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Machu Picchu by Train Short Break

3 Days | Travel to South America and explore Peru's ancient Machu Picchu

4.6 out of 5 based on 9 reviews submitted.
Short Breaks
USD $718
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Discover South America’s ancient ruins, explore colonial sights and wander through vibrant markets to get a real taste of Andean village life in the Sacred Valley. Take a winding train journey through the steep Urumbamba Valley to Aguas Calientes, the gateway to Peru’s most famous site. The ancient ‘Lost City’ of Machu Picchu is truly extraordinary and has to be seen to be believed.

Trip overview

Map of Machu Picchu By Train Short Break including Peru
Cusco, Peru
Cusco, Peru
Short Breaks
Physical rating
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Min 5
Group size
Min 1 - Max 16
Trip code
This trip generates 37.61 kg of CO2-e per person per day.
We offset these emissions on your behalf. But we know that is not enough, so we also have a carbon reduction target.

Why you'll love this trip
  • Explore the ancient ruins of Machu Picchu
  • Immerse yourself in the culture of Cusco
  • Experience traditional Andean life in the Sacred Valley

Is this trip right for you?
  • On Short Breaks, you maintain a good level of independence and freedom, with the added bonus of having the details sorted out for you. You’ll have lots of free time and you won’t be accompanied by a Trip Leader. This means that all included activities and tours will be run by different local Intrepid partners, and these may operate independently from each other. The included activities and transfers will operate on a join-in basis, which means that you could have your Adventure all to yourself, or others may join you along the way. If you would prefer to travel in a group with a dedicated Trip Leader, just get in touch with your booking agent and they will take you through some alternatives. On day 2 of this trip, there may be up to 35 people sharing the services however the Machu Picchu tour on day 3 will be Intrepid passengers only and a maximum of 16 passengers.
  • This trip visits places that are at high altitude, and as a result some people can suffer from altitude sickness, regardless of age or physical health. Please see the ‘Medical and health information’ section of the Essential Trip Information for more important details about altitude sickness.


Map of Machu Picchu By Train Short Break including Peru



2 breakfasts, 1 lunch


Bus, Taxi, Train


Hotel (2 nights)

  • Cusco - Half Boleto Turistico Pass (access to selected archaeological sites, transport & guides not included)
  • Machu Picchu - Entrance and guided tour

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Important notes

1. This Short Break Adventure is a ‘join in’ group departure, which means you are not accompanied by an Intrepid group leader – our local representative fills this role – and the configuration of any fellow travelers in the group might change during the trip. On Day 2 of this trip, there may be up to 35 people sharing the services however the Machu Picchu tour on Day 3 will be Intrepid passengers only and a maximum of 16 passengers.
2. This trip will run with a minimum of one person, so you may be joined by other travelers (some booked through different companies) on the same date as you, or you may be on your own.
3. This tour starts with a pre-departure meeting at on Day 1 at approximately 2 pm in the hotel foyer.
4. This Short Break Adventure concludes at approximately 8 pm on Day 3. Departing flights from Cusco on this day must not be booked prior to 10 pm.
5. Full passport details are required at the time of booking in order to purchase Entrance fees to certain sites. Additionally on certain trips it's needed to book bus, train or flight tickets. Delays to provide this information may result in booking fees or changes to your itinerary.
6. This trip includes one visit to Machu Picchu. According to Machu Picchu visiting regulations, all visitors must follow a pre-determined route within the site. This route must be followed in one direction only, and once the guided visit commences exiting and re-entering the site is not permitted. Once the guided visit concludes, visitors must exit the site and personal exploration of Machu Picchu is not permitted. Please refer to the itinerary for details.

Essential Trip Information

Want an in-depth insight into this trip? Essential Trip Information provides a detailed itinerary, visa info, how to get to your hotel, what's included - pretty much everything you need to know about this adventure and more.

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4.6 out of 5 based on 9 reviews submitted.
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Uwe · Traveled January 2024
This trip was very well organized each step of the way we were met by a very well informed guide and since I get car sick our guide made sure I could sit in the front of the bus
Review submitted 18 Jan 2024

Fabian · Traveled November 2023
Review submitted 05 Dec 2023

Simmone · Traveled November 2023
We had the best time on this tour all our guides were brilliant with their knowledge and care. They made the trip. We were guided to our train and meet all our transfers easily. The train was great experience to Machu Picchu. Just amazing Machu Picchu.
Review submitted 30 Nov 2023

Jakob · Traveled July 2023
What a great company to travel with! All of our expectations were surpassed. We will definitely be travelling with intrepid again.
Review submitted 15 Jul 2023

Bethany · Traveled June 2023
Amazing tour! I only had a couple days to explore Cusco and Machu Picchu and I really feel like this tour made that happen. All the tour guides were friendly, helpful, and so personable. Intrepid really helped make this happen when I had some travel schedule conflicts.
Review submitted 11 Jun 2023
Machu Picchu by Train Short Break
USD $718