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Machu Picchu full day tour

Train excursion to Machu Picchu from Cusco, includes entrance fees and guided tour.

(16 reviews)

🚨 Machu Picchu tickets are likely to sold out! 🚨 Book in advance

Cusco
1 day
Spanish / English
Starts: From your accommodation in Cusco at 3:50 a.m.
Ends: To your accommodation in Cusco between 6:30 and 7:30 p.m.
Flexible cancellation policy

Briefing

Full Day Machu Picchu tour from Cusco is the perfect trip for travelers who are short on time but don't want to miss the chance to visit one of the Seven Wonders of the Modern World.

You will arrive in Aguas Calientes aboard a train that passes through unique landscapes. Once at the Inca Citadel, you will have a 2-hour guided tour with a professional guide. Afterward, you will have free time to visit the archaeological park of Machu Picchu before returning by train to Ollantaytambo. Once there, a minibus will be waiting for you to take you back to Cusco.

✅Book with us and you will have the tour with the best guides, train schedules, and access to Machu Picchu, so you can enjoy a unique experience.

Tour details

Included

  • Transfer Cusco-Ollantaytambo (round trip)
  • Train Ollantaytambo - Aguas Calientes Expedition/Voyager category (round trip)
  • Bus Aguas Calientes - Machu Picchu (round trip)
  • Machu Picchu Ticket
  • Machu Picchu 2 hours professional guided tour

Not included

  • Meals

Important information

To guarantee the conservation of Machu Picchu, 4 different itineraries have been designed within the citadel. When you make your reservation, you will be assigned the best itinerary and schedule available.

❌ It is not possible to visit the additional zones due to lack of time. 

💡 To learn more about tickets and circuits available in Machu Picchu please contact us.

Cancellation policy

If you cancel more than 15 days before the tour start time you will receive an 70% refund*. If you cancel less than 15 days before the tour start time you will receive a 50% refund*. After this time, or in case of no-show, you will not be entitled to a refund.

Tour itinerary

Cusco - Ollantaytambo - Aguas Calientes - Machu Picchu

4:00 A.M.

Pick up in Cusco

Your guide will pick you up at your accommodation in Cusco around 4:00 a.m. with a minibus and you will head to Ollantaytambo train station. From there, you will take the 6:10 a.m. train to Aguas Calientes. Also known as Machu Picchu village.

🚆🕐 The journey takes about an hour and a half, circulating through spectacular scenery with views of the snow-capped mountains, the Vilcanota River and the semi-tropical and high jungle zone.

perurail train blue color running from ollantaytambo to aguas calientes
8 : 00 AM

Machu Picchu

In Aguas Calientes you will take the bus that will take you to the archaeological park of Machu Picchu, where you will take a guided tour of two hours in a small group of maximum 8 travelers. The itinerary of the guided tour depends on the assigned entrance ticket, as there are 4 different circuits.

At the end of the guided tour, you will have free time to enjoy some of the areas of Machu Picchu, but you will not be able to walk freely through the archaeological site, since the mobility of visitors has been limited in order to preserve it.

view of the citadel of machu picchu during the machu picchu full day tour

Aguas Calientes - Return to Cusco

We will take the bus again from Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes town, where you can have lunch in one of its restaurants before taking the train that will take you back to Ollantaytambo.

At the Ollantaytambo train station, a minibus will be waiting for you to take you back to Cusco. You will arrive in the city around 6:30 p.m.

🚆🕐The exact arrival time in Cusco may vary depending on train schedules and will be indicated in your booking confirmation.

town of aguas calientes during the machu picchu full day tour

What to bring to Machu Picchu full day tour

  • 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 full day tour start

The tour includes pick up from your accommodation in Cusco. If your starting point to get to Cusco is Lima, you can arrive by bus (24 hours of travel) or take a plane that has a journey time of one hour.

If you arrive from Arequipa, the bus ride takes ten hours. You can also choose to make the trip by plane, in this case the only airline that offers direct flights is LATAM Airlines.

If you arrive from Puno the best option is to do it by bus, a journey of six and a half hours. We also offer the possibility of making this journey in a tourist bus that makes stops at the most important places along the way. Departure is at 7:00 in the morning and arrival in Cusco at 17:30.

Finally, LATAM Airlines operates a direct route Iquitos - Cusco. This route is not available on a daily basis, so we recommend you check the dates on which it is available to plan your trip.

Questions & Answers

  • What ticket does my reservation include?

    Due to the high demand for tickets to the Citadel, we cannot guarantee the exact circuit and time of your ticket. We will confirm your reservation with the ticket that is available at that time.

  • 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.
  • 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, contact us.

  • How long will I be in Machu Picchu?

    The tour is approximately 4 hours, which includes 2 free hours to explore the area freely.
  • What to bring to Machu Picchu in one day tour?

    In addition to what is indicated in the section "what to bring" we want to clarify that the temperature varies a lot in the same day and the sun can be strong, so it is important to bring several layers of clothing, a rain poncho, as well as sunglasses, sunscreen and a hat or cap. A small backpack will be very comfortable to carry everything. We recommend that you leave some of your luggage at your accommodation in Cusco (yes, all hotels offer this service) and take only what is necessary for the tour. Also Machu Picchu has lockers, they have a price of 5 soles.
  • Is it possible to book the tour, discounting the price of the entrance ticket or train if I have booked them in advance?

    Yes, we offer various discounts depending on what you have already booked. If you want to customize your tour, contact us.
  • Do you offer discounts to students?

    Yes, we offer a discount of 20 USD to students under 25. In order to apply the discount, it is important that you send us a picture of your student ID card.
  • Is it possible to stay a night in an accommodation in Aguas Calientes and return to Cuzco the next day?

    Yes, to add an extra night in the Aguas Calientes you just have to contact us to offer you personalized help.

  • Where does the tour start?

    The tour offers accommodation pick up, so you will be picked up at your accommodation as long as it is located in the historical centre of Cuzco. If the street is not accessible for the minibus, the coordinator will accompany you from your accommodation to the pick-up point. In case your hotel is not located in the centre the minibus will not be able to deviate so much from its pick-up route and you will be offered a pick-up point as close as possible to your accommodation.

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