On the first day of the tour we will visit:
- Combapata Overlook,
- Q’eswachaka Inca Bridge
- Pampamarca Lake
- Asnacqocha Lake
- Acopía Lake
- Pomacanchi Lake
- Aguas Calientes
Place visited in the second day:
Walking tour in Machu Picchu
Cusco – Q’eswachaka Inca Bridge – Four Lagoons – Cusco – Ollantaytambo – Aguas Calientes
The tour begins with the pick-up from your accommodation between 4:30 and 4:45 am. If your hotel or hostel is not located in the city center, we will pick you up from the doorway of our office building. Once the whole group is gathered, around 5:00 am, we will start our journey in our private transportation.
We will then have a two hours hour van journey to the town of Cusipata, where we will have our breakfast. After this will continue drive for 15 minutes until we will get the Combapata viewpoint, from which we will enjoy the beautiful landscapes and see where the Salcca River meets the Vilcanota, the Sacred River of the Incas.
Then, we will continue our journey to Yanaoca, one of the eight districts in the Canas province of Cusco. From Yanaoca, we will drive thirty minutes more to the Q’ewe district. From there, you will have your first glimpse of the ancient bridge suspended between the steep rock cliffs, as we drive down the Apurimac canyon.
We will then leave the car and descend a steep path to a viewpoint to take photos, before carefully crossing the bridge together! Get ready for the adrenaline rush of a lifetime as you make your way across the swaying bridge, and try not to look too closely at the river several meters below! On the other side, the bridge attendant will greet us and give a brief demonstration of the bridge’s history and construction.
After visiting the bridge, we will drive to the region’s where the four famous lakes are: Pampamarca, Asnacqoccha, Acopia, and Pomacanchi. Set like jewels among the gold-green hills, they shine in the warm, afternoon sun as native flamingos and other birds fly and feed around their edges. We will stop in one of the lakeshores to relaxs for some minute. We will return to Cusco in our private transportation, and then, drive for another one and a half hour to get to Ollantaytambo. From there, you will take the 7:00 pm train to Aguas Calientes, where you will spend the night in a hotel.
Aguas Calientes Town – Machu Picchu Train Journey Back To Cusco
Today you will visit Machu Picchu. You will determine, with your tour guide, the best time to start your day. Most people prefer to rise at 4 a.m. walk to the bus station to take one of the first buses up to Machu Picchu. It can be enjoyable to arrive at the ruins as soon as they open, at 6 a.m., to catch the magical mists on the ruins as the sun rises. After a 25 minute bus ride to Machu Picchu, your tour guide will take you to the best views before the day trippers arrive. Then, we will start the two hour guided, walking tour, exploring all of the famous places of this impressive citadel: After the tour, you will have time to explore the ruins on your own. If you have booked permits to climb Huayna Picchu Mountain or Machu Picchu Mountain, you will head to that adventure. If you chose not to book a hike, you can climb to the Sun Gate and witness its amazing views. At around 12:p.m or 1 p.m., you will need to take the bus back down to Aguas Calientes to enjoy lunch at one of the many restaurants there. Be sure to arrive at the train station 30 minutes before your departure.
Note: Machu Picchu Inca site is different from Machu Picchu Mountain. When most people refer to Machu Picchu, they are referring to the archeological site. Machu Picchu Mountain requires a separate permit to climb. Please notify us if you are interested and we can book this for you. It must be done in advance and is a part of your entry into the site
Group Tour -$450 USD per person
Group Tour -$430 per person (without hotel in Aguas Calientes)
Minimum 2 persons required to open up a new group – single trekkers may join an existing group
Please Note: Our service begins and ends in your hotel in Cusco
Returning train Included in the cost of this tour/trek is the Expedition train, which departs either at 6:20 pm or 7:00 pm and DEPENDING ON AVAILABILITY.
Can I get an early train ticket?
We can also book an afternoon train that departs 2:55 p.m. or 4:22 p.m. at an extra cost of US $35 per person the train we will book DEPENDS ON AVAILABILITY.
Please, notice that 35 dollars extra you will pay also will cover your private transportation to bring you back from Ollantaytambo train station to your hotel in Cusco
There is also an option to upgrade your train to the Vistadome train which is the extra US $75 per person. Please let us know your preference at the time of booking the tour. Unfortunately, none of the trains go straight to Cusco—they run either to Ollantaytambo or Poroy. In either case, we will transfer you back by bus to Cusco.
Can I change my return train ticket by myself?
At the time of your tour, it may be possible to make changes to your return train ticket if you don’t want to take the 18:20 p.m train. You will have to take your train ticket personally to the train station in Aguas Calientes and ask them to change the return ticket for an early one. You will probably be asked to pay an extra administration fee, which will depend on the train service and departure time. Please notice that once you will change your returning train you will responsible to cover your own transportation back to Cusco
How long is the journey back to Cusco?
You will be traveling for approximately 3 hours before you arrive back in Cusco. First, you will travel for 1.5 hours by train to the Ollantaytambo train station. Then you will be picked up by your driver outside of the train station. The driver will be holding a sign with your name on it so that there will be no confusion. If you do not see the driver initially, wait for them outside of the train station. Once the driver has picked you up, you will travel for another 1.5 hours in a private van/car to your hotel/hostel in Cusco. Arrival time in Cusco will depend on train availability. You will receive your return train tickets once your guide has finished your walking tour of Machu Picchu.
Important Notice Regarding Student Discounts:
The ISIC card is no longer valid for purchasing Machu Picchu or Inca Trail tickets with a student discount.
Students can still obtain this discount with their student identification card issued by the university where they study, which is the only valid document for this end at this time. For more information, please visit the following link: http://www.machupicchu.gob.pe/items/estudiantes.html
What is included :
Pick-up from your accommodation
Professional English and Spanish-speaking tour guide
Transportation to the Four Lagoons, Q’eswachaka Inca Bridge and Machu Picchu
Breakfast and lunch box during the Q’eswachaka tour (vegetarian options available)
Entrance fee for Q’eswachaka bridge
Round trip train tickets between Ollantaytambo and Aguas Calientes
One night in basic Hotel in Aguas Calientes
Breakfast in the second day
Round trip bus ticket from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu
Machu Picchu entrance ticket
Guided tour of Machu Picchu
Van / Car transfer from Ollantaytambo to your accomodation in Cusco
First aid kit
Dinner in Aguas Calientes in the first day
A ticket to climb HuaynaPicchu or MachuPicchu Mountain-let us know in advance if you would like to do this
Lunch in Aguas Calientes on the final day.
What do you need to take?
Original passport (needed to enter MachuPicchu)
Small day pack
Extra money for lunches and shopping
Bathing suit for hot springs in Aguas Calientes
Is there a minimum group size? What happens if Inti Sun Trek does not meet the minimum size?.
We require a minimum of 2 people to depart on this tour. With a group size of 2 people, we can guarantee a departure for you with your desired date. However, if there are other people interested in the same trek on the same date, we will add them to your group. If there is no other interest, you will have a private tour by default.
What time does the train depart to Aguas Calientes on Day 1?
On the first day of the tour. The train departs from Ollantaytambo train station at 7:00 p.m. and arrives in Aguas Calientes at approximately 8:30 p.m. Once you arrive in Aguas Calientes, you will be picked up by our transfer outside of the train station. Our transfer will be holding a sign with your name on it so that there will be no confusion. If you do not see the transfer initially, just wait for them outside of the train station. Once the transfer has picked you up he/she will take you to your hotel/hostel in Aguas Calientes.
Do we take the 5:30 a.m. bus to Machu Picchu on Day 2?
Yes, you can take the 5:30 a.m. bus, or you can hike for approximately 90 minutes up the famous stairs to the entrance of Machu Picchu from Aguas Calientes.
Important: You will receive your return train tickets for you return trip to Cusco once your guide has finished your walking tour of Machu Picchu.