Machu Picchu Day Trip from Cusco – Machu Picchu Day Tours


Full day


2,430 msnm


2.3 km


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Machu Picchu

Overview – Machu Picchu Day Trip from Cusco

Join Andean Trekking Peru on an unforgettable Machu Picchu Day Trip and discover the mystique of the anci ent Inca citadel. Taking you from the heart of Cusco to the majestic ruins ensures a Machu Picchu Day Trip that combines comfort, adventure, and beauty like no other.

Throughout this comprehensive overview, we will provide an overview of what to expect during our mesmerizing Machu Picchu Day Trip. Every detail of your early morning departure to your return to your hotel in Cusco is meticulously planned to enhance your experience.

To maximize our time during the Machu Picchu Day Trip, we will pick you up from your hotel in Cusco at 4:00 am. The journey begins with a scenic drive through the Andean landscape to the train station, where you will board the expedition train.

When you book your Machu Picchu Day Trip, you can upgrade to the Vistadome for an enhanced experience. With its panoramic windows and glass ceilings, the Vistadome train offers breathtaking views of the Andean mountains, lush forests, and the Urubamba River.

During your Machu Picchu Day Trip, you will enjoy a comfortable and enjoyable ride on the train, complete with amenities that ensure that the journey will be memorable.

We secure entrance tickets at Aguas Calientes, the gateway to Machu Picchu. We then take a short bus ride up to the Inca citadel, perched high in the mountains. The anticipation builds as we approach the site during our Machu Picchu Day Trip, eager to explore its ancient pathways and hidden corners.

Machu Picchu Day Trip

Exploring the Heart of the Inca Empire: A Guide to Your Machu Picchu Day Trip

Our expert tour guide will delve deep into the mysteries of this ancient citadel during our Machu Picchu Day Trip. Machu Picchu offers a rich tapestry of history as you navigate its winding paths and steep terraces. In addition to recounting fascinating tales and insights, your guide will provide insight into the impressive stone structures that have survived through the ages.

Your Machu Picchu Day Trip will take you to several breathtaking sites, including the Temple of the Sun. In addition to admiring its architectural splendor, you can also learn about its astronomical significance. The Temple of the Condor, known for its stunning stonework that resembles the wings of a condor in flight, is another highlight of your tour. An enigmatic sacred rock revered by the Incas and shrouded in mystery should not be missed.

During your Machu Picchu Day Trip, your guide will share with you the stories and spiritual significance of each location within Machu Picchu. On your journey, you will also visit the famous water mirrors, which were once used by the Incas for astronomical observations. A perfect blend of nature and ingenuity is displayed in these reflective pools, which reflect the beauty of the sky and the surrounding landscape.

We encourage you to capture the essence of this awe-inspiring site with your camera during your Machu Picchu Day Trip. Each of the photographs will encapsulate a piece of history, whether it is the panoramic vistas at the Temple of the Sun or the architectural wonder at the Temple of the Condor. As a result, these images will serve as irreplaceable mementos of your Machu Picchu Day Trip, allowing you to relive the experience and share it with others.

A Machu Picchu Day Trip is more than a tour; it is an immersive experience that connects you with the heart of Inca civilization. Each step on this journey will be a step back in time, as you marvel at how this civilization flourished in such a mesmerizing environment. On your day trip to Machu Picchu, you will be captivated by the stories, the scenery, and the spirit of this ancient city.

Machu Picchu Day Trip

Capturing Timeless Memories Amidst Ancient Wonders

Our team will make sure that your trip to Machu Picchu is as comfortable as possible. If the weather is unpredictable, we recommend that you bring a rain poncho. For the exploration, we recommend wearing comfortable walking shoes. 

We will begin our descent to Aguas Calientes around 2:30 pm, following an immersive visit. Before boarding the Vistadome train back to Cusco, you may relax and reflect on your day’s adventures.

You can expect to return to your hotel in Cusco around 10:00 pm, filled with awe-inspiring memories of your Machu Picchu day trip. It is more than just a tour when you travel with Andean Trekking Peru. It is an expedition into the heart of the ancient Inca civilization. You will be introduced to its history, culture, and breathtaking natural beauty.

Join us for a Machu Picchu day trip from Cusco. It promises not only to visit Machu Picchu but to immerse you in the mystery and majesty of the Inca Empire. From securing your train ticket and entrance tickets to Machu Picchu to providing an experienced tour guide who will unveil the secrets of this ancient site, Andean Trekking Peru is dedicated. We aim to make your day trip an unforgettable adventure.

Machu Picchu Day Trip from Cusco FAQs

1) What does the Machu Picchu day trip from Cusco include?

The day trip includes a tour guide, transportation, and entrance ticket. It’s a full day tour highly recommended for its comprehensive coverage of the site.

2) How long is the Machu Picchu full day tour?

The full day tour lasts around 16 hours. It includes travel time to Machu Picchu and back to your hotel in Cusco.

3) Where does the Machu Picchu day trip start?

The trip starts at your hotel in Cusco. We pick you up early in the morning to begin the journey.

4) What are the key sights during the tour in Machu Picchu?

You will visit Machu Picchu, including the citadel of Machu Picchu and the Temple of the Sun. The tour includes all the remarkable places like the burial sites and the temple of the 3 windows. The tour guide provides detailed insights.

5) How do participants travel to Machu Picchu?

Participants travel to Ollantaytambo Station by bus. There, they’ll take a train to Machu Picchu town. It’s a scenic route. For the citadel itself, you have to take another bus.

6) What should I bring on my trip to Machu Picchu?

Bring comfortable walking shoes, sunscreen, a camera, water, and a rain jacket. These items are essential for a comfortable hike.

7) Is there any free time during the Machu Picchu day tours?

Yes, you will have about 30 minutes of free time to explore independently. It’s a great opportunity to take photos or simply enjoy the surroundings.

8) Who can join the Machu Picchu day trip?

Anyone who is reasonably fit can join. The trip involves walking and climbing, so it’s good to be prepared.

9) What should I expect from the weather during the day trip?

Weather can be unpredictable; it might be sunny or rainy. The tour takes place regardless of weather conditions.

10) How large are the tour groups?

Tour groups for the Machu Picchu day tours are typically small to ensure a personal and enriching experience.

11) What meals are provided during the Machu Picchu full day tour?

No meals included. Your hotel accommodations may include a breakfast box at request for the early departure. And we’ll provide time for you to have lunch At Aguas Calientes after the Machu Picchu guided tour.

12) Can I cancel my ticket to Machu Picchu if necessary?

No, the entrance tickets to Machu Picchu are not refundable and not transferable. This measure exists in order to ensure fair access to them for the public.


  • Transportation: Round-trip transportation is a staple of these tours. This usually starts with a transfer from your hotel in Cusco to the train station,
  • Train Tickets: Train tickets to and from Aguas Calientes (the nearest town to Machu Picchu) are included. Train services vary from standard to luxury options, with the most common being the Expedition or Vistadome trains by PeruRail, or the Inca Rail services.
  • Bus Tickets: Round-trip bus tickets between Aguas Calientes and Machu Picchu. These buses travel the winding road up the mountain to the site entrance and back.
  • Entrance Tickets to Machu Picchu: A ticket to enter the Machu Picchu site is included. This gives access to the main areas of the citadel, such as the Intihuatana, the Temple of the Sun, and the Room of the Three Windows.
  • Guided Tour: A professional, bilingual tour guide to lead you through Machu Picchu, explaining the historical significance, architectural techniques, and theories surrounding the site's purpose and construction. Tours usually last around 2 to 3 hours.
  • Free Time at Machu Picchu: After the guided tour, you'll typically have some free time to explore the ruins on your own, take photographs, or simply soak in the majestic views.
  • Meals and Beverages: Most tours do not include meals except for possibly a boxed lunch. Breakfast, dinner, and any drinks outside of provided meals are typically your responsibility.
  • Travel Insurance: It's crucial to have travel insurance for emergencies, but this is not included in the tour package and must be arranged independently.
  • Tips and Gratuities: Tipping your tour guide, bus driver, and any other service personnel is customary but not included in the tour price.
  • Personal Expenses: Any personal purchases such as souvenirs, additional snacks, or other items are not covered.
  • Accommodation in Cusco: The cost for your hotel stay in Cusco before and after the tour is not included.
  • Additional Activities: Tickets for optional activities like climbing Machu Picchu Mountain or Huayna Picchu are excluded due to their limited availability and need for advance booking.
  • Entrance Fees to Additional Sites: If the tour itinerary includes stops at other archaeological sites or attractions outside of Machu Picchu, entrance fees for these may not be included.
  • Airport Transfers and Additional Transportation: Transfers to and from the airport or any transportation needs outside of the tour itinerary are not included.
  • Gear and Equipment: Personal gear such as rain jackets, hiking poles, and other specialized equipment for trekking are not provided.
  • Sun Protection and Insect Repellent: Participants are expected to bring their own sunblock and insect repellent for the journey.
  • Bottled Water: While essential for hydration during the trip, bottled water is usually not provided and should be brought by participants.
  • Additional Site Visits: Any impromptu visits to sites not listed in the official itinerary might incur additional costs not covered by the tour package.

Tour Plan

Machu Picchu Day Trip from Cusco Machu Picchu Day Tours

Embark on a mesmerizing full-day tour to Machu Picchu from Cusco. This journey promises to etch memories in your heart with its ancient allure and natural beauty. Andean Trekking Peru invites you to traverse the sacred lands of the Incas. Journey from the historic streets of Cusco to the iconic ruins of Machu Picchu.

This journey is tailored for adventurers seeking to experience the essence of the Inca civilization within a day. It does so without compromising on the depth of the exploration.

We will start our day early, picking you up from your hotel in Cusco around 4:00 am. Our first leg of the journey takes us through the winding roads to Ollantaytambo. It is a village known for its massive Inca fortress with large stone terraces on a hillside.

Here, we will catch the train to Aguas Calientes, the closest access point to Machu Picchu. The train ride offers spectacular views of the Andean landscape, transitioning from highland meadows to lush cloud forests.

Upon arriving in Aguas Calientes, we will board a bus. It climbs up to Machu Picchu, the Lost City of the Incas. Standing at the gateway to this ancient wonder, we will pass through the main entrance and start our guided tour.

You will discover the main sites, including the Temple of the Sun, the Intihuatana stone, and the Room of the Three Windows. Our experienced guide will share stories and insights, bringing the ruins to life.

After the guided tour, you will have some free time to explore Machu Picchu on your own. You might choose to take a short hike to the Sun Gate or simply soak in the panoramic views and take memorable photos. In the late afternoon, we will descend to Aguas Calientes to catch our train back to Ollantaytambo. This will be followed by a bus ride returning to Cusco. 

We anticipate arriving back at your hotel around 10:00 pm. With this, we will be concluding an unforgettable journey into the heart of the Inca empire.

Key statistics of the Full Day Tour to Machu Picchu from Cusco:

- Distance covered: Approximately 112 kilometers (70 miles) round trip from Cusco to Machu Picchu.

- Highest altitude: 2,430 meters (7,972 feet) above sea level at Machu Picchu.

- Lowest altitude: 2,040 meters (6,692 feet) above sea level in Aguas Calientes.

- Level of difficulty: Moderate, suitable for most travelers with proper preparation.

This full-day tour is designed to offer an immersive experience of Machu Picchu and the Inca legacy. It is set against the backdrop of breathtaking Andean scenery. With Andean Trekking Peru, you will journey through history, culture, and natural beauty. 

All of this occurs within a single day. Join us for an adventure that transcends the ordinary. We offer a glimpse into the soul of the ancient Inca civilization.

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