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Machu Picchu 2 Day Hike From Cusco is the cheapest way to visit the lost city of Incas It is one of the unmissable attractions in South America. Since there is no direct road access for vehicles from Cusco to Aguas Calientes, on this two days tour we drive you by bus to Machu Picchu’s nearest village named Hidro Electrica.
It is deep in the cloud forest. From there you will be hiking along the railway lines to Aguas Calientes. It is the same route that Hiram Bingham III took when he re-discovered Machu Picchu.
Apart from being able to save some penny, you will also get to see the enchanting views of the snow capped peaks. The route swirls through the Andean highlands down to cloud forest. We will be taking the picturesque route that runs through the Sacred Valley of Incas.
If you are a budget traveller and are looking to get the most of your trip to Peru, we highly recommend this tour. This is the cheapest trip to Machu Picchu from Cusco.
On the two days Machu Picchu by car trip you will also be contributing to the development of different towns and communities that exist throughout that journey.
If you want to combine the train and bus trip, you can upgrade to vistadome train or expedition train for your return trip. You can also buy the bus ticket for your trip from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu for a comfortable visit.
Treks in Cusco is a fully locally owned tour operator in Cusco. We have a team of well experienced knowledgeable local guides who are born and raised in the region. On any trek with us, you will have a guide who is trained on first aid and has a knowledge of using oxygen cans.
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Cusco Hotel Transfer
At 0700 AM we will be picking you up from your hotel in Cusco. Then in our private transport, we will drive you to HidroElectrica station. Here we will stop for lunch.
After lunch, you will be trekking along the railway lines to Aguas Calientes. It is roughly a three hours walk. This is the same route that the renowned American explorer Hiram Bingham III took when he re-discovered Machu Picchu.
If you are feeling tired you can take a train. It has an extra cost and you can book the train ticket in advance or at Hidro Eletrica train station.
Once in Aguas Calientes, we will accommodate you in a basic ensuite hotel room to spend the night. Later in the evening, our guide will be meeting you at the hotel lobby and will give you a briefing and hand you over the entrance ticket. Our guide will also walk you to the restaurant for dinner.
You need to wake up early. We will be trekking quite early in the morning to the citadel of Machu Picchu. Alternatively you can take a bus, this will cost 12 USD each way and takes 20 minutes to reach Machu Picchu.
At the main entrance our guide will meet you and will assist you in clearing the security control to enter the citadel. Once in the citadel, the tour guide will walk you to the main sites explaining its significance.
You will be visiting prime sites. This includes the main plaza, ceremonial centre, agricultural terraces, remains of temples and more. After the tour, you will have some free time to explore Machu Picchu on your own.
If you do have a booking to trek Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu mountain, please notify our guide. After the tour you will have some free time. Alternatively, you can walk to the Sun Gate.
It will be a two hours walk back and forth from the citadel. You will get a panoramic view of Machu Picchu. The view is exclusive at sunrise for those on Inca Trail and Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu.
Once you have had your fill of the Inca sites, you will return to Aguas Calientes train station and trek back to HidroElectrica. Our representative will meet you and will drive you back to Cusco.
The cheapest way to reach Machu Picchu from Cusco is by van. It takes you to Hidro Electrica, from here its a 3 hours hike along the railway lines to Aguas Calientes which serves as the jump off point to Machu Picchu. From Aguas Calientes, you can hike for two hours up hill to reach the citadel.
We were looking for a budget friendly option to visit Machu Picchu and this was ideal. Treks In Cusco team are fantastic. Totally recommend them.
We wanted to visit Wiñay Wayna ruins and Machu Picchu on Inca trail. But sadly we figured out it was sold out. We booked the trip to Machu Picchu by car with Treks In Cusco. It was the best thing we did. The guide was very knowledgable and made this a wonderful experience.