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Cusco to Machu Picchu (By Bus) – 2 Days

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Tour Details

If you are looking for the cheapest option to visit Machu Picchu, then this is the best option. Our two days trip from Cusco to Machu Picchu by bus includes all the essentials to make your experience hassle free.

Aguas Calientes, the town that serves as a gateway to the Incan citadel has no direct road access from Cusco. Hence, we drive you along the Sacred Valley of Incas to Hidro Electrica. This is the last village on the road from Cusco to Machu Picchu. 

From Hidro Electrica, it is a two and a half hours walk along the train tracks to the town of Aguas Calientes. This is the same route that Hiram Bingham III took when he rediscovered Machu Picchu. 

The way you will be hiking is very scenic and offers spectacular views of the tropical region. If you are not sure of hiking, you can also take a train from Hidro Electrica Train Station to Aguas Calientes (Machu Picchu Pueblo). Both Peru Rail and Inca Rail operate on this route and cost 40 USD per person, one way. 

We highly recommend this two days tour if you are looking for the safest yet the cheapest way to reach Machu Picchu.

At Machu Picchu Amazon Peru, we have dedicated vehicles on this route. Our drivers are locals and are trained to maintain optimum safety standards. We have a set maximum speed limit of 90 kilometres an hour. All our vehicles are frequently serviced and are maintained well to let you have a seamless experience. 

We also have dedicated guides at Machu Picchu citadel. They are certified tourism professionals from Cusco. Our guides have an extensive knowledge on Peruvian history. 

Departure & Return Location

Cusco Hotel Transfer

Departure Time

0700 AM

Price Includes

  • Cusco Hotel Transfer
  • 01 Night in Aguas Calientes town
  • 01 Lunch, 01 Dinner and 01 Breakfast
  • Entrance to Machu Picchu
  • Bi-lingual tour guide

Price Excludes

  • Bus Tickets from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu and back.
  • Train Ticket from Hidro Electrica to Aguas Calientes and back.
  • Entrance to Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu mountain (optional).
  • Any Private Expenses

Recommended To Carry

  • Original Passport and ISIC Card if availing student's discount.
  • Snacks and water
  • A day pack
  • Peruvian Soles in cash

Day 1Cusco - Hidro Electrica - Aguas Calientes

We will be picking you up from your hotel at 0700 AM. Then in our private transport we will be driving long the Sacred Valley of Incas to the tropical region of Hidro Electrica. Here we will stop for lunch. After lunch, you will be hiking for two and a half hours along the railway tracks to Aguas Calientes town. 

This section of the trip offers a rewarding sight of the tropical region of Peru. Once at Aguas Calientes, we will be accommodating you in a basic ensuite hotel room. 

Later in the evening, our representative will meet you at the lobby of the hotel to brief you on the following day’s itinerary. We will then accompany you to a local restaurant where dinner will be served. 

Day 2Aguas Calientes - Machu Picchu - Cusco

We will be meeting at the entrance of Machu Picchu. You will have the option of taking a bus from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu which costs 12 USD each ay per person. It takes 30 minutes. 

Alternatively, you can hike for an hour and a half. This is the route that Incas took. 

Once at the entrance of Machu Picchu, we will assist you in entering the citadel. Our local expert will give you a two hours guided tour of the citadel. On this tour, you will be visiting the remains of Inca royal quarters, temples, ceremonial sites, farming terraces and more. 

After the tour, you will have some free time to explore the citadel on your own. If you have tickets to climb Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu mountain our guide will direct you to the respective entrance. 

Alternatively you can hike to Sun Gate. This is the way how those on the Inca trail enter the Inca City. It offers a spectacular view of the citadel. 

Then you will be hiking back to Aguas Calientes town from where you will be hiking back to Hidro Electrica. Our representative will be waiting for you at the car park. We will be driving along Santa Teresa town to Cusco.