Our amazing tour guides will lead you throughout the ancient city, wonder by wonder – special for your own private group! You will learn about ceremonies, how people lived, and how they connected with the Pacha Mama – or “Mother Earth”. Our local guide will give you inside information passed down so that you will get the real story of what happened here.
Machu Picchu is tangible evidence of the urban Inca Empire at the peak of its power and achievement—a citadel of cut stone fit together without mortar so tightly that its cracks still can’t be penetrated by a knife blade. It stands 2,430 m above sea-level, in the middle of a tropical mountain forest, in an extraordinarily beautiful setting. It was probably the most amazing urban creation of the Inca Empire at its height; its giant walls, terraces and ramps seem as if they have been cut naturally in the continuous rock escarpments. The natural setting, on the eastern slopes of the Andes, encompasses the upper Amazon basin with its rich diversity of flora and fauna. It is situated on a mountain ridge above the Sacred Valley which is 80 kilometers (50 mi) northwest of Cuzco and through which the Urubamba River flows.
The complex of palaces and plazas, temples and homes may have been built as a ceremonial site, a military stronghold, or a retreat for ruling elites—its dramatic location is certainly well suited for any of those purposes. The ruins lie on a high ridge, surrounded on three sides by the windy, turbulent Urubamba River some 2,000 feet (610 meters) below.
The Inca’s achievements and skills are all the more impressive in light of the knowledge they lacked. When Machu Picchu was built some 500 years ago the Inca had no iron, no steel, and no wheels. Their tremendous effort apparently benefited relatively few people—some experts maintain that fewer than a thousand individuals lived here.
Machu Picchu was declared a Peruvian Historical Sanctuary in 1981 and a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1983. In 2007, Machu Picchu was voted one of the New Seven Wonders of the World in a worldwide Internet poll.
Machu Picchu was built in the classical Inca style, with polished dry-stone walls. Its three primary structures are the Inti Watana, the Temple of the Sun, and the Room of the Three Windows, of which your tour will visit all three – and plenty more!
You will have a full guided tour by your English speaking guide. After that you will have plenty of time on your own to explore and enjoy Machu Picchu, and discover the wonders of the ancient city yourself!
This Machu Picchu Tour is booked with an Expedition Tourist train, reserved seats.
Transfer from hotel approx at 6:30 -6:45 am. This will be reconfirmed by main office the day before the tour at your check-in.
Macchu Picchu information:
Machu Picchu is a trip to the serenity of the soul, to the eternal fusion with the cosmos; where we feel our fragility. It is one of the greatest marvels of south america. A resting place of butterflies in the epicenter of the great circle of life.
Located 120 km northwest of cusco, the Inca city of Machu Picchu lay hidden from the world in dense jungle covered mountains until 1911. This ‘lost city’ is one of the world’s archaeological jewels and is one of South America’s major travel destinations.
The well preserved archaeological place of Machu picchu seem to almost cling to the steep hillside, surrounded by towering green mountains overlooking the Huillca Mayu river. Even after having seen the classic photos of Machu picchu in guide books, web sites and postcards you still cannot fail but to be impressed by the awe-inspiring location of the archaeological place.
As you can see in the map above, the main way of getting to Machu picchu is by bus along a steep, narrow zigzagging dirt track from Aguas Calientes. Regular buses run this route throughout the day with a journey time of about 25-30 minutes. For the really fit and adventurous, the only other way of getting to Machu picchu is on foot either along the classic 4-day inca trail starting at km82, Salkantay optional trail 5 days, or along the shorter 2-day inca trail starting at km104.
Aguas Calientes to the outside world and there is no airport. Aguas Calientes can only be reached by train from Ollantaytambo or Poroy
So if you are planning a trip to Machu Picchu then the best place to start your journey is from the city of Cusco, the Historic Capital of the incas located about 120km to the south-east. Cusco is a beautiful and fascinating city and a great place to base yourself for a few days the other better choice to start your journey is also from the Sacred valley of the incas (Urubamba – Ollantaytambo) very nice places to stay and short trip to Machupicchu.
The most popular optionow to get to Machupicchu from Cusco or Sacred Valley of the Incas to Aguas Calientes is by train.
Day 01: getting from Aguas Calientes to Machu picchu
The bus from Aguas Calientes up to Machu picchu takes about 25-30 minutes and costs us$10 each way (us$20 round trip). The ride itself is spectacular as the narrow track winds its way up the mountainside. Buy your bus ticket in advance, either from the ticket office in Aguas Calientes the night before or from the consetur offices in Cusco (located in avenida infancia “park marianito ferro” – itsa short walk from the main train station office or just ask a taxi driver to take you there which will cost 3-4 soles / us$2). The last buses depart Machu picchu at about 5:30pm, be sure to check the time of the last bus as it can be a long walk back to aguas calientes if you miss it (well about 1 hour if you follow the more direct route rather than follow the road). As from may 2007 the government has put a limit of 400 on the number of people who can climb Huayna picchu, the mountain that you see rising up behind Machu picchu. This means that during the peak season.. As soon as you enter machu picchu its recommended that you make your way over to the base of Huayna picchu where you’ll find a small hut handing.. The first 200 people can climb huayna picchu 7 am straight away, however they all have to be back down by 10am when the 2nd group of 200 can make the climb 10 am. It takes about an hour to reach the top climbing slowly – not recommended for sufferers of vertigo. The narrow trail can be quite dangerous at times after wet weather. Unfortunately if you are arriving by the inca trail or by train the same day then it is becoming increasingly difficult (in fact almost impossible in the peak months) to climb Huayna picchu the same day. You’ll just have to spend the night in Aguas Calientes and return early the following morning. But we have other choices for you: optional different hike sun gate trail or inka bridge trail,offers you different view points ,wonderful option for post card picture.(least crowded, free).
Day 02: Entrance ticket to Machu picchu Important note: tickets to enter Machu picchu Buy your Machupicchu entrance ticketsmore than couple months in advanceon line if you do the tour by yourselves :www.machupicchu.gob.pe If you travel for Machupicchu with our company we will organize and take care with your machupicchu tickets.
Ticket Options for Machupicchu:
1.-Ciudad inka mapi (included only machupicchu archaeological site)
2.-Mapi-huyna (included hike huyna pichu mountain 7:00 am -10:00am, Machupicchu archaeological site )
3.-Machupicchu archaeological site –hike Inti punku or sun gate.
4.-machupicchu archaeological site –hike machupicchu mountain.
Machu picchu tickets they are only valid for that day. If you want to return to Machu picchu the next day and hike any mountain the following day then you have to buy another ticket!!
Machu picchu opens at 6am and stays open until 5:00pm. You can take small bags into the ruins but anything larger must be left at the luggage store near the entrance for us$3 a piece. Machu picchu is a lot quieter before 11am and after 2:00pm. Monday is the busiest day, as many people head off to Machu picchu after visiting pisac market on sunday. Sunday is one of the quietest days. May June, july, august and september are the busiest months when as many as 3000 people visit the archeological place every day. Even during the low season you can expect between 1500 and 2000 visitors per day.
Day 03: Guided tour of Machu picchu. We offer you some good professionals tour guides for the tour at machupicchu the guide speak english the information will be more in-depth and informative. Tours at Machu picchu arePrivate tours , for small groups of people only for some friends, small groups of family to enjoy every nice part of Machu picchu.
The Professional guide will pick up you from your hotel or from the train station at aguas calientes and then to do the tour or visit at Machu picchu.
After finish the tour at Machu picchu you have to be at the trains station of aguas calientes 30 min before to return if that is the case.
What is Included:
- Early transfer at 06:30/ 06:45 am from your hotels to Poroy or Ollanta train station.
- Expedition train ticket from Poroy or Ollanta to Aguas Calientes.
- Expedition train ticket return to Cusco or Ollanta and Private bus to Cusco.
- Tourist bus from Aguas Calientes to Machu picchu ( 25-30 minutes ).
- Admission entrance ticket for Machu-picchu sanctuary.
- Guided tour in English (2 hours approximately) (2 hrs free time to explore in your own).
- Tourist bus from Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes.
- Transfer from station to your hotel.
What is not Included:
- Buffet lunch – Aguas Calientes.
- Sanctuary Hotel restaurant US$40 for a lunch, even snacks are expensive.
- or bring a snacks and drinks with you.
Rates or tour prices-Standard Tour
A guide tour of about 3-4 hours 1/2 day tour: us$ 100.00 (only guide service)
- A guide tour of about 4-8 hours full day tour: us$ 120.00 (only guide service)
- A guide service, Machupicchu entrance,tickets, train tickets, bus tickets transfer from cusco or sacred valley – train station round trip.(USD$ 420 /1person)($ 620 /2 persons) ($880 /3persons) ($1,085/ 4person)
- Payment details: To confirm your trip, pay 80% by western union
- Pay the other 20 % in your arrival to Cusco in our office before or after finish the tour, payment can be made in cash us $ or s/ local currency (peruvian money) thanks.
Add-ons and Upgrades Available:
Prices depend on the type of service you choose from the following:
a) type of accommodation, single room, double, hotels can be classical or standard amenities, suites or boutique.
b) type of transport to choose for the tours that can be shared or private car.
c) tour guide or driver, all the way from the first day until the last day or only on the tours.
d) All meals in each of the cities or just breakfast.
All these features will make your price is determined.