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Machu Picchu By Car from Cusco (2 Days)

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Machu Picchu By Car Tour Details

If you are looking for the cheapest way to visit Machu Picchu from Cusco, then this is the best option. Our two days trip to Machu Picchu by car/van offers an adventurous yet a comfortable and safe trip. It starts with a drive from Cusco through the Sacred Valley of Incas to the tropical jungle. From here you will be hiking along the railway lines, trailing the footsteps of the renowned American Professor, Hiram Bingham III who introduced Machu Picchu to the world. This section of the trip offers enchanting views and jaw dropping sights of Peruvian geography. 

The best thing, this budget friendly option to visit Machu Picchu includes meals, entrance, guided tour and one nights accommodation. 

So pack your bags and we will make your dream trip a memorable one. 

Departure & Return Location

Cusco Hotel Transfer

Departure Time

07:00 AM

Price Includes

  • Round trip transport from Cusco to Hidro Eletrica
  • Bi-Lingual Guide (English and Spanish)
  • 01 Lunch, 01 Dinner and 01 Breakfast
  • 01 Night's accommodation in Aguas Calientes
  • Entrance to Machu Picchu

Price Excludes

  • Bus from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu and back (USD 12 each way) Optional
  • Entrance to the hot springs of Aguas Calientes (5 Soles) Optional

Recommended To Carry

  • Original passport and Student ISIC card (if applicable), and some copies
  • Travel insurance (and some copies)
  • Daypack to carry your things
  • Sunblock and sunglasses
What to Expect
On Your Trip to Machu Picchu By Car

Discover Machu Picchu by car, one of the new wonders of the world and the most visited tourist destination in Peru. Explore it in a different way and get to know the culture of the Incas

  • Pick up from your hotel or hostel in Cusco
  • Pass by the Sacred Valley, and some beautiful towns
  • Lunch in Santa Teresa
  • Go from Santa Teresa to Hydroelectric by mini-bus
  • Walk to Aguas Calientes
  • Overnight in Aguas Calientes (optional hot springs)
  • Start the walking to Machu Picchu sanctuary
  • Guided tour of Machu Picchu Sanctuary
  • Walk back to Hydroelectric
  • Quick lunch in Hydroelectric
  • Go from Hydroelectric to Santa Teresa by mini-bus
  • Stop in Santa Teresa (if you need to buy anything!)
  • Travel back to Cusco (San Francisco square)
Machu Picchu By Car Itinerary

Cusco - Hidro Eletrica - Aguas Calientes

We will be picking you up from your hotel in Cusco at around 0700 AM and start our two days tour to Machu Picchu by Car. On the way to Hidro Eletrica, we will be travelling through the Sacred Valley of Incas. During the journey, you will be rewarded with spectacular sights of change in the  landscapes. It varies from the snowcapped Andean peaks to the cloud forest. We will stop in Hidro Eletrica for lunch.

After having lunch, we will hike to Aguas Calientes. This is the same route that Hiram Bingham III took while he explored Machu Picchu for the first time. The hike from Hidro Eletrica to Aguas Calientes is roughly 2 and a half hours.

At Aguas Calientes town we will accommodate you in a hotel in an ensuite room with hot water shower. Later that evening our guide would meet you and brief you on the following day’s itinerary and will escort you to the restaurant for dinner.

Aguas Calientes is a nice little town that mainly survives on tourism. You can walk around the narrow cobble stoned streets those are lined with shops selling handicrafts. Alternatively, you may also visit the natural hot springs after which the town is named, it costs 5 Soles to enter the hot springs here.

Aguas Calientes - Machu Picchu - Cusco

After having breakfast, we will start our one and a half hours’ hike through a part of the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu citadel. You will have an option of taking a bus up to the citadel, this would cost USD 12 per person each way and takes about 25 minutes.

Once at the main entrance of the citadel, our guide would assist you in entering the Incan citadel, Machu Picchu.

As you would enter you would be rewarded with a sight of the clouds clearing by as the first rays of the golden sun would shimmer on the Incan citadel.

All our guides are natives of the region hence they have an extensive knowledge about Machu Picchu. You will be in good hands as you would be getting a complete two hours guided tour.

After the guided tour, you will have some free time to walk around the citadel. If you have booked your entrance ticket to hike Huyana Picchu or Machu Picchu mountain to get a bird’s eye view of the citadel, our guide would assist you in entering the respective mountains. You can also visit the Sun Gate which has limitless access and is free of cost.

We will then start our descend back to Aguas Calientes town and hike further down to Hidro Eletrica town where our driver will be waiting for you and will transfer you back to Cusco. You will be reaching in Cusco at around 09:30 PM.

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Milly De La Cruz

Couple Traveller

The trip was very nice an extremely organised. They picked me up from my hotel in Cusco. The transfer t Hidro Eletrica base was very smooth. The guide was very good at explaining things. The accommodation in Aguas Calientes was quaint. All in all a nice experience and worth doing with them

January 2, 2020

Monty Jaidev

Solo Traveller

Many thanks to Jose Luis and Encuentros Crew. They did a tremedous work on this tour. We were not so keenly prepared for the walk from Hidro Eleltrica to Aguas Calientes since we found out that it takes 2 hours roughly, but was absolutely worth it. The views are magical and had a lot of photo opportunity.
We were picked up from our hotel on the day of the tour and were dropped at Hidro Eleltrica for lunch from where we started walking to Aguas calinetes. Upon reaching Aguas Calientes town we checked in to our hotel which was booked by Encuentros, we then had a breiefing with the guide at night.
The following day the hotel gave us a packed breakfast which we took up to Machu Picchu. The tour was very nice and informative.

January 2, 2020

Miram Abdel

Solo Traveller

We took a 2 days trip to Machu Picchu with them. We thought it would be complicated with a long drive to Hidro Eletrica before reaching Machu Picchu. We wrote to them many emails and they responded to all of them promptly and in detail. It was well planned, they took care of all logistics so we did not have any worries at all. The guide was knowledgable and passionate too.

January 1, 2020

Diana Perdes

Solo Traveller

A big thanks to Jose Luis and his team. This was a very nice trip. Encuentros took a very good care of me and organised everything as discussed before the tour. A wonderful experience and thanks to the Encuentros team.

December 19, 2019
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