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Machu Picchu 2 Day Tour from Cusco

Machu Picchu 2 Day Tour from Cusco


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Group Size

min 2 / max 10


Max Altitude

2430 m / 7932 ft


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Machu Picchu 2 Day Tour from Cusco – OVERVIEW

This breathtaking Machu Picchu 2 Day Tour from Cusco is a perfect option for those wanting to visit the ancient city. When it comes to enjoying the mesmerizing beauty of this area, opting to take a 2-day tour by train is a fantastic way to see the land in all its glory while still saving time in your travels.

If you decide the Machu Picchu 2 Day Tour from Cusco is right for you, it will take you on a monumental odyssey by train to reach the ancient and glorious Inca site of Machu Picchu.

As one of the greatest ancient civilizations in the world, this 2-day journey by train involves passing through the Sacred Valley by Chinchero, Ollantaytambo town, an overnight in Aguas Calientes, and beautiful scenery before you visit the mystical and wondrous Machu Picchu. You’ll delight in the adventure and be able to immerse yourself in the knowledge of these ancient people.

The closer you get to Machu Picchu, the more its mystery will surround you. Once there, you’ll be able to visit the Main Plaza, the Sacred Solar Clock, the Temple of the Three Windows, the Royal Quarters, amongst other delights. The 2-day train tour to Machu Picchu is well worth the cost and will help you build memories that will last forever. Embrace the mystery of the Incan People with a 2-day tour by train to Machu Picchu.

Itinerary at a glance

Day 1: Cusco to Aguas Calientes Town

  • Max altitude: 3762 m/12342 ft (Chinchero)
  • Trekking, Walking: no walking needed, just chill
  • Highlights: Bus & train journey throughout the Sacred Valley of the Incas.

Day 2: Machu Picchu & back to Cusco

  • Max altitude: 2430 m/7972 ft (Machu Picchu site)
  • Trekking, Walking: No trekking, but lots of walking around the Machu Picchu site.
  • Highlights: Machu Picchu tour

Useful info

  • Distance from Cusco to Machu Picchu -112 kms /69.6 miles
  • Train to Machu Picchu – Peru Rain Expedition Train
  • Accommodation – 3 Star Hotel
  • Consideration: Entrance fee required
  • Tour Availability – Daily departure with minimum 2 people
  • Weather – Dry season from May to October, Wet from November to April
  • To climb Huayna Picchu Mountain you need to book in advance

Machu Picchu 2 Day Tour from Cusco- DETAILS


We will be picking you up from your hotel in Cusco at 08:00 AM. We be driving you through Sacred Valley of the Incas to Ollantaytambo train station (2 hrs approx.) where we will take the 11:30 am train to Aguas Calientes arriving at 2pm. Once you have checked in at our hotel, you will have the rest of the day to explore the town of Aguas Calientes.

What to do in Aguas Calientes?

If you love history then the Machu Picchu Museum is a great place to visit. The museum highlights pre-Inca times with a collection of Inca artifacts. The Orchid Gardens is another location to visit which is about a 30 minute walk from Aguas Calientes. The site has a rustic feel filled with a variety of beautiful orchids on display. Or enjoy the rest of day relaxing to the thermal waters of the Hot Springs, in Aguas Calientes.



Today we hop on a bus and make the journey (30 minutes drive approx.) for your trip to Machu Picchu.
Our tour guide will welcome you with a 2 hour guided tour and take you to the most important temples and enclosures Machu Picchu has to offer. After the tour, you will have free time for exploring Machu Picchu on your own.

Alternatively you can hike to Inti Punku or Sun Gate. This is the point of entrance to the citadel to those on Inca Trail to Machu Picchu.

In the afternoon, we will be departing Aguas Calientes to board the train at 2:30pm (depending on availability) and arrive to Cusco City at roughly 7:00 p.m.






  • Professional english speaking Tour Leader in Machu Picchu.
  • Pick-up & drop off in your hotel
  • Transportation by bus to and from Ollantaytambo
  • Round trip train tickets from Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes
  • 1 Breakfast
  • 3 Star hotel
  • Machu Picchu entrance ticket
  • Return bus tickets from Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes

Not included

  • Meals excluding breakfast in your hotel on day 2
  • Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu mountain entrance tickets
  • Tips
  • Travel Insurance (highly recommended)

2-day tour to Machu Picchu – Packing list

  • Original Passport (same as used at time of booking for permits/ tickets)
  • Waterproof jacket / rain poncho
  • Warm jacket/ fleece
  • Long sleeve Shirt (protection from sun)
  • Pants (zip off pants are ideal in changing weather conditions )
  • Sun hat or cap
  • Protect & hydrate sunscreen lotion (factor 60 or 70+ is recommendable )
  • Insect repellent
  • Personal medication
  • Camera and film, fully charged & extra batteries (batteries drain quicker in the cold)


At Machu Picchu Tours, a representative will organize a simple meeting the night before your tour or trek starts. During this meeting, you meet fellow adventures or tourists and gain valuable information regarding all aspects of your trip. If you do arrive late, your Machu Picchu Tours representative will leave you a message regarding the time and meeting details for the next morning.

For those of you who have purchased your arrival through Machu Picchu Tours, or if the entry was part of the cost of your chosen tour, please note the following:

Your arrival has been arranged dependent on the flight information that you provided to us. If there is a flight schedule change within 48 hours of your regularly scheduled arrival time, please let us know in advance. It is highly recommended that you contact us at +51974378488 so your transfer from the airport to the hotel can be adjusted.

Your luggage is limited due to the train restrictions, even if its an overnight tour. All bags that you bring to Aguas Calientes (Machu Picchu) should be carry-on only. All extra luggage can be left safely in Cusco at your hotel or the Machu Picchu Tours office depot while you enjoy your tour or trek. We’ll take them from you on the morning of your journey and return them once you’re back in Cusco. Make sure your bags are appropriately identified, so it’s easy to locate them.

Baggage on the trains to and from Machu Picchu is limited to 1 backpack that doesn’t exceed 8kg or 17 pounds. Its linear dimensions should be within 158cm or 62 inches. Luggage storage may be arranged with your guide if necessary. Depending on your itinerary, tagged luggage can be stored at your hotel in Cusco until you return from Machu Picchu.

Please note any type of bag or bagged when visiting Machu Picchu. A bag can be no bigger than 40cm, or 157 inches high X 35cm or 14 inches wide X 20cm or 8 inches deep as anything bigger won’t be permitted into the citadel. There is storage near the citadel. Even if your bags are already tagged with ID tags, please use any Machu Picchu Tours luggage tags. This makes it easier for Machu Picchu Tours staff to find and manage your luggage for you.

Travel insurance is essential as it offers you protection against circumstances like trip cancelations, delays or interruptions, loss of baggage, medical emergencies, and other problems that may occur. There are medical evacuation plans that are offered for additional protection in case of an emergency. At Machu Picchu Tours, we care about your health, and our recommended affiliate will fly you on their ICU-equipped aircraft to the hospital of your choice.

We recommend that you purchase a form of travel insurance to protect your travel investment.


How to Book a 2 day train tour to Machu Picchu?

  1. When booking your 2 day train tour to Machu Picchu, you’ll need to fill out our booking form by clicking on the BOOK NOW link on Machu Picchu Train Tours’ homepage. Be ready to supply the following information for each participant in your group. Keep in mind that we can’t purchase the entrance into Machu Picchu or the train without this information.
    1. Personal Information (Full name as it appears on your passport)
    2. Gender
    3. Passport Number
    4. Date of Birth (D.O.B.) example: dd/mm/yyyy
    5. Nationality
  2. There is a required USD$300.00 per person for us to purchase the train tickets and entrance into Machu Picchu. Click on the VISA, Western Union, or the PAYPAL links on our booking page. Once we receive the deposit and details, we can then book your permits. Once we have those in our hands, we’ll send you the invoice and confirmation that everything is ready to go. All start dates, once they’re confirmed, are guaranteed.

Do I need My Original Passport for my tour to Machu Picchu?

Yes! Please bring your original passport. It must be the same passport number information you sent us when you booked your entrance into Machu Picchu, train ticket(s), and other entrances or reservations. The site rangers will check your passport when you enter Machu Picchu. The train company will also do the same before you board.

If you do happen to renew your passport, you can send us your old passport information to secure your permit. Once you get the new one, we change it for a nominal USD$10 fee per person. Keep in mind, and we need an old copy of your passport and the new one to make any changes. Before you make any changes, keep your old one. 

Note: If you don’t want to pay this fee, bring both passports to Peru. You can enter Peru with your most recent passport but will need to show both to be allowed entrance into Machu Picchu or on the train. If you don’t have both, then you won’t be allowed access. This is a strict policy that must always be adhered to.

How do Machu Picchu Tickets work and do They Sell Out?

  • All tickets for Machu Picchu are linked to a specific name and a date. They are non-transferable or refundable.
  • The following tickets are available:
    • Machu Picchu Main Site (2,500 tickets per day). This excludes the 4-day Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, which has 500 tickets per day.
    • Machu Picchu Mountain: 800 tickets per day, split between two-time slots.
    • Huayna Picchu Mountain: 400 tickets per day that are split between two-time slots.
    • It is highly unusual for tickets to sell out, though it has happened. The same goes for Machu Picchu Mountain. Huayna Picchu tickets do sell out several months beforehand, and especially the 10 am time slot.

What are the Opening Times of the Machu Picchu Site?

  • The site is open daily all year from 6 am to 5 pm. The last entry is 4 pm.
  • Machu Picchu Mountain Trail has two timeslots for starting the hike. These are 7 am – 8 am and 9 am – 10 am.
  • Huayna Picchu Mountain Trail has two-time slots for starting the hike, which is 7 am – 8 am and 10 am – 11 am.
  • If you have a Machu Picchu Mountain or a Huayna Picchu permit, it will only be valid for that specific timeslot. You must be on the trailhead between the times specified. You can always enter the site earlier if you wish.

Are there Toilets at Machu Picchu site?

Unfortunately, there are no toilets inside the gates. You’ll have to leave the site to use the facilities. According to the latest Peruvian regulations, the Machu Picchu ticket can only be used once so you won’t be allowed to re-enter. We recommend using the facilities before you enter Machu Picchu. The cost is only S./1.



Reviewed August 2019 danielpK5590BM

Experience of a lifetime

This was my first time ever doing an holiday like this and our tour guide John made the trip even more special. He was professional, very knowledgable of the area and made me feel comfortable the whole time. I would highly recommend this 2 day tour to Machu Picchu to anyone, it won’t fail to disappoint.

Reviewed August 2019 Jkruuuse

Peru tour with John

Did a tour with John in October. He was very cordial, attentive, organized, and most importantly knowledgeable in the country of Peru. I would definitely recommend John and his company (Machu Picchu Tours Treks). If you want a mix of adventure, culture, and relaxation this is the tour for you. All age ranges!!

$410 USD
Contries: Perú stay: 2D/1N

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