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Machu Picchu in one day

The fastest way to discover the Lost City of the Incas

1 day
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Machu Picchu in one day tour information

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4:00 a.m. at your accommodation in Cusco


From 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. in the city center of Cusco (depending on your train schedule)


This 1 day tour to Machu Picchu is ideal for those who have little time, but do not want to miss one of the most magical places on the planet.

We will arrive to Aguas Calientes from Cuzco, in a train that travels through unique places. Once in the Inca citadel, a professional guide will give us a guided tour. You will also have free time to enjoy the archaeological park of Machu Picchu before returning to Ollantaytambo by train. Once there, a minibus will be waiting for us to take us to Cuzco.

It will be an intense but unforgettable day. Want to know how it will be in detail? Read on:

Tour itinerary

todayDAY 1 Cusco - Machu Picchu - Cusco

Initial elevation: 3400 msnm (Cusco) Highest elevation: 3762 msnm Difficulty: easy
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The guide will pick you up at your accommodation in Cusco around 4:00 a.m. with a minibus to the train station in Ollantaytambo. From there, we will take the 6:10 a.m. train to Aguas Calientes (Machu Picchu town).

The journey takes about an hour and a half, passing through spectacular landscapes with views of the snow-capped mountains, the Vilcanota River and the semi-tropical and high jungle areas.

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Once there, we will get on the bus that will take us to the archaeological park of Machu Picchu. A professional guide will tell us the history and secrets of the place in a two-hour guided tour. In addition, we will have free time until 1:00 p.m. to explore the citadel on our own.

We'll return to Aguas Calientes, where we'll eat and catch the train back to Ollantaytambo. The minibus will pick us up at the station and take us back to Cusco, where we will arrive at about 8:30 p.m.

Tour details


  • Pickup at your accommodaton in the center of Cusco
  • Roundtrip train from Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes (Expedition /Voyager class)
  • Roundtrip bus from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu
  • Ticket to Machu Picchu
  • Professional guided tour in Machu Picchu (Spanish / English)
  • Return from Ollantaytambo to Cusco
  • Transfer to Ollantaytambo

error_outlineImportant information

The train schedule may vary depending on availability. Once your reservation is made we will be able to confirm the exact times of the trains.
The order of the visits could be altered, but it will not affect the content of the program. The schedules of the tickets and transports could be subject to modifications.
This activity includes the appropriate protection measures to ensure your safety. In addition, our excursions are outdoor and in small groups to reduce the risk of contagion. Remember to follow the instructions of the staff during the development of the excursion.

restoreCancellation policy

You will receive a 75% refund of your booking if you cancel at least 30 days before the tour start date. Between 30 and 20 days before the tour start date, 65% of the total amount will be refunded. After this time, or if you don’t show up, no refunds will be given.

What to bring to Machu Picchu in one day

Aguas Calientes is 1000 meters lower than Cusco, and the weather varies depending on the time of year, especially during the rainy season. As it is a variable climate we recommend to take:
  • Passport
  • Insect repellent
  • Sunscreen
  • Sunglasses
  • Warm clothing
  • Comfortable footwear (if possible waterproof sneakers)
  • Refillable water bottle
  • Raincoat
  • Swimwear and towel (for the thermal waters of Aguas Calientes)
  • Medication to avoid altitude sickness (in case you consider it necessary)

Where does the tour Machu Picchu in one day start

Cusco is the main tourist city of Peru and is very well connected. If you plan to arrive from Lima, you can get to Cusco by bus (24 hour trip) or take a one hour flight. You can choose between low cost airlines like Peruvian Airlines, LCP or StarPeru or full-service airlines like Latam and Avian. If you plan to arrive from Arequipa, the bus ride to Cusco will take roughly ten hours. Alternatively you can also arrive by plane, in this case, however, the only airline that offers direct flights is Latam Airlines. If you plan to arrive from Puno, the best option is to take a bus on a six hour trip. We also offer the possibility to take a tourist bus route that stops in the most important places and landmarks along the way, leaving Puno at 7:00 AM and arriving at Cusco at 5:30 PM.

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