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Machu Picchu full day tour

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

(13 reviews)

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

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

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


  • 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

Machu Picchu full day tour tour reviews with Howlanders

We had a great time on our tour! Our tour guide Cosme was incredible. He was so knowledgeable and answered all our questions. He even took us to the best spots to take photos. We highly recommend using howlanders for your Perú tours!
August 17, 2023
Traveled in couple
Age: 25 - 35
Tour fenomenal, organización impecable y muy buen trato por parte de la agencia.
June 20, 2023
Everything went smoothly for the trip with all of the transits and connections etc. It was a great trip overall!
May 15, 2023
Everybody at Howlanders were friendly and helpful. Ulysses did a great job of guiding us around the ruins. I would book a tour with them again after the experience.
October 13, 2022
The trip was well organized, everything went smooth, and it was made easy for us to admire Machu Picchu without worrying about anything, even with the limited time we had. Every assistant that we had a chance to meet was very helpful, friendly and professional.
November 19, 2021
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 ti...
March 2, 2020
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 pro...
January 19, 2020
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.
November 12, 2019
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 pro...
October 5, 2019
Our experience was simply amazing. Our driver picked us up from our hotel and drove us to Poroy station where we found someone waiting for us. She informed us of the procedure and then we boarded the train. Everything went smoothly and when we arrived at the station at Aguas Calientes there was anot...
September 29, 2019

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