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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 Huaman Marca). 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 the citadel of Machu Picchu.
The following day we will make ourselves to the citadel of Machu Picchu very early in order to make the most of our time in the Lost City of the Incas. We can decide if we want to arrive by foot (1 hour 30 min) or purchase a ticket for the bus consettur (30 min) to arrive at the Incan citadel of Machu Picchu and reunite with our guide. Continuing our guided tour for 2 hours where we will be able to appreciate the beauty of this Wonder, once we have finished our guided tour we will have free time to be able to roam and enjoy the Incan citadel as we wish, and later return to the village of Machu Picchu.
At approximately 10:00 a.m. we will say farewell to the village of Machu Picchu, also known as Aguas Calientes while we embark on our walk to the Sakura Expedition bus terminal in Hidroelectrica where we will embark in order to return to the city of Cusco (6 hours). On our return journey we will have a short break of 15 minutes in the village of Huaman Marca 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 VIP Machu Picchu by car 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 citadel of Machu Picchu and returns in the same way to the city of Cusco.
In the morning we will concentrate on the main square in from of McDonald’s door 07:00 a 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 4,350 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 a.m. we will realise a short break in the village of Huamanmarca in this location, we will enjoy 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.
Village of Santa María: Arriving at approximately 14:00 hrs, located at 1500 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 this point we will take the train from Hidroelectrica to Aguas Calientes, in this passage you will be able to observe the sights of the flora and fauna.
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 Time: 07:30 am
Duration in car: 7 hours of travel, approximately 85% of the road is asphalted and 15% is dirt road.
(The bus has 2 stops in Ollantaytambo for 15 minutes to use the toilet and to board passengers who hired the service in this area.)
Walking distance: 11 kilometres
Accommodation: Machu Picchu Adventure House and Eco Machu
Considerations: Dinner will be served at 19:30 -20.00 hours
Hours of Hike: 2hr and 40 minutes
Difficulty of Hike: Level 2 – Mild
Altitude reached: 4,350 meters (Abra Malaga)
Altitude of the walk: 1,800 meters
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 begin our ascent towards the citadel of Machu Picchu at 2430 meters, by bus for 30 minutes (approx.) By a zigzag through the beautiful jungle visualizing the majestic view of the mountains, flora and fauna of the place.
We will meet with the guide at 06:40 am at the main entrance of the Inca citadel of Machu Picchu, our guide will begin at 07:00 am. Here you will have a guided tour for 2 hours in places such as the main temple, the solar tower, Intihuatana and ending the guided in the sacred stone. Finishing the guide you will have free time to stay in Machu Picchu.
After free time you will take the return bus to the town of Aguas Calientes to board our return route to Hydroelectric we will walk about 10 minutes to our terminal to board the 14:30 pm bus
We will leave at 15:00 return to the city of Cusco (7 hours) on our return route we will make a small stop of 15 min in the town of Alfamayo to use the hygienic services.
Our return will last an average of 7 hours and we will be arriving in the city of Cusco at approximately 9:30 p.m. Our bus will end in the duration of San Francisco and this will end the Machu Picchu service of 2 days and 1 night by VIP car.
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.
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