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One Day tour to Machu Picchu

Embark on an unforgettable Machu Picchu Day Trip from Cusco with the Explore Peru Guide. Explore Peru Guide is the leading travel agency renowned for its expertise and passion. 

Leaving your hotel in Cusco, you will immerse yourself in a whirlwind of captivating history. Breathtaking landscapes and mesmerizing ancient wonders await you.

Machu Picchu day trip from Cusco:

Taking the Cusco to Machu Picchu day trip, you’ll commence your journey aboard a scenic train ride. Picturesque views of the Peruvian landscape unfurl outside your window. This journey will bring you to Aguas Calientes, the gateway town to Machu Picchu. Here, the vibrant life of the town contrasts beautifully with the looming majesty of the nearby mountains.

Your tour guide, well-versed in the rich tapestry of Inca history, will be your compass. They will lead you through the serpentine pathways of the Inca citadel. With every step, stories of the past come alive. 

You will witness iconic landmarks like the Temple of the Sun and the enigmatic Sacred Rock. We will meticulously unravel their significance, deeply rooted in Inca civilization, for you. As you traverse these ancient grounds, the majesty of the surroundings will captivate you. Your trip to Machu Picchu will become an experience etched in memory forever.

While our travel agency takes care of your train tickets and your tickets to Machu Picchu, booking is essential. It is highly recommended that you book months in advance. The demand is always high, and to ensure the best train schedule that complements your day, prior planning is a must.

Lastly, a visit to Machu Picchu isn’t just about the destination; it’s about the entire journey. From the moment you leave your hotel in Cusco, the journey begins. 

The deep dives into the lore of the Inca citadel are captivating. Every element of the Machu Picchu full day tour offers an enriching experience. So, seize this opportunity to be part of a narrative that’s older than time itself. Make your next adventure one for the books

Departure Time

04:30 AM

Price Includes

  • Round-trip train tickets between Cusco and Aguas Calientes.
  • Bus transportation from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu.
  • Entrance tickets to Machu Picchu.
  • Guided tour of Machu Picchu with an expert guide.
  • Free time to explore Machu Picchu on your own.
  • Return transportation to Cusco.

Price Excludes

  • Meals: The price does not include breakfast, lunch, or dinner. You will need to purchase your meals during the trip.
  • Personal Expenses: Any personal expenses, such as souvenirs, snacks, or additional activities, are generally not included.
  • Tips and Gratuities: It's customary to tip your tour guide, bus drivers, and other service providers, but these gratuities are not included in the tour price.
  • Travel Insurance: Travel insurance for unexpected events, cancellations, or medical emergencies is not included and is recommended to purchase separately.
  • Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain Tickets: If you wish to hike Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain, the tickets for these additional hikes are not included in the standard tour price and must be purchased separately.

Recommended To Carry

  • Official Identification: Carry your passport or a copy of it. You will need it for entry, and it's important for identification purposes.
  • Comfortable Clothing: Wear lightweight, moisture-wicking, and breathable clothing. Layers are a good idea as the weather can change throughout the day.
  • Sturdy Footwear: Choose comfortable, waterproof hiking boots or walking shoes with good traction. You'll be doing some walking and exploring.
  • Weather Protection: Depending on the season, pack a rain jacket or poncho, a sun hat, sunglasses, and sunscreen. The weather can be unpredictable.
  • Small Backpack: Bring a small daypack to carry your essentials, such as water, snacks, camera, and personal items.
  • Water and Snacks: Stay hydrated by carrying a reusable water bottle, and bring some energy-boosting snacks like granola bars or nuts.
  • Camera and Binoculars: Capture the stunning scenery and wildlife, and don't forget spare batteries or a power bank for your devices.
  • Cash: Have some Peruvian Soles (PEN) in small denominations for any purchases or tips.
  • First Aid Kit: Carry a basic first aid kit with essentials like band-aids, pain relievers, and any personal medications.
  • Travel Insurance: Carry proof of travel insurance coverage, including emergency contact information.
Machu Picchu Day Trip from Cusco Itinerary

Machu Picchu Day Trip from Cusco

You’ll embark on an unforgettable journey as you set out on the Machu Picchu day trip from Cusco. This is your chance to explore one of the New Seven Wonders of the World in just one day.

Your adventure starts early in the morning as you leave Cusco. We’ll head to the train station, where you’ll board a train that takes us through the winding Urubamba Valley. Marvel at the changing landscapes as the train covers a distance of approximately 112 kilometers (70 miles) to reach Aguas Calientes. It is a small town located at the base of Machu Picchu.

Upon our arrival at Aguas Calientes, a bus awaits for a 30 minute ride. This bus will whisk us up to the entrance of Machu Picchu, climbing to an altitude of 2,430 meters (7,970 feet). Once there, you must breathe in deeply and take a moment to appreciate the breathtaking panoramic views that unfold before you.

Guided Tour of Machu Picchu

Your knowledgeable guide will then take you on an enlightening two-hour tour of the ancient Incan citadel. You’ll learn about the history, the architecture, and the mysteries that surround this awe-inspiring archaeological site. As you walk through the ruins, you can’t help but feel the ancient energy and the profound significance of this place.

After the guided tour, you’ll have some free time to explore on your own. You might want to climb up to the Sun Gate for an iconic view. Alternatively, you may  just wander through the ruins, capturing memories with your camera.

Later in the afternoon, you’ll board the bus that will take you back down to Aguas Calientes. Here, you can grab a bite to eat, do some shopping, or simply relax before boarding the train back to Cusco. As you return, the scenic beauty of the Urubamba Valley will continue to captivate you.

Once you reach Cusco by 09:00 PM, your Machu Picchu day trip concludes. It leaves you with memories that will last a lifetime.

Machu Picchu Day Trip Statistics:

  • Distance covered: Approximately 112 kilometers (70 miles) each way.
  • Highest altitude: 2,430 meters (7,970 feet) at Machu Picchu.
  • Lowest altitude: 2,040 meters (6,690 feet) at Aguas Calientes.
  • Level of difficulty: Moderate, considering the altitude and walking.

Remember, the Machu Picchu day trip from Cusco is not just a journey through space but also through time. Make the most of it and soak in every moment.


What is the Machu Picchu Day Trip from Cusco?

The Machu Picchu Day Trip is a guided tour that allows you to visit the iconic Inca citadel of Machu Picchu in a single day, starting from Cusco.

How do I get to Machu Picchu from Cusco?

You’ll typically take a train from Cusco to Aguas Calientes, then a bus from Aguas Calientes to the entrance of Machu Picchu.

Do I need to book my Machu Picchu Tour in advance?

Yes, it’s highly recommended to book your Machu Picchu Day Trip in advance, especially during the high season, as entrance tickets and train tickets can sell out quickly.

Are there age or fitness restrictions?

Machu Picchu can be physically demanding due to the altitude and walking involved. While there are no strict age restrictions, it’s advisable to be in good health and consult your doctor if you have any concerns.

Can I hike Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain on the same day trip?

Hiking Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain typically requires a separate ticket and advanced reservation. It’s possible but may extend your visit beyond a day trip.

Is it possible to swim in Humantay Lake?

Swimming is not recommended. The water is frigid, and the lake is considered sacred by the local community.

What should I bring on the day trip?

Essential items include your passport, comfortable clothing, sturdy footwear, rain gear, water, snacks, camera, sunscreen, and a small backpack. See the previous answer for more details.

Is there a specific time to visit Machu Picchu during the day trip?

Yes, your entrance ticket will specify a time slot for your visit. You should arrive during your allotted time, which is typically in the morning

Is a guided tour included, and how long is it?

Yes, a guided tour is included, lasting around two hours. The guide will provide insights into the history and significance of Machu Picchu.

Are there dining options available at Machu Picchu or Aguas Calientes?

Yes, there are restaurants and cafes in Aguas Calientes where you can have a meal before or after your visit to Machu Picchu.

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Couple Traveller

My Machu Picchu Day Tour with Explore Peru Guide was truly unforgettable! From the moment we left Cusco, everything was well-organized and hassle-free. The guide’s expertise and the breathtaking views made this a once-in-a-lifetime experience. I can’t recommend it enough!

October 18, 2023


Solo Traveller

I had an incredible experience on the Machu Picchu Day Tour with Explore Peru Guide. The entire journey was seamless, from start to finish. The knowledgeable guides, stunning landscapes, and the wonder of Machu Picchu made it a day I’ll cherish forever. Highly recommended!”

October 10, 2023


Couple Traveller

My Machu Picchu Day Tour with Explore Peru Guide exceeded all expectations. From the train ride to the guided tour, every moment was unforgettable. A big thank you to the team for making this dream a reality!

September 6, 2023