If your travel budget is not very high but the desire to know Machu Pichu is big, this tour is the best option for you. Machu Picchu by car is an option that can be tiring for some, but very economical for many, since going in a minivan greatly reduces the costs of traveling by train.
The trip takes us through incredible landscapes accessing up to 4200 meters where the Abra Málaga is located and then descending into the jungle of Cusco through towns until reaching the hydroelectric zone to finally hike to Aguas Calientes and on the second day visit the city Machu Picchu.
By booking this trip, you will be helping provide a special Christmas breakfast for low income children in Cusco.
We will make a trip in our mini van until we reach the hydroelectric sector from where we will hike 12 kilometers following the railway until we reach the town of Aguas Calientes where we will have dinner and the next day we will have the opportunity to do the tour in the Inca city of Machu Picchu with our guide.
**** The Machu Picchu by car tour is the cheapest possible way to travel to Machu Picchu however it can be quite tiring for some since the travel time by car is approximately 7 hours. This itinerary is not recommended if You travel with the elderly or children since it can be very difficult for them to endure the journey.
Day 1: CUSCO - AGUAS CALIENTES
Our mini van leaves the city of Cusco at 6:30 in the morning for which our staff will go through your hotel to take you to the plaza regocijo where our vehicle leaves for the hydroelectric plant. This journey of approximately 7 hours will take you through a part of the sacred valley and then ascend to 4400 meters above sea level until you reach the Malaga pass, which will be the highest point of the trip, and then descend through the highway suddenly changing landscape towards the jungle area of the region.
As we move forward we will see banana, avocado, coffee and cocoa plantations, obviously we will only be able to appreciate all this from the vehicle that will continue the journey until we reach the town of Santa Teresa where you can stop for lunch and use the bathrooms in case you need it.
Next we will arrive at the last point where the cars can arrive, the place is known as Hidroeléctrica, from here we will continue the trip making a walk of 11 kilometers in an approximate time of 3 hours following the train tracks and bordering the Urubamba river, in certain sections you can see some constructions that are part of Machu Picchu.
Nearing nightfall, we will arrive in Aguas Calientes where our guide will lead us to our lodging and then have dinner with the whole group and receive the necessary information for our visit to Machu Picchu.
Day 2: AGUAS CALIENTES - MACHU PICCHU – CUSCO
Depending on the entry time of our ticket, you will have 2 options to go up to Machu Picchu, the first by bus (not included) that will take you to the door of the place, the second by making a walk from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu that will It will take a total time of approximately 1 hour and a half, whatever your decision our guide will be ready to show you the Inca city for approximately 2 hours, here you will be able to listen to the entire history of the place, how it was found and what was the objective of its construction, in the same way you will have enough time to take your photos that will remind you of your visit to one of the 7 wonders of the modern world, you will be able to tour the squares, houses, temples of the place.
Finally, you will return walking to the hydroelectric plant to board the minivan that will make the same route as the first day, arriving in the city of Cusco at approximately 10:00 p.m.
WHAT IS INCLUDED FOR THIS TOUR?
- Pick up from hotel
- Private tourist transport Cusco / hydroelectric / Cusco
- 1 lunch, 1 dinner, 1 breakfast
- Entrance ticket to Machu Picchu
- Professional English speeking guide
- Lodging in a double room in Aguas Calientes
WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED?
- Food (not detailed in the itinerary)
- Tips for the driver, guide
BENEFITS OF TRAVELING WITH TERRA PERU AVENTURAS
- Assistance 24/7 a week in English.
- Qualified professionals on all tours
- Professional Guides in English on all tours
- Free transfer from the airport to the hotel
Please read the following information carefully. This will help you resolve your doubts and/or questions about our services
ARRIVAL IN CUSCO
All our services start at the airport of the city of Cusco where our driver will be waiting for the arrival of your flight to be able to drive you to the hotel of your choice, this service has no additional cost.
For which it is necessary that you provide us with your flight details and confirmation 1 or 2 days before your arrival in the city, our staff will be waiting with the Terra Peru Aventuras sign which you have to locate.
The briefing is the information that is provided to our clients prior to a trip, this will be done one night before the selected activity at the hotel of their stay. In general, the schedule will depend on the other activities that you have planned to carry out, but many times it usually takes place between 6 and 7 at night.
HOW CAN I BOOK THE MACHU PICCHU BY CAR TOUR?
To start a reservation, the first thing we request is your personal data along with the details of the date you would like to do the walk or trip then we will request an advance payment of 40% of the total value of the walk in order to generate the purchase of the necessary tickets for the tour.
After the deposit, our reservation staff will send you the confirmation of the reservation of the Tour which will include the DATE, NAME OF THE TOUR, PERSONAL DATA OF THE CLIENT, AMOUNT DEPOSITED AND AMOUNT PENDING PAYABLE UPON ARRIVAL IN THE CITY.
Terra Peru Aventuras offers you different payment methods depending on your needs, from bank deposits, transfers via Wester Union, as well as PayPal (consider +8% to the deposit to be made for reasons of bank commissions).
WHEN DO I MAKE THE FINAL PAYMENT OF THE TOUR?
In general, the total payment must be made upon arrival, we recommend making the payment in cash, due to commission issues from international banks that may be unfavorable to you in case you want to make a payment with your credit card. Our staff gives you more details about it.
CAN I CHANGE THE DEPARTURE DATE AFTER I HAVE PURCHASED THE TICKETS?
For all our tours with the exception of Machu Picchu, Inca Trail, Salkantay, yes! is possible to modify the date without any cost, this must be communicated to our staff as soon as possible in order to carry out the procedures for the modification with a new date.
WHAT HAPPENS WITH ALTITUDE SICKNESS?
Any good experience will depend on a good physical condition, if you practice any physical activity regularly you should not worry about a possible altitude sickness, however as an additional recommendation we suggest acclimatizing, in this sense you should consider spending at least 3 days to do some walk and 1 day to be able to carry out some activity or cultural tour.
There are medications that could achieve better acclimatization, but since we are not doctors, we suggest you drink plenty of water and coca infusions to achieve better acclimatization.
WHEN THE TOUR ENDS, DO YOU TAKE US TO THE HOTEL?
Everything will depend on the style of travel that you chose. Our clients who travel in a private service have the option of ending the tours at their hotel. However, those who opt for a group tour, our tour ends in the Plaza Regocijo or close to it so that you can walk without any worries to your hotel.
WHAT DO YOU NEED TO BRING?
- Small backpack
- Confortable shoes
- Warm jacket and mountain pants, or jeans
- Clothing for variable temperatures
- Camera with charged batteries
- Sunscreen: sunscreen, sun hat, sunglasses
- Thermal, wool socks, gloves, scarf, wool cap
- Fleece, gloves, scarf, wool cap
- Waterproof clothing and/or rain poncho
- Water bottles
- personal first-aid kit (if you have any personal medication, you must take it with you)
- Extra money for souvenirs, drinks, tips
- Toilet paper
- Personal documents (Passport)