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Machu Picchu by Car 2 Day Tour

Machu Picchu by Car 2 Day Tour

2-Day from $ USD 139.00

Machu Picchu by Car 2 Day Tour

"Machu Picchu economic tour by bus"

Start at:
Cusco
Ends at:
Cusco
Duration:
2-Day
Group Size
Min 1 / Max 16
Physical Level
Moderate
Style
Hotel

Machu Picchu by car 2 Day Tour or Machu Picchu Economic Tour. Visit the iconic cultural legacy of the Inca Empire in a different and more economical way. Take an epic and unforgettable drive from Cusco to Hydroelectric, then hike for 2.5 hours to Machu Picchu village and explore one of the new 7 modern wonders.

About Machu Picchu by Car 2 Day Tour

Machu Picchu by Bus 2 Day Tour or Machu Picchu Economic Tour is an alternative created due to the increase in tourism from Cusco to Machu Picchu and the high cost of the train. In this tour using the train is optional and the price is totally affordable. Unless you want to climb the mountain Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu, in this case you are obliged to return by train.

If you take this alternative, you won’t regret it, because while travelling by bus you will have eastern Andes wonderful views. You will also pass through a small part of the Amazon rainforest, where you can see fruit plantations and eat directly from the producer.

The bus trip takes approximately 6 hours to the hydroelectric power station, then you will continue walking for 2 and a half hours following the railway to Machu Picchu Pueblo (Aguas Calientes) and the return trip will also be in the same way.

This tour starts and ends in the city of Cusco. We operate every month of the year and 7 days a week. You can do this tour on any date you decide.

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Highlights

  • Take Machu Picchu economic tour.
  • Experience Machu Picchu by car 2 day tour with beautiful and incomparable panoramic views.
  • Take a beautiful hike along the railway from the hydroelectric plant to Machu Picchu town.
  • Spend an unforgettable night on the Machu Picchu mountain slopes.
  • Visit Machu Picchu in the early morning hours and enjoy the incredible sunrise.

Machu Picchu by Bus 2 Day Tour / Machu Picchu Economic Tour

Day 1: Cusco – Hydroelectric – Aguas Calientes (A and C).

To do the Machu Picchu by car 2-day tour. At 6:30am, leave the Cusco city and take a 6-hour bus trip to the Hydroelectric pawer station, and then walk for 2.5 hours to Machu Picchu town (Aguas Calientes).

  • Overnight in Machu Picchu village.
Day 2: Visit to the Historic Sanctuary of Machu Picchu – Return to Cusco (B).

In the early hours of the morning, visit the Machu Picchu Inca city. At 10:00am, start the hike back to the hydroelectric power station. At 14:30 hours, start the bus trip to Cusco. Arrival in Cusco at approximately 20:30 – 21:00 hours.

Machu Picchu by Car 2 Day Tour Itinerary

DAY 1

Cusco - Hydroelectric - Machu Picchu Town (Aguas Calientes)

To start this beautiful Machu Picchu by Bus 2 day tour, our staff will pick you up at your hotel at 6:30 am. Then embark on an unforgettable journey through breathtaking Andean landscapes and the Amazon jungle. Passing the Ollantaytambo picturesque town, begin a beautiful zigzag ascent to the highest point of the journey, Abra Malaga (4,316m/13,832ft). From here, you will have enchanting panoramic views of the Veronica snow-capped mountain and the Amazon jungle and begin to descend towards the Santa Maria village located in the small part of the Amazon rainforest.

From the Santa Mariaville, you will begin your journey upriver to the Santa Teresa town, where you will enjoy a nutritious lunch prepared with local ingredients. Then, you will continue your trip to the hydroelectric plant, from where you will begin the 2.5-hour hike to Machu Picchu town (Aguas Calientes).

You will arrive at the Machu Picchu village main square at 17:30 to 18:00 hours, and also here the Machupicchu Andes Tours staff will be waiting to take you to the hostel and restaurant for your dinner.

After dinner, at the same restaurant, your tour guide will give you a short briefing for the next day’s visit.

Food

L & D

Physical Level

2, Moderate

Distance Hiked

10Km /6.2miles

Tour Length

2.5-hour

Starting Altitude

3,350m/10,991ft, Cusco

Min Altitude

2050 msnm, Aguas Calientes

Max Altitude

4,316m/14,160ft, Malaga Pass

DAY 2

Visit to the Machu Picchu Historic Sanctuary - Return to Cusco

To get to the Machupicchu Inca city you have 2 options. You can go up by bus or walking.

If you want to go up by bus, the first bus leaves at 5:30am. You must queue 30 minutes before and if you want to walk up, you must start at 4:30am. It will take you 1.5-hour hike to get to the Machupicchu main gate.

It is advisable to go up very early to appreciate the sunrise from the Inca citadel and be the first to arrive. Then you will have 2 hours of guided tour, at the end of your tour with the tour guide, you will have to go down immediately and start the return walk to the hydroelectric power station.

The bus from the hydroelectric power station will leave to Cusco at 2:30pm. Arriving at the Cusco Regocijos square, approximately at 20:30 – 21:00 hours.

Note. If you want to climb to Huaynapicchu mountain or Machupicchu Mountain. You are obliged to return by train. Unless you spend 2 nights in Aguas Calientes Town.

Food

B

Physical Level

1, Easy

Distance Hiked

10Km /6.2miles

Tour Length

2.5-hour

Starting Altitude

2050 msnm, Aguas Calientes

Min Altitude

1,885 m (6,184 ft, Hydroelectric

Max Altitude

2,450masl, 8,038 ft, Machu Picchu

Packing list

Things to bring on the 2-day Machu Picchu Economic Tour:

  • Mosquito repellent
  • Sun block lotion
  • Hat
  • Long sleeve polo shirts
  • If you want to visit the hot springs in Aguas Calientes bathing suits (Shorts, towel and sandals)
  • Flashlight if you want to hike up to Machupicchu
  • Hiking shoes
  • Rain poncho
  • Bottled water
  • Snacks
  • Camera

Recomendations

To make the Machu Picchu by car 2 day tour, we recommend the following:

  • Book the Machu Picchu by bus 2 Day tour two or three months in advance, so you can ensure your entrance to Machu Picchu in the early morning hours and tour as indicated in the itinerary.
  • Make sure you are in Cusco the day before the tour.
  • To pick you up from your hotel, book your hotel near the Cusco city center and send us the location and name, otherwise the meeting point will be the fountain in Cusco’s main square at 6:00am.
  • Before and upon arrival in Cusco, take pills for altitude sickness (soroche). In your hotel in Cusco also drink coca leaves infusion, it will help you to acclimatize better.
  • In Cusco, in the early morning and at night, wear warm clothes.
  • Leave your heavy suitcase at your hotel in Cusco. Carry only a small backpack.
  • Be in good physical condition and health for the 10 km/6.2 hike.

About the Machu Picchu by Car 2 Day Tour Price

The price is expressed in US dollars (US$) and per person. It includes lodging in a hostel in a shared room. If you would like to stay in a private room or another category of hotel, please write to us and we will send you a quote.

The Machu Picchu by car 2 day tour is only available as a shared tour.

Price List

Group Tour Price

Economical Machu Picchu 2 Day Group Tour Price.

Machu Picchu by car 2-day group tour. Join our already formed groups and together with your new friends make an unforgettable and economical trip to Machu Picchu. We have daily departures and the 12 months of the year.

Pax number Price per person
2 or more people $ USD 139.00 Inquiry Now

Optional Services

Enhance your Machu Picchu by car 2-day trip by adding these optional services that aren’t included in the package price. If you wish, you can add them.

  • $ 70 USD. Ascent to Huayna Picchu Mountain. It is an incredible mountain located north of the Machu Picchu citadel. If you want to explore more places, you can climb this mountain from Machu Picchu citadel, it will take you about 45 minutes, but you must buy another ticket 3 or 4 months before, the availability is limited. If you climb this mountain, you are obliged to return by train to Ollantaytambo and Cusco.
  • $ 70 USD. Ascent to Machu Picchu Mountain. It is another incredible mountain located south of the Machu Picchu citadel. If you want to explore more places, you can climb this mountain from Machu Picchu citadel, it will take you approximately 1.40 hours, but you must buy another ticket 2 or 3 months before, the availability is limited. If you climb this mountain, you are obliged to return by train to Ollantaytambo and Cusco.
  • $ 70 USD. Travel by Expedition train to Ollantaytambo and from Ollantaytambo to Cusco travel by tourist bus. Expedition is an economy-class train.
  • $ 85 USD. Travel on the Vistadome train to Ollantaytambo and from Ollantaytambo to Cusco travel by tourist bus. Vistadome is a superior class train that has cars with large windows on the wall and on the roof that allow you to enjoy the panoramic view. It also offers typical dances and fashion shows on board.
  • $ 30 USD. Private guide in Machu Picchu (price per person, minimum 2 people).
  • If you wish to spend the night in Aguas Calientes in another hotel category, do not hesitate to contact us.

We offer $20 USD off.

  • For students from 3 to 17 years old and for university students under 25 years old who have a student ID. The credential must be valid for a maximum of one year.
  • For countries belonging to the Andean Community (Colombia, Bolivia, Ecuador and Peru).

Packing list

Things to bring on the 2-day Machu Picchu Economic Tour:

  • Mosquito repellent
  • Sun block lotion
  • Hat
  • Long sleeve polo shirts
  • If you want to visit the hot springs in Aguas Calientes bathing suits (Shorts, towel and sandals)
  • Flashlight if you want to hike up to Machupicchu
  • Hiking shoes
  • Rain poncho
  • Bottled water
  • Snacks
  • Camera

FAQSMachu Picchu by Car 2 Day Tour

What is Machu Picchu by car 2 Day Tour?

Machu Picchu by Bus 2 day tour is one of the best alternatives to visit the Peru’s tourist icon in a fun and economical way. It will take you 6-hour drive from Cusco to the hydroelectric power station and from here you will start the hike following the railway with beautiful landscapes and abundant biodiversity. On this tour the use of the train service is optional.

What is the best season to do Machu Picchu by Bus 2 Day Tour?

The best season to do Machu Picchu by car 2 Day Tour is from April to November which is the dry season, and from December to March is the torrential raining time, therefore, there are landslides and it is not recommended.

How far in advance should I book the Machu Picchu by car 2 Day tour?

It is advisable to book 2 or 3 months in advance to get the entrance ticket to Machu Picchu in the early hours of the morning which is necessary for the best development of this Machu Picchu Economic Tour.

How long is the walking time on this tour?

In the 2 day Machu Picchu Economic tour, the walk from the hydroelectric power station to Machu Picchu town is 2.5 hours and the return hike will also be the same. In total it will be a 5-hour hike.

What is the walking distance on the 2-Day Machu Picchu Economy Tour?

The walking distance from the hydroelectric power station to Machu Picchu pueblo is 10 km / 6.2miles and the return hike will also be the same distance. In total it will be 20 km / 12.4miles.

Is it possible to do the Machu Picchu by car 2 Day Tour with children?

Yes, you can travel as a family with children over 5 years old, as the trekking route is flat and easy. Just be careful when walking on the railway, as the trains are constantly going up and down.

Can I climb Huayna Picchu Mountain or Machu Picchu Mountain on the Machu Picchu by car 2 Day Tour?

Yes, if you wish to climb either of the 2 mountains, you can climb on your own in the early morning hours. In this case, you will miss the Machu Picchu citadel guided tour because you must start the return hike to hydroelectric at 11:00 hours at the latest. The bus will leave Hydroelectric to Cusco at 14:30 hours. Unless you decide to return by train or spend one more night in the Aguas Calientes town.

For more information, please contact us.

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