Cusco to Machu Picchu By Car – Machu Picchu Hike

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Cusco to Machu Picchu By Car Details

Cusco to Machu Picchu by Car is the most budget-friendly trip to Machu Picchu. There are different types of tours and treks available to cater to anyone from budget travelers to adventurous and luxury travelers. 

Our 2 Day Machu Picchu hike offers an adventurous yet comfortable and safe trip. It starts with a drive from Cusco by car 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 is this budget-friendly option to visit the archaeological site of Machu Picchu includes meals, entrance, a guided tour, and one night’s accommodation. 

So pack your bags and we will make your dream trip to the lost city of Incas a memorable one. 

Why Encuentros Peru Adventure?

Encuentros Peru Adventure is a fully locally owned tour operator in Cusco. We have dedicated and qualified English-speaking local guides for Machu Picchu. Our guides have extensive training on first aid and using oxygen cans. 

Please contact us if you want to take the train while returning to Cusco. This has an extra cost. You can choose between Expedition class and Vistadome Train to Ollantaytambo Train Station. Please make sure to book in advance.

Machu Picchu nestles high up in the Peruvian Andes. It is subject to two seasons, wet season and dry season. It is best to visit Machu Picchu in the dry season, between March and November. 

Also, it is recommended that you spend 2-3 days in Cusco before your trip from Cusco to Machu Picchu by car to avoid altitude sickness

Alternatively, check out our two day Inca Trail Hike to Machu Picchu from Cusco that takes you to Machu Picchu through Km 104 or the emblematic Classic Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. Please note you will need an Inca Trail permit which is often sold out months in advance. 

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 hotel 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
  • Train tickets from Hidro Electrica to Aguas Calientes and back
  • Machu Picchu Mountain and Huayna Picchu tickets

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 2 day hike

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
  • Enjoy the three hours hike 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
  • Back to Cusco
Machu Picchu By Car Itinerary

Cusco - Hidro Eletrica - Aguas Calientes

Your two-day Cusco to Machu Picchu by car experience begins with a pick-up from your hotel in Cusco at 0700 AM. We will be traveling through the Sacred Valley of the Incas.

During the journey, you will be rewarded with spectacular sights of the Cusco region. You will witness a change in landscapes as we will drive from the Andes to the Amazon. Along the way, we will be having several stops so you can stretch your legs. 

As we reach Hidro Eletrica, our crew will be serving you a traditional meal 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.

Aguas Calientes town:

At Aguas Calientes town we will accommodate you in a hotel in an ensuite room with a hot water shower to spend the night. 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 cobblestoned streets that are lined with shops selling handicrafts.

Alternatively, you may also visit the natural hot springs to rejuvenate after a full day’s travel. The town is named after it, 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 to enter Machu Picchu, the esteemed Inca citadel. Your passport will be verified by local authorities against your ticket to Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu Tour:

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 tour guides are natives of the region hence they have 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 of the Inca sites, you will have some free time to walk around the citadel. If you have booked your entrance ticket to climb Huayna 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.

Both these are high-altitude experiences so make sure that you are acclimatized to these.

You can also visit the Sun Gate or Inti Punku which has limitless access and is free of cost. It offers a panoramic view of Machu Picchu citadel. This is where those on Inca Trail and Short Inca trail enter the citadel from. It also offers stunning views of Wiñay Wayna.

We will then start our descent 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 Cusco at around 09:30 PM.

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Couple Traveller

We did Machu Picchu tour on our final day in Peru and it was an experience like none. Many thanks to Encuentros Team.

February 22, 2022


Couple Traveller

We did Machu Picchu tour on our final day in Peru and it was an experience like none. Many thanks to Encuentros Team.

February 8, 2022

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
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