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Tour to Machu Picchu by Vistadome Train

Duration: 2 Days / 1 Nights
Group Size Up to 8 people
Max Altitude: 2430 m.s.n.m
Type Service: Group
Transportation: Train, Bus
Difficulty: Mild
Duration: 2 Days / 1 Nights

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You can enjoy an unmatched and mesmerizing panoramic train journey, as you pass through the ancient towns of the Incas. Travel through the alpine meadows nestled amongst the green, brown and white peaks, the intricately formed valleys, layers of handmade Inca farming terraces, ridged snowcapped mountains and sub-tropical jungle near the Amazon up to Aguas Calientes. 
Transported by shuttle bus from Aguas Calientes to begin your connection to the natural world and cultural show at the citadel of Machu Picchu (2,400m/7907ft). Catch yourself as you travel back in time to this magical placesacred and mysterious, with the name of Machu-Picchu, “The Old Sacred Mountain.”  Take your time exploring the majestic Machu Picchu, the Incan ruins rich in history of its past and the thriving culture of the people who once resided there.

Day 1: Cusco – Aguas Calientes Town

We wake up early to begin the big adventure, we have ahead of us and we have all been waiting forWe pick you up from your hotel at 7:45am and then, drive for 25 minutes in our private van to the Poroy Train Station departing at 8:25am. Here we take the Vistadome train to Aguas Calientes.

Voyage through the alpine meadows lying amongst the various colorful mountain peaks, the beautiful valleys, the Inca farming terraces built by hand in the form of amphitheaters, snowcapped mountains and sub-tropical jungle along the way to Aguas Calientes – the town at the base of Machu Picchu.

Once in Aguas Calientes, our team will wait for you to take take you to your hotel. Then you have the aftenoon at leisure!

Day 2: Machu Picchu – Cusco.

The Full Machu Picchu Experience!

This is the day you’ve been waiting for! After an early breakfast at your hotel, you’ll take one of the first busses up to Machu Picchu so that you can be there to witness the sunrise. It is a truly extraordinary site and not something you’ll want to miss! Your guide will give you the full guided tour, which takes about 3 hours in which you will explore the most important parts of Machu Picchu.

After your tour, those who have booked in advance for the extra hikes up Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain will have time to enjoy those views on their own. When you have had your fill of the exceptional views of Machu Picchu, you will take the bus back down to Aguas Calientes for lunch (not included). Depending on your train departure time, you may also have time for some shopping, sightseeing or a visit to the museum or hot springs. Your train will depart at 14:55 or 16:43h.

The train will take you back to Ollantaytambo, following the spectacular Urubamba River. Close to Aguas Calientes, the canyon is narrow and the river has many beautiful sections of whitewater. You can also see Wiñay Wayna from the train, if you look up high on the steep canyon wall! Back at Ollantaytambo, your driver will meet you at the exit from the train station to take you back to your hotel in Cusco in our private vehicle. You can expect to arrive at your hotel by 19:00

  • Meals: Breakfast, Snack and Hot Drinks on the Train.

***Please Note: The Vistadome Train only departs and returns to and from Ollantaytambo Train Station in the Sacred Valley during Rainy Season (January – April). SAM Travel Peru provides private transfers to and from the Train Station, in any case.*** 

**** In 2023 trains are running ONLY between Ollantaytambo and Aguas caliantes — No Trains to Cusco

EXTRA HIKES

  • Huyana Picchu mt: Its has to be booked in advance.
  • Machu Picchu mt: It has to be booked in advance.

VISTADOME CLASS TRAIN

The Vistadome is the ideal for those looking for the best comfort and quality service!

The train cars have large panoramic windows on the sides and ceilings, providing endless scenic views and many opportunities to take photos. The Vistadome offers traditional Inca style service, which allows the passengers to experience the Andean culture through its landscapes, music, and dance.

The Vistadome train provides first class service to give you the experience of a lifetime. It also has air conditioningheating, and adjustable leather seats to provide comfort throughout the trip.

We start our journey when we collect you from your hotel lobby and drive to the Poroy Train station located 25 minutes outside of Cusco, the Train journey to Machu Picchu is about three and a half hours to Aguas Calientes.

Our return trip is from Aguas Calientes to Poroy Train Station, which takes 3.5 hours. When we arrive to Poroy, we will drive in our private van for 25 minutes back to Cusco, arriving to your hotel between 9pm9:30pm.

WHAT IS INCLUDED FOR THE 2 DAY TOUR TO MACHU PICCHU WITH VISTADOME TRAIN?

  • Transfer from your Hotel to Poroy Train Station
  • Vistadome train ticket from Poroy to Aguas Calientes and Aguas Calientes to Poroy
  • Bus round trip from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu
  • Admission ticket for Machu Picchu
  • Guided tour in English
  • Snacks and Dance Presentation included on the train
  • Transfer to and from the train station to your hotel

WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED FOR THE 2 DAY TOUR TO MACHU PICCHU WITH VISTADOME TRAIN?   

  • Huayna picchu and or Machu Picchu Mountain It has to be booked in advance.
  • Drinks
  • Meals
  • Tips for your guide

The 2 day Tour to Machu Picchu with Vistadome Train is available on any date that is best for you, as long as we have a minimum of 2 people.

No. OF PEOPLEPRICE
2 to 8 people$ 427 USD per person

***Private service is available for $40 USD more per person.***

***All entrance fees are included and we operate our tours in small groups averaging 5 people with no more than 8!***

DISCOUNTS

  • Under 18 years old: $30 USD Please send us a copy of your passport at the time of booking.
  • Under 11 years old: $40 USD  Please send us a copy of your passport at the time of booking.

Please read the following information carefully; it will help answer all of your questions about our services and the 2 day Tours to Machu Picchu with the Vistadome Train

ARRIVAL TO CUSCO

We will pick you up from the Cusco airport and take you to your hotel in Cusco. Please let us know your flight details at least 14 days before arrival. Our representative will be holding an orange sign reading SAM Travel Peru outside the arrivals. You must exit the terminal to find our representative as they cannot enter. (Please let us know if your hotel is in the Sacred Valley so we can make the necessary arrangments). 

THE BRIEFING

The briefing is the night before the tour at 6pm in our office which is located at Calle Santa Teresa  Nº383; 101 (first floor), we are next to SUBWAY restaurant and across the street from Sunat.

CAN I STORE MY LUGGAGE AT YOUR OFFICE?

Absolutely! Your main luggage can be stored at our office or at your hotel, both are free.

HOW TO BOOK:

FIRST, to book your 2 day Tour to Machu Picchu, we need you to fill out our booking form by clicking on BOOK NOW on our homepage or click here on the link – BOOK NOW.

Please be ready with the following information (FROM EACH PARTICIPANT in your group). We cannot purchase an an entrance to Machu Picchu or the train without the following information:

  • Personal information (your full name, exactly as on your passport):
  • Gender
  • Passport number
  • D.OB. (dd / mm / yyyy)
  • Nationality

SECOND, we require a deposit of US$211.00 per person  in order to purchase your entrance to Machu Picchu and train ticket. You can make you deposit by clicking on the PAYPAL symbols on the top of our home page, or you can click on the PAYPAL symbols on our booking page.

WHAT ABOUT THE BALANCE?

It would be greatly appreciated if you pay in cash at our office (US dollars or Peruvian soles) here in Cusco. We have many ATMs within the historical center to withdraw money. You can also pay by PAYPAL online but you will have to pay a 5.5% service charge, charged by PAYPAL. To pay your balance through PAYPAL, you need to log into your PAYPAL account using our email address samtravelperu@gmail.com. 

MAY I CHANGE THE DEPARTURE DATE AFTER THE TICKETS HAVE BEEN BOUGHT?

Unfortunately the answer is No. Once the tickets have been bought, the government does not allow any changes, so we can’t change any departure date after the tickets has been bought. Tickets are also non transferable nor refundable. If you cancel your 2 day Tour to Machu Picchu with Vistadome Train, the deposit is not refundable!

DO I NEED MY ORIGINAL PASSPORT FOR MACHU PICCHU TOURS?

DEFINITELY! You MUST bring your original physical passport (No Copies) with the same passport number you gave us to book your entrances, train tickets and other reservations. They will check your passport when you enter Machu Picchu and board the train.

In case you are renewing your passport or changing your name, please send us a COPY of your old passport to secure your permit, and we will change it when we receive a COPY your new passport and/or updated name for a fee of $25 USD per person.  We must have a copy of your old and new passport to make the change. Before you change your passport keep a copy of your old one.

If you do not wish to pay this fee you must bring both passports to Peru with you. You can enter Peru with your new passport but you will need to show both passports, old and new to enter Machu Picchu and the train.  If you do not have both you will not be allowed to enter.

Remember to check your current passport to make sure it doesn’t expire within 6 months of your arrival to Peru!!! The Government of Peru is enforcing the existing law that requires all foreign travelers to have a passport valid for a minimum of six months past the time of entry into PeruPeruvian authorities will deny entry into Peru for travelers not meeting this requirement.

WHAT IS THE WEATHER LIKE IN THE MACHU PICCHU TOURS?

The weather is very unpredictable and always changing so it is difficult to say with any certainty. We recommend that you be prepared for warm weather, possible rain showers (Orange Nation provides rain ponchos) and a warm jacket in case of cold. We recommend that you dress in layers so you may take off or put on clothes as needed.

ARE WE DROPPED OFF AT OUR HOTEL AFTER THE 1 DAY MACHU PICCHU TOURS?

Absolutely! Included in our packages is dropping you off at your hotel on the return from your trek or tour. If you have booked your hotel in the Sacred Valley like Ollantaytambo or Urubamba, we will drop you there too!
If you spend the night at Ollantaytambo before the trek, we wil pick you up there.

TIPPING

If you’re happy with the services provided, a tip is appreciated. While it may not be normal to you, it’s of great significance for the people who will take care of you during the tour (and their families). It also inspires better service and is an major facet of the tourism industry. Obviously, you are free to tip more or less as you wish, depending on what you thought about the quality and the length of your tour.

ARE YOU SUSTAINABLE?

Orange Nation Peru is a local sustainable and responsible tour operator that operates with principles of responible tourism: protecting the environment and benefiting the indigenous communities while respecting their culture and religion.

WHAT YOU SHOULD BRING?

  • A small daypack and water
  • Snacks
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Camera and rain jacket or poncho (provided by Orange Nation)
  • A fleece or jacket, basic toiletries
  • Hat for the sun, sunscreen, insect repellent
  • Passport (Cannot enter Train or Machu Picchu without passport)
  • Money for souvenirs

Tour to Machu Picchu by Vistadome Train

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Bernie s 2023/03/02

Had a great trip with our guide Ray Herrera and driver Alfredo. Lots of good experiences in a short period of time 4 days. Learnt a lot not just about the main tourist destinations but Peru in general by Ray. Ray has a passion for Inca history and local produce. Ray knows all the good photo spots and we managed the sun out every day .. Good culture and if you want to get on a tour ask for Ray at Sams Travel = amazing

Tanya H 2023/03/02

Ray was our Tour Guide and Alfredo was our driver for a 4 day tour we did with SAM Travel Peru. Ray's knowledge of the history of Cusco and Machu Picchu was outstanding. Ray was very accommodating with all our needs. He stayed alongside us when trekking and helped where he could. His sense of humour was pleasant to be around. Ray spoke very good English. He is such a nice guy. I would strongly recommend Ray to be your tour guide to visit Machu Picchu. Ray explained everyday what the plans were for the next day, which was reassuring what we needed to take etc

Captanjack 2023/01/012

Our 1 day tour thru the Sacred Vally with Danny was wonderful. He was very knowledgeable and able to answer all our questions in detail. I would recommend asking for him personally if you are able.

Sherry 2022/12/26

We booked the Classic Cusco to Machu Picchu tour with SAM travel which we really had a good experience. SAM travel is very responsive during the communication and cater to our changes needed. Our guide is Ray who is also an very awesome guide. He is knowledgeable, patient, humorous as well reliable, he help us take many good photos and also go extra mile to help with our request. Thanks Ray! Thanks SAM travel that gave us good memories in Peru! Highly recommend if you consider booking any tour in Cusco.

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C Clark 2023/01/20

Wow. We had such an incredible experience in Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu. Our guide, Dayvit, is the most knowledgeable guide we have ever had. He has such an extensive knowledge of the history and is very friendly and helpful. If you are planning a trip to Peru, I highly recommend SAM travel and be sure to request Dayvit!

Emma Dinzebach Clark 2023/01/10

2 day tour sacred valley / Machu Picchu highly recommend! David was the best tour guide. He knows an incredible amount about Incan culture and is personable and funny. He also kept us up to date on a political situation happening when we were there and was informative. Overall, this tour checks all the boxes. Thank you!

Nupur Joshi 2023/01/02

We used SAM Travel for a 2D/1N trip from Cusco to Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu on Dec 25-26, 2022. The team was good with communication from the start - both Saul and Junior were very helpful and professional with answering any questions and clearing up any misunderstandings. Our guide, Miguel, was prompt, pleasant, and quite knowledgeable. We enjoyed his company and insight over the 2 day trip and recommend him to anyone booking with SAM Travel.

Xueying Chen 2022/12/20

We booked the Classic Cusco to Machu Picchu tour with SAM travel which we really had a good experience. SAM travel is very responsive during the communication and cater to our changes needed. Our guide is Ray who is also an very awesome guide. He is knowledgeable, patient, humorous as well reliable, he help us take many good photos and also go extra mile to help with our request. Thanks Ray! Thanks SAM travel that gave us good memories in Peru! Highly recommend if you consider booking any tour in Cusco.

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Cheri Buccino April 21, 2024

Powerful! This journey tests your humanity and leaves you in awe of yourself and the beauty that Pachamama provides. April 2024 We conquered the Inca trail and it was only made possible with the help and guidance from our expert guides Jean Pierre (JP) and Jimmy. The knowledge these gentlemen shared was admired by all of our group and the envy of other trail hikers who stopped to listen. The hike has many layers of challenges including language barriers, altitude sensitivities and food specifications. The team at Sam travel exceeded the needs and went above to ensure our comforts were met. A special mention must be made to Mario, the Chef who somehow performed magic with nutritious flavourful meals to satisfy even the pickiest consumers and Francesco who was our lead porter who orchestrated the harmony that happened behind the scenes to get everything done. Nothing less than marvellous from this team. Thank you to each of the group who made our trek a remarkable experience.

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Bhavana Lalwani April 18, 2024

Jose and Henry were great guides for our first time exploring machu pichu! They were very attentive and kept everything on a smooth schedule. Highly recommend!

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Ryan April 9, 2024

The whole experience was amazing. Ray, our guide answered all of our questions and definitely had our best interest in mind the whole time. Timothy the cook made fantastic food and somehow found a way to prepare a birthday cake with no notice! Boni our head porter and his whole crew were kind, accommodating, and had such upbeat attitudes which really made the experience great!

Isabel Batteria April 17, 2024

I spent two days with Sam Travel’s guide Raymier, who guided us through the one-day 12-km stretch of the Inca trail and then took us to Machu Picchu the next day. In my group, I was always the last one on the trail because I come from the coast and I’m not used to altitudes, and honestly I could also have prepared physically a little better. Raymier respected my pace, never rushed me, and supported me throughout the ardous trail. He had much knowledge to share. I speak Spanish, but ended up in an English tour, and Ray’s English was very good. He was funny, respectful, and versatile. He knew where to take all the best photos and patiently took photos of all of us. I would trust Sam Travel again especially if I was lucky enough to have Ray as a guide again.

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