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Machu Picchu Day Trip from Cusco

Cusco, Peru
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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, one of the New7Wonders of the World, from Cusco
  • Enjoy a scenic rail tour that reveals great views of the landscapes
  • Learn the history behind the sacred city on a guided tour
  • Relax with all entrance fees, train and bus tickets, and hotel transportation included
  • Choose from three train options to suit different budgets

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

This tour takes the stress out of booking multiple bus and train tickets between Cusco and Machu Picchu.
Depart from Cusco in the morning, with pickup from your hotel and a transfer from the city center to your train station. Your departure location and travel experience depend on the seating option you’ve selected. Guests can choose from the Expedition train—the Vistadome, with glass on all sides for better viewing—or the Executive Class with comfortable seats.

Then enjoy a scenic 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, an elaborate network of agricultural terraces, and intricately-designed stone staircases.

After spending a few hours at the site, 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 is notconfirmed.
Stop At:  
Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu
Completed in approximately 1450 at the height of the Incan empire, Machu Picchu was abandoned less than 100 years later following the Spanish conquest of Peru. Today it is considered by many to be the new spiritual center of the world. From Cusco, you'll be transferred to the railway station to enjoy your 1.5-hour scenic rail tour to Aguas Calientes. We arrive at the Aguas Calientes station where our staff will assist us on boarding the bus to go up the winding road to Machu Picchu, amid a spectacular view of the Urubamba River and its canyon. The Lost City of the Incas, Machu Picchu, will astonish us with its terraces, ceremonial shrines, steps and urban areas. Energy is all around us. At the arranged time, we will take the train back to Cusco city.In order to meet various customer needs, you can choose from three different types of options. The Expedition option was created for adventurous passengers seeking comfort and security without the extra frills. Departing from Ollantaytambo train station, located approximately 1.5-hours from Cusco, your journey to Machu Picchu begins! The seats have been reupholstered with indigenous fabrics, giving them a touch of local flavor. Snacks are available for purchase, as well as additional storage space for backpacks. The Vistadome option is a comfortable way to journey to Machu Picchu. Departing from Ollantaytambo train station, located approximately 1.5-hours from Cusco, you'll enjoy beautiful panoramic windows to make the most of the spectacular scenery and allow for fantastic photo opportunities. Delicious snacks as well as hot and cold refreshments are served on the way (own expense). The Executive Class option departs from the Ollantaytambo train station, located approximately 1.5-hours from Cusco and make your way to Machu Picchu in comfort. Enjoy scenic panoramic views from the train, where you'll be seated in comfortable, padded chairs with a fold-out table for your convenience. Snacks and beverages are served on board the train for your enjoyment (own expense). The First Class option is a luxury service that ensures to make your visit to the citadel of Machu Picchu an unforgettable trip. Exclusive design with details of luxury and elegance, has two wagons of 30 seats each, panoramic windows and comfortable seats with folding tables; Observatory Lounge Bar with an outdoor balcony and live music. The service on board includes a welcome cocktail, a gourmet menu made with organic ingredients and a selection of imported wines. Upon arrival at Aguas Calientes station, you'll board a small bus and head up to the ruins of the “sacred city”, Machu Picchu. Your expert guide will walk with you through the main streets of these amazing ruins. Stroll through town squares and climb delicately carved stone stairways. Esoteric wisdom holds Machu Picchu as the new spiritual center of the world. There will be time to be alone and fully embrace this magnificent wonder of the world, letting this once in a lifetime experience set in. In the afternoon you'll return to the train station in Aguas Calientes 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 is not confirmed.
Duration: 14 hours 
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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Where is the meeting point?
The meeting point for this tour is our Cusco Head Office located at Av. El Sol 817.
Jul 2019
What is the pick up location?
We offer pick ups from most hotels. Let us know where you are staying in the 'Special Requirements' box in the Traveler Details section during checkout. Or you can let us know after booking by visiting 'Manage my Booking' and emailing us there.
Jul 2019

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Traveler Tips

  • "Also, wear good sneakers and a light raincoat we experience mild rain showers." See review
  • "our visit was also very sunny and very hot we visited in late Sept 2018 so pack a hat that covers your neck or your umbrella because you will get sunburned!" See review
  • "This was on Peru Rail, not sure if situation is different with Inca Train, but be prepared by bringing a breathing mask or something to cover you nose and mouth especially if you have asthma." See review


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Bad Experience
, Mar 2020
I am stuck in Cusco for the next 15days and my booking to Macchu Picchu never took place. The agency that I booked never even contacted me to advise my tour was cancelled. I tried calling and emailing them but no response. I hope that I will get a full refund of my booking since it was not cancelled on my part. Not happy with how this company handled this situation or lack of how they handle this situation.
icon Response from Host , Mar 2020
Dear Allen_S, We highly regret the miscommunication that took place during your stay, unfortunately due to the global coronavirus situation all of our country stopped activities in every industry and this is why the Machu Picchu excursion didn’t happen. As for the mentioned refund, please have in consideration that it will be processed. Your information is already tracked down, so you’ll be contacted in the next hours. We highly hope this information is useful for you. If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact us to Best Regards, Quality Department Viajes Pacífico
Another bucket list item complete
, Mar 2020
While it is a long day from Cusco and back it was certainly worth it. Viator pulled it off again for me. Everything went perfectly and my granddaughter and I were treated very nicely. Since we were the only two on the trip we had a private experience. Jaime, our guide at Machu Picchu was excellent and was very knowledgeable. I appreciate that Viator seems to find the best tour operators wherever I have used them. Being off season also helped as there were no crowds which makes the whole experience so much better.
From Hotel and Back to Hotel Arrangements
, Mar 2020
Good arrangements by the tour operator. They inform what time to pick us up one day earlier and send staff to pick us from our hotel to train station. Then another staff waited there and guided us for the tour. After that we took our time to have lunch before heading back to Cusco. We departed at 4:50am and reached our hotel at 8:30pm. A whole day tour!
, Mar 2020
Hotel pick up and transfer to the train station was great and professional. Paul our guide on the mountain was just simply amazing.
Won't use them
, Mar 2020
I was not allowed to board my plane from NYC. I asked for a credit for when I return as they have a no refund policy and they wouldn't even grant me a credit. The tour 340. That's a lot of money!
icon Response from Host , Mar 2020
Dear KKI, Thank you for taking the time to make this review, we highly regret to learn our service didn’t match your expectations. We would like to look into the situation in depth, this way we can make an investigation of your case and give you a proper response, for this reason we would like to request some more information such as your full name and booking reference to: Once again, thank you for your valuable comment, these actions are critical to provide the best experience and service. We will be looking forward your kind response. Kind regards, Quality Department Viajes Pacífico
Great guide
, Feb 2020
John was great guide! Very helpful and polite! He knows his work very very good! All the organization of the tour was great. Thanks all
Excellent guidance
, Feb 2020
4 stars because of the very good services of transportation, and the excellent guide services. 1 star is missing, because I never got a notice about the exact time of departure (even if other guys of the group did) and because of the price that could be a bit lower regarding the ones that can be found around Cusco.
The guide on site,
, Feb 2020
A very well organised and efficient tour. The guides were all very good. The transport was good and the tour guide on site was fabulous
great but planning needs improvement
, Feb 2020
great trip; excellent guide one major flaw - the return train booking from Machu Pichhu was delayed and we had to wait at the station for 2 hours - could have been better organized
Perfectly organized!
, Feb 2020
Perfectly organized! A message coordinating pick-up was given to me when I checked into my hotel the day before. Someone met me at every transfer point to escort me to the next location. Our Machu Picchu guide was fantastic and had very interesting information about the site.

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