Machupicchu, the lost city of the Inkas, is where the last emperors, priests and priestesses took refuge and where the empire survived for 40 years after the arrival of the Spaniards. This secret and mysterious citadel was presumably designed by the emperor Pachacutec Inca Yupanqui (IX-Inca`s Dynasty). It is spectacularly nestled between dramatic mountains at 2400masl, and was built around 1450.
Amazingly, the citadel was never discovered by the Spaniards, and it remained a secret city for everyone but locals until American historian Hiram Bingham brought it to international attention in 1911. Macchu Picchu has over the latter years been restored to display the amazing layout of agricultural terraces, homes, temples and plazas. In 1983, UNESCO designated Machu Picchu a World Heritage Site, describing it as "an absolute masterpiece of architecture and a unique testimony to the Inca civilization"
Duration: 1 day
(may be combined with other tours and treks)
Activity level: Easy
Season: All year
CUSCO - AGUAS CALIENTES - MACHU PICCHU
We will pick you up from your hotel in Cusco early at 4:30 a.m. and drive you in our private van for 1 1/2 hours to Ollantaytambo train station where you will board the 6:10 a.m. train. The 6:10 a.m. train will arrive in Aguas Calientes train station at 7:40 a.m. where you will be picked up by your transfer outside of the train station. Once the transfer has picked you up, he will take you the bus station where you will catch a 20 minute bus to the entrance of Machu Picchu. Once in Machu Picchu, you will have a 2 hour guided tour of the ancient city. After this tour you will have free time to continue your own exploration of the ancient city.
MACHU PICCHU - AGUAS CALIENTES - CUSCO
The departure time that we suggest is the 6:45 p.m. train. This will allow you to spend more time at Machu Picchu and do more activities like hiking to the Sun Gate, while still having time to enjoy the hot springs or some cervezas in Aguas Calientes after your tour. The 6:45 p.m. train will arrive in Ollantaytambo train station at 8:20 p.m. where you will be picked up by your driver outside of the train station. Once the driver has picked you up, you will travel for 1 1/2 hours in a van before you arrive back at your hotel/hostel. Your arrival time in Cusco will be approximately 10:00 p.m. An earlier option for departure is at 4:45 p.m. from Aguas Calientes. On this train, you will arrive in Cusco at approximately 9:00 p.m. Please let us know your departure preference at the time of booking your tour with us!
This package is an outline of how one tour may be like. Of course we can customize this tour to match your specific needs. We are flexible during the tour, so that we may make changes to the itinerary along the way if that suits you better. Contact us for more detailed information on options and we will work together on creating the perfect experience for you!