Embark on our unforgettable journey with the Machu Picchu day trip from Cusco, which is offered in small groups. Discover the legendary Incan citadel in just one day. This full-day tour combines comfort, history, and majesty, perfect for explorers and history buffs alike!

Ultimate Trekking takes you to the magical Machu Picchu aboard the scenic Andean Train, an experience you'll always remember. Enjoy personalized service as you travel through stunning Andean scenery to visit one of the world's most impressive ancient sites.

Tour details

Full Day from Cusco
Cultural, Adventure
Maximum Altitude
2430 m - 7972 ft
Machu Picchu
Group Size
6 to 10

Full-day Machu Picchu Tour Overview

Join us for the best one-day Machu Picchu tour by train! This full-day adventure starts early from Cusco, where you'll embark on a scenic journey through the mountains to Aguas Calientes town. There, a bus will take you to the stunning Machu Picchu.

The tour includes a guided visit to the ancient Citadel of Machu Picchu, where you'll learn about their history, incredible architecture, and why they're so special. We handle all the travel details and provide a knowledgeable guide to make your day both easy and unforgettable. 

This full-day Machu Picchu tour is a fantastic way to connect with the heart of the ancient Inca Empire and truly appreciate this incredible site.


  • Discover Machu Picchu on a day trip from Cusco, one of the New 7 Wonders
  • Learn the history from your exclusive tour guides
  • All-inclusive tour (Entrance fee, transportation, tour guide)
  • Support our Social projects booking with us

Itinerary at a Glance

  • Pickup from Cusco: Around 4:00 AM.
  • Drive to Ollantaytambo: A 2-hour drive to the train station.
  • Train to Aguas Calientes: 1 hour and 45 minutes on the Expedition Train.
  • Meet Your Guide: At the Aguas Calientes train station. Enjoy some free time to explore.
  • Bus to Machu Picchu: A 30-minute ride.
  • Explore Machu Picchu: With an exclusive tour guide for 2 to 3 hours.
  • Free Time: Spend some free time in Machu Picchu.
  • Return to Aguas Calientes: By bus, for lunch or shopping.
  • Train Back to Ollantaytambo: Afternoon Expedition Train.
  • Van to Cusco: Private van ride from Ollantaytambo back to Cusco.
  • Arrival in Cusco: Around 7:30 PM.

Important to know before booking:

  • Everyday departure
  • Train upgrade option
  • Small Group tours
Full Itinerary
Full description of Machu Picchu Day Tour

Start your unforgettable journey to Machu Picchu early at 4:00 AM with a pickup from your hotel in Cusco. We’ll take you to the train station, where you'll catch the train to Aguas Calientes. Enjoy a beautiful train ride next to the Urubamba River, with stunning views of tall mountains and green valleys.

When you arrive in Aguas Calientes, your friendly guide will meet you outside the train station. You’ll have a bit of time to walk around this small town, pick up some snacks, and get water before you take the bus to Machu Picchu.

At the entrance of Machu Picchu, show your passport and start exploring this amazing old city. Your guide will take you around for about 3 hours, showing you impressive Inca buildings, temples, and homes. Learn about how the Incas lived and built this place.

After the guided tour, you'll have free time to explore Machu Picchu on your own. You can take more photos, sit and enjoy the views, or explore more parts of the city.

Later, take the bus back down to Aguas Calientes. Here, you can relax, have lunch (not included in the tour), and maybe shop for souvenirs. In the afternoon, you’ll board the train back to Ollantaytambo. Our team will meet you there and bring you back to Cusco. You’ll return to your hotel around 7:30 PM with plenty of beautiful memories from exploring Machu Picchu. This tour offers a full day of adventure and discovery in one of the world’s most famous ancient cities.


  • Pick up and drop off from your hotel
  • Professional native tour guide for Machu Picchu
  • Expedition train ride to Aguas Calientes
  • Round Trip bus tickets to Machu Picchu
  • Entrance ticket to Machu Picchu
  • Expedition train back to Cusco
  • Modern Transportation with AC

Not Included

  • Meals not included
  • Travel Insurance

What is the best time of year to book a Machu Picchu day tour from Cusco?

The best time to visit Machu Picchu from Cusco by train is during the dry season, which runs from May to October. This period usually has less rain and clearer skies, providing beautiful views of the site. June to August are the busiest months, so planning your visit in May or September might help you avoid the largest crowds while still enjoying good weather.

It's important to mention that the Machu Picchu Full Day Tour from Cusco is available every day and also all year round. However, during the rainy season, expect rainy days and delays in trains and flights due to bad weather, and maybe poor visibility. The advantage of the rainy season is that you will get amazing deals and find places like Machu Picchu less crowded.

How long is the typical tour from Cusco to Machu Picchu?

A standard day tour from Cusco to Machu Picchu typically lasts about 14 to 15 hours. This includes an early pickup from your hotel in Cusco, travel time by bus and train, visiting Machu Picchu with a tour guide, some free time to explore on your own, and the return journey by train and bus back to your hotel in Cusco. Tours usually start early in the morning, around 4:00 a.m., and return to Cusco late in the evening, around 7:30 p.m.

What are the different types of Machu Picchu tours from Cusco available?

There are many types of tours available, depending on what you're looking for. Basic group tours are popular and economical, while private tours offer a more personalized experience. For those who love adventure, there are trekking tours that involve walking to Machu Picchu over several days.

The most popular tour is the Day Trip to Machu Picchu from Cusco. This amazing package allows you to explore Machu Picchu in a single day, traveling by bus and train from Cusco, visiting the Inca citadel, and returning to Cusco on the same day.

You can choose between a private tour or a group tour, and you can opt for basic trains, panoramic or luxury trains, with or without meals in luxury hotels like Machu Picchu Sanctuary Lodge

Can I book a guided tour to Machu Picchu on the day of my visit?

Yes, you can hire a local tour guide in Machu Picchu. However, you need to purchase the Machu Picchu tickets, train tickets, and bus tickets far in advance and arrange the transfer by yourself.

We recommend booking a tour package that includes transfers, train tickets, entry tickets, and a tour guide to ensure you have a wonderful time in Machu Picchu. Tours and tickets can sell out, especially during the peak season.

To avoid disappointment, it's best to book your tour several weeks, or even months, in advance. At Ultimate Trekking, you can also book a Private Guide service, and we can recommend where to buy all the necessary arrangements for the tour.

What should I bring on a Machu Picchu day trip from Cusco?

For a Machu Picchu day trip from Cusco, you should bring the following:

  • Daypack or Backpack: Comfortable for short hikes.
  • Passport: Essential for entry into Machu Picchu.
  • Machu Picchu Ticket: Printed or digital
  • Train Tickets: Printed or digital
  • Bus Tickets: Printed
  • Cash: For purchasing snacks, souvenirs, and any unexpected expenses.
  • Water Bottle: 1-2 liters of water
  • Snacks: Energy bars, nuts, fruits, etc., for quick boosts of energy.
  • Sunscreen: Protect your skin from the high-altitude sun.
  • Hat and Sunglasses: Shield yourself from the sun's rays.
  • Rain Jacket or Poncho: Weather can be unpredictable, especially in the Andes.
  • Comfortable Shoes: Sneakers or hiking shoes with good traction.
  • Camera or Smartphone: Capture the breathtaking views and memories.
  • Light Jacket or Layers: Mornings and evenings can be chilly.
  • Insect Repellent: Protect against mosquitoes and other insects.
  • Small First Aid Kit: Band-aids, pain relievers, altitude sickness medication, etc.
  • Hand Sanitizer and Tissues: Maintain cleanliness throughout your journey.
  • Plastic Bags: Keep your stuff dry in case of rain or trash
  • Travel Insurance Information: Just in case of emergencies.

Are there any health precautions to consider before taking a Machu Picchu day tour?

The high altitude of both Cusco and Machu Picchu can affect your health. Spend a few days in Cusco to adjust before your tour. Stay hydrated, eat light meals, and consider medication if you often get altitude sickness. The site requires a lot of walking, often uphill, so a moderate level of fitness is beneficial.

How much does a typical day trip to Machu Picchu from Cusco cost?

Prices can vary widely, generally starting at around $300, and can go up to over $600 per person. This price typically covers transportation, entry fees, a guide, and sometimes meals. More luxurious tours will cost more but provide additional comforts and services.

What is included in the guided tour of Machu Picchu from Cusco?

At Ultimate Trekking, we include transportation to and from Cusco, entrance fees to Machu Picchu, the services of a professional guide, and all transfers. The guide is specifically for Machu Picchu and will explain the site's historical background and show you all the major landmarks.

Can I visit Machu Picchu without a tour?

Yes, it's possible to go to Machu Picchu on your own. You'll need to handle your own transportation, tickets, and any guides you wish to hire on-site. Remember, tickets must be purchased in advance, as they are limited and can sell out quickly.

What are the transportation options for a Cusco to Machu Picchu day trip?

The most popular way to reach Machu Picchu is by train from Cusco or Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes, followed by a short bus ride to the ruins. Alternatively, you can choose to hike part of the way via one of the trails, such as the Inca Trail, which offers a more adventurous approach.

Is it possible to combine the Machu Picchu day trip with other excursions in Cusco?

Yes, at Ultimate Trekking, we offer packages that include visits to other attractions around Cusco, such as the Sacred Valley + Machu Picchu 2-day tour. These combinations are perfect for those who want to explore more of the region's rich history and beautiful landscapes.

What are the ticket options for entering Machu Picchu during a day tour?

When buying tickets for Machu Picchu, you can choose from several options:

General Ticket: This ticket includes visiting the Citadel through Circuit 1 or 2, which covers viewpoints and the center of Machu Picchu. The general ticket to Machu Picchu can sell out quickly. If it does, you may only be able to purchase a combined ticket, which includes a mountain hike along with your visit to Machu Picchu.

  • Machu Picchu Mountain + Circuit 3: This ticket allows you to hike Machu Picchu Mountain and have a guided tour of Machu Picchu through Circuit 3.
  • Circuit 1 or 2 + Inca Bridge: This option allows you to enter the Inca Bridge and then explore Machu Picchu through Circuit 1 or 2.
  • Huayna Picchu Mountain + Circuit 4: This ticket allows you to explore Machu Picchu through Circuit 4 and hike to Huayna Picchu.
  • Circuit 4 + Huchuy Picchu Mountain: With this ticket, you can explore Circuit 4 in Machu Picchu and then take a short hike to Huchuy Picchu.

Other premium tickets to Machu Picchu are the Inca Trail Permits. These permits allow you to arrive at Machu Picchu through the Sun Gate, explore the viewpoints of Machu Picchu, and then have a guided tour of the Machu Picchu citadel through Circuit 3 or 4.

How far in advance should I book my Machu Picchu day trip from Cusco?

It's wise to book your tour a few months in advance, especially if you plan to visit during the peak season from June to August. This helps ensure that you get a spot on the train and entry to the site, as both can sell out quickly.

Are there any restrictions on photography during the Machu Picchu tours from Cusco?

When visiting Machu Picchu on a day tour from Cusco, there are certain restrictions on photography to be aware of. While taking photos for personal use is usually allowed, there are rules and guidelines in place to preserve and respect the site. Here are some common restrictions:

No Commercial Videography: You can't take videos for commercial purposes, like advertising or promotions, without permission.

Respect for Cultural and Political Symbols: It's not allowed to take pictures with business brands, country flags, political party symbols, or anything else commercial or political. This helps maintain the historical and cultural integrity of the site.

Respect for Sacred Sites: Respect the site's sacredness and cultural importance. Avoid climbing on structures, touching artifacts, or taking inappropriate poses for photos.

Guidelines for Photography: While you can take photos for personal use, try to follow some guidelines to minimize the impact on the site and other visitors. For example, avoid using tripods or selfie sticks in crowded areas and respect roped-off sections.

Guided Tours: If you're on a guided tour, your guide will give you specific instructions and guidelines about photography. It's important to follow their instructions and respect any additional rules they may have.

Overall, while taking photos is allowed at Machu Picchu, visitors should do so responsibly and with respect for the site's cultural and historical significance.

Can dietary restrictions be accommodated on the day tours to Machu Picchu from Cusco?

During our day tour to Machu Picchu, meals are not included. However, we can add any of your preferred restaurants to the tour. We will be happy to accommodate dietary restrictions with advance notice. Whether you have allergies, are vegetarian, vegan, or have other specific dietary needs, just let us know when you book your tour.

What is the maximum group size for a guided tour to Machu Picchu?

Group sizes can vary, but many tours aim to keep the experience intimate and manageable. Usually, our day tours are around 6 to 10 people. Smaller group sizes ensure that you can hear and interact with your guide more effectively.

How do I choose a reputable tour operator for my Machu Picchu excursion from Cusco?

Look for operators who have good reviews and a professional presence online. They should be registered with the local tourism authorities and provide clear, detailed information about their tours. Recommendations from past travelers and travel forums can also guide your choice.

Are there any sustainable tourism practices in place on tours to Machu Picchu?

Yes, at Ultimate Trekking, we implement sustainable practices to help preserve Machu Picchu. These include limiting group sizes, employing local guides, and supporting local communities. It's important to choose a tour operator that follows these practices to contribute to conservation efforts.

What are the safety measures for a Machu Picchu day trip from Cusco?

Our tour guides are well-trained in first aid and are familiar with the area. We constantly monitor our operations, and in case of an emergency, we have a well-trained staff ready to support you. Your safety and well-being are our top priorities.

Can I stay overnight in Machu Picchu after a day trip from Cusco?

Overnight stays directly at Machu Picchu aren't allowed; however, many visitors choose to stay in Aguas Calientes (Machu Picchu Pueblo), a nearby town. Staying overnight allows you to relax in the charming town, visit the hot springs, and maybe even visit Machu Picchu for a second time.

What are the cultural significance sites included in a typical Machu Picchu day tour?

Our tours generally focus on the most significant and culturally important parts of Machu Picchu, including the viewpoints, the Temple of the Sun, the Room of the Three Windows, terraces, and other remarkable places. These sites offer insight into the advanced architectural and astronomical knowledge of the Inca civilization.

How do weather conditions affect Machu Picchu day trips?

Weather can greatly impact your visit. During the rainy season, the site may be misty and paths slippery, while in the dry season, you're more likely to enjoy clear skies and sunnier days. Always check the weather forecast in advance and prepare accordingly.

What are the language options available for guided tours at Machu Picchu?

While Spanish and English are the most common languages offered by tour guides, we can also offer private services in other languages like French, German, and sometimes Japanese. If you need a tour in another language, it's best to arrange this in advance.

Are there any age restrictions for participants in Machu Picchu day tours from Cusco?

There are usually no strict age limits for visiting Machu Picchu, but the site's physical demands may not be suitable for very young children or those with significant mobility issues. Elderly visitors or anyone with health concerns should consult with a tour operator to discuss if the trip is right for them.

What is the cancellation policy for a Machu Picchu day trip?

To book the Machu Picchu Full Day Tour, you need to make an initial payment of $200. This deposit is non-refundable and non-transferable, and it is due in the event of cancellation.

Can I book a private tour to Machu Picchu from Cusco?

Private tours are available and offer a personalized experience. With these tours, you can choose your own timing, pace, and areas of interest, and have more direct interaction with your guide. The price will vary depending on the number of travelers. Contact us to receive a personalized quotation.

Are there facilities for disabled visitors on a Machu Picchu day tour?

Machu Picchu presents challenges for disabled visitors due to its uneven terrain and steps. However, recent improvements have made parts of the site more accessible. It's important to discuss specific needs with your tour operator in advance to ensure they can accommodate you.

What are the best photographic spots during the Machu Picchu day trip from Cusco?

For iconic shots of Machu Picchu, head to the Guardhouse for a panoramic view, climb up to the Sun Gate for a breathtaking perspective, or capture the architectural detail at the Main Plaza. Early morning or late afternoon light can provide dramatic effects for your photos.

Also, the views from Huayna Picchu Mountain and Machu Picchu Montaña are unique and not to be missed.

What historical insights are typically covered in guided tours of Machu Picchu?

Guided tours typically delve into the history of Machu Picchu as a retreat for Incan royalty, the site's discovery in 1911, and the mysteries surrounding its purpose and abandonment. You'll learn about Incan building techniques, their connection to the natural world, and the layout of this ancient city.