Discover the Land of the Incas on a full-day trip from Cusco on scenic trains. Explore the most famous archaeological site in Peru with our one-day Machu Picchu tour.

Tour details

Duration
Full Day
Activities
Cultural
Difficulty
Easy
Maximum Altitude
2430 m - 7972 ft
Destination
Machu Picchu
Group Size
12
Overview

Machu Picchu Tour will take you to explore the Inca citadel of Machu Picchu on a full-day trip all- Inclusive from Cusco. Explore the marvelous Inca Citadel in a relaxed, non-strenuous way to Machu Picchu and discover the temples, palaces, and stone constructions as you learn from your expert tour guides.

Highlights

  • 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

What you need to take

  • Original Passport
  • Small, comfortable backpack
  • Rain Gear
  • Warm clothes
  • Suncream, insect repellent
  • Water, snacks
  • Extra money in cash for souvenirs
  • Camera

Important to know before booking:

  • Everyday departure
  • Train upgrade option
  • Group tours average of 8 people
Full Itinerary
Full description of Machu Picchu Tour

Depart from your hotel in Cusco at 4:00 am and be transferred to the train station. The train departs to Aguas Calientes on a beautiful ride along the Urubamba River. Upon arrival, your tour guide will, be waiting for you when you exit the train station, give you some free time to explore the city, buy snacks, and water, and you'll board the bus up to Machu Picchu.Â

Once you arrive at the main entrance, you need to show your passport to enter the magnificent citadel. The Guided tour In Machu Picchu takes around 3 hours to explore the most beautiful Inca stone temples, palaces, and homes. After the guided tour, you'll have time to enjoy Machu Picchu on your own, then take the bus down to Aguas Calientes for Lunch (not Included). Later in the afternoon, you'll take the Expedition train back to Ollantaytambo, where our team will be waiting for you and transfer you back to Cusco. Drop off at your hotel around 7.30 pm.

Included:

  • 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
  • Gratuities
FAQs

Is it possible to visit Machu Picchu as a day trip from Cusco?

Yes, it is possible to visit Machu Picchu as a day trip from Cusco, although it will be a long day. You'll need to take an early morning train from Cusco (or more commonly, from nearby Ollantaytambo) to Aguas Calientes, the town at the base of Machu Picchu. After visiting the site, you'll return to Cusco by train in the evening.

How do I book a Machu Picchu day trip from Cusco?

You can book a Machu Picchu day trip from Cusco through a local tour operator, online travel agency, or your hotel. The tour usually includes transportation to/from Cusco, train tickets, bus tickets to/from Machu Picchu, entrance fees, and a guided tour of the site.

How long does it take to travel between Cusco and Machu Picchu?

The total travel time between Cusco and Machu Picchu depends on your mode of transportation. If you take a train from Cusco, the journey takes approximately 3-4 hours. However, most day trips involve taking a vehicle from Cusco to Ollantaytambo (1.5-2 hours) and then boarding the train to Aguas Calientes (1.5 hours). Add the 20-30 minute shuttle bus ride from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu, and the total one-way travel time is about 4-5 hours.

How much time will I have at Machu Picchu during a day trip?

The time you have at Machu Picchu during a day trip depends on your train schedules and tour itinerary. Generally, you'll have 2-4 hours to explore the site, including a guided tour and some free time to wander on your own.

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:

  • Passport (required for entry)
  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Layers of clothing to accommodate changing weather conditions
  • Rain gear (especially during the rainy season)
  • Sun protection (hat, sunglasses, sunscreen)
  • Water and snacks
  • Camera and/or smartphone for photos

What is the cost of a Machu Picchu day trip from Cusco?

The cost of a Machu Picchu day trip from Cusco varies depending on the tour operator and the inclusions (transportation, entrance fees, guide, etc.). Prices typically range from $200 to $400 per person. Keep in mind that booking a group tour may be more cost-effective than a private tour.