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

Highlights

  • 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

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.

Itinerary

Customer Reviews

Jerrold S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2018

A great experience, although it's a long day. We were picked up at our downtown hotel at 420 am and were returned about 8:30 pm. We arrived on site around 9:30 am. Our tour was about 3 hours, with an optional time alone on site of 2-3 hours. Since we were going in Feb, we had to do the bus halfway and the train halfway. Both were nice, while not luxurious. Our guide, Yuri, was great. He gave us a lot of history of the Incas in a mostly unbiased, unromantic form. He gave us a fair amount of time at each stop in the area, and allowed us time to explore on our own afterward for a couple of hours. The train ride included some food and non alcoholic drinks, as well as a little dance and fashion show. Our tour had about 20 people on it. We considered booking each portion ourselves and hiring the guide at the site,but we are very glad we chose to do this and take the stress a very long and tired day out of the day.

Trudy USA

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2018

This was the best tour from beginning to end. We paid for the vista dome train and had the first two seats. Views were spectacular and the river was “angry”. They give you complimentary drinks and snacks on the train going and returning. They also entertain you with a native Inca dance and fashion

Troy

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2018

Its a long day leaving the hotel at 4:00am, but well worth it. The guide was great and helped make the trip memorable.

Sandra M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2018

Our guide met us at 4:20 a.m., then we had a 2 hour bus ride, a 90 minute train ride, and another 20 minute bus ride, but all that travel was worth the visit to the site. Our guide Robinson led us through the ruins, providing excellent background. Machu Picchu is a must see destination in my opinion.

Arnar S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2018

Well and carefully organized tour to one of the wonders of the world. Pick up on time. Transportation good. The guide on the site was knowledgable and patient with the old and slow members of the group. We had approximately two hours on our own to explore the town of Machu Picchu. The rail part of the journey was fun including one man show and a fashion show by two of the employees on the way back. The food served was good. An excellent, culturally exciting tour.

Andres M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

the entire experience was easy we had all transfers and tickets delivered to our hotel our tour guide was so knowable and nice i would do this trip and exertion again in heartbeat

SkyNet United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

Also a truly a beautiful place rich in history and tradition. The trip is kinda adventurous because you have to take a train to get there. Its a must visit for history buffs bucket list.

Rey S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

.... an experience of a lifetime, tears on my eyes is a joy in my heart especially traveling with my beloved wife.

Susan A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

Absolutely amazing. The guide met us at the train station and took us on a magical tour through one of the greatest wonders!

Zaldy D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

This trip was really great! Viajes Pacifico did a good job in serving us from hotel pick up to hotel drop off. A tour agent was available in every segment of the trip to and from Machu Picchu. Our English tour group was a small one, with Jhon as the guide. He did a good job in trying to tell us what we needed to know about the place. Also, he was so considerate especially to my wife who struggled to climb up to the citadel and in going down through the ruins. We took it slow, but surely, we made it...

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