A busy two days await you as we head south from Cusco to the iconic and must-see Machu Picchu. Step back in time as we learn about the history of this Incan retreat, take in all the astounding architecture the hidden city holds and be amazed by the jaw-dropping panoramic views that will surround you.
We will also have some free time across the weekend to soak up the laid back atmosphere of the nearby trendy town of Aguas Calientes. The town is known as the gateway to Machu Picchu and here you will have the chance to take in its thermal baths with a visit to the popular hot springs or have a wander around some of the many shops, eateries and craft markets.
DAY ONE - CUSCO TO AGUAS CALIENTES
It’s an early morning departure as we take the bus from Cusco to the first checkpoint of Ollantaytambo. From here, we will take the must do train ride onto Aguas Calientes and take in some amazing views en route as we travel through the Andes! A staff member from the hostel where we will be staying for the night will be on hand to meet you as your train arrives and take you to the hostel where you can check-in and relax.
Perched up high in the mountains of Peru, the town is very laid back in nature and nowadays more commonly referred to as Machu Picchu Town. Designed to cater for tourists, there are many shops, restaurants and bars to explore at your leisure as the town acts as a gateway to Machu Picchu. If you look to go off the beaten track you can head to the lesser-known Machu Picchu Museum which details the use and function of the Inca site, how it was re-discovered and how it is preserved today.
Also, be sure to remember your swimsuit and head up to the hot springs that the town is pretty much named after! Spend your afternoon soaking in the curative waters of the springs in an open-air facility with the amazing Andes as the backdrop.
DAY TWO - MACHU PICCHU TO CUSCO
It will be another early morning start as we begin our visit to Machu Picchu. You will receive a guided tour of the ruins lasting around 2 hours. After this, you will have all the time you require to explore Machu Picchu independently and be sure to get all those photos you desire.
The stunning temples and views that Machu Picchu brings are sure to take your breath away. Machu Picchu is the most iconic symbol of the Incan Empire and was recognised as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1983. No trip to Peru could be complete would visiting Peru’s most visited tourist attraction! It’s mysterious nature, cultural attraction, rich history and spectacular views are just some of the things you will embrace during your time in the lost city of the Incas.
Just make sure you are back to Aguas Calientes at least 30 minutes before your train leaves. We will take the train back to Ollantaytambo and then the bus to Cusco from here as we arrive back to Cusco late evening.