The Machu Picchu Experience 2d/1n - Ascend Adventure Travel
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Trip Notes
Difficulty: Easy to Moderate

Duration: 2d/1n

  • Visit the famous ruins of Machu Picchu one the 7 Man-Made Wonders of the World!
  • Climb Wayna Picchu, the famous "Young Peak"!
  • Scenic train ride to and from the ruins
  • Plenty of optional side-trips such as the Mandor Waterfall, Mt. Putucusi, Mt. Machu Picchu, the Inca Bridge, the Temple of the Moon and the Sun Gate
  • Bilingual guide and guided tour of Machu Picchu
  • Transport to and from the Poroy Train Station
  • Entrance fee to Machu Picchu
  • Round-trip train ticket on the PeruRail "Explorer" Train
  • Round-trip bus ticket Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu
  • Meals: 1 breakfast, 2 lunches (sack lunch for Machu Picchu) and 1 dinner
  • 1 night in hotel in Aguas Calientes
Not Included:
  • Entry fee to Wayna Picchu and the Temple of the Moon ($10 extra, please let us know well in advance so we can reserve the tickets!)
  • Aguas Calientes hot springs entry fee (S/10 or approx. $4)
  • Dinner the 2nd day
Packing List:
  • Rain jacket or poncho
  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • 1 or 2 changes of clothes
  • Camera
  • Original Passport
  • Overnight toiletries
  • Insect repellant
  • Day pack and water bottle
  • Hat and/or sunscreen
  • Spending Money
  • Warm clothes for the evening / light clothes for the day
  • Flashlight (for early-birds)
Possible Extensions/Upgrades:
  • Luxury Package: Includes either 4 or 5 star hotel accommodations (please specify), train tickets on the famous Hiram Bingham luxury train (known as the most luxurious train in all of South America), and private guided tour.
  • Train upgrade: Upgrade to the classy Vistadome train with better views, live entertainment and a complementary meal!
  • Hotel upgrade: Upgrade to 3, 4 or 5 star hotel! (Basic package includes accommodations in a 2-star hotel)
  • 1-Night extension: Want to spend an extra night in Aguas Calientes? Just let us know!
  • 2nd entry to Machu Picchu for the second day: Want to visit the famous ruins twice? Just let us know!
Available Discounts:
  • Students (Requires a valid International Student Identity Card)
  • Children under the age of 11

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The Machu Picchu Experience 2d/1n

The famous Machu Picchu ruins are one of those things you just have to see to believe.  Now matter how much hype or how many pictures you have seen of the famous Incan citadel, you really have to visit in order to understand how amazing it is.  At Ascend Travel, we offer premiere Machu Picchu travel packages, and one of our most popular tours is the Machu Picchu 2d/1n Experience.  This tour includes transport to and from the town of Aguas Calientes (at the base of the ruins), a guided tour of the ruins, food and lodging, and plenty of free time to enjoy activities at and around the ruins.  So let us make your visit to one of the 7 Man-Made Wonders of the World the unforgettable experience that it should be!

Tour Itinerary

Day 1
Cusco - Aguas Calientes

We will pick you up from your hotel between 6:30 and 7:00 AM and travel to the town of Poroy (1/2 hour from Cusco) to board the train to Machu Picchu.  This amazing journey by train takes you through the famous Sacred Valley of the Incas where you’re jaw will drop with the views of giant snow-capped mountains, green fields, charming Incan towns, and the raging Urubamba River.  During the journey, you will observe the climate change from Andean highlands to the lush “Ceja de Selva” (Eyebrow jungle) where the Machu Picchu ruins are located.   

After an approximately 4 hour-long voyage by train, we will arrive in the town of Aguas Calientes (better known as Machu Picchu Pueblo).  An Ascend Travel tour guide will meet you at the train station and transport you to the hotel where we will be spending the night.  We will grab lunch at a nearby restaurant, and then the rest of the evening we will have free time to get to know the town of Aguas Calientes.  Some possible activities include visiting the nearby Botanical Gardens or the Machu Picchu Museum, soaking in the namesake hot springs, shopping at the local market, or walking to the luscious Mandor waterfall. For those wanting a more daring and physical experience, you can climb the steep Putucusi Mountain (a grueling 3-hour hike with steep inclines and ladders that are as long as 20 meters each! Not for those who are afraid of heights).  We will have a group dinner with our guide at night and discuss our visit to the ruins the following day.

Day 2
Machu Picchu! - Cusco

This is the day you've been waiting for. We will wake up before first light to be among the first to arrive at the famous ruins. Machu Picchu, the "Lost City of the Incas," is located at approximately 2500 meters (or 8,000 feet, which is significantly lower than the city of Cusco). At 5:45 AM, we will take the bus up to the ruins and arrive around 6:20 AM. Machu Picchu is situated between two peaks, Mt. Machu Picchu ("Old Peak" in Quechua) and Wayna Picchu ("Young Peak" in Quechua). We will enjoy a 2-hour guided tour of the ruins in which we will learn about Incan architecture and uses of different structures, as well as visit the Main Square, the Temple of the Three Windows, the Sacred Sundial and the ancient burial grounds. After the guided tour, you will have free time to continue to visit the world-famous ruins. Some possible activities besides visiting the main ruins include:

  1. Climbing Wayna Picchu (approx. 1 and ½ hours and special entrance ticket required)
  2. Visiting the Temple of the Moon (approx. 3 hours and special entrance ticket required)
  3. Walking to the Inca Bridge (1 hour)
  4. Climbing the last part of the Inca Trail to Intipunku ("Sun Gate," 1 and ½ hours)
  5. Climb Mt. Machu Picchu (twice as tall as Wayna Picchu and less crowded, approx. 2 hours)
Around 4 PM we will descend to Aguas Calientes where we will grab a quick dinner before heading to the train station and returning to Cusco where you will arrive after nightfall and be dropped off at your hotel. This concludes an unforgettable journey to one of the 7 Man-Made Wonders of the World!



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