3 Day Motorcycle Trip To Machu Picchu


The most visited place in South America exceeding over 2 million tourists per year. Cusco is a main gateway to Machu Picchu. Some travellers choose to take a transport from Cusco to Aguas Calientes and others opt for the Inca Trail and some take the motorcycle trip.

Machu Picchu
Duration: 3 Day Tour
Tour Frequency: Daily
Difficulty: Moderate

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Itinerary - Day 1 - Cusco to Aquas Calientes

Sym NHT200
Day 1 - Start of your Tour -
Leaving from Cusco to Aguas Calientes
  • 7:00 AM Pick up your motorcycle Sym NHT 200 
  • 7:30AM Heading towards Ollantaytambo, Santa Teresa, Hidroelectrica. Estimated time from Cusco to Hidroelectrica is 7 hours
  • 2 PM Leave motorcycle at Hidroelectrica secured parking. Parking is already arranged and is included in the price 
  • 2:30 PM Start walking to Aquas Callientes. This walk from Hidroelectrica to Aguas Calientes takes about 2 hours. You will be walking along the train rail. The walk is very enjoyable. 
  • 5 PM Arriving to Aguas Calientes where you will stay overnight 
Day 2 -Visiting Machu Picchu
  • 6 AM You can visit Machu Picchu early in the morning or later during the day. Your ticket to Machu Picchu has to be booked for specific time that you have to follow. Note: Tickets are included in the price but have to be prebooked weeks ahead.  
  • Rest of the day is free. You can stay at Aguas Calientes or head to Cocalmayo for thermal baths. 
  • 5PM Stay overnight in Aguas Calientes or near Cocalmayo
Day 3 - Back to Cusco

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Road Map Info

  • Distance 224 km 
  • Time 7 hours
  • 90% asphalt road

Note: Trip is very enjoyable. From Cusco you can head through Chinchero or Sacred Valley (my favorite) 

From Ollantaytambo you will climb to Abra de Malaga which is sitting at an altitude of 4600 meters. From this point you will basically roll down the hill to the Jungle heading towards Santa Teresa and Hidroelectrica

From here you have to leave motorcycle stored at secured carpark and walk to Aguas Calientes

Enjoy your trip, we try to do the best for your Cusco experience

What is included?


  • Motorcycle Sym NHT 200 including helmets, Phone holder, Tyre repair kit, Thermo bottle, Soat insurance, First Aid kit
  • Parking at Hidroelectrica
  • Entrance ticket to Machu Picchu 
  • Bilingual guide

Does not include

  • Fuel (Full 2 Full Policy)
  • Accommodation (we can help you with finding cheap hostels or private rooms) 
Luggage storage Cusco

What to bring

  • Original Passport
  • Day Pack                      
  • Full rain gear or poncho
  • Sunglasses             
  • Sunscreen
  • Cold-weather jacket
  • Long-sleeve fleece/sweater Wool hat
  • Hiking boots
  • Refillable water bottle (hydration bags are recommended) 
  • Each motorcycle rental has to be covered by deposit holding fee. 
  • Any equipment including equipment added to the motorcycle rental is covered by the deposit and shall be deducted should you cause any loss or damages
  • We reserve the right to scan a copy of your passport and credit card in case damages are exceeding the cost of recovery
  • You will be presented with a contract that includes price of spare parts that might need to be replaced should you cause any damage
  • We will provide you with a predeparture checklist to make sure condition of motorcycle and equipment will be the same as upon return of equipment
  • Our motorcycles are guarded by bars preventing damages in case of falls 
  • We rent our motorcycles with full tank only using 95 RON petrol. 
  • Motorcycle has to be returned with full tank of 95 RON. Additional charges will apply should you return motorcycle with less than full tank
  • Your booking is confirmed and a contract exists when the Tour Operator or your travel agent issues a written confirmation after receipt of the applicable deposit amount.
  • Please check your confirmation carefully and report any incorrect or incomplete information to the Tour Operator or authorized agent immediately.
  • Please ensure that names are exactly as stated in the relevant passport.

You will pay a full fee which is completely non-refundable in any situation. There are no exceptions.

  • You will be required to show the original passport (not a copy) that you booked with, at the checkpoint to enter the Inca Trail, Machu Picchu
  • If you originally booked with an old passport and then renewed your passport, you must also bring your expired passport along with your new, valid passport to permit entry or they will refuse your entrance to the trail and Machu Picchu.

The only acceptable ID to receive a Student Discount is your University Card with a clear expiration date that must be the same year as a trek. IDs with expiry dates the following year, even though clearly valid, will not be accepted by the Peruvian government. You must submit a copy of this card at the time of booking.

3 Day Motorcycle Tour Machu Picchu Pricing

Machu Picchu by Motorbike (Solo rider)

$ 225
  • 3 Days Rental of Motorbike + Parking at Hidroelectrica + Entrance to Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu by Motorbike (with pillion)

$ 150
  • 3 Days Rental of Motorbike + Parking at Hidroelectrica + Entrance to Machu Picchu

How to get to Machu Picchu?

Cusco is a main gateway to Machu Picchu. Some travellers choose to take a transport from Cusco to Aguas Calientes and others opt for the Inca Trail. Tours are offered along the Inca trail that connects Cusco to Machu Picchu. It is up to you whether you choose to hike for 2, 3 or 5 days. After walking and camping for many days the experience is more memorable for you.

How far is Machu Picchu? 

The distance from Cusco to Machu Picchu is only 75 kilometers. I takes about 5 hours from Cusco to Machu Picchu. It is your choice if you want take 1 day trip to Machu Picchu or 5 day trip from Cusco to Machu Picchu.

How,when and where to buy ticket to Machu Picchu?

There are 4 different experiences that Machu Picchu offers you. They are all great but you have to decide which one is the the best

  1. Machu Picchu Solo
  2. Machu Picchu & Huayna Picchu
  3. Machu Picchu & Mountain
  4. Machu Picchu & Huchuy Picchu

There is limited availability to Machu Picchu. Especially the most popular Machu Picchu & Huayna Picchu has to be booked 3 months in advance. Please contact Cusco-Activities team to help you with availabilty and booking. 

Transport from Cusco to Aguas Calientes

Private buses are operated daily and the usual cost is from $12 USD per person to Ollantaytambo. Trains from Ollantaytambo are operating daily departing from 5am to 9pm. However your train ticket is always booked for specific time and cant be changed to different time. 

Getting from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu

Travellers have only 2 options to get to Machu Picchu

  1. Bus from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu which takes about 20 minutes and costs around $24 USD return. Buses are departing frequently every 10-15 minutes. Bus ticket can be purchased with us or directly at Aguas Calientes. 
  2. Walk from Aguas Calientes which takes about 2 hours. This walk is not recommended as its short but very steep and exhausting.

Best time to visit Machu Picchu

The best time is really any time. Entrance is scheduled from 6am to 2pm. Some travelers like to sleep overnight in Aguas Calientes and visit Machu Picchu at the earliest hour to take beautiful pictures with sunrise. Some choose to go in the afternoon when there is not as many tourists. 


Gallery Machu Picchu

Facts of Machu Picchu

The most visited place in South America exceeding over 2 million tourists per year. In the year 2007 in Lisbon, Machu Picchu has been stated as The New Seven Wonders of the modern World. Machu Picchu known as Lost City of Incas is a place of Wonder and Energy.

What facts do we know about Machu Picchu?  

  • Machu Picchu is one of the New Seven Wonders of the World.

  • Amazingly, no wheels were used to transport heavy rocks for the construction of the city.

  • Structures at Machu Picchu were built with a technique called &ldquo ashlar.” Stones are cut to fit together without mortar. Remarkably, not even a piece of paper can fit in between two stones.

  • The citadel has two parts: Hanan and Urin according with the Inca tradition.

  • In the Quechua native language, “Machu Picchu” means “Old Peak” or “Old Mountain.”

  • Many of the stones that were used to build the city weighed more than 50 tons. How did these stones get up the mountain? Some were chiseled from the granite bedrock of the mountain ridge. For others, hundreds of men pushed the heavy rocks up the steep mountain side.

  • On the Inca Trail, many porters sleep with a shiny metal object or mirror beneath them. They believe it sends away spirits coming up through the earth and whisks them away. Ask any guide or porter, and most will tell you that sometimes they have experienced the feeling of being pulled out of their tents by spirits of the past.

  • The exact age of Machu Picchu, the most representative and ancient city of Peru, has been clarified by scientific studies on the geology and archaeology of the site. 

  • Machu Picchu is South America’s most impressive archaeological ruin. 

  • Many people ask: why is Machu Picchu so important? The Citadel of Machu Picchu is considered the main tourist attraction in Peru and one of the most visited worldwide. 

  • Machu Picchu is also known as the Lost City of the Incas. It is a mysterious wonder. A city of stone built without the aid of wheels or iron tools. This is the best example of Inca engineering. More than 600 terraces prevent the city from sliding down the mountain. A water supply system extends over a length of about 1 km.     

History Timeline of Machu Picchu

  • Archaeological evidence shows that people practiced agriculture in the Urubamba and adjacent valleys since 760 B.C.

  • Between 1300 and 1500 AD, the Cusco kingdom developed as a city-state, beginning with the government of Manco Capac. The Vilcabamba region can under Inca control in 1440 during a campaign conducted by Pachucutec, the 9th inca king. This was one of the first phases of territorial expansion for what would become the Tahuantinsuyo Empire.

  • According to scholars, Machu Picchu was a royal estate built for the Inca king Pachacutec around 1450. Others speculate the Inca city was a sacred center where the great political, religious and economic minds of the Inca Empire gathered. The population of Machu Picchu ranged between 300-1000 inhabitants and consisted mostly of members of Pachacutec’s lineage, religious elite, and highly specialized artisans recruited from across the empire, called yanaconas.

  • The valleys in these areas produced a big agricultural surplus. But after the death of Pachacutec, this place lost its importance. His successors built new constructions such as Ollaytantambo that made the route to Machu Picchu less used.

  • During the civil war between Atahualpa and Huascar, the rural population was annexed by Mitmas (laborers from other parts of the empire). When the war ended they left this place and returned to their homelands. In colonial times, Manco Inca was exiled in Vilcabamba and Machu Picchu was abandoned. Over the years, Machu Picchu was lost to official memory.

  • In the  late 1800s, explorers like Antonio Raimondi crossed the grounds of the ruins without knowing where he was. Augusto Berns in 1867 formed a mining company to exploit the treasures of this place.

  • In 1911, Hiram Bingham was a history professor intent on finding the last place where the Incas of Vilcabamba were. Guided by a young boy from Mandorpampa, Bingham arrived at the ruins and thought this is the place where the Incas were established after losing their territory. It wasn’t until after his death in the 1950s that the real Vilcabamba was discovered further west of Machu Picchu citadel.

  • In 1983, Machu Picchu was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

  • In 2012, one year after the 100th anniversary of Machu Picchu’s scientific discovery, all the artifacts excavated by Bingham team’s and shipped to Yale University’s Peabody Museum, were finally returned to Peru. These artifacts are currently on display at Casa Concha (Machu Picchu Museum) in Cusco.

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