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Cusco to Machupicchu By Car 2D/1N

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  • DURATION: 1 Day
  • PICK UP and DROP OFF:hotel cusco
  • GROUP SIZE: 18 people
  • LANGUAGES: Spanish , English
  • TOUR TYPE: Trek, Adventure
  • MAX. ALTITUDE5100 m / 16070 ft
  • HIKING HOURS:4 Hours
  • AVAILABILITY:Daily Departures

Machu Picchu By Car 2 Days

Machu Picchu by Car 2 days: Now Machu Picchu is not more difficult to know or expensive, (Now it is cheaper and easy) For that reason was created one new alternative route to the traditional train travel route. This tour is called MACHU PICCHU BY CAR 2D / 1N, This trip is for a new paved path from cusco to Santa Maria then until Hidroeléctrica it is unpaved route, totally 6 hours by car with some stops along the way, like for picture and for lunch. For that reason it is not necessarily to use the expensive train services, After the trip by car we will walk around 2 or 3 hours until Aguas Calientes (machupicchu pueblo), during the trip you will enjoy beautiful landscapes, valleys, snow-capped mountains, high forest full of flora and rivers that descend from the top of mountains with very clear water and some villages of the local people are very friendly plowing pleasant trip to Inca city of Machu picchu.


DAY 1: DAY 1 : Cusco — Hidriolectric — Aguas Calientes (Machupicchu-Pueblo)

In the morning we will concentrate on the main square in from of Regocijo Scuare 07:00 a 07:15 hrs.
07:30 am we will approach our mobility, we will receive a small recording talk to leave Cusco, The Tour will start with a pleasant and scenic towards the Town of Yanahura near Ollantaytambo, until this place we will have the opportunity to enjoy the beautiful landscapes of the area, we will take a short break of 25 minutes (approx.), continuing our journey from the town of Ollantaytambo to the highest part of this trip called “Abra Málaga” which is at an altitude of 4,316 meters, at the foot of the Verónica mountain .
From this point the trip continues the beautiful landscape with puna flavor after about 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 this place a tropical climate. We will continue our route by a paved road in perfect condition passing through the town of Alfamayo, Hyuro: located at 1500 masl one of the largest tea producers in Peru. High quality Huyro tea.
By having a warm and tropical climate you can also see a lot of plantation of fruit trees such as banana, pineapple, mango, orange granadilla, mandarin and many more.
Town of Santa María: Located at 1500 meters above sea level, tropical zone this place is well known for the production of fruits in great quantity.
Village of Santa Teresa: Located at 1590 masl very warm and quiet place is interesting for the thermal baths known as the Baths of Colcalmayo very visited by tourists and well known for the production of coffee and lots of coca leaves and finally we will reach Hydroelectric to the private terminal of the company here we can have lunch and take energy to continue our trip
From here we will start with the walk following the dirt road next to the railroad track which is an approximate of 3 hours following the Vilcanota River from the top, the Waynapicchu mountain will not be welcoming, until arriving at the town of Aguas Calientes, Arriving you will be taken to the designated accommodations. After a relaxing bath in your lodgings it will be time to enjoy a delicious dinner together with the guide. At that moment, he will have the opportunity to review the itinerary for the next day’s visit “Citadel of Machu Picchu”, Here we will spend the first night.

Shuttle to Hidriolectric: 6½ hour by bus from Cusco.
Duration Tour: 8 Hours.
Hiking Distance: 11 km / 6.8 miles
Hiking time: 2½ to 3 hour approximately.
Climate: hot in the day and warm in the night.
Acomodation: From 2 people (double or matrimonial room) single room is more USD 15.00.
Meals: Dinner is a typical dish.
Maximum Altitude: 4200 masl / 13779 ft. (Abra Malaga)
Minimum Altitude: 1800 masl / 5905ft. (Santa Teresa)

DAY 2 : Guided Tour At Machu Picchu — Hidriolectric — Cusco

This is the most important day of the tour, today you will visit one of the seven wonders of the world.
The tour will start very early, to appreciate the sunrise in the Inca citadel of Machu Picchu.

Our day will start with the option of hiking or taking the bus (US $ 12).

If you have chosen the option of hiking you need to wake up around 4:00 am to get ready for the hike to Machu Picchu main entrance. After you grab your pack breakfast you start walking to Puente Ruinas checkpoint for 30 minutes which is open at 5:00 am where you have to show your passport and your Machu Picchu tickets. After you pass the first checkpoint, you will hike all upstairs for one hour to Machu Picchu main gate to be there around 6:00 am. Once everybody meets at the gate, you go into Machu Picchu for the guided tour for 2.5 hours to learn everything about The lost city of the Incas. After the guided tour you have free time to explore on your own the Inca city of Machu Picchu. At 11:30 get ready to walk back to Hydroelectric for 3 hours in order to be in Hidrolectrica at 2:30 pm to take a car for 6 hours back Cusco. usually we get back to Cusco around 10:30 p.m. We will leave you at Plaza Regocijo – Cusco.

If you are thinking to do HUAYNAPICCHU or MACHU PICCHU MOUNTAIN is possible but will be too very tight and rush because you need to leave Machu Picchu at 11:30 to walk back to Hydroelectric for 3 hours in order to be in Hidrolectrica at 2:30 pm to take a car to Cusco. If you are considering doing this option and doing one of the mountains, we recommend you stay one more night in Aguas Calientes and return the third day, Because you need at least 5 hours more to explore the whole park of Machupicchu

Distance Travelled: 6 Km. / 3.6 mile
Machu Picchu guided tour: 2½ hour.
Climate: The temperature is hot and humid during the day and cool at night.
Shuttle to Cusco: 6½ hour by bus from Hidiolectric.
Meals: Breakfast.
Maximum Altitude: 2429 masl / 7972 ft.
Minimum Altitude: 2040 masl / 6692 ft.


  • Briefing about the tour one day before the trip.
  • Accommodation in Aguas Calientes (Hostel)
  • Professional and experienced guide licensed in tourism (English and Spanish)
  • Transport Cusco – Hidro Eletrica – Cusco
  • Entrance ticket to Machu Picchu
  • One Lunch
  • One Breakfast
  • One DINNER

Not Included

  • Entrance to the thermal springs in Aguas Calientes US$5.
  • Tips, Last day meals.
  • Other services not mentioned.
  • Saddle horse (if required)
  • Entrance to Huayna Picchu

What you need to take

  • Take your passport with you.
  • Arrive half an hour before to the bus station.
  • In Machu Picchu and Huayna Picchu you will climb many steps; make sure you wear confortable shoes that are suitable for walking and that do not slip.

What is Machu Picchu By Bus By Hydroelectric?

The machu picchu tour by bus by hydroelectric was born as a result of the high train costs to be able to reach machu picchu, this tour has a car combination plus hike to hot waters because the only way to get to machu picchu is by train or walking Also the minimum time to do this tour is 2 days.

What could I do in Aguas Calientes?

Many exciting things! The Main Square is a great place to relax, take pictures, socialize with locals and other tourists, enjoy the natural energy and the views. There is the typical market where you’ll find everything Andean, like clothing, souvenirs, bags and so on, besides you could chat with the vendors, who are mostly people who still preserve a lot of the old Inca traditions. The Chavez Ballon museum will be quite an interesting introduction to the citadel’s history (we suggest you visit on day 1). There’s the Butterfly Research Institute, with guided tours in a simulated natural habitat. Many spas and Inca massage shops with a variety of beauty and relaxing treatments. Last but not least, the renowned thermal baths for an Inca-style treat.

What about the lodgings in Aguas Calientes?

Our 2-day itinerary includes a basic hotel with breakfast for night 1, but you can ask for a better one and choose from our partner hotels directory. Moreover, any package can be personalized and we also have the top option of private services and private tours to Machu Picchu.

How should I deal with altitude sickness?

A Machu Picchu 2-day FAQ indeed, but don’t worry, it will not ruin your vacation! Try getting to Cusco City some days before in order to better adjust to the lack of oxygen, avoid much physical effort initially, drink bottled water constantly and try coca leaves tea, which is the Andean tradition for getting an energy boost. If you still need pills, they will get you going in good shape, but only with prior medical permission.

Are There Stops On The Route?

If you stop before reaching ollantaytambo for use of hygienic services. (Cusco to Ollantaytambo time is 1 hour and 40 minutes)

How many hours of car travel are they?

The average time is 6 hours Approximately from Cusco to hydroelectric.

How many people are the groups?

The groups have a maximum of 13 passengers.

How many hours do you walk from hydroelectric to Aguas Calientes?

It is 9 kilometers and has an approximate 2 hours and 40 minutes.