Machu Picchu Tours

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The lost city of Machu Picchu is the most famous archaeological site in Peru and all of South America. The UNESCO World Heritage-listed collection of temples, terraced hills, and plazas was once the mountaintop citadel of the ancient Inca empire under Pachacutec and Tupac Yupanqui. It may now be world famous, but Machu Picchu still hasn't revealed the mysteries behind construction, function, and eventual demise. The spectacular remains are thought to date from around 1450.

The Basics
As one of the New Seven Wonders of the World, Machu Picchu sits at the top of many bucket lists. Visitors are required to enter with an official tour guide in small groups of up to 16 people. Entry is permitted in either a morning or afternoon time slot and is limited to four hours. To stay a full day, travelers must purchase two entrance tickets.
 
Those pressed for time often visit the ancient ruins on a day trip by train from Cusco, but the four-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.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • This is a must-visit site for history buffs and adventure travelers.
  • Entry tickets sell out early, especially in the Peruvian winter (May–September). Book well ahead of time.
  • All travelers must visit with a licensed guide.
  • Selfie sticks, tripods, and strollers are not allowed at Machu Picchu.
  • The Incan ruins offer little shade, so remember to bring sunscreen and a hat.
  • 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.

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.

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.

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—you’ll be glad you did.
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Machu Picchu Day Trip from Cusco

Spend a day exploring the Inca citadel of Machu Picchu during this all-inclusive day trip leaving from Cusco. Discover 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 relaxed, non-strenuous pace is a great option for first-time visitors, families and solo travelers alike, and features four different train ride options. The trip also includes round-trip hotel transport, transfer from Cusco to Machu Picchu (via train and bus) and the site entrance fee.
  • Duration: 14 hours
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US$348.00
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Machu Picchu Private Full-Day Tour from Cusco

Machu Picchu is Peru’s headline act, but you don’t have to trek the Inca Trail to visit the Lost City of the Incas. This private full-day tour from Cusco includes a spectacular train ride through the Sacred Valley, a tasty buffet lunch, and a private tour of the UNESCO-listed archaeological site. Hotel pickup and drop-off is included.
  • Duration: 1 day
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Machu Picchu Full Day Tour from Cusco

Explore the famous Inca citadel of Machu Picchu on a full-day tour from Cusco. Take the train to Aguas Calientes and then follow your guide on a 2-hour walking tour of the ruins. Visit key landmarks and learn about the Inca empire before exploring the sites on your own. Enjoy a delicious lunch at a local restaurant in Aguas Calientes before heading back to Cusco by train.
  • Duration: 1 day
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Sacred Valley of the Incas tour and Machu Picchu

Explore the Sacred Valley of the Incas and Machu Picchu on this 2-day tour. Visit popular sites such as Chinchero, Moray, Maras, Urubamba, and Ollantaytambo while also experiencing a traditional weaving workshop. After a peaceful night in Aguas Calientes, get an early wake up call to catch the sunrise at Machu Picchu and take a guided tour of the area before heading back to Cusco.
  • Duration: 2 days
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US$430.00
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Private Machu Picchu Full-Day Tour from Cusco

Explore the Inca citadel of Machu Picchu on a private full-day tour from Cusco. Before sunrise, hop aboard the train to Aguas Calientes and then a shuttle to Machu Picchu. Follow your guide on a tour through the citadel visiting the Main Plaza, Circular Tower, the Sacred Sun Dial, and more. After the tour, enjoy some free time to wander the ruins before heading back to Cusco.
  • Duration: 1 day
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Machu Picchu Tour from Cusco

Spend a full day exploring Peru’s star attraction, the UNESCO-listed Machu Picchu, on a guided tour from Cusco. Climb up into the mountains on a dramatic train journey to Agua Calientes and continue by bus to the mountaintop citadel. Then, explore the fascinating ruins of the Lost City of the Incas or join a guided trek to the Sun Gate for an unforgettable view over Machu Picchu.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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Salcantay Trek to Machu Picchu in 5 Days

Machu Picchu is perhaps the best-known archeological site in South America, but it is also surrounded by lush valleys, mountains, rivers, and other ruins worth visiting. This tour takes five days to hike Mount Salcantay, eventually following an ancient Inca road toward Machu Picchu, while saving you the trouble of planning a trekking adventure. Meals, horses, camping equipment, and entrance fees to Machu Pichu are included.
  • Duration: 5 days
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US$476.00
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5-Day Machu Picchu and Highlights of Cusco

Once the capital of the Inca Empire, Cusco is now popular for its Spanish flair and easy access to historical ruins. Tour the major attractions of this 2-mile high city on this 5-day tour of Cusco, which includes all lodging, meals, and transportation as per itinerary. This tour also includes a trip to Machu Picchu.
  • Duration: 5 days
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Machu Picchu and Sacred Valley Overnight Tour

Experience ancient Andean history and culture on this overnight excursion to the Sacred Valley of the Incas and Machu Picchu. After a convenient hotel pickup, stop by a llama farm, visit a bustling textile market, and explore the town of Ollantaytambo before hopping on a train for Machu Picchu. Explore the legendary lost city with an informative guide and enjoy a hotel stay included in the tour price.
  • Duration: 2 days
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Machu Picchu by Train Day Trip with Private Guide at Machu Picchu and Peruvian Meal

UNESCO–listed Machu Picchu ranks among the world’s top attractions, with rugged trekking routes winding through the native rain forest—but not everybody has the time to tackle the terrain on foot. Ideal for travellers short on time, this day tour takes you by train into the Sacred Valley, delivering you swiftly to Machu Picchu for your fully guided visit. See the best of Macchu Picchu in comfort, with round-trip travel from your central Cusco hotel included.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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Full Day Tour to Machu Picchu from Cusco

Marvel at the mystical sights of Machu Picchu thanks to this full-day tour from Cusco. Make the most of your Peru visit as your experience this legendary Inca citadel, enjoying a two-hour guided tour of highlights like the Sacred Sun Dial, Royal Quarters, and more. Then spend some free time exploring this amazing complex on your own. Entrance tickets plus all transfers to and from Cusco are included.
  • Duration: 1 day
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US$349.00
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Small-Group Day Tour to Machu Picchu

Make a one-day train trip to the wondrous mountaintop Inca city of Machu Picchu during this small-group excursion, limited to just 10 guests. Feel like an explorer of yesteryear on the winding train trip through the scenic river valley leading to this ancient settlement. Then enjoy early access to this unforgettable ‘Lost City of the Incas,’ spending the next 2-3 hours exploring the site with your guide plus some time to wander on your own. You’ll return to Cusco by train in the evening.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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Full-Day Machu Picchu by Train Tour with Lunch

Discover one of the Seven Wonders of the World on a full-day tour from Cusco to Machu Picchu. Take in the beautiful Peruvian countryside on a train journey to Aguas Calientes, situated at the base of Machu Picchu. Enjoy a 2-hour guided tour of the Inca citadel and learn about its fascinating history from your guide before heading back to Aguas Calientes for lunch and stroll.
  • Duration: 1 day
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Small-Group Tour: Guide Service in Machu Picchu from Cusco

Make the most of your visit to the iconic ruins at Machu Picchu with a guided small-group tour from Aguas Calientes. Stand apart from the crowds as you travel with a small group of no more than 10 people through the Lost City of the Incas and learn about the rise and fall of one of the world's great ancient civilizations.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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3-Night Cusco: Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu, Sacsayhuaman

Tick off more of Cusco’s ancient wonders in less time on a comprehensive 3-night tour, ideal for first-time visitors and travelers with limited time in Peru. Visit the archeological sites of Sacsayhuaman, Pisac, and Ollantaytambo Fortress, take a sightseeing tour of Cusco’s historic center, and spend the day at Machu Picchu, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and New7Wonder of the World. Hotel or airport pickup and drop-off, 3 nights accommodation, and select meals are included.
  • Duration: 4 days
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Private Full-Day Tour To Machu Picchu

One of the seven wonders of the world, UNESCO–listed Machu Picchu ranks among Peru’s most impressive sites of interest. On this tour, reach Machu Picchu with ease from your Cusco hotel, with entry fees, lunch, and all travel tickets included. Visit Machu Picchu as your private guide brings the site’s Incan history to life, with free time to explore further at your leisure and perhaps soak in Aguas Calientes’ hot springs.
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Cusco, Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu 5-Day Tour

Immerse yourself in the ancient culture of the Incas during this 5-day, 4-night trip covering Cusco, the surrounding Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu. Explore Cusco’s numerous landmarks, including its colonial main cathedral and the Inca fortress of Sacsayhuaman. You'll spend another day visiting the numerous Inca sites and Andean culture of the Sacred Valley in towns like Pisac and Ollantaytambo. Your trip culminates with a full day exploring the jaw-dropping UNESCO World Heritage site of Machu Picchu, including a guided tour, before wrapping up with one more free day back in Cusco. This Cusco, Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu excursion also includes a guide, four nights of accommodation, entrance fees and meals as per the itinerary.
  • Duration: 5 days
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5-Day Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu

Embark on a 5-day hike along Peru's Salkantay Trek, culminating with a visit to Machu Picchu: one of the 7 New Wonders of the World. Less congested than the popular Inca Trail, the Salkantay Trek is just as spectacular You'll wind your way over mountain passes, past incredible Andes peaks, through cloud forest and along riverbeds—stopping to soak in thermal baths as you go. Enjoy an early morning tour of the 'Lost Inca City' and extra time to explore on your own. This guided multi-day journey includes round-trip Cusco transport.
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Inca Trail to Machu Picchu Classic 2-Day Tour

Perhaps the most famous route to UNESCO–listed Machu Picchu, the Inca Trail attracts hikers from across the world—but tackling the route without local assistance is a challenge. This tour covers all your accommodation and transportation needs from Cusco, with all entry fees included too. Follow your guide through the Peruvian wilderness and hear the hidden secrets behind magical Machu Picchu.
  • Duration: 2 days
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Private Machu Picchu Exploration from Cusco

Immerse yourself in the mysteries of the Incas’ wondrous mountain-top city, Machu Picchu, during this flexible-length day tour with a private guide. Learn about the incredible history and amazing engineering behind this amazing Inca citadel, following your private guide on a customized tour of the site’s highlights. You’ll also have plenty of time to explore on your own, including a chance for a short trek to the Sun Gate, offering amazing views of Machu Picchu from afar. Your private tour of Machu Picchu also covers round-trip train transport from Cusco, vehicle transfers to Machu Picchu and site entrance fees.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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Machu Picchu Tour Full day

From Cusco, a guided tour is the easiest way to visit Machu Picchu in one day. This tour not only streamlines transportation from your Cusco hotel and onto the ruins, but also includes a guide to inform and assist every step of the way. Take a guided tour of key Machu Picchu sights upon arrival—entrance is included—and fill up on an included buffet lunch, too.
  • Duration: 15 hours
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Full-Day Machu Picchu Tour by Train and Bus from Cusco

Follow in the footsteps of the ancient Incas on this full-day tour of Machu Picchu from Cusco. Ride the scenic train to Aguas Calientes at the foot of Machu Picchu, then transfer by bus to the hilltop citadel. Marvel over the ancient Inca capital and UNESCO World Heritage site of Machu Picchu, then enjoy free time to explore further or climb to the Sun Gate for a magnificent view over the valley. This small-group tour is limited to 12 people, ensuring a personalized experience.
  • Duration: 15 hours
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Magical Andes

The best of Peru in only 10 days: Lima;  Cusco, the ancient Inca capital; the lost citadel of Machu Picchu; the mythical Sacred Valley with Pisac, Moray, Maras; and the spectacular Lake Titicaca with local families!
  • Duration: 10 days
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2-Day Tour: Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu by Train

Discover the Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu on this 2-day tour. Visit key sites such as Pisac, Urubamba, and Ollantaytambo and discover their individual archaeological sites with your guide. Spend the night at Aguas Calientes, the village at the base of Machu Picchu, and rest up before catching the sunrise at the famous Inca citadel the next day.
  • Duration: 2 days
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