Cusco to Machu Picchu Tour – Machu Picchu 2 Day Tour

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Cusco to Machu Picchu Tour Details
Machu Picchu 2 Day Tour

Embark on an unforgettable journey with us as we guide you through the magical Machu Picchu 2-Day Tour from Cusco. This is more than just a tour; it’s an experience steeped in history and natural wonder. Setting out from the vibrant city of Cusco, we will make our way towards the iconic Inca citadel, one of the world’s most renowned archaeological sites. As we traverse the landscapes, the anticipation of visiting Machu Picchu grows, promising an experience like no other.

While many tours rush the experience, our Machu Picchu 2 Day Tour ensures you have ample time to truly explore Machu Picchu. You won’t just see it; you’ll immerse yourself in its mysteries, its beauty, and its storied past. We’ll accompany you every step of the way, with our knowledgeable tour guide. They will unravel the tales of the ancient Incas and their monumental achievements.

A Deeper Dive into the Heart of Machu Picchu

But the journey doesn’t end there. Before a day of exploration, we’ll retire to the quaint town of Aguas Calientes. Here, nestled at the base of the mountains, you can relax, reflect, and rejuvenate, preparing yourself for the next day’s adventures.

Our meticulous planning ensures your comfort and convenience. We’ve taken care of everything. From your transport from the city of Cusco to your stay at a meticulously selected hotel in Aguas Calientes. 

Along the way, we’ll introduce you to other awe-inspiring archaeological sites. This will broaden your understanding of the rich tapestry that is Peruvian history.

If you’ve ever dreamed of visiting Machu Picchu, we highly recommend joining us on this Machu Picchu 2-Day Tour from Cusco. We promise, it will be an experience that lingers in your memories, beckoning you to return and relive the magic once more. So, come with us and let’s create that unforgettable experience together.

Departure Time

07:00 AM

Cusco to Machu Picchu Tour Includes

  • Round-trip Transportation: This covers the train tickets from Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes and bus transportation from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu.
  • Professional guide: Fluent in both English and Spanish, who will explain the history and significance of Machu Picchu.
  • Entrance Fees: The cost to enter the archaeological site of Machu Picchu.
  • Accommodation: One night's stay in Aguas Calientes.
  • First aid kit and oxygen: For safety and altitude-related concerns.
  • Meals: Breakfast on the day of the Machu Picchu visit is included.
  • Briefing session: A pre-tour meet-up in Cusco to discuss the itinerary and answer any queries.
  • Group equipment: This might include tents or tarps for shade during rest stops.
  • Return to Cusco: This includes the train back to Ollantaytambo and a bus service back to Cusco.

Cusco to Machu Picchu Tour Excludes

  • Tickets to hike Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain.
  • Meals not specified in the itinerary.
  • Tips for guides or drivers.
  • Personal expenses and souvenirs.

Recommended To Carry

  • Passport/Identification: Required for entrance to Machu Picchu.
  • Comfortable Footwear: Hiking boots or sturdy walking shoes are essential due to the uneven terrains and potential mud.
  • Clothing: Layered clothing is advisable. The weather can vary between Cusco, the Sacred Valley, and Machu Picchu. Consider packing a light rain jacket or poncho, especially during the rainy season.
  • Daypack: A small backpack to carry essentials like water, snacks, and other personal items. Large bags aren't allowed inside Machu Picchu, but there are storage options at the entrance.
  • Water and Snacks: While you can purchase these in Aguas Calientes, it's good to have some on hand. Remember, no food is allowed inside the archaeological site.
  • Camera and Batteries: For capturing those memorable moments. Extra batteries or a power bank can be handy as the cold can drain battery life faster.
  • Sun Protection: Sunscreen, sunglasses, and a wide-brimmed hat or cap will protect you from the high-altitude sun.
  • Personal Medications: Any necessary prescriptions, as well as basics like pain relievers or any altitude sickness medication if needed.
  • Cash: While Aguas Calientes has ATMs, it's always a good idea to carry a reasonable amount of cash for any unexpected expenses, tips, or small purchases in areas that might not accept cards
  • Insect Repellent: Especially during the rainy season, mosquitoes can be prevalent.
  • Toiletries: Basics like toothbrush, toothpaste, and any other personal hygiene items for the overnight stay.
  • Reusable Water Bottle: To reduce plastic waste and stay hydrated.
Cusco to Machu Picchu Tour Itinerary

Day 1Machu Picchu 2 Day Tour from Cusco: An Enthralling Journey

In the early hours of the morning, we will arrive to pick you up from your hotel in Cusco. As the sun begins to rise, we’ll drive you through the scenic beauty of the Sacred Valley of the Incas. Each curve and bend of the road will reveal a new, breathtaking view, making this trip a visual treat.

Soon, we’ll reach the historic town of Ollantaytambo. Here, you’ll witness the ancient Incan architecture, which stands tall even today. We understand that traveling can be exhausting, but rest assured, the next part of your journey will be a relaxing one.

From Ollantaytambo, we will board the comfortable train service that will whisk you away to Aguas Calientes. As the train glides along the tracks, you’ll catch glimpses of the mighty Andes and lush green forests. We recommend you keep your camera handy; these views are unmissable.

Upon arriving in Aguas Calientes, we’ll escort you to your ensuite hotel room. After settling in, you might feel the urge to explore the town. If you’re keen on enriching your knowledge, the Machu Picchu museum is a great choice. 

However, if relaxation is on your mind, the hot springs can provide a soothing experience. The town gets its name from these springs. Please note that the entrance fees for both these attractions are not a part of the tour package.

To ensure your safety and convenience, we will be available for any assistance or questions you might have.. After a fulfilling day, you can retire to your room, looking forward to what the next day has in store.

Statistics for the First Day:

  • Distance covered: Approximately 112 kilometers (70 miles)
  • Highest altitude: 2,792 meters (9,160 feet)
  • Lowest altitude: 2,040 meters (6,693 feet)
  • Level of difficulty: Easy to Moderate

Remember, we curate every moment of this journey with utmost precision to ensure you have an unforgettable experience. Looking forward to seeing you tomorrow for another day of exploration.

Day 2The Majestic Machu Picchu Awaits

As dawn breaks in Aguas Calientes, we’ll gear up for the highlight of our tour. Awaiting us is the world-renowned Machu Picchu, the iconic Inca citadel that has mystified travelers for centuries. Our day begins with a 30 minutes bus ride, winding up the hill to this wonder of the world. With every turn, the anticipation builds.

Upon reaching Machu Picchu, we will treat you to a detailed two-hour guided tour. Our guides know the history of the citadel deeply. They will explain to you the interesting stories behind each stone and monument. The majestic views of the Machu Picchu Mountain will serve as a backdrop, making this experience truly unforgettable.

Hike to Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu mountain:

For those with a thirst for further exploration, the citadel offers plenty of post-tour opportunities. If you’ve secured your spot months in advance, you can embark on the challenging hikes. These hikes to Machu Picchu or Huayna Picchu mountains are rewarding

Given their overgrowing demand, these entrances often get booked months in advance. However, our guide will direct you to your respective trailheads without a hitch.

Alternatively, a hike to the Sun Gate beckons. Serving as the entrance point for those hiking the esteemed Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, the Sun Gate promises panoramas. 

These views are sure to leave an indelible mark on your memory. The best part? No permits, no fees – this experience comes at no extra cost.

Post exploration, we’ll board the bus for a 30-minute journey back to Aguas Calientes. Here, you can indulge in a leisurely lunch, though it’s worth noting that meal costs are not a part of our package. 

As the evening hues paint the sky, we will return to Cusco. The train will carry us back to Ollantaytambo. Upon arrival, our representative will greet you, ensuring your drive back to Cusco is as smooth as possible.

Statistics for the Second Day:

  • Distance covered: Approximately 8 kilometers (5 miles) including explorations
  • Highest altitude: 2,430 meters (7,970 feet) at Machu Picchu
  • Lowest altitude: 2,040 meters (6,693 feet) at Aguas Calientes
  • Level of difficulty: Moderate with optional challenging hikes

By the end of this day, you will have traversed through time, witnessed history, and experienced the magic of Machu Picchu. We can’t wait to share this journey with you.


When is the best time to visit Machu Picchu on a 2-day tour?

The dry season (May to September) offers clear skies and fewer rain showers, making it the most popular time to visit. However, the rainy season (October to April) is less crowded.

What is the difference between a 1-day and a 2-day tour to Machu Picchu?

A 2-day tour includes an overnight stay in Aguas Calientes, giving visitors more time to explore the site, potentially visit the hot springs, and possibly hike additional mountains like Huayna Picchu.

Is the train ride to Aguas Calientes included in the tour price?

Yes, 2-day tour packages include the train ride.

Can I hike Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain during my visit?

Yes, but you need a special ticket, which often needs to be booked months in advance due to limited availability.

What do I need to bring with me on the tour?

Essentials include your passport (required for entrance), train and entrance tickets, comfortable footwear, clothing layers, rain protection, water, snacks, camera, sun protection, personal medications, and cash.

Where will I stay overnight on the 2-day tour?

Accommodations are in Aguas Calientes, the town at the base of Machu Picchu. 

Is there a guide included in the Machu Picchu 2-day tour?

Our 2-day tours offer a professional guide for the visit to Machu Picchu.

Can I visit the Machu Picchu museum or hot springs during the 2-day tour?

Yes, Machu Picchu 2-day itinerary have free time in Aguas Calientes, allowing you to visit the museum or relax in the hot springs.

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Solo Traveller

This was my second time visiting Machu Picchu, but the first with Explore Peru Guide. Their service stood out, making the experience even more memorable than the first time. If you’re considering a 2-day tour, go with them!

October 4, 2023


Solo Traveller

As a solo traveler, I was a bit apprehensive, but the team at Explore Peru Guide made everything seamless. From the pickup in Cusco to the guided tour in Machu Picchu, every detail was well-thought-out. Special shoutout to our guide Luis for sharing captivating stories of the Incas!

September 20, 2023

John D.

Couple Traveller

My wife and I took the 2-day tour to Machu Picchu with Explore Peru Guide, and it was the highlight of our trip! The organization was top-notch, our guide was knowledgeable, and the views were just out of this world. Staying overnight in Aguas Calientes was a good decision as we got to explore the town and soak in the hot springs. Highly recommended!

September 12, 2023