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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 three 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.


  • Day trip to Machu Picchu from Cusco
  • Enjoy a scenic rail tour with three distinct options
  • Learn the history behind the sacred city with a guided tour
  • Relax with all entrance fees, train and bus tickets and hotel transportation included

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What You Can Expect

Machu Picchu Day Trip from Cusco

Machu Picchu Day Trip from Cusco

Depart from Cusco in the morning, with 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, 4-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 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 guide through the main streets of this marvel of ancient engineering. 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 for photos and to absorb the 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 details are needed for the Machu Picchu Day Trip (Full name and Passport ID). Please provide your passport details in the additional request box, otherwise the tour will not be confirmed.


Customer Reviews


5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

Great trip


5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

The day starts very early in Cusco , maybe overnight in Ollantatambo might be a good idea. The arrangemants all worked well. Out guide was Wilbarth? who was excellent. Gave us much info and time to take photos.
. Only down side was long wait for bus upto site after train ride. More buses needed. Our guide was able to get us onto a bus back or we would have missed our train. The site is stunning.

Matt B United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

It was an amazing experience and we would definitely do it again.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

This trip was truly amazing. Having the opportunity to go to Machu Picchu in one day when you don't have much time, it's a great opportunity. The train journey is a bit long but the landscape is beautiful and the pay off of the day, is the view of Machu Picchu and all the history behind it. Don't miss the opportunity to book this tour and visit the city of the Incas! Sandra C.

Isabelle G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Simply wonderful!!!!

Edna S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Great tour thanks to the guide Jhon He was amazing

Zachary M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Very good.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Highly recommend the tour for those who are short with time.All was greatly organised with pick up from my hotel, train trip and a wonderful private guide in English.Machu Pichu is a life time experience!

Krista USA

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

We had an amazing day at Machi Picchu, and a wonderful experience with this Viator tour. Everything was very organized, from pick up to the hotel, to providing us with directions and the necessary tickets for the train, bus, Machu Picchu entrance fee ticket, an extremely knowledgeable and friendly tour guide who spoke very good English, as well as the same tickets and transportation all the way home. We would highly recommend this tour to others who only have one day to spend at Machu Picchu! It was so nice having all of the transportation and logistics arranged for you as part of this tour, and we got to see everything we wanted to see at Machu Picchu!

Bandit USA

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Amazing experience! It's a long day, but well worth it! The level of service is impecable from start to finish and everything is included. You don't have to worry about any transportation or attraction tickets and that's such a big relief when you have to take 4 bus rides and 2 train rides to get from Machu Picchu to Cusco! It's part of the magic of a beautiful, remote attraction!

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