• 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 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.

Highlights

  • 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 with a guided tour
  • Relax with all entrance fees, train and bus tickets and hotel transportation included
  • Choose from four train options to suit different budgets

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 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 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

Airais M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2018

The site was amazing as we expected. I initially started to plan the logistics for our trip. I’m so glad I went with the tour. There are a lot of moving parts and this allowed me to just relax and enjoy the day trip. Our guide was amazing. The passion he has for his history and culture was evident. Our nine-year-old daughter was with us in addition to a few elderly. The breaks were perfectly planned to allow time to regroup between climbing. Highly recommend!!!

naomi P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2018

So, I took this trip FOR MY BIRTHDAY and it was lovely.

I got to the Viajes Pacifico office at 3:30 a.m. ouch and from there we just the driver and myself took a winding road up to Ollantaytambo. I literally thought I was going to meet my Maker that entire ride up there...but hey, Peru drivers!

Once I arrived there, two representatives took me to the train station and then it was off to Machu Picchu! The train ride was fine. Noisy since there were a bunch of kids, but other than that the Expedition train was rather uneventful, but it had beautiful views!

I arrived at the MP train station and then we waited for the rest of our group to arrive. Once everyone was together, we boarded a bus to MP. I was even able to get my passport stamped with the MP stamp!

Our tour guide Hector was amazing! He was so informative and went above and beyond to be your personal photographer. The group even sang happy birthday to me. We saw llamas up close and personal and even got to touch them as they walked around. Being in MP was incredible. Hector was with us every step of the way and it felt like we were up there for HOURS.

The line back to the bus took an hour, but once on the bus, I got to sit next to the driver and head back down to the MP train station. We had lunch which we had to pay for at a restaurant in Aguas Calientes and then Hector departed from us. The lunch was fine and filling. The train ride back to Cusco was fine despite some delays.

This trip was great and I highly recommend it to anyone else.

stephie W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2018

The tour was wonderful! Great value for all the we got. Very organized, small group tour of Machu Picchu (8 people). The guide was wonderful, funny, and knew all the history. She gave us plenty of time to take pictures and offered many times to take great pictures for us. We choose the 360 train option, it was comfy and offered great views. Small meals/snacks were provided along with hot beverages. Would reccomens to my friends!

Elizabeth G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2018

This tour was great! Our tour guide Victor was very knowledgeable and took us to the best spots to take pictures. He explained the history of Machu Picchu and had pictures to supplement!

Sandra Bezerra Brasil

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2018

Our trip to Machu Picchu from Cusco was amazing, they are very organised and punctual, the guide was excellent , he was very well prepared . I strongly recommend this tour.

Mei H H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2018

Machu Picchu is just beautiful, the tour guide was very knowledge and everything was well organized.

I would recommend people to stay overnight in Machu Picchu area as the transportation from Cusco will take about 9-10 hours, leaving you 2-3 hours to visit Machu Picchu.

Marie R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2018

Reasonable pricing considering all that is included. The Vistadome train was amazing, our tour guide Hector was the absolute best, and overall was a very safe, reliable and wonderful way to see Machupicchu in a day.

Yili Z

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2018

This was a great trip, very well organized. The tour guider was very nice, friendly and knowledge. He gave us an excellent introduction about the history of Machu Picchu at the top of the mountain, and answered all our questions. It was just like I was in a field trip to Machu Picchu, listening to a professor's interesting lecture. I highly recommend the tour.

marigross

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2018

Extremely organized. Since I was traveling alone, I was concerned initially as I had not received an email with the time for pick up at the hotel, but as I arrived late on Friday night in Cusco, they had a note for me with the receptionist at hotel with the details for the next morning. In every stop there was someone waiting for our group. We had plenty of time to walk around monuments and the Aguas Calientes afterwards. I would strongly recommend this tour if your time is limited like mine was...

CHEE HAW T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2018

My husband and I went on the tour on May 22. The Company didnt send me a separate email advising the pick up time until I made two phone calls. We were picked up from Sonesta Hotel Cusco at 4:25am. There were 10 of us in this tour. The trip was well organized. One of the staff will hand you an envelope containing all the tickets required for the day at the beginning of the trip Remember to bring Passports. It took 2 hours bus ride from Cusco to Ollantaytambo. The road journey was very bumpy. We took the Perurail Vistadome train which departed at 7:43am. There are large windows which gave the best view of the valley. Drink and light snack were served on board. The train ride took 1.5 hours to reach Aguas Calientes, followed by a 25 minutes bus to the entrance of Machu Picchu.
Our tour guide, Abbon was very good. He spoke very good English, and gave us information on this huge ancient city in a simple and easy to understand manner. He didnt rush us. He gave us enough time at each location to take the best photos. We spent 3 hours inside. I feel good tour guide deserved tips from everyone.
Even we were split into two groups while on the way down to the town. He waited for us there at the bottom of the mountain to say goodbye to us, and reminded us the time to be at the train station. We were given about 3 hours to explore Aguas Calientes.
Our returned trip departed at 4:43pm to Cusco Poroy station, which took 4 hours but there was a performance, fashion show on the return trip.

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