Cuzco Excursions & Tours: Take the royal route to majestic Machu Picchu with this epic full day guided tour from Cuzco.
* Experience a thrilling train ride up to the Lost City
* Witness one of the Seven Wonders of the World
* Get to know Machu Picchu’s fascinating history
The Lost City of the Incas as it is popularly known was discovered just over a century ago and since then has become Peru’s No. 1 tourist attraction. Visit the Royal Quarters, the Temple of the Three Windows and the Sacred Sun Dial among others, and discover a world the remnants of a vanished civilisation.
After being picked up from your hotel in Cuzco, head to Ollanta Station to board the Expedition (Peru Rail) or Machu Picchu (Inca Rail) train to Machu Picchu. These 52 person coaches are for those who like adventure and comfort featuring upholstered seats, folding tables and windows to enjoy the scenery. You’ll also be offered water and teas to make the journey extra comfortable.
On arrival in Machu Picchu town, a coach takes you to the top of the mountain. The sense of expectation increases as you approach the lost city, which was found by American explorer Hiram Bingham in 1911. Machu Picchu, which in Quechua means Old Mountain, is believed by archaeologists to have been built by Inca emperor Pachacuti as a holiday estate up in the heavens. His reign ended in the early 1470s yet within a century the city would be abandoned following the Spanish conquest.
The evident ceremonial purpose of the main access road and the grandeur of many of the finest buildings suggest that the city was also used as a religious shrine. Machu Picchu is considered both a masterpiece of architecture and engineering because of its architectural and landscaping features. Prominent landmarks among the 200 or so buildings are the monumental Main Square, the Royal Quarters, Temple of the Three Windows, the Circular Towers, the Sacred Sun Dial and the Burial Grounds. Depending on your schedule, lunch will be served either before or after the start of the tour.
Meeting/pick-up point: Hotels in Cusco Downtown . Transfer to Ollanta Station to board the Expedition (Peru Rail) or Machu Picchu (Inca Rail) train to Machu Pichu.
Duration: Between 13 to 15 hours.
Start/opening time: Pick up from hotel at 4:55am - Train departure: 7:20am - Arrival at the Machu Picchu train station at 8:48am.
End/closing time: First Schedule: departure time from the Machu Picchu train Station: at 3.48pm - Arrival at hotel in Cusco: 7.30pm. Second schedule: departure time from the Machu Picchu train Station at 6.35pm - Arrival at hotel in Cusco at 10.30pm.
Languages: Spanish and English.
Others: Alcoholic beverages not included. During lunch, we offer passengers a jar of water and teas.