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Guided Tour of Machu Picchu from Aguas Calientes

By GotoPeru
Price was undefined, price is now CA $33
Free cancellation available
2h
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Selective hotel pickup
Multiple languages

Highlights

  • Guided tour of UNESCO World Heritage-listed Machu Picchu

  • Breath-taking panoramic views of the Andes mountain range

  • Intriguing & mysterious history & culture of the Inca people

  • Opportunity to explore a well preserved Inca citadel

  • Knowledgeable & professional local guide leads you

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About this activity

What's included, what's not

  • What's included

    Guided tour of Machu Picchu

  • What's included

    Briefing at your hotel (if arriving the night before the tour)

  • What's included

    Meet and greet at the train station Aguas Calientes (if arriving the day of the tour)

  • What's included

    Live tour commentary provided in English and Spanish

  • What's excluded

    Meals or drinks

Know Before You Book

  • You must have a reasonable level of fitness and be able to climb and descend stairs and walk on unpaved or uneven terrain.

  • Maximum group size is 14 people.

  • This activity begins in Aguas Calientes, which is approximately 3–4 hours by train from Cusco. You must purchase your own train tickets and make your own way to the meeting point.

  • If you do not book the option with admission to Machu Picchu, you should book your permit to enter the site in advance.

  • If you do not book the option with the bus ticket from Aguas Calientes, you can purchase bus tickets on-site on the day of the activity or hike to the summit. As the hike can take up to 3 hours, hiking to Machu Picchu is not recommended for this tour.

  • After your tour, you must return to Aguas Calientes on your own.

  • Please provide your train information and arrival time when you call to confirm your reservation.

  • If you arrive in Aguas Calientes the night before your tour, your guide will meet you at your hotel between 7 PM and 8 PM for a briefing and to arrange your exact pick-up time for the following morning.

  • If you arrive in Aguas Calientes on the day of the tour, you should book a train that gets you to the station before 10 AM. Your tour start time will be arranged based on your train arrival time. Tours depart from Aguas Calientes at 7:00 AM and 11:00 AM.

What you can expect

Journey high into the Andes Mountains and walk among the ruins of Machu Picchu. Your guide takes you to the most significant sites—the Temple of the Three Windows, the Temple of the Sun, and the Sun Stone—and shares the mysterious stories tied to each one.

Meet your guide in Aguas Calientes for the short bus ride up to Machu Picchu, or tackle the trail on foot if you're feeling daring and have the time. Your guide leads you on to the UNESCO World Heritage Site, an ancient architectural wonder of rock walls and manicured terraces cut into steep terrain. At 7,970-feet (2,430 metre) above sea level it’s almost as if you're at the top of the world in this sacred mountain-ringed valley.

As you step inside the remains of the Temple of the Three Windows, listen to the story of the Incas. Climb up to the Temple of the Sun, a semi-circular rock structure built around a solid granite altar. Stand in the very place the Incan priests may have performed sacrifices, and discover the significance of the trapezoidal windows.

Later, your guide points out the Intihuatana—the Sun Stone—a large carved rock believed to have been a religious astronomical clock or calendar. As you stroll along the stone terrace walls, take in the tranquil setting, where llamas and alpacas roam freely, grazing on the lush grass.

Location

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Activity Location

  • Machu Picchu

Meeting/Redemption Point

  • Machu Picchu Train Station
  • Machu Picchu Pueblo s/n Barrio Las Orquideas
  • Aguas Calientes
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