen, guides, buying items along the trail, for in town, emergencies, etc. Note: Cash should be in perfect condition (ripped, damaged bills of any kind are NOT accepted anywhere in Peru)
  • Swim suit, flip flops, towel for any hot springs you may visit (not every trek/trip has this) if you wish to go
  • Sandals
  • Torch/flashlight/headlamp (and batteries)
  • Insect repellent if you plan to visit Machu Picchu
  • Hand sanitizer and face covering (for COVID-19 Pandemic)
  • Extra snacks if you wish (beyond snacks provided by us)
  • E.g. if you have a favorite protein bar as Cusco doesn’t sell items like this
  • First aid kit, including blister protection (though your guide will have one, you may wish to carry one of your own)
  • Personal medication and toiletries you might want/need
  • Camera, extra memory cards, batteries and solar panel/power bank
  • Water bottle or water bladder to refill
  • Passport (must be valid 6 months past your final travel dates for most countries)
  • Copies of passport (keep copies separate, give to travel friends to keep, etc)
  • Power plug adapter
  • Travel lock(s) approved by TSA (or they cut them off – US only)
  • Tickets, itinerary, emergency contact information
  • Any medications you currently are taking or need/may need (see suggestions below)
  • Small quick-dry pak towels and/or compostable wipes for a quick wipe down at the end of the day



BOOK NOW: Machu Picchu Train Tour 1D

  • Price for 6-10 guests: 500 USD per person
  • Price for 3-5 guests: 560USD per person
  • Price for 2 guests: 640 USD per person

A minimum of 2 guests required for this tour. Maximum of 10 guests in a group, though larger numbers welcome for private groups. Prices may vary depending on the cost of train tickets at any given time (regulated by the government). Private tours, single guests, customizations, large groups, and packages welcome! Please email us to customize. During high season (May – October) it is best to book this trip at least 1-2 months in advance as train tickets may sell out.

Private treks, single trekker, custom treks, large groups, and packages welcome, Please email us to customize.


What to carry – Daypacks

On the trail you should carry a day pack with your camera, water bottle or bladder, snacks, hand sanitizer, face mask, cold weather clothing and rain gear or poncho in case of rain (unlikely in dry season – May to October) and anything you will need before dinner as horses do not walk alongside you. A recommended packing list is sent after you book the trip and can be found below under the “what to pack for your trek” tab. We will provide you with a dry bag for your overnight gear to be carried by horses. Your bag will be waiting for you at every campsite. Yes, we can store your luggage for you during the trek. Most hotels/hostels also provide this service.


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