Machu Picchu, an important Inca Citadel, was discovered by archaeologist Hiram Bingham in 1911 after 500 years of lying hidden and untouched in the cloud forest of Peru. These ruins are undoubtedly one of the most beautiful and enigmatic ancient sites in the world, particularly as this small but extraordinary city is perched atop a mountain at 2,430m and is invisible from below. During its peak, it was completely self-contained, surrounded by agricultural terraces sufficient to feed the population, and watered by natural springs.
Most interestingly, it is clear that Machu Picchu was no ordinary Inca city - its layout and architecture suggests that it was utilized as a secret and exclusive ceremonial settlement for the Sapa Inca, the Emperor, rather than as a population centre.
Machu Picchu Tour
Machu Picchu by train is a popular choice for travellers who want to reach Peruâs most iconic landmark quickly and in comfort.
There are several different options for the train to Machu Picchu, with each train service priced accordingly to the level of service you can expect to receive. All are operated by either Perurail or Incarail.
The Expedition Train
This is the cheapest service but still a comfortable mode of travel to Machu Picchu. They offer an on-board snack as part of the price.
The Vistadome Train
More comfortable than the Expedition train, Vistadome also has carriages with large panoramic windows offering beautiful views of the passing Andean scenery. Breakfast is also available on board, if you travel on one of the earlier services.
The Hiram Bingham Train
Machu Picchuâs iconic train offers a luxury voyage for those who want to make the most out of their excursion to Machu Picchu. Afternoon tea in the famous Machu Picchu Sanctuary Lodge located at the entrance of the archaeological complex, is also included. A professional guide will also accompany you throughout the days visit, including on the train.
Upon arrival at the station in Aguas Calientes, you will be met by your guide, who will take you directly on public bus up to Machu Picchu ruins. Once you reach the citadel, youâll take a guided tour of approximately two hours around the ruins, followed by free time for you to explore at your own leisure.
The return train will be booked for the late afternoon or evening, and you will be picked up from either the station in Ollantaytambo or Poroy and transferred back to Cusco.
As there are many different train services running between Aguas Calientes, Ollantaytambo and Poroy each day, no fixed itinerary exists for this excursion to Machu Picchu. Train departure and return time depend solely on availability - although we will of course try our best to meet your requests.Important notes