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Machu Picchu in one day

The fastest way to discover the Lost City of the Incas

1 day
4.6 (6 reviews)

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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

Not included

  • Meals

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.
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.

Machu Picchu in one day tour reviews with Howlanders

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Excellent guide in Machu Picchu. I recommend Ulisses highly for his professionalism, knowledge and good humor. Everthing was great except for the time we had to wait at Aguas Calientes by our arrival. Our visit to Machu Picchu was scheduled for 8 am and for some reason was postpone to 10 am. Very tiring... Otherwise, perfect.

The whole day was extremely well organised. Howlanders were excellent with keeping myself and the other participants up to speed with all information and a briefing prior to the tour. The day of the tour run like clockwork and all guides were extremely knowledgeable. The drivers were on time and prompt. I would highly recommend.

Nicholas Fox
I can say that this was indeed an experience of a lifetime. There were no problems at all. I can say that every one involved were utterly professional and was very helpful. The tour itself was good and complete. I can surely say it was awesome.

J Murphy
The tour was easy to book. Two days before I arrived I was contacted by the agent in Cusco and we had our tickets. The transport was very comfortable and punctual. We had a little problem with the train on the way back, but the agent responded to my what’s app message and agreed to look into the problem for me. Very happy with the whole service and would use them again.

Questions & Answers

What is the best time to travel to Machu Picchu?
Any time of the year is good for traveling to Machu Picchu, but the best time is between June and September to avoid the rain.

Has this tour ever been canceled in the rainy season?
No, we have never canceled this tour because the roads you pass through to get to Machu Picchu are safe. During the rainy season, we recommend you book with the extra Vistadome train to avoid delays (due to rain) and enjoy the scenery better.

When to book the tour?
During Easter and the months of June to September is high season. In order to ensure good train schedules it is advisable to book more than one month in advance.

What's the difference between trains?
There are two companies that operate the route between Ollantaytambo and Aguas Calientes (Machu Picchu town): Inca Rail and Peru Rail. Their trains are touristic, since they run at low speed to be able to appreciate the landscape during the one and a half hour journey. They mainly offer 2 categories. The standard category, called Expedition or Voayager and the higher category called 360 or Vistadome. In case you want a more luxurious category or to personalize your tour, write us an email to

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