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 14 reviews submitted.
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ZAR  11,608
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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
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Physical rating
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Min 5
Group size
Min 1 - Max 16
Trip code
This trip generates 52.21 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?
  • This Short Break Adventure is a ‘join in’ group departure, which means you are not accompanied by an Intrepid group leader. Instead, our local representative in each location will fill this role and the configuration of any fellow travellers in the group might change during the trip. This trip will run with a minimum of one person, so you may be joined by other travellers booked on the same date as you, or you may be on your own.
  • On Day 2, up to 35 people may join you for the day’s activities. The Machu Picchu tour on Day 3 will be for Intrepid travellers only, with a maximum of 16 in the group.
  • 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 detail.
  • 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.


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. Full passport details are required at the time of booking. The passport you travel with must match the booking details provided to us. This will be used to apply for your Inca permit and if any info doesn’t match your passport, the Inca authorities will refuse your entry. Delays in providing this information may result in booking fees or changes to your itinerary.
2. This trip starts in Cusco on Day 1 at 2 pm. This trip finishes upon arrival in Cusco on Day 3. Please do not book any flights until after 10 pm this evening.

Essential Trip Information

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4.6 out of 5 based on 14 reviews submitted.
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Rita · Traveled June 2024
Machu Picchu by Train Short Break was a very nice & quick trip. I saw what I wanted to see. Tour directors, guides and drivers were courteous and helpful. The transfer from/to airport could have been handled better. The person was half hour late and standing way back (almost hiding) and then to airport transfer: nobody called, I had to chase them down and the driver didn't understand once I got him name as the pick up guy! Peru has no central heat anywhere. You should be aware.
Review submitted 02 Jul 2024

Avril and Clifford · Traveled April 2024
Our first Intrepid Journey to Machu Picchu has been an amazing experience. We loved the personal attention, quality of accommodation and the knowledgeable, enthusiastic guides. Highly recommended.
Review submitted 26 Apr 2024

Tanrima · Traveled April 2024
Amazing trip! I was a solo traveller on this trip and was very impressed with how well-organized the trip was. I really appreciated the support that was available at all times if I had any questions or concerns from the time of booking to finishing the trip. :)
Review submitted 02 May 2024

Colin · Traveled March 2024
This trip would have to rate in the highest experience I have witnessed in my life
Review submitted 12 Mar 2024

Charles · Traveled February 2024
This trip was excellent. Intrepid were very helpful supportive and made everything run smoothly. I am grateful for them for there ongoing work and level of customer satisfaction which made it a very special trip.
Review submitted 18 Mar 2024
Machu Picchu by Train Short Break
ZAR  11,608