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  • Location:Cusco, Peru
  • Duration:14 hours (approx.)

Machu Picchu Day Trip from Cusco

Spend a day exploring the jaw-dropping Inca citadel of Machu Picchu during this all-inclusive day trip leaving from Cusco. Explore this renowned mountaintop Inca site with a guide, learning about its construction, history and what daily life was like for its residents. The trip’s laid-back non-strenuous pace is a great option for first-time visitors, families and solo travelers alike, and features three different train ride options. The trip also includes round-trip hotel transport, transfer from Cusco to Machu Picchu (via train and bus) and site entrance fee.

Highlights

  • Day trip to Machu Picchu from Cusco
  • Scenic rail tour with two distinct options
  • Guided tour of the sacred city
  • All entrance fees, train and bus tickets and hotel transportation included

Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour

This tour spends more time at Machu Picchu than any other day trip. All the transportation is included, making it easy to cross this wonder of the world off your bucket list!

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What You Can Expect

Machu Picchu Day Trip from Cusco

Machu Picchu Day Trip from Cusco

Experience an incredible visit to the world-famous Inca city of Machu Picchu, as you explore its ingenious architecture, history and what daily life was like for residents, during this day trip from Cusco. It’s the perfect opportunity for first-time visitors, families and individual travelers to make an in-depth exploration of this amazing archaeological site.

Depart from Cusco in the morning, receiving a pickup from your hotel and a transfer from the city center to your chosen train station. Your departure location and travel experience will depend on the seating option you’ve selected (see the Itinerary below). Then enjoy a scenic 2-hour train ride, offering stunning views of the mountainous terrain that makes up the area near Machu Picchu.

Arrive in Aguas Calientes, the small village located at the base of this famous Inca site, and board a bus for the short ride to this sacred citadel. Completed around 1450, when the Inca Empire was at the peak of its power and influence, the site was left to sit vacant within 100 years of its creation, thanks to the conquest of the Inca people by the Spanish. Though the site today remains abandoned, many believe Machu Picchu to be a key center of spiritual energy. 

Follow your expert guide through the main streets of this marvel of ancient engineering. As you walk you'll learn about the site’s history and design as you meander through its town square, key religious sites, elaborate network of agricultural terraces and intricately-designed stone staircases. After completing your guided tour, you’ll have time to explore on your own, taking some time get some great photos and to absorb the powerful mystic energy of this one-of-a-kind site.

After spending a few hours at the site, you’ll return by bus to the train station in Aguas Calientes and then to your chosen train for the trip back to Cusco.

IMPORTANT: Your passport detail is needed for the Machu Picchu Day Trip (Full name and Passport ID). Please provide your passport detail in the additional request box, otherwise the tour will not be confirmed.

Itinerary

Expedition option
Those that select the Expedition option will depart from Cusco’s Poroy station in a train car  upholstered with tasteful indigenous-style fabrics. There’s also ample storage for any backpacks you might bring along for your visit. If you get hungry, snacks are available on board (at your own expense). 

Vistadome option
Those who upgrade to the Vistadome option will also leave from Poroy station and be able to take advantage of their car’s extra-large panoramic windows, affording excellent views of the region’s beautiful mountain and river scenery along the way. Tasty snacks, plus hot and cold refreshments are available for purchase along the way. 

Executive Class option
For the Executive Class option, receive a transfer from Cusco to Ollantaytambo train station, where you’ll board your high-end luxury train for the trip to Machu Picchu. Grab a seat in one of the comfy padded chairs, complete with fold-out tables, and enjoy stunning views from your trains panoramic-size windows. Snacks and beverages are also available on board for purchase.

Customer Reviews

Rork H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2016

The tour guide Hector made the trip complete. It is simply something you have to see in your lifetime. This is one of the top of the list for things to do, even for the moderately hard to walk. The Peruvians have still much to accomplish. No water stations or washrooms for a 3 hour tours is unacceptable as is only 5 men's toilets for 5,000 people a day visiting.

Ruthanne R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

The tour to Machu Picchu was organized, the buses and train were clean and comfortable. Con, we didn't like having the train attendants selling items on the way to and from Agua Calientes. Our guide for MP was fabulous. She provided plenty of information about MP, the history of the area, and was thorough. Con, almost because she provided so much information, we felt a bit rushed going from one place to the next on the tour.

David B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

Trip was very well organised and coordinated and from our perspective ran seamlessly. We were very impressed.

Dr. Juergen M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

Perfectly organized everything fine

Alfredo T USA

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

A long day but this was more than we expected. Our guide was well versed and the day was perfect, sunny with a cool breeze. The crowd was light and we saw everything, then the long ride back to the hotel but we were smiling the whole way back.

Peter R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

Amazing. This was a complicated trip logistically, and it was well supported at all points

Lynn P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

This tour is definitely not the cheapest way to go to Machu Picchu, but it is probably the easiest, most stress free option. When I was collected at my hotel I received an envelope containing all the tickets I'd need for the day: train, bus, and entrance to MP. It was a relatively smooth transit from Cusco to the train station in Poroy. It's a long and windy 3.5hour trip to Aguas Caliente and the train tends to rock sideways, so if you suffer from motion sickness be sure to carry medication with you. I met my English-speaking guide at the station in Aguas Calientes and the 1 other English speaking person on the train and our tour of 3 set off. Hector was incredible, so knowledgeable and patient with us walking up those steps don't be like me and dive straight into high altitude - take a few days to let your body acclimate. He took us to the best lookout points and shady spots to impart more info and made sure we got the Machu Picchu stamp in our passports. After coming down from the mountain he recommended a restaurant for lunch and made sure I got there safely. All in all it's a very long day, but all the stress is taken out and all you have to worry about is being at the right place at the right time!

Aleyda V

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

it has been the best experience ever!!!! My mum and I enjoyed the trip. We loved Cusco city and its people

Stefannie A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Lucia from Viajes Pacifico was extremely helpful. My friends and I were super satisfied with their service. Very well organized. Completely Recommend!!

Akhter C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

The arrangements were flawless. Viator delivered everything they promised, and more. I was the only non Spanish speaking member of the group. So I had an English speaking guide all to myself. Viator personnel were punctual, helpful and flexible. Viator made my trip to Machu Pichu as much fun as it was.

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