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Overview of your Machu Picchu by Car 2-day Tour

This 2 Days 1 Night tour to Machu Picchu by Car is an economical option and great adventure to visit one of the New Word Wonder. On the way by car you can enjoy the most beautiful landscapes of the Sacred Valley, impressive peaks, cross the Abra Malaga (the highest point of the tour at 4316 m above sea level), descent to the jungle with the pleasant climate and stunning views of cloud forests, varieties of fruits and ending train ride to the town of Aguas Calientes.

Would you like to know more and explore the Sacred Valley seperately? Check this 1 Day Tour at Sacred Valley

Itinerary at a glance!

Machu Picchu Tour by Car – Two Days, One Night

Machu Pichu Tour by Car Day 1: Cusco – Abra Malaga – Santa Teresa – Aguas Calientes
07:30 am: Departure from Cusco and the start of the tour in private van.
10:30 am: First stop in Ollantaytambo
11:30 am: Stop at the Carrizales, 15-minute break. The start of the descent.
12:30 pm: Quick stop at Stop Alfamayo area.
13:00 pm: Stop in the town of Santa Maria.
13:30 pm: Stop for lunch in Santa Teresa.
16:00 pm: Arrival at the Hidroelectrica area.
16:20 pm: Departure by train to Aguas Calientes.
17:20 pm: Arrival at the village of Aguas Calientes. Relax at thermal baths in Aguas Calientes (optional)
20:00 pm: Dinner and Overnight at a hostel

Machu Pichu Tour by Car Day 2: Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu – Cusco
04:00 am: Breakfast in your hostel
04:20 am: Hike to the ruins The hike from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu Ruins (bus service is available and optional).
06:00 am: Guided tour of the citadel of Machu Picchu.
08:30 am: Free own time in Machu Picchu.
11:30 am: Return train from Aguas Calientes to Hidroelectrica.
12:40 pm: Return to Cusco by private van.
21:30 pm: Arrival in Cusco.

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Machu Picchu by Car 2-day Tour in detail

Great, fast and comfortable alternative tour to Machu Picchu by Car in 2 Days and 1 night! Travel with the group of friends, family or colleagues, and have an opportunity meet new people on the way! Just sit, lay back relax and enjoy changing beautiful landscape of Sacred Valley, Andean mountain and subtropical jungle in a safe and pleasant journey to Machu Picchu!

Day 1: Cusco – Ollantaytambo – Abra Malaga – Santa Teresa – Aguas Calientes (Lunch, Dinner)
The Machu Pichu Tour by Car journey begins at 07:30 am, you will be picked up from your hotel. Since the start of the tour will begin to enjoy the beautiful landscapes of the region of Cusco,we continue the car tour along a winding ascent to the Abra Malaga. We will stop in Ollantaytambo town for the first short break. Ollantaytambo is the town where you will get a chance to closer the lives of locals, buildings and culture. After leaving the town we will continue to the Abra Malaga which is in 4320 m above the sea level. This area is often covered in thick clouds with snow or rain. Lunch in Santa Teresa before last bit of driving to Hidroelectrica.

In Hidroelectrica you will take train to Aguas Calientes, where our staff will pick you up and guided to your hotel. Get ready for big dinner in a town, briefing and rest before big day to Machu Picchu!

Day 2: Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu – Aguas Calientes – Cusco (Breakfast)

The second day of Machu Pichu Tour by Car will start early, you have the option go up to Machu Picchu by bus or hike yourself. Those who choose option to climb they may leave at approx. 4.30 am and first busses leaving at 5.30. The guided tour in Machu Picchu will start at 6 am with our professional guide and will take around 2.5 hours. After the guided tour you have your own free time to keep explore the ruins, take more amazing pictures or just simply enjoy the tranquility of the mystic place.

Leave some time to get back to Aguas Calientes, there you can have lunch before going back, or explore the town. You will get a train to Hidroelectrica from where our private van will bring you back to Cusco at around 9.30 pm.

Do you have two days to see Machu Picchu and want some more adventure? Then try 2 Days 1 Night Short Inca Trail!

What your dream trip includes

Machu Picchu by Car Package Includes:

  • Private van ride Cusco – Hidroelectrica – Cusco
  • Train Tickets Hidroelectrica – Aguas Calientes – Hidroelctrica
  • Overnight at hotel in Aguas Calientes
  • 1 lunch (day 1), 1 dinner (day 1) and breakfast (day 2)
  • Entrance tickets to Machu Picchu
  • Professional guide in English or Spanish

 Machu Picchu by Car Package DOES NOT include:

  • Bus up from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu
  • Lunch on second day
  • Entrance to the hot springs in Aguas Calientes town
  • Tips, or additional expenses

Tour Price

You can get this tour from $XXX USD, This price may vary due to season, number of travelers or other conditions.

Discounts and Offers

  • ISIC Card: Students with a valid ISIC card can apply to a discount of XX%.
  • Junior: People under 18 years old can get this tour for $XXUSD.
Aditional Services

You can enhance your experience with these aditional services:

  • Machu Picchu Mountain or Huayna Picchu Mountain: an extra hike to the sacred mountains next to the citadel.
  • Vistadome Train: enjoy the landscape in a panoramic train during your trip to Machu Picchu.
  • Porters: hire an extra porter to get him carry your belongings and enjoy the rek at your best! You will support a Peruvian family too!
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What to bring for your Machu Picchu by Car 2-day Tour

Tips what to bring for the tour:

  • Original passport, International Student Identity Card (ISIC) if applicable
  • Shoes or hiking shoes, waterproof jacket, polo shirts, pants, rain poncho (Nov-Mar)
  • Sun hat, sunscreen, insect repellent, cosmetics and hand sanitizer
  • Mineral water and personal medicine kit
  • Shorts, plasters, bandages, extra money, swimwear
  • Cameras, flashlights
  • It is recommended to have the travel insurance
Map of the tour
Upgrade options for your comfort

You can always ask for an upgrade for all of our services:

Trains: you can ask for a high class train, the Hiram Bingham luxury service.

Accomodation: If you feel like staying in a hotel during your stay in Cusco even for a couple of hours, we have plenty of options for you. Please check our hotel lists to find the best option for you.

Guiding: Our guides are very knowledgeable and experienced, but if you want a specialized guiding you can ask us to a special guiding service.

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What is the best season to visit Machu Picchu?
Machu Picchu weather is two seasons. You can enjoy fresh and vivid days in rainy seasons from November to March, or shiny and blue-sky days during the dry season, from April to October.

When is Machu Picchu closed?
Good news! Machu Picchu is NEVER closed. You can visit this wonder every day of the year.

Should I book my permit in advance?
We strongly encourage you to book your Machu Picchu permit in advance as they can be sold out easily.