Cusco Machu Picchu 3 days / 2 nights, Tour to Machu Picchu by Train 3 Days / 2 Nights

Trip Overview

This tour is ideal for people who have little time, but want to get to know the best of Cusco and Machu Picchu in a short time.

New Regulations

In January 2019, changes to the Machu Picchu visitation rules were implemented. Now, entrance tickets to the citadel are sold for specific time slots, starting at 6:00 AM, 7:00 AM, 8:00 AM, 9:00 AM, 10:00 AM, 11:00 AM, 12:00 PM, 1:00 PM, and 2:00 PM.

With this new entry system, visitors board the bus to Machu Picchu one hour or 30 minutes before the visitation time printed on their ticket. This way, they do not have to endure unnecessary queues in Machu Picchu Pueblo, nor do they contribute to crowding at the entrances to the Inca city.

Meanwhile, visitors who wish to walk to Machu Picchu must depart one and a half hours before their designated visitation time.

In January 2021, new visitation routes or circuits were introduced at Machu Picchu with the aim of preserving the archaeological site for future generations. Each visitor follows a circuit according to the type of entrance ticket they have purchased, whether it’s for visiting Machu Picchu only, Huayna Picchu mountain, or Machupicchu mountain.

For more detailed information about the different circuits and specific entrance schedules, we invite you to read this link on Schedules and New Circuits for Visiting Machu Picchu or to contact us directly. We can provide you with all the necessary information and address any questions you may have.

This package is the Cusco Machu Picchu 3 days / 2 nights, Tour to Machu Picchu by Train

What the tour includes:

  • Transfers Airport / Hostel For which you will have to send us the flight number and arrival time
  • Tourist ticket and income (income to visit City Tour, Cusco Cathedral and the Temple of the Sun)
  • Excursion: City Tour (Transportation, guide and income to the archaeological complexes visited on this tour)
  • Tour in Machu Picchu (Round trip transportation to the train station Round trip tourist train tickets from Ollantaytambo -Aguas Calientes Bus tickets up and down Aguas Calientes-
  • Machu Picchu, Entrance to Machupicchu, Guided Tour in Machu Picchu lunch after the citadel tour
  • 2 nights in a hostel in Cusco (MamaSimona, Hatun Quilla, Ecopacker
  • Transfer from the hostel to the Airport (For which you will have to send us the time of your return flight to schedule your pick up from the hostel

Does not include:

  • Meals that are not mentioned in the itinerary

Day By Day

Day 01.- Reception in Cusco – Excursion of thwhye City Tour

We will wait for you at the airport to welcome you and transfer you to the selected hotel in Cusco, where an aromatic coca tea will be served that is stimulating for the height of the city, and then you can rest and have lunch before the start of the city tour. .

1:30 p.m, Tour of the City Tour: Where you will visit the Temple of the Sun or Qoricancha, then you will go by bus to the 04 ruins surrounding the city, The Fortress of Sacsayhuamán, Qenqo, Puka Pukara and finally “Tambomachay. Then you will We will transfer to your hotel/hostel where you will spend the night.

  • Tour modality: Adventure, cultural and archaeological
  • Degree of difficulty: None
  • Tour Departure Times: 1:30pm,
  • Period: All year round, recommended April – November
  • Language: English, Spanish
  • Group size: City Tour: 25 to 30 people
  • City tour duration: 6 hours
  • Average height (3,330 m.s.n.m)

Day 02.- Cusco – Machu Picchu – Cusco

We will pick you up from your hotel at 5:00. and we will travel by bus to the Ollantaytambo train station, where they will board the train to Aguas Calientes
The 7:45 a.m. train arrives at the Aguas Calientes train station at 9:30 a.m. Upon arrival at the train station, our guide will be waiting for you with a sign and your names. to the bus station, to ascend 400 m high, by a zigzag path, for 25 minutes until you reach the incredible world wonder “The citadel of Machu Picchu”

Upon arrival at the citadel of Machu Picchu we will go through the control where you will present your entrance ticket, from this place the guided tour will begin, you will visit the main precincts of the citadel, the guided tour will be for two hours. At the end of your guided tour, you will be given free time to take a walk on your own, then we will return to the town of Aguas Calientes and have your meals in one of the various restaurants.

In the afternoon you will take the train back to Cusco (you must be at the station 30 minutes before the departure time of your train), the return will follow the same route as the outward journey, upon arrival at the train station in Ollantaytambo , we will be waiting for you to take you to your hotel in Cusco (trip of 1 hour and 30 minutes by car) and we will leave you at your hotel in Cusco

  • Tour modality: Adventure, cultural and archaeological
  • Degree of difficulty: None
  • Tour departure time: We pick you up at the hotel at 5.00am
  • Tour end time: From 10:00 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. (It can be modified if you request another train schedule)
  • Period: All year round, recommended April – November
  • Language: English, Spanish
  • Group size on the Machu Picchu tour: 16 people per group
  • Duration of the City tour: 2 hours and then you will have free time
  • Average height: 2,400 m

Day 3.- Goodbye Cusco and transfer to the airport

You will tell us the time your flight leaves and we will pick you up from the hotel and transfer to the airport and thus we will conclude our service.


Price 489.99 dollars per person

The reservation of hostels is subject to space availability.
The cost of the tour packages is based on a double room.
Prices do not include VAT for Peruvian passengers.

The return train schedule at the end of the Tour/Trek: It is the Expedition Train at 18:20pm or 19:00pm DEPENDING ON AVAILABILITY.

If you prefer the earlier train return we can reserve it for an additional cost of 35 dollars per person; the times you can choose are: 14:55pm or 16:35pm. We also offer the option to reserve the 3:40pm Vistadome train for an additional cost of $65 per person. Please, tell us in advance what is the train schedule of your preference. We inform you that none of the reserved trains go directly to Cusco, the trains only arrive at the Ollantaytambo or Poroy stations. In any of the cases we will always guarantee the shipment of a transport that will pick them up and bring them back to Cusco.

Can I exchange my return train ticket for an earlier one? in the same station of Aguas Calientes?

Yes, you can make this change in person at the Aguas Calientes train station. However, they will ask you to pay an additional fee to change the ticket and this change will be subject to the availability of spaces and schedules on the train.

How long does the return trip to Cusco take?

It’s about 3 hours. You will first board a train in Aguas Calientes to the train station in Ollantaytambo for 1h30m; then a transfer from our office will be waiting for you at the exit of the train station with a sign that will have your name on it to take you to our car/van back to Cusco for approximately 1h30m; finally it will take you to your hotel/hostel. You will receive your train tickets once your tour in Machu Picchu has finished.


For children under 18 years of age, the discount is $20 dollars per person
For children of 7 years the discount is $50 dollars per person

How do I get the student discount?

The ISIC Card IS NO LONGER VALID to buy the Ticket to Machu Picchu or the Inca Trail with a student discount.

Now students will be able to access this benefit with the UNIVERSITY STUDENT CARD from the university where they study, this being the only valid document for this purpose. For more information visit the following link


what to bring

What you need to bring:

  • A backpack or light briefcase (there is a weight limit by the train company. The weight allowed is 5 to 6 kilos maximum).
  • Original passport and migration card (TAM).
  • A canteen with water is mandatory. The authorities will not allow the use or/or entry of plastic bottles in Machu Picchu.
  • Wear sneakers or light shoes or tennis.
  • Drink plenty of fluids on your excursions.
  • Raincoat (long poncho) in the rainy season.
  • Long sleeve shirts.
  • Long pants.
  • Insect repellent.
  • Sunscreen, wide-brimmed hat for sunny days.
  • Sunglasses, plastic bags.
  • Medicine and/or items for personal use
  • Camera or camcorder and batteries
  • Have on hand checks and coins in small denominations soles or dollars.
  • Bathing clothes for the thermal baths (optional).

Why Us

Inka Trail Backpacker a certified company?

Inka Trail Backpacker is an adventure tour operator, traditional travel and Eco tourism that has been authorized to be an operator on the route of the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu since 2014.

All tourism companies that wish to be operators on the Inca Trail network to Machu Picchu must be certified and have an Inca Trail operator license granted by the government of Peru. This process is very rigorous and strict; not everyone who participates can be successful. This authorization is renewed every year in the month of December and at Inka Trail Backpacker we have the operator authorization of the Inca Trail valid until March 2025. We have a team that is only in charge of renewing our authorizations year after year and thus continue to be a company. authorized to carry out tours through the Inca Trail in its different versions.

Our license as an Official Travel and Tourism Agency in Peru is under the name of Inka Trail Backpacker E.I.R.L
Our authorization to organize tours through the Inca Trail is under the name of INKA TRAIL BACKPACKER E.I.R.L. We also work with the authorizations of the associated companies of which we are a part, such as INTI SUN TREK E.I.R.L and GRUPO CAMINOS DEL PERU E.I.R.L. Duly registered on the official website of the Peruvian Government:

Does Inka Trail Backpacker care about the well-being of its workers?

Yes, the fact of offering lower and accessible prices does not mean that we neglect the pay and well-being of our porters or the staff that work with us. Since the end of 2014, Inka Trail Backpacker has been paying the porters who work the Inca Trail a salary of 200 Soles per person for the 4-day trek plus their transportation cost and the cost of their food, we also provide them with adequate equipment for that they can carry out their work in the best way. That is almost 20% above the legally required minimum wage agreed with the Porters Union which makes Inka Trail Backpacker a competitive company that offers good treatment and good benefits for them. After conversations with our porters, they tell us that only a few trekking companies pay them the same as we do and that only two companies pay a little more (they charge their clients around US$150 per person more than we do). Of the other 170 operators authorized to operate the Inca Trail only 60% pay the legal salary and 40% pay less than the legal salary, this is difficult to prove as their porters receive a low salary, but they are asked sign receipts showing they get more!compared to we charge less for tourists who book with us Inka Trail Backpacker

Travel with like-minded travelers:

As a traveler, you know that one of the most rewarding and memorable experiences of going to new places is the people you meet along the way. By booking a trek or tour with us, you can be sure that your group will have travelers looking for adventure similar to yours in the Peruvian Andes. Our groups offer a great opportunity to meet new people and network in a friendly environment. You never know who you’ll meet!

Our work with local Communities:

We are really proud of the work we do for our local communities. This is the main focus of our company. We have worked directly with the villages to help them meet their needs. All the products we buy for food on our walks come from local farmers and markets, so we guarantee that our food has fresh and organic ingredients.

100% guaranteed departures

At Inka Trail Backpacker, we like to think that we do trekking/tours a little differently than our competitors. We stand by our clients and guarantee that we meet 100% of our departure dates on our trips, even if you are a solo traveler, you will always find a place within our groups that you can join.

Travel Info

Visa for Peru:

In general, if you are Latin American, North American or European, you will not need it. If you are a citizen of Mercosur, all members can enter Peru just by carrying your DNI or with a valid passport. If you are from a non-Mercosur country then you will need a valid passport and in some exceptional cases depending on your country of origin, a visa. Here the complete relationship.

If you are a minor you will need to pass in the company of your parents. If you are a father and you are traveling with children, you will need a marriage certificate, birth certificate of the child.


No vaccine is mandatory, but the Peruvian Ministry of Health “recommends” getting vaccinated against Yellow Fever to go to certain regions of the jungle. Normally nobody does, so it’s up to you if it’s worth the risk or not. In several countries this vaccine is free and when it costs, it is not expensive.

Climate and environment in Cusco:

If you are Argentine, Ecuadorian, Chilean, Colombian or you come from a place where it is hot in summer as much as possible, in Cusco it is the opposite. Do not think that your summer is replicated in this region. The periods of intense and cold rain are between December and April while in the capital it is very hot. Be it summer or winter, in Cusco at some point of the day it is cold. Always wear a coat. It is typical that in sunny places you feel hot and in shady places cold. The sun is radiant, and with the climate of the place it can damage your skin. Bring sunscreen and/or buy cocoa paste pills at pharmacies, which are very cheap and useful.

Machu Picchu, unlike the city of Cusco, is located on the edge of the jungle, that is, at a hybrid point where the mountains meet the jungle and the vegetation changes, showing characteristics of both regions at times. The best season to visit is usually between July and October (high season) when there is not much rain and always blue skies, however this place is visited all year round and it never disappoints.

Altitude Sickness:

Perhaps you have never experienced a lack of oxygen. This is commonly felt in Cusco due to the height and makes everything cost triple the effort so you do not have your usual physical resistance which will be diminished. Your digestion will be a little slower and your sleep dense and deep. The ideal is to stay calm the first day to acclimatise. It is very normal that all pharmacies sell pills for altitude sickness. Coca tea also helps as well as candies.

Health and safety:

The city of Cusco is safe in the places where you see yourself surrounded by tourists, the center, the Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu. Avoid walking alone in the night markets or too far from the center with things of value and tourist appearance. Be aware of your pockets at fairs or areas where you are very close to people. In one of the most touristic cities in the world, petty theft and scams are predictable. To avoid this, simply do not leave your valuables alone or trust free things. Do not trust the excesses of unjustified kindness of strangers who will usually always want something from you.

Hygiene is very important to maintain health. Try whenever possible to see how the food served to you is treated. It is common for tourists to get sick to their stomachs from trying everything. To avoid this, be careful, and avoid things that are sold on buses and street vendors, especially fried foods and artisanal cheeses that can be carriers of dangerous bacteria. Boiled, freshly cooked or well washed food will almost always be fine. Long walks on rocky terrain can make you easy prey to dislocations or similar injuries. Wear good shoes. Cusco has good health care places that cater specifically to tourists. To access them do not forget to have travel insurance. Compare them all here so you can choose the cheapest travel insurance.


If you are a student, it is convenient to get the ISIC card (International Student Identity Card) that allows you to have discounts in hostels, in addition to getting the ticket to go up to Machu Picchu (it costs 128 soles) at half price as well as the tourist ticket in Cusco and other advantages. (costs about 18 dollars)


Peru is one of the cheapest countries in South America so you can get rooms at ridiculously low prices. However, what you get is directly related to what you pay. You can review lodgings, see the photos and compare all the lodgings at so you will have a clearer idea.


What happens if you renew your passport?

If you renew or change the number or names of your passport or documents after having made the reservation of the tour / trek, you must send us a photograph of the new passport; we will make the change with the authorities before you arrive in Cusco; the extra cost to make the change is $20 that will cover expenses in the change of Entrance to the Inca Trail, Entrance to Machu Picchu and train tickets. If you do not want to pay the $20 for the corresponding changes, you must bring your new and old passport or document to show it to the authorities (Inca Trail, Entrance to Machu Picchu, train tickets). If you do not have the 2 passports, you will have to buy a new entrance to the Inca Trail, Machu Picchu and the train on your own, the costs could be around $100.

What type of Hostel is reserved for this tour?

In Cusco: we will book at the MamaSimona, Hatun Quilla and Ecopacker hostels. These hostels offer comfortable beds, hot water for the bathroom, Wi-Fi and breakfast.
In Aguas Calientes, we will book at the Tambo Inn or/or Tambo B&B hostels. These hostels offer comfortable beds, hot water for the bathroom, Wi-Fi and breakfast.
NOTE: We guarantee the hostel reservation mentioned only if you make your reservation in advance. Otherwise, we may have to offer alternative accommodation.

Can I change the hostel for a hotel in Cusco and Aguas Calientes?

Yes, each traveler has their own expectations of accommodations. That is why we offer you the option of booking your own independent hostel.
Reserve it yourself or have us reserve it for you.
If you wish to book your own hostel independently we will offer you a $10 per person discount on the tour price. You can use this money to pay for an alternative hostel.

The return train schedule: The return train included in the package is the Expedition; departure are: 6:20pm, 7pm and 8:20pm DEPENDING ON AVAILABILITY. If you prefer the earlier train return we can reserve it for an additional $25; hours are: 2:55pm or 4:35pm. You also have the option to reserve the Vistadome train for an additional cost of $65. Please, tell us in advance which is the train schedule of your preference. It is important that you know that none of the trains go directly to Cusco, the trains only arrive at the Ollantaytambo or Poroy stations. In any of the cases we will always guarantee a return bus to Cusco.

Can I change my return train ticket from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo for an earlier one?

Yes, you can make this change in person at the Aguas Calientes train station. However, they will ask you to pay an additional fee to change the ticket and this change will be subject to the availability of spaces and schedules on the train. In this case you will be responsible for assuming the costs related to your return transportation from Ollantaytambo to Cusco.

How long will it take to return to Cusco?

You will travel for about three and a half hours before returning to Cusco. And this is divided into a one and a half hour trip on the train until you reach the Ollantaytambo train station. From there our driver will pick you up outside the train station. Our drivers will be waiting for you with a sign with your name on it, so there will be no confusion. If you don’t see our driver initially, just wait for him outside the station. Once our driver has picked you up you will travel for another hour and a half before returning to Cusco.

Where to store your things:

You can leave or store the things that you will not take to the Inca Trail in the hotel or hostel where you are staying. Most of these establishments have warehouses where they will store your things. If you do not trust the place where you are staying, we will gladly store your belongings in our office.

The climb to Huayna Picchu:

Only 400 people can climb this mountain per day. If you are interested in climbing Huayna Picchu, entrance tickets must be reserved in advance. The price of admission is $65 per person. We recommend that you start your climb to Huayna Picchu at 10:00 am otherwise you will miss the guided tour of Machu Picchu.

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