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The Basics

As one of the New Seven Wonders of the World, Machu Picchu is a must-visit for many travelers to Peru. Visitors are required to enter with an official tour guide in small groups of up to 16 people. Entry is permitted in hour-specific time slots and is limited to four hours.

Those pressed for time often visit the ancient ruins on a day trip by train from Cusco, but the 4-day trek along the legendary Inca Trail is another popular option. Some multi-day tour options also visit other regional highlights, such as Lake Titicaca and the Amazon rain forest.

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Machu Picchu Day Trip from Cusco
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Machu Picchu Day Trip from Cusco
$341.00 per adult
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The trip was amazing! Our...
The trip was amazing! Our tour guide Ana and Wilbert was very helpful. Wilbert stayed late ensure we got back to the hotel safely. Highly recommend their tour
Sophia_M, May 2022

Recent reviews from experiences in Cusco

star-5
Highly recommend; perfect experience
Noelle_C, May 2022
Machu Picchu Private Full-Day Tour from Cusco
Great experience with this company. My tour guide, Bryan, was very knowledgeable and super friendly. Train ticket was perfect & transportation was on time. Couldn’t have asked for a better experience. If you’re looking to go on a more private tour of Machu Picchu, without the hassle of waiting on a bunch of other people; this is the way to go!!
star-5
Unforgettable Machu Picchu
Monica_B, May 2022
Private Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu 2-Day Tour
It was incredible experience, the guide knew a lot and was taking awesome pictures. At Machu Picchu we were the 1st people who entered so we enjoyed the amazing sunrise and everything was just perfect.
star-5
Great, well rounded experience!
Michael_O, May 2022
Inca Trail To Machu Picchu 2-Day | Small Group Service |
Perfect 2 day trip, both days lead by Marcial, who was fantastically kind and loved spreading the knowledge and culture of the local people. The Inca trail was by far the most incredible experience I’ve had and would recommend this because Machu Picchu is incredible, but is extremely busy. This gives a well rounded experience of the Incan empire!
star-4
Good but too expensive
Gemille_Y, May 2022
Machu Picchu Full Day
It was a good experience except that it’s not actually a group tour. They just buy everything for you and you’re on your own after getting all the tickets. You only get to be on a group once you arrive Machu Picchu.
star-5
Machu picchu
LeanPaulo_C, Apr 2022
Machu Picchu Day Trip from Cusco
The tour was organized and makes it easy for the tourist. They picked us up from our hotel and gave us clear instructions. You start at the cusco bus station. You take the bus to Ollentamtambo (the train station). You take the train to Aguas Calientes. Then from there, you take a 20min bus ride to the entrance of Machu Picchu.
star-4
Journey to Machu Picchu- a spiritual experience
Sunil_W, Apr 2022
5 Days: Cusco, Machu Picchu, Rainbow Mountain and Humantay Lake
Overall a great experience. The excursions are well planned and the tour guides are engaged and attentive. Trip to Lake Humantay was more challenging than we were expecting due to high elevation and no time to acclimatize to the area. Also, leaving at 4am daily for 3 days back to back and returning back after 6pm is brutal. So please plan accordingly. Trip to Machu Picchu was the highlight. A very special and spiritual experience.
star-5
Wonderful 8-Day Peru Tour
Anne_H, Apr 2022
8-Day Peru from Lima: Cusco, Puno, Machu Picchu, Lake Titicaca
This was a well-coordinated trip! We got picked up upon arrival in Lima, Cusco and in Puno and transferred to our hotels. The tours, lead by Spanish- and English-speaking guides, were excellent. Lenin Roman was in contact with us both before and upon our arrival in Lima and then met up with us in person when we arrived in Cusco where he gave us all the tickets needed for our tours, transportation and entrance to Machu Picchu. I will highly recommend this 8-Day Peru tour.
star-5
Experience of a lifetime
Elizabeth_E, Mar 2022
7-Day Lima and Cusco Tour with Sunrise at Machu Picchu
We went during the pandemic after it was safe enough to travel. Peru is beautiful, and this tour made all the difference. We experienced Lima, Cusco, Aguas Calientes, and Machu Picchu to the fullest. The guides were phenomenal, the sites were breath-taking, and the food was to die for. We can't recommend this tour highly enough.
star-5
Best day trip ever!
Alexis_C, Feb 2022
Machu Picchu by Train in 1 Day
Incredible trip all around! It was very well organized, a staff member came directly to my hotel the night before to go over the details and they provided everything we needed! The tour guide was amazing, gave us plenty of information and always kept it interesting. Definitely worth the investment, as the trip would have been quite the headache otherwise. Best way to see Machu Picchu, hands down.
star-5
Agency was called Happy...
DAEMON_O, Apr 2022
Day Trip Tour to Machu Picchu from Cusco
Agency was called Happy Gringo Tours and their communication was excellent. One note for booking is there wasnt a way to book the "domed" train car and Viator had to contact agency to make sure I would be in that car. Tour Guide Mauro at Machu Picchu was amazing. He was very thorough in his information, personable, and just a charming personality. Would highly recommend getting him as your guide at MP
star-5
Highly recommended
Tom_J, Jan 2022
Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu
Fantastic trip. Mauro was a fantastic guide who explained the tour and answered any questions very well. First day hiking the Inca trail and second day visiting Machu Picchu. Overnight hotel was very good.
star-5
Best Experience in Cusco
JasonGrant, Jan 2022
Private Full-Day Tour To Machu Picchu with Lunch
Absolutely fabulous. Drivers were prompt, and vehicles were clean and tidy. Ticket packets were arranged in proper sequence, and everyone, especially the guides, were knowledgeable, helpful and patient.

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Entry tickets sell out early, especially in the Peruvian winter (May to September). Book well ahead of time.

  • All travelers must visit with a licensed guide and organized tours make it easy to visit this popular destination.

  • Selfie sticks, tripods, and strollers are not allowed at Machu Picchu. Expect to have your bag checked at the gate.

  • One of the most iconic views of Machu Picchu is seen from the top of Huayna Picchu.

  • Expect a full-day tour from Cusco to last upwards of 13 hours.

  • Machu Picchu is not wheelchair accessible.

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How to Get There

The quickest way to Machu Picchu is by train (PeruRail or IncaRail) from Cusco or Ollantaytambo, followed by a short bus ride or steep hike from the town of Aguas Calientes. For some, hiking the Inca Trail is as much a part of the Machu Picchu experience as the ruins themselves. This busy trail isn't the only trekking route; others such as the Salkantay trek or Lares route provide off-the-beaten-path alternatives.

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When to Get There

In high season between late May and early September, the Lost City of the Inca allows a maximum of 2,500 people to visit each day. June, July, and August are the busiest and driest months, while January is the wettest and February sees the closure of the Inca Trail. Spring and fall strike a nice balance between pleasant weather and manageable crowds.

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Tips for the Inca Trail Hike

If your dream Machu Picchu experience includes hiking the Inca Trail through the Sacred Valley, book well ahead of time, as the number of hikers is limited to 500 per day (including guides and porters). This difficult trail requires a fair amount of physical fitness, particularly given the high altitude in the Andes mountains. Give yourself at least two days in Cusco to acclimatize, and buy some coca leaves to help with any altitude sickness. Pick up a pair of walking sticks too—you'll be glad you did.

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Machu Picchu
Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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What are the nearest attractions to Machu Picchu?
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Attractions near Machu Picchu:
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What else should I know about attractions in Cusco?
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As well as visiting the Machu Picchu, check out these trip ideas to make the most of your visit: