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Machu Picchu Tour From Cusco 1 Day

Cusco, Machu Picchu
(526)
Physical Level
Trip Style
Hiking
Max Altitude
3300msnm
Group Size
Min 2 Persons
Trip Length
1 Day
Starting from
$ 235.00
per person

Machu Picchu One-Day Excursion by Train

Tour Machu Picchu From Cusco

For those with limited time, the Machu Picchu Tour from Cusco by train offers a convenient option. The journey begins with an early morning hotel pick-up in Cusco. Our designated transportation will then escort you to the Ollantaytambo train station.

There, you’ll board the train destined for Aguas Calientes, where our guide awaits you with a sign bearing your name. From Aguas Calientes, we ascend to the Machu Picchu archaeological site. After a comprehensive 3-hour tour, we return to the town, allowing you time to enjoy lunch before departing.

Machu Picchu Day Trip from Cusco
Machu Picchu Day Trip from Cusco

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Machu Picchu Tour From Cusco 1 Day

1 Day from US $ 235.00

Highlights

The Most Outstading of Machu Picchu Day Trip from Cusco

Scenic Machu Picchu by Train Journey

Experience breathtaking landscapes as you board a train from Ollantaytambo, traveling for about 1 hour 45 minutes. Marvel at the ever-changing vistas of lush fields, colorful villages, and the majestic Urubamba River winding through the Sacred Valley of the Incas.

Arrival at Machu Picchu Town

Reach Aguas Calientes, nestled below Machu Picchu, where our Representative greets you at the railway station. Board a shuttle bus for a scenic 25-minute journey up to the archaeological wonder of Machu Picchu.

Machu Picchu 1 Day Tour from Cusco

Accompanied by a knowledgeable Local Tour Guide, discover the ancient wonders of Machu Picchu, including the main square, Sun Temple, Intiwatana, Royal Rooms, Temple of the Three Windows, and Royal Incas Cemetery. Enjoy a guided tour of approximately 3 hours followed to capture breathtaking panoramic views of Machu Picchu and the most important places on it.

Leisure Time in Aguas Calientes:

After descending from Machu Picchu via shuttle bus, savor a leisurely lunch at one of Aguas Calientes’ charming restaurants, offering traditional Andean and international cuisine. Optionally, indulge in a visit to the thermal baths of the Site.

Return Journey

Conclude your unforgettable day with a scenic train ride back to Ollantaytambo, where our driver awaits to transfer you back to Cusco.

Trip Details

Details about Machu Picchu Day Tour

  • Explore Machu Picchu the Lost City  from Cusco
  • Cusco Altitude: 3350 msnm
  • Machu Picchu Altitude: 2950 msnm
  • Tour Duration: 14 hours aprox
  • Type of Travel: Cultural, Historical, Hiking and great natural scenes.
  • Type of Service: Share service or Private service – All inclusive with local professional tour guide
  • Time of year: We recommend coming between April through December (dry season). This is the best time of year to visit Machu Picchu. (Note: January, February, and March are the rainy season months).

Trip Summary

Short Itinerary Machu Picchu 1 Day Tour from Cusco

  • At 4:00 or 5:00 AM, we will come to pick you up from your Cusco Hotel for your Machu Picchu Day Tour. We will then transfer you to the train station in Ollantaytambo (a 1 hour and 30 minute ride from Cusco).
  • 6:10 or 7:45 AM you will board the train to Machu Picchu town taking 1 hour and 30 min aprox.
  • AM you will arrive to Machu Picchu town, where your guide will be waiting for you with a sign with you name and He will take you to board the bus up to Machu Picchu with a 25-minute drive.
  • AM you will participate in a guided tour of the Citadel, approximately 3 hours.
  • Once you finish your tour will go to board the bus back to the town of where you will have time to get your lunch
  • PM you will board the train back to Ollantaytambo where Our transportation will be waiting for you to take you back to Cusco Hotel
  • Estimated time of arrival to Cusco 7:00 pm transfer to your hotel.

Itinerary

DAY 1:

Cusco - Ollantaytambio - Machu Picchu - Ollantaytambio - Cusco

The Machu Picchu full-day trip starts at 4:00 AM. Our transportation will pick you up at your hotel in Cusco, and we’ll head to the train station located in Ollantaytambo with a 1-hour and 30-minute ride.

At 6:10 AM, we’ll board our train bound for Machu Picchu town, where your guide will be waiting for you with a sign bearing your name.

By 8:00 AM, our guide will escort you to the main plaza where will meet with our group and with guide then will go to the bus station for a 25-minute ride up to the Machu Picchu archaeological site.

Accord your entrance ticket time you will Start the visiting, your guide will lead you on a tour of the most important areas of the lost citadel of Machu Picchu.

This circuit, determined by the entrance ticket (usually circuit 1, 2, or 3), includes sites such as the Main Plaza, the Circular Tower, the Sacred Solar Clock (Intihuatana), the Royal Quarters, the Temple of the Three Windows, houses, cellars, and a large central plaza, all connected by narrow roads and steps surrounded by terraces cut into the slope of the mountain. The tour lasts approximately 3 hours, and the specific places visited will depend on the circuit that we reserved at the moment of your booking.

After the tour, we’ll exit Machu Picchu to find the buses. There’s no fixed bus timetable or number; simply follow your guide, and the bus will take you down to Machu Picchu town for lunch time. You’ll have a variety of restaurants to choose from.

Around 15:00 hrs, you’ll board the train back to Ollantaytambo. It’s essential to arrive at the station at least half an hour before departure to avoid any inconvenience. After a 1-hour and 30-minute journey, you’ll arrive in Ollantaytambo, where the driver will be waiting to take you back to your hotel in Cusco or Urubamba (this can be personalized).

The tour will conclude at your hotel. End of services.

*Private options,

  • We require a minimum of 2 people to make the booking.
  • You can customize your tour by selecting your preferred departure time from Cusco.
  • You have the option to choose your circuit type for Machu Picchu
  • If your hotel is located in Urubamba, we can also star from here and finish in Cusco
  • With our private service, take your time to visit Machu Picchu and enjoy the site at your leisure.
  • If you are a solo traveler, please contact us first.

IMPORTANT:

ABOUT THE TRAIN:

Inclusions

Included in the journey

  • Pick up from hotel in Cusco
  • Transport Cusco – Ollantaytambo (train station)
  • Train tickets Ollantaytambo – Aguas Calientes – Ollantaytambo (turistic train)
  • Entrance to Machu Picchu
  • Spanish / English Professional Guide
  • Ticket up / down Bus to Machu Picchu
  • Transportation Ollantaytambo – Cusco
  • Transfer to your hotel.

Upgrades

What to Bring

  • Bring your identification document or passport with which you purchased the entrance ticket.
  • Arrive at the train station half an hour in advance.
  • Do not carry much luggage; only 8 kg are allowed on the train.
  • We suggest bringing a small backpack along with your camera, wearing a hat, using sunscreen, mosquito repellent, and carrying a water bottle.
  • Wear suitable and non-slippery shoes for climbing the stairs at Machu Picchu.
  • After the guided tour at Machu Picchu, enjoy the magical moment, open your arms, and recharge your energy.

Why choose “MACHUPICCHU PERU TRAVEL”?

“MACHUPICCHU PERU TRAVEL” is a 100% Peruvian local company and tour operator in Cusco, with many years of experience in hikes, adventure tours, and travel packages. We are a 100% local company.

Our dream as a local company is to offer personalized travel and hiking experiences, operated solely by local professional staff, focusing on a PERSONALIZED and HIGH-QUALITY SERVICE.

We are proud of our reputation as a travel operating agency, in addition to practicing RESPONSIBLE and SUSTAINABLE actions with the environment and local people.

We consider our staff as family and guarantee them a fair salary. We are very proud of our team! Without their support, we could not offer the quality of service that hundreds of our travelers have enjoyed.

At “MACHUPICCHU PERU TRAVEL,” we are aware that our reputation and what our passengers say are crucial for our travelers to trust their next vacations; you can check the reviews our travelers leave on TripAdvisor, Facebook, and Google; in an honest and reliable operator to create your adventure in Peru.

We offer small groups of travelers.

To offer a more personalized service at “MACHUPICCHU PERU TRAVEL,” we maintain a limit of 8 people for each of our groups. This distinguishes us from other companies that operate with larger groups.

About our tour guides

We are very proud of our guides. They are experts and professionals, fluent in English. They are experts and knowledgeable about the routes, and they are passionate about Inca heritage and history. Our guides are dedicated to their continuous personal and professional development, researching to offer you accurate and recognized theories about Inca and Andean culture. They are friendly, athletic, and well-educated, with degrees in Archaeology, Tourism, Botany, History, or Anthropology.

About our treatment of Inca Trail porters

Hiking with “MACHUPICCHU PERU TRAVEL” is an uplifting experience, we prioritize your comfort and enjoyment throughout the hike, and you will have the assistance of our porters. You will interact with local people, explore incredible sites, and rediscover ancient Inca ancestral towns. Our porters carry your gear, prepare your meals, set up our camp tents, and take care of you while you relax.

We provide our porters for free with: jackets, sun hats, warm hats, shirts, pants, hiking boots, comfortable travel bags, canteens, back support belts, sleeping bags, mattresses, and travel insurance. All are hired from isolated communities, improving their economic circumstances and supporting the education of their children. We treat all our porters like family!

Our team

Our team (guides, cooks, porters, muleteers) and our equipment make “MACHUPICCHU PERU TRAVEL” stand out among our competitors. On our adventure hikes, we include:

  • Our tents: Enjoy a good rest in our 4-season EUREKA Timberline tents. Our tents are for 4 people, but only 2 sleep in each, providing space for greater comfort and storage. They have a small vestibule for boots and poles.
  • Our foam mats: Separate and insulate from the ground.
  • Air mattresses: Available for rent for $20 USD.
  • Kitchen and dining tents: Used as a meeting room during meals, ideal for relaxing and chatting.
  • Tables and chairs: In the dining area, adapted to the day’s weather.
  • Travel bags: Provided the night before the trek.
  • Others: Pillows, rain covers for backpacks, survival shirts, and chemical toilets are provided during the trek.

Our commitment to social projection

At “MACHUPICCHU PERU TRAVEL,” we have always believed in giving back to isolated local communities. As part of our commitment to responsible tourism, we carry out various social projects and always hire local people.

We are very proud to support our local people. We not only employ them but also support their families, contributing to a holistic approach with our employees from the Peruvian Andes and their loved ones.

OPTION 1
SHARE SERVICE
Expedition (Peru rail) or Vogager (Inca Rail)

$ 235.00 USD

(enjoy the tour with a group of 10 people) Machu Picchu

OPTION 2
PRIVATE SERVICE
Expedition (Peru rail) or Vogager (Inca Rail)

$ 285.00 USD

(Private service only for you – minimun 2 people) Machu Picchu

OPTION 3
PRIVATE SERVICES
Vistadome Class Train (Peru Rail)

$ 335.00 USD

(Private service only for you – minimun 2 people) Machu Picchu

OPTION 4
PRIVATE SERVICES
Vistadome Observatory Class Train (Peru Rail)

$ 384.00 USD

(Private service only for you – minimun 2 people) Machu Picchu

Excellent
Based on 253 reviews
Karlia R
Karlia R
2024-06-15
Absolutely amazing. Book with this company. This was an absolutely amazing tour. Highly recommend, stop looking elsewhere and book this. We had to squeeze Machu Picchu into the one day we had free on our trip. We flew into Cusco the night before and Tania arranged for an airport transfer. This was usd10 and we had the driver with our name on sign. Perfect and easy. A colleague of Tania's then met us at the hotel to outline the tour the next day and give us our tickets. This was amazing and really appreciated the tips like what to wear, not to eat too much stodgy food due to altitude etc. The tour was absolutely fantastic. A private car picked us up at 5.45am and took us the 1.5hours to the train station. He walked us to the train station entrance. The train ride was awesome. We splurged for the vistadome Observatory and it was so worth it to have the dancing and the band. Everyone in that train was up dancing and it was 9am 🤣. Willy our guide met us at the end of the train ride and caught the bus with us to MP. He spoke English really well and was so knowledgeable. A+ guide. MP was epic. We did circuit 4 as 1 and 2 were not available (we booked quite late). We got amazing pictures and learnt lots from Willy. It was an easy 2 hour walk too. Back down on the bus to the town Willy took us to a restaurant and we invited him to have lunch with us. The restaurant had a great view of the river below and the food was yum! We had a 4.45pm train and to be honest we wish we had picked an earlier train (say around 2pm). We were exhausted and the town is pretty small so not much to do for 2 hours. The train ride back was again really fun with the band, some dancers and everyone up dancing again. The private driver met us at the station and took us back to the hotel. We then flew out the next morning. All in all an absolutely fantastic tour and tour company. Tania is the most responsive tour person I have ever come across. She was SO helpful and I can't say enough good words about her. Thank you Tania, Willy and our driver Selistino. We had an amazing day and it will be in our memories forever!
Patrick W
Patrick W
2024-06-02
Best Day Ever What an incredible experience! The whole day was carefully planned out for us and it all was well above anything we could have imagined! Our driver was amazing, very professional and helpful, the train provided views that were breathtaking and our Guide “Willie” was the best! Willie took us on the most incredible tour, he knew all the right places for pictures, his knowledge was amazing and he answered all of our questions and more. He provided a full day experience that was nothing short of perfection. This is the only way to go and see this; we’re definitely coming back!
Orlando A
Orlando A
2024-06-02
The excellent coordination, the attention Liz, our guide, very knowledgeable and attentive to our impressions Unique Experience, The best way to Visit this Wonder. Highly recommended. From reservation with Tania, guide Liz, to the driver. To play it safe.
Mary C
Mary C
2024-05-09
A perfect tour The tour was very good, Tania's attention was to detail, everything we needed for the tour was provided on time. I thank you very much because we took with us a very nice memory of Cusco.
Nikos S
Nikos S
2024-05-07
BEST EXPERIENCE IN PERU We made the Secret Valley, Machu Picchu and the rainbow mountain tours. Everything were excellent and very organised. Tania is very professional and any time available for information or questions. Also the prices are the best. I recommend for anyone who visit Peru to arrange the tours with this office.
ilias p
ilias p
2024-05-06
Amazing experience, amazing tour guide It was one of the best experiences in our lives. We strongly recommend that anyone of moderate fitness and above to try it. It is good to have a pair of hiking shoes to make the experience better. Our guide (Willy) was amazing, he helped us a lot with the trail, he was well prepared and we didn't feel any risk at any moment. Also, he was very explanatory about inkas history and the monuments we saw during the trail. The quality of this experience is very related to the tour guide you will select. This guy was one of the best tour guides we had so far. There is no comparison to the other guides we had. We strongly recommend this experience with this guide. PS#1: bring a second t-shirt with you to change before you take the traditional photos of Machupicchu. Ps#2: Willy is a very good photographer, and gave guidance about the best place to take photos.
Cesar V
Cesar V
2024-04-22
The tour revived history for us as we experienced the amazing locations we visited. I couldn’t have asked for a better tour. Gary Neslon is a positive and well educated local that has so much knowledge to share. We didn’t feel rushed or pressured at any time and the whole experience was one of a kind.
Nathan R
Nathan R
2024-04-15
Unforgettable experience in Machu Picchu. Willy is amazing. Willy is a great tour guide who is knowledgeable and very good at giving detailed explanations and excellent photo opportunities. He never rushed us and gave us the appropriate times needed to have a wonderful experience in Machu Picchu. Would recommend him to anyone.
Emanuele
Emanuele
2024-04-10
Something unique that is difficult to describe with words, the emotions I felt It was an organization predicted down to the smallest detail. The guides were fantastic for explanations and patience. The hotels chosen were perfect but above all the places visited were truly well preserved and above all magical

Faqs

What does the Machu Picchu day tour from Cusco include?

Our Machu Picchu day tour includes  Transportation from Cusco, roundtrip train tickets from Ollantaytambo, Bus tickets up and down to Machu picchu archeological site, a profetional guided tour of Machu Picchu.

How long does the Machu Picchu day trip last?

The excursion lasts for 14 hours, with departure from Cusco at 4:00 am aprox. and return at 7:00 pm.

What type of service is offered on the Machu Picchu day tour?

We provide share and private service, which is all-inclusive with a local professional tour guide and entrance fee paid.

What are the recommended months to visit Machu Picchu?

We recommend visiting from April through December, avoiding the rainy season months of January, February, and March.

Can I choose a different departure point for the Machu Picchu day trip?

Yes, we offer optional departure from Poroy train station with different train options and return schedules.

Do I need to book the Machu Picchu day tour in advance?

It’s highly recommended, especially during the high season from May through October. Tickets sell out months in advance, particularly for the earliest entry group.

What type of tourism does the Machu Picchu day tour offer?

Our tour offers cultural, historical, hiking, and stunning natural scenes.

Is lodging included in the Machu Picchu day tour package?

No, hotel lodging is not included in the package because no need.

Why are specific train departure hours chosen for the Machu Picchu day excursion?

We select convenient train departure times to ensure a comfortable experience without early wake-up calls or late returns to Cusco.

How can I make a reservation for the Machu Picchu day tour?

You can make a reservation by contacting our team to check availability and secure your spot for this unforgettable experience.

Travel Guide

Travel Guide: Machu Picchu Day Tours from Cusco

Welcome to the adventure of a lifetime with Machu Picchu Peru Travel agency located in Cusco, Machu Picchu Day Tours from Cusco! Here’s your comprehensive guide to experiencing one of the New Seven Wonders of the World in just one unforgettable day.

Overview: journey to witness the marvel of Machu Picchu, immersing yourself in its cultural, historical, and natural splendor. Our day trip offers a share or private, all-inclusive experience, ensuring you make the most of your visit.

Tour Highlights:

  • Share or Private transportation from your hotel in Cusco or the Sacred Valley to the Ollantaytambo station and back.
  • Roundtrip train tickets from Cusco, allowing you to behold the breathtaking Cloud City of Machu Picchu.
  • Private guided tour of Machu Picchu with a knowledgeable local guide.

Type of Travel: Experience a blend of cultural immersion, historical exploration, hiking adventure, and breathtaking natural scenery.

Recommended Time of Year: Visit Machu Picchu from April through December for the best weather conditions. Note that January, February, and March are the rainy season months.

Booking Information: Secure your reservation as early as possible, especially during the high season (May through October), to ensure availability. Machu Picchu entry tickets sell out months in advance.

Travel Recommendations: Prepare for your adventure with essential items such as your passport, personal insurance, cash/cards, waterproof clothing, hiking gear, sun protection, medication if needed, and a camera to capture every moment.

Other Options: Explore alternative trekking routes like the Salkantay Trek, Inca Jungle Trek, Lares Trek, or Choquequirao Trek. Consider extended packages like the Machu Picchu Trips for 4 days or the Cusco Machu Picchu Tour for 5 days.

Conclusion: Machu Picchu Peru Travel ensures a seamless and unforgettable Machu Picchu experience. Let us handle the details while you focus on creating lasting memories in one of the world’s most awe-inspiring destinations.

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