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The sanctuary of Machu Picchu was chosen as one of the Seven New Modern Wonders of the World in 2007, in a worldwide online voting system, since this destination is very visited, there are many different ways to access Machu Picchu; one of them is by train, by foot and however this tends to be very expensive. Today there is an alternate route that can be accessed by car to the village of Hidroelectrica, this is one option for all visitors who are on a budget.
In this tour you will enjoy a picturesque route that initiates in the city of Cusco and goes through different villages in the Sacred Valley of the Incas, it continues towards snow-capped Andean mountains and descends towards a tropical jungle zone. In this zone there will be a stop in order to enjoy lunch (village of HuamanMarca). Due to the varying degrees of altitude, it is recommended to bring with you some medicine against dizziness or altitude sickness.
Continuing our trip towards Hidroelectrica we will pass through the villages of Huyro, Santa Maria, Santa Teresa and finish in the village of Hidroelectrica. From this point we will commence a 2 – 3 hour walk until we reach the town of Machu Picchu, on this route we will walk to edge of the train tracks on a smooth and not very difficult walk. Once we arrive at the town of Machu Picchu we will go to our accommodation (link to the types of accommodation) to rest, take a bath and then reunite with the group and the guide to receive the necessary information to visit Machu Picchu.
The next day we will go to the citadel of Machu Picchu very early to take advantage of our time in the Lost Citadel of the Incas. We can decide if we want to get there by foot (1:30 min) or buy the ticket for the consettur bus (30 min) to reach the Inca citadel of Machu Picchu and meet with our guide. Continuing our tour we will have a 2-hour guided tour where we can appreciate the beauty of this wonder, once our guide is finished we will have free time to enjoy the Inca citadel as much as we’d desire, and then return to Hidroelectrica where we will embark back to the city of Cusco (7 hours) on our return route we will make a small 15-minute stop in the town of Huaman Marca to use the hygienic services.
Our return journey will take roughly 6 hours and we will be arriving at the city of Cusco, at approximately 21:30 hrs. Our bus will finalise the journey in the plaza of San Francisco and with this our service of Machu Picchu for 2 days and 1 night will be finalised.
This trip has been prepared for travellers who like to enjoy and appreciate nature. Before, the only means of transportation to Machu Picchu was by train. Now there is another way to enter Machu Picchu, which is through the Machu Picchu by car until arriving at Hidroelectrica and embarking on a walk of 2 – 3 hours is made until arriving at the Village of Machu Picchu and the next day the visit is made to the mountain of Machu Picchu and returns in the same way to the city of Cusco. The tour of Machu Picchu for 2 days () is the perfect way to spend time enjoying the journey if you are a little short on time.
The point of concentration is at our office Sakura Expedition (Address: Calle Garcilaso No. 265 Office – 1 at 07:00 to 07:15 hrs)
07:30 am we will approach our mobility, we will receive a small recording talk about the recommendations prior to leaving Cusco, The tour will start with a pleasant and scenic sight of the Sacred Valley of the Incas, traversing through villages such as Ollantaytambo and others, going through the valley we will ascend towards the highest point of our trip “Abra Málaga” which is located at an altitude of 4,316 meters, at the foot of the Verónica mountain.
From this point the trip continues with the beautiful landscape of the Peruvian Andes after an approximation of 15 minutes we will start the descent towards the jungle, passing through the different micro – climates that make these landscapes a paradise within the majestic snow-covered peaks and making of this trip an unforgettable experience.
At approximately 12:00 p.m. we will realise a short break in the village of Huamanmarca in this location we will have lunch as well as have sufficient time in order to use the bathroom, as well as prepare ourselves for our final stop in Hidroelectrica.
We will continue our route by a paved road in perfect condition passing through the town of Alfamayo, Hyuro: located at 1500 mts one of the largest tea producers in Peru, producing high quality Huyro tea.
By having a warm and tropical climate you can also appreciate a lot of plantation of fruit trees such as banana, pineapple, mango, orange granadilla, mandarin and many more.
Town of Santa María: Located at 1590 meters above sea level, the location is warm and calm, it is an interesting place due to its thermal baths, this place is highly visited by tourists due to the its production of coffee and coca leaves.
Finally we will arrive at the village of Hidroelectrica, at 14:30 hrs, in this location we will realise a stop in the terminal of Sakura Expedition. At this point we will be able to regain our energy in order to continue with our journey.
From here we will start with the walk following the dirt road next to the railroad track this trail will take us approximately of 3 hours, on our hike we will be surrounded by many trees and tropical plants, until arriving at the town of Aguas Calientes or also known as Machu Picchu Village.
At approximately 17:30 hrs, we will arrive at the village of Machu Picchu that is also known as Aguas Calientes, in this location we will direct ourselves to the Hotel which was previously mentioned. After a relaxing bath it will be time to enjoy a delicious dinner together with the group and the guide. At that moment, he will have the opportunity to review the itinerary for the next day’s visit to the “Citadel of Machu Picchu”.
Departure: 04:30 am
Walking Time: 1 hour and 30 minutes
Difficulty of Hike: Level 2 – MILD
Guided hours: 2 hours.
Altitude of Machu Picchu Pueblo: 2,200 meters
Altitude of the Citadel of Machu Picchu: 2,430 meters
Altitude of the walk: 1,800 m (5,906 feet)
Climate: The temperature is hot and humid during the day and cool at night. The temperature ranges between 12° and 24° degrees.
In the morning at approximately 4:30 am we will get up to have breakfast and to start our adventure, we will have the option to begin our ascend to the Incan Citadel by bus (30 minutes) or walking for one hour and a half (bus consettur not included in the tour).
We will begin our ascent towards the citadel of Machu Picchu at 2430 meters, in a walk that will take 1 hour 30 minutes (approx.) By a zigzag through the beautiful jungle witnessing the majestic view of the mountains, flora and fauna of the place.
Arriving in Machu Picchu, you will first visit Machu Picchu Mountain on your own, and on the way back, we will meet the guide at 09:00 am at the main entrance of the Inca citadel of Machu Picchu, our guide will begin at 09:15 am. Here you will have a guided tour for 1 hour and 30 minutes in places such as the main temple, the solar tower, Intihuatana and ending the guidance in the sacred stone.
We will return to the town of hydroelectric making a walk of approximately 3 hours, once in the town of Hydroelectric we will have enough time to have lunch and get ready for our return by bus to the city of Cusco.
After enjoying lunch (lunch not included) we will direct ourselves to the Sakura Expedition bus terminal and a 15:00 hrs we will depart towards the city of Cusco, on our return journey we will have a short break of 15 minutes in the village of Huamanmarca to utilise the hygienic services.
Our return journey will take roughly 6 hours and we will be arriving at the city of Cusco, at approximately 21:30 hrs. Our bus will finalise the journey in the plaza of San Francisco and with this our service of Machu Picchu including Machu Picchu Mountain 2 days and 1 night will be finalised.
ENTRANCE TO MACHU PICCHU
ENTRANCE TO THE MACHU PICCHU MOUNTAIN
Due to the large number of tourists who choose as a second option and like to visit this mountain of Machu Picchu, income is quickly exhausted. Access to the Machu Picchu mountain, is limited to only 200 spaces on the 7:00 am shift and 200 on the 10:00 am shift. For this reason, we suggest you make the reservation in advance of 1 month.
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