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Tour Machu Picchu by Car

The experience of Cusco to Machu Picchu by Car gives us the opportunity to know one of the modern wonders of the world in a different way from the traditional one, allowing us to walk part of the way and enjoy the magical vegetation of the sanctuary.

During the Cusco to Machu Picchu by Car we will be able to learn more about the history that has been recorded so far and we will visit each important place in this place such as the Casa del Vigilante, the Intihuatana, the Temple of the condor and others.

This Cusco to Machu Picchu by Car is intended for all ages and can be done individually to meet new people, as a couple or with friends with whom to share emotions and also as a family to live an unforgettable adventure.


Day 1: Cusco, Santa Teresa and Aguas Calientes:

They are picked up from the hotel between 7:20 to 7:45, to leave the city of Cusco at approximately 8:00 am on the Machu Picchu by Car route, on our route we will pass through the Sacred Valley of the Incas until we arrive to the Malaga pass, which is the highest point of the route, 4,316 meters above sea level, where we will have a small stop and from where we can appreciate the scenic beauty of the place.

We begin the descent towards the jungle eyebrow passing through different elevational floors where we can appreciate the scenic beauty surrounded by majestic snow-capped mountains, rivers and forests until we reach the town of Santa María, where the unpaved dirt road begins, where we will have a small stop for the use of services and purchase of snacks, water, etc. then we continue our way to the town of Santa Teresa arriving at 2:00 p.m. approximately, where we will have lunch in a restaurant in the area (note, lunch is basic since there are no good restaurants in the area) and finally after lunch arrive at Hidroeléctrica, where you must approach the train station if you want to go by train from Hidroeléctrica to Aguas Calientes and buy your roundtrip train tickets that same moment, the travel time is 50 minutes by train. And if you want to go on foot, the travel time is approximately 2.30 hours from Hidroeléctrica to the town of Aguas Calientes

The meeting point in Aguas Calientes will be at the Plaza de Armas from 5:30 pm to 6:00 pm where our guide will call you by name to transfer you to your hostel, have dinner and there the guide will provide you with all the necessary information for your tour to Machu Picchu the next day.

If you wish, you will have free time where you can visit the hot springs at 7:00 p.m. (optional, on your own),

Overnight in a basic hostel in Aguas Calientes.

Day 2: Guided tour in Machu Picchu:

This day we will get up very early to have breakfast that will be served from 4:00 a.m. and then make the ascent to the Inca citadel of Machu Picchu, either on foot (50 minutes) or by bus (25 minutes, cost 25 dollars Ascent and descent not included), the meeting point with the guide will be at the entrance gate of Machupicchu at the time indicated by the guide one day before the start of the tour, the entrance to the citadel for your guided tour will be with the guide , The guided tour will last approximately 2 hours, having 1 hour free to visit on your own and take pictures, at the latest you must take the bus down or make the descent from Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes on foot at 11 : 30 am so you can have lunch on your own and board the return train to the hydroelectric plant, the same one that departs from Aguas Calientes 12:35 pm, if you decide to walk from Aguas Calientes to Hidroeléctrica, you must leave the town of Aguas Calientes bound for Hidroeléctr ica at 12:00 pm, sharp.

At Hidroeléctrica we will be waiting for you in the Mini Bus at 2:30 p.m., we will continue our trip to the city of Cusco where we will be arriving at 9:30 p.m. approximately, we will leave you near the Plaza de Armas of Cusco.


  • Pick up from the Hotel.
  • Transportation by MiniBus round trip. (Cusco, Hydroelectric, Cusco)
  • 1 night in a hostel (private bathroom, hot water 24 hours, luggage storage at no additional cost
  • 1 Lunch, 1 dinner (first day), 1 breakfast (second day).
  • Entrance to the citadel of Machu Picchu
  • Professional English / Spanish guide.

Not Included:

  • Bus from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu and Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes. (US $ 25 dollars up and down Foreigners and US $ 15 Peruvian dollars up and down), you can go on foot, it is a 45-minute walk.
  • Hydroelectric Train, Machupicchu town, Hydroelectric. (US $ 32 dollars for the one-way ticket and US $ 32 dollars for the return ticket for foreigners and S /. 10 Peruvian soles round trip, you can go on foot, it is 2 hours and 10 minutes walking approximately.
  • Transfer from the bus terminal to the hotel.
  • Entrance to the thermal baths. (Cost: US $ 4 dollars approximately)

What to bring to the Cusco to Machu Picchu by Car?

  • Small backpack, rain poncho (January and February – rainy season), warm clothes for the night.
  • Canteen with water, sunscreen, sunglasses.
  • Documents / passport, cash (Additional purchases), camera, snacks.

Frequenly Asked Questions

Where do you pick us from?

All our pick-ups are from hotels / hostels / Air B&B or points indicated after coordination with the passenger.

Are there stops on the Machu Picchu by Car Tour?

If you stop before reaching Ollantaytambo for use of toilet services. (Time from Cusco to Ollantaytambo is 1 hour 40 minutes)

How many hours of car trip in the Machu Picchu by Car Tour?

The average time is 6 hours from Cusco to hydroelectric.

How many people are the groups in Machu Picchu by Car Tour?

Groups are of 15 passengers maximum

What kind of cars are they?

The units are renould master of 15 people, we do not work with buses, the route is narrow and for us your safety is first.

Is it necessary to take pills for height?

The route to hydroelectric has many curves, so we recommend taking some pills for dizziness in the event that the journey does not affect you.

How many hours do you walk from hydroelectric to aguas calientes?

It is 10 kilometers and takes approximately 2 hours 40 minutes.

Can i contract only transportation?

If you want only transportation, it can be roundtrip or a single section, no problem, you can reserve the transportation option.

How is the climate in hydroelectric?

It is a tropical area, the climate is warm, we recommend getting sunscreen and mosquito repellent.

How many days do you recommend to stay in aguas calientes?

It is recommended to stay one night but if you want to have more time in Machu Picchu and visit the thermal baths, the ideal would be to stay two nights, we do not recommend more days.

Is there availability every day for Machu Picchu by Car Tour?

If we have daily departures and we guarantee your reservation.

Is it necessary to book the Machu Picchu by Car Tour early?

If you book only transportation we recommend doing it 2 weeks in advance, but if you buy the complete tour it is recommended to do it 2 to 3 months before to be able to get your entrance to Machu Picchu in the first shift.

Can I go by bus and return by train?

If it is also a highly requested option, taking the bus service and returning by train.

Can everyone do this Cusco to Machu Picchu by Car tour?

It is oriented for all types of passenger without restrictions but you have to take into account the time of walking.

What time are we returning in cusco?

The car is arriving in Cusco an average of 9:30 pm to the Plaza de San Francisco, which is in the very center of the city.

What time do we get to aguas calientes?

Average arrival at 18:00 pm.

Are there restaurants in hidroelectrica?

If there are like 5 restaurants in the hydroelectric plant.

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