Discover the secrets of the Incas as you take a two-day private guided sightseeing tour of the incredible UNESCO World Heritage Site of Machu Picchu. This action-packed overnight tour is the perfect intimate visit to this famous archaeological site for Peru visitors that are short on time.
Start your Machu Picchu experience at Cusco’s airport, where your pickup will be timed to the arrival of your flight. Then head to your chosen hotel (pick from first- or deluxe-class) to check in and stow your luggage. Enjoy some coca tea when you arrive, as it will help ward off any potential altitude sickness now that you’re more than 10,000 feet (3,048 meters) above sea level. Then head to the train station where you’ll board your ride to Machu Picchu.
Climb aboard the Vistadome train, a Peruvian rail service with completely renovated carriages and windows on the ceiling, as you make your way to the famous Inca site. Along the way enjoy incredible scenic views and photo opportunities of the river valley as it carves its way through the towering Andean mountains, and enjoy a snack plus hot and cold refreshments.
Arrive by train at Aguas Calientes, a small town at the foot of Machu Picchu, where you’ll board a bus for the short ride to your final destination. Join your guide for a one-on-one exploration of the intricate streets, fascinating temples and elaborate terraces that form the grid of this ancient city. Learn about the site’s fascinating history and its engineering marvels, and spend some time alone to soak up the vibes of its unique landscape. Finish your Machu Picchu visit with a buffet lunch at the Sanctuary Lodge, the only such lodge and restaurant at the top of the mountain.
Then return by bus to the train station below at Aguas Calientes, where you’ll enjoy a relaxing ride back through the scenic river valley, returning to Cusco. Get some rest that evening at your Cusco hotel before breakfast in the morning and drop-off back at the airport for your return flight.
Please note: you must take the first flight to Cusco in order to catch the train to Machu Picchu.