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From Cusco: Machu Picchu 2-day Budget Tour by Car

4.3 / 5

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From Cusco: Machu Picchu 2-day Budget Tour by Car

From US$ 150 per person

Enjoy a 2-day budget tour that makes its way to Machu Picchu by car. Explore stretches of mountains to reach Aguas Calientes and take a guided tour of the ancient Inca city.

About this activity

Free cancellation
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Covid-19 precautions
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Mobile ticketing
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Duration 2 days
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Live tour guide
English, Spanish
Pickup included
• Pickup from hotels and hostels in central Cusco. The local partner will contact you to inform the exact pickup time depending on your location. • Please note, pickups from Airbnb or private apartments are not included. If it is your situation, the local partner will coordinate an alternative pickup location.
Private group available


  • Enjoy an affordable option to visit the iconic Machu Picchu including
  • Take in stunning panoramic views throughout the journey
  • Discover the different villages and climatic changes in the Andes
  • Get a guided tour of Machu Picchu and the surrounding sites
Full description
Journey to the iconic Machu Picchu on a 2-day tour specially designed to be an affordable alternative that takes you over scenic mountains, past indigenous villages, and through lush jungles hikes. Make your trip more comfortable by upgrading to options that include hotels in Aguas Calientes and additional bus and train add-ons. DAY 1: Cusco - Santa Teresa - Hydroelectric - Aguas Calientes Pickup at 7:00 AM from hotels and hostels in central Cusco. Head through the Sacred Valley and appreciate different villages and climatic changes in the Andes. Arrive at Santa Teresa around 1:30 PM where a typical lunch will be served. Then, continue the tour until arriving at Hydroelectric around 3:00 PM. From here, start a walk on the train tracks through a native jungle to Aguas Calientes, about a 3 hours trek. You can choose add-on a train to Aguas Calientes at the checkout if you don't want to do the walk. At Aguas Calientes, your guide will show you to your accommodation (if option is selected). You also have the opportunity to go relax optionally at the hot springs (this activity can only be paid on spot) or take a stroll around town before dinner. DAY 2: Aguas Calientes - Machu Picchu - Hydroelectric - Cusco Get up early in the morning and 4:30 AM to start the walk towards Machu Picchu, the Lost City of the Incas. The steep walk up will last approximately 1:30 hour, and the objective is to appreciate the sunrise from the Inca citadel and be the first to arrive. The walk up to Machu Picchu requires a fair physical condition — you can also choose add-on a bus to Machu Picchu at the checkout, if you don't want to do the walk. Get a 2-hour guided tour of Machu Picchu and the surrounding sites. Enjoy free time to take photos and look around the citadel. If you chose one of the extra hikes to one of the mountains you will split ways with the group to go by yourself to Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu mountain — you can choose add-on these hikes at the checkout. Leave Machu Picchu and return to Aguas Calientes at around 11:30 AM (walking or by bus, depending on if you choose add-on at checkout). Once in Aguas Calientes, start the walk back to Hydroelectric where your guide will be waiting to gather the group to return to the city of Cusco — again, you can choose add-on a train to Hydroelectric at the checkout, if you don't want to do the walk. Be back in Cusco around 9:30 - 10:00 PM. The drop-off will be in San Francisco square in the historic center, near Plaza de Armas. Distances for the whole itinerary: • Distance traveled by car/van Cusco to Hydroelectric: approximately 4 to 5 hours • Trekking Distance from Hydroelectric to Aguas Calientes: approximately 2:30 hours (1-way) • Trekking Distance from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu: 1:30 hours (1-way) • Bus from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu: 25-minutes (1-way) • Distance traveled by car/van from Hydroelectric to Cusco: approximately 5 to 6 hours
  • Transfer by shared car/van to/from Cusco and Hydroelectric
  • Lunch at Hydroelectric
  • Dinner in Aguas Calientes
  • Breakfast at the hostel in Aguas Calientes
  • Entrance ticket to Machu Picchu
  • Professional Bi-lingual Guide in Machu Picchu
  • Accommodation in hostel or 3-star hotel (only if option is selected)
  • Breakfast on first day and lunch after the visit to Machu Picchu
  • Train ticket to or/and from Hydroelectric and Aguas Calientes (can be chosen as an add-on at checkout)
  • Bus to and/or from Machu Picchu and Aguas Calientes (can be chosen as an add-on at checkout)
  • Hot springs in Aguas Calientes (can be paid on site)
  • Travel insurance
Not suitable for
  • People with mobility impairments
  • Wheelchair users
Covid-19 precautions

You must book this activity online because the ticket office is closed

Safety measures in place
  • You must keep social distance while in vehicles
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • Masks are optional but are strongly recommended while indoors
Traveler requirements
  • Masks are required while indoors
  • You will receive a mandatory temperature check
  • Masks are strongly recommended for anyone indoors regardless of vaccination status. Unvaccinated participants are required to wear a mask while indoors
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask
  • You must fill out a travel information form
  • All participants must also bring a valid form of ID (e.g. passport, driver's license, identity card, student card, etc)

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Important information

What to bring

  • Weather-appropriate clothing
  • Passport or ID card
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Comfortable clothes
  • Sunscreen
  • Insect repellent
  • Waterproof shoes
  • Sunglasses
  • Hat
  • Camera
  • Flashlight
  • Daypack

Not allowed

  • Professional cameras
  • Tripods
  • Luggage or large bags
  • Pets

Know before you go

  • When booking, please provide the passport details (country, number, date of issuance, expiration) of everyone in your group. This information is required in advance in order to confirm your admission ticket to Machu Picchu
  • Please have in mind although this tour offers the cheapest way to visit Machu Picchu, the trip by car is long and can be exhausting for many
  • You can add train and/or bus as an add-on at checkout, for the tour to be less physically demanding for you. Prices are the same if paid on the spot, so if you are not sure when booking, it's possible to decide on the day of the tour
  • The add-on hikes for Huayna Picchu and Machu Picchu Mountain are subject to availability. The local partner will contact you in case the option you chose is fully booked to offer an alternative or cancellation
  • In high season tickets of the first shift may not be assured. In this case, you will be provided an alternative schedule, which can also generate a change of itinerary
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.3 /5

based on 12 reviews

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The experience is definitely fantastic - the dream of a lifetime! if you manage to get the first tickets, those of 6:00, you are almost alone and you can fully enjoy the place. our guide explained everything to us in detail and we stopped inside the citadel for almost 4 hours! even the hotel in aguas calientes was super! only flaw: the journey from cusco to hidroletrica and back. 6 hours + 6 hours is too much!

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December 30, 2021

The most economical option to visit Machu Picchu. And that's what you have to remember when the bus journey becomes long. It's sporty but well organized: 14h round trip bus + 20kms on foot along the rails of the round trip train + bus or round trip walk to the site of Machu Picchu, in 2 days! You really have to be in good shape to cash in, but it's convenient for those on a budget who dream of going there. Big positive point for the included dinner (3 courses in a very good traditional restaurant) and the kindness of the guide.

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November 26, 2021

Overall great experience. what we liked: awesome (English) tour guide (his name is Washington), great &clean Hostel (though it felt more like a Hotel), good communication via WhatsApp with travel agency Haku Travel. Room for improvement: missing instructions in English after arrival at starting point of 2hour walk at "hydroelectronic" (1st day), no one spoke English on the bus (besides other tourists). Other item to note: bus ride is quiet intense (~6hours) -> make sure to pack car sickness medicine if needed.

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October 26, 2021

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