Machu Picchu Full Day Trip
- Style Trip
- Classic Tour
- Places to Visit
- Tour Length
- Daily Departures
- Group Size
- 6 Persons to more
- Physical Grade
Lost City – Sacred City – Cradle of the Inca Empire, Machupicchu Located at 2,430 meters of height in a place of great beauty, in the middle of a tropical forest of mountain, the sanctuary of Machu Picchu was probably the most astonishing architectural realization of the Inca Empire in its apogee. Its walls, terraces and gigantic ramps give the impression of having been carved into the escarpments of the rock, as if they were part of it. The natural setting, located on the eastern slope of the Andes, is part of the upper Amazon basin, which has a very varied flora and fauna.
Machupicchu Sanctuary With an area of just over 35,000 hectares, the historic sanctuary of Machu Picchu is much more than a set of archaeological sites nestled in the steep cloud forest. Its strategic location, on the eastern slope of the Andes and on both sides of the Urubamba River, which runs in this section in a northwestern direction, allows this unique protected area to encompass what could be considered one of Peru’s most extraordinary altitudinal transects, and to protect, in only about twenty linear kilometers, ecosystems as disparate as the eternal snows, at more than 4,000 meters above sea level, and the torrid tropical jungles, just over 1,700 meters above sea level.
The citadel of Machupicchu is one of the most famous archeological centers in the world, and the most important and most identified historical place in Peru. It extends over an area of 5 Km², at an altitude of 2,430 meters, in the Urubamba River Valley.
Early morning, transfer from the hotel to the train station in Ollantaytambo and begin the journey to the town of “Aguas Calientes” (2000 m) with a duration of 2 hours.
Our guide will pick you up and lead you to the bus station, to ascend 400 m, along a zigzag for 30 minutes to reach the incredible wonder of the world “The Sanctuary of Machupicchu”, known as “The City Loss of the Incas “At Machu Picchu, we pass the control, where revenue deliver our tickets and start our guided tour, visiting the Main Plaza, the Circular Tower, Astronomical Calendar, the Royal Quarters, the Temple of Three Windows and Store Houses around for more than two hours. Then you will have free time to walk around the citadel, in the afternoon take the bus back to Aguas Calientes and head to the train station to return to the city of Cusco where we will be waiting at the station of Ollantaytambo and transfer your hotel in Cusco.
The archaeological complex of Machu Picchu is located in the department of Cusco, in the province of Urubamba and the district of Machupicchu. It is nestled on the eastern slopes of the Vilcanota mountain range, a chain of mountains bordered by the Apurimac and Urubamba rivers. At latitude 13 º 7 ‘South and longitude 72035’ West of the Greenwich Meridian, Machupicchu is at an altitude of 2,350 meters above sea level (main square).
CLIMATE AND ENVIRONMENT
It is located in a subtropical zone, which is why the climate is temperate, warm and humid, with an average annual temperature of 130C during the day. One can perceive two distinct seasons during the year, the rainy season from November to March are where there are heavy rains. Visitors are advised to dress according to the season. The dry season takes place in April and October, where high temperatures occur.
FLORA AND FAUNA
Machu Picchu has an abundance of varied flora and fauna. Especially typical plants of the historical reserve of Machu Picchu which are pisonayes, alders, palm puya trees, ferns and more than 90 species of orchids. In the fauna of the Machu Picchu reserve are the spectacled bear, rock cockerel or “tunqui”, tankas, wild cats and an impressive variety of butterflies and insects unique to the region.
THE TEMPLE OF THE SUN
This construction has the shape of a semicircle, and is built on the rock with a block of granite in the form of mixing with natural curves, with a diameter of 10.50 meters. It is composed of highly polished polyhedra. There are two trapezoidal windows in this building that protrude with handles in each corner, and on the north side there is a carefully sculpted door with perforated holes in the door frame, very similar to the Qoricancha temple in Cusco. Spanish historians refer to the fact that there were once gold jewels and precious inlays on the door. To the west of the temple is a rectangular courtyard with nine ceremonial doors alternating prism-shaped, uprights. The Intiwatana.
At a distance of 800 meters is located the city of Aguas Calientes, where you will find sulfur subterranean hot springs that spring from the rocky soil at different temperatures.
The pools are built in particular, this complex are the basis for use as thermal baths. The average water temperature ranges from 38 º C to 46 º c. There are also changing rooms, bathrooms and a small snack bar.
- Transfer Hotel / Train Station.
- Trips on bus to the citadel of Machupicchu.
- Entrance tickets to the citadel of Machupicchu.
- Guided Tour in Machupicchu (around 3 hrs).
Frequency: Every day.
- Drinks and Water
- Phone Calls
- Snack, water, tips
- Airport transfers
Recomendations and packaging list
- Small personal backpack.
- Jacket for the cold.
- Sunscreen, sunglasses
- Insect Repellent.
- Video and photo camera.
- Chocolates and candies.
- Wear walking shoes or tennis shoes
- Bring canteens to enter Machu Picchu
- wear clothing according to the season (rain poncho, wind jacket)
- Insect repellent.
- Sunscreen, wide-brimmed hat for sunny days.
- Medicine and/or articles for personal use.
- One lightweight backpack or briefcase per person of 20 liters.
- Camera or video camera.
- Extra money in national currency
- Comfortable trousers and long-sleeved shirts.
- Plastic bags for the waste produced by each one of you.
- Original passports or personal documents (with which reservations were made / copies are not accepted).
- Take with you the migration card with which you entered the country (it is necessary in case you spend the night in the town of Machu Picchu).
- Bring money in soles and not in dollars as the exchange rates are very low.
NOTE: If you are a student, you must carry your university card with the current date, whose benefit will have a discount of USD$20.00 American dollars.
WARNING: For those who wish to visit the mountain of Huayna Picchu must confirm at the time of booking and is subject to availability of visit numbers per day (maximum 400 places per day).
TRAIN TYPES FOR YOUR TRIP TO MACHU PICCHU
EXPEDITION TRAIN :
The traveler in the Expedition will be comfortable and relaxed, in addition will be informed about the most important points that has this millenary route and that every adventurer should know.
The Expedition has wagons totally covered by panoramic windows so that the traveler is immersed in the beauty of the natural landscape, and make your experience to Machu Picchu begin in the train.
Surrounded entirely by glass, with cars with large panoramic windows that offer unparalleled scenic views and countless opportunities to take spectacular photographs, the traveler in the Vistadome connects and feels part of Peru’s breathtaking landscape. Perurail provides personalized attention and first class in which the traveler on board will live an unforgettable experience.
The Vistadome also has air conditioning and heating, leather seats that mold to the body providing comfort and relaxation throughout the trip.
The Vistadome has a different service on board, which allows the traveler to submerge and feel the Andean culture through its landscapes, music, dances and even food carefully prepared with local ingredients.
Notes.- The train schedule is only confirmed day before the start of the trip, if you joined a group day before the start of the tour, we can not guarantee that you travel on the same train as the rest of the group.
Train schedule subject to change depending on Peru Rail’s schedule and availability.
To qualify as a student, it is necessary to have a valid ISIC-CARD. scan and send us an email copy at the time of booking.
Altitude Sickness.- Cuzco is at an altitude of more than 11,000 feet above sea level, and in many surrounding areas, including Machu Picchu, it is also at high altitudes, though not as high as Cuzco. Altitude sickness can happen to anyone, including healthy people. Symptoms are usually not severe.
Certain medical conditions (such as respiratory diseases) or medications (such as sleeping pills) can increase the risk of high-altitude illness. It may be a good idea to check with your doctor before traveling. You can help your body to acclimatize and avoid altitude sickness through:
Drink plenty of water – at least 4 liters per day above other forms of liquids such as tea or soups , Avoid alcohol, tobacco, and substances that can interfere with a good supply of oxygen to the body or cause dehydration.
Small, frequent meals high in carbohydrates.
Getting regular medical rest.
Expedition Train: USD $ 295.00
This is for all the adventurous travelers who seek to discover all the journey details and arrange the trip itinerary according to their needs. The Expedition Train is the best alternative to go to Machu Picchu.
The Expedition Train is a service designed for the traveler’s comfort, with four passenger’s seats located in front of each other, so you can share your experience, and for the faithful backpack that is always with you we offer racks placed above the seats. Also, this train has panoramic windows, air conditioning and heating, and Andean music that creates a cheerful atmosphere.
Vistadome Service: USD $ 345.00
The Vistadome is recommended train for those who want to be in contact with the environment and appreciate the wonderful journey to Machu Picchu.
Surrounded entirely by glass and wagons with large panoramic windows offering incomparable scenic views and innumerous opportunities to capture amazing pictures. Vistadome travelers feel connected and part of the impressive landscape of Peru. The train provides to travelers on board a personalized and first level service to give them an unforgettable life experience.
- To qualify as a student, it is necessary to have a valid ISIC card. Scan the card and email us the copy at the time of your booking. We will then offer a USD $ 20.00 discount per student
- For children younger than 16, we offer a USD $ 20.00 discount (you also need to scan and email us a copy of the passport)
- For children younger than 7, we offer a USD $ 50.00 discount (same here: you need to scan and email the passport)
Or contact us at