• Location: Cusco, Peru
  • Duration: 14 hours (approx.)
From USD $ 346.99 View price calendar

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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

davidroodbeen

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2018

Extremely well organized and a nice small group! like many of the reviews stated, it was an early day but worth every moment. the last bus ride is a bit harrowing, but another option is to walk back down the trail to the train. This took us about an hour winding down the side of the mountain in mostly shady spots! it was a nice alternative to the bus and there was still plenty of time to have lunch in town before catching the train

billash01

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2018

Excellent day. Great organisation ....and tour guide.

burgess15

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2018

Great trip!. Our guide was very knowledgeable and very considerate of the older members of the group.

Gary W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2018

This trip could not have been better. The guide was excellent. All travel connections were smooth. Absolutely no complaints. Even the weather was perfect.

jennifer m

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2018

There are many places on earth that just dont quite live up to their billing. Machu Picchu absolutely does! We visited on a beautiful warm day in March. The travel time is quite long but the time spent on this mountain is fabulous! We had a wonderful guide named John whose knowledge and love for this place was palpable. I found the ticketing somewhat confusing. You have several different tickets to cover the four bus rides, the two train rides and Machu Picchu itself. But it was still a fabulous tour. Highly recommended!

Diarmuid O

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2018

This tour was amazing!

Taisto H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2018

We had an excellent day trip. We were picked up from the hotel on time and were helped all through the day with the various legs of travel. Our guide for Machu Picchu was excellent and provided a great number of historical details as we explored this wonderful place. We rode on the Vista train with provided really beautiful views of the Andes as we traveled. Since we were off season rainy season the train ride was shorter and part of our excursion was by small bus which was very comfortable with a great driver that never left us feeling unsafe. Thanks for this fantastic experience!

Daniel H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2018

Amazing place, great tour, awesome guide! From Cusco it’s 2 hour bus ride, then 90min train ride, then another 20min bus to the top. Once there we had our own personal English-speaking guide, very knowledgeable. Tour was a couple hours, then had a couple hours of free time. Very well worth it!

Louis E

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2018

Amazing and experienced guide comfortable travel. Excellent all around.

LT United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2018

Machu Picchu was beautiful and a must-see if you're in Cusco. Everything was very well organized. Tour guide was funny and knowledgeable. Everything was as expected. We had a good amount of time on the mountain, as well as time to shop for souvenirs afterwards before boarding the train again. The only downside was the price, you might be able to save 50-100 if booking with locals upon arrival, since all the transportation bus and train RT fees and entrance fee combined totaled to actually 225 for us, compared to what we had to pay for on Viator.

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