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Day Tour to Machu Picchu Details
1 Day Machu Picchu Tour from Cusco

Machu Picchu One Day Tour by train is ideal for those wanting to explore the lost city of the Incas in a short time. The Machu Picchu Day Trip from Cusco offers the best of the citadel of Machu Picchu with no compromise in time. 

The renowned Inca citadel of Machu Picchu was built during the rule of Pachacutec. Unlike most royal palaces, this was not passed down in the line of succession. Instead, it was used for 80 years and abandoned after the Spanish conquest. 

The complex was home to 750 people. Most of them worked for the royal family. The citadel features impressive Incan engineering. Farming terraces here are built on the slopes of a hill to protect the citadel from landslides. 

Machu Picchu Day Trip from Cusco offers an extensive insight into the Incas history and Spanish conquest of South America. We will be giving you a detailed tour where you will be visiting the prime sites in the complex with our local tour guide. 

The tour includes a roundtrip train ticket in an expedition class. To enhance your travel experience you may choose to upgrade to the vista dome train with prior notice.

To enhance your travel experience, you may choose to upgrade to the Vistadome Train. It is operated by Peru Rail. The train has comfortable seats, panoramic windows installed which offers stunning views of the Urubamba river snaking through the Andean farms and villages.

Please note that if you wish to climb Huayna Picchu mountain or Machu Picchu mountain, er highly recommend that you book the permit months in advance. 

Why choose Machu Picchu Peru Cusco for Machu Picchu One Day Tour?

This is one of our signature tours. As a local tour operator, we work with local tour guides. They are born and bred in the region. 

Our guides are certified tourism professionals with immense knowledge about the Incas history. We aim to make your tour to Machu Picchu an unforgettable experience. 

We operate this full day trip to Machu Picchu with small groups. This would allow you to get the most out of the trip. 

Do take a moment to check our reviews on Tripadvisor.

Departure & Return Location

Cusco Hotel Transfer

Departure Time

Between 03:30 and 04:00 AM

Price Includes

  • Cusco hotel pickup and drop off
  • Round-trip train tickets from Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes
  • Guided tour by a professional, experienced guide (Spanish and English)
  • Bus service round-trip from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu
  • Entrance tickets to Machu Picchu

Price Excludes

  • Meals
  • Drinks
  • Snacks
  • Entrance fee to Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu mountain

Recommended to Carry

  • Use sneakers or hiking shoes
  • Sunscreen
  • Long-sleeved shirts and Long pants
  • Some Peruvian Soles in cash
Machu Picchu One Day Tour Itinerary

Machu Picchu Day Trip from Cusco

We will be picking you up from your hotel in Cusco. Then in our private transport, we will embark on a journey along the Sacred Valley of Incas to Ollantaytambo train station. Here you will be boarding the expedition train to Aguas Calientes.

Once in Aguas Calientes, we will be transferring you to the bus station. Here you will be boarding the bus to Machu Picchu citadel. It takes 25-30 minutes to reach the entrance of the citadel.

Our guide will assist you to clear the security checkpoint and enter the citadel. Please make sure to carry your original passport as it will be verified against your entrance ticket to Machu Picchu. 

Machu Picchu Day Trip from Cusco

We will then give you a two hours guided tour of the sanctuary of Machu Picchu. On this tour, you will be visiting the main square of the complex, then we will walk you through the ceremonial site, remains of ancient temples, farming terraces, and more. 

After the tour, you will have some free time to explore Machu Picchu on your own. If you have booked your climb to Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu mountain, our local tour guide will direct you to the entrance. Alternatively, you can walk to the Sun Gate. 

Sun Gate or Intipunku is the point through which those on the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu enter the complex. It offers a panoramic view of Machu Picchu. It is a two hour hike from the citadel to the Sun Gate and back. 

After visiting Machu Picchu, we will be taking the bus back to the town of Aguas Calientes. Here you will have some free time to stop for lunch, if desired. Then we will be boarding the train back to Ollantaytambo. 

Our representative will meet you at the train station and will transfer you back to your hotel. We will arrive in the City of Cusco at around 10:00 PM.

Machu Picchu Day Trip from Cusco - Machu Picchu One Day Tour

How many people visit Machu Picchu a day?

Normally access to Machu Picchu citadel is restricted to 2500 people a day. Post COVID-19 pandemic, the authorities are planning to increase this to 3500 visitors a day. 

Can you do Machu Picchu in one day?

Yes, you can do Machu Picchu in one day from Cusco. The tour typically starts with a pickup from your hotel in Cusco at around 0300 AM. You will be driven to Poroy or Ollantaytambo train station where you will be boarding a three hours train to Aguas Calientes. You will then take a 25 minutes bus ride to the citadel where you will be given a two hours tour. After the tour, you will be taking a bus back to Aguas Calientes and a three hours train back to Ollantaytambo and the by road to Cusco.

How many days to do Machu Picchu?

Machu Picchu can be done on a full-day tour to Machu Picchu from Cusco. For a more leisure trip, you can choose an overnight tour where you will be spending a night in Machu Picchu Pueblo (Aguas Calientes Town).  Alternatively, you can choose some of the renowned treks like Salkantay Trek, Inca Trail or Lares Trek that varies from 3 days to 5 days. 

Is Machu Picchu open every day?

Yes, Machu Picchu is open every day from 0600 AM to 0530 PM including weekends and public holidays. Machu Picchu is closed at night. 

How many days do you need in Machu Picchu?

If you are doing a regular tour you will just be spending 2-3 hours inside the citadel. However, if you are hiking Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu mountain, you can add 4-5 hours to it. However, if you have an extra day, it is recommended to visit the Machu Picchu Museum in Aguas Calientes town. 

How many days does it take to hike Machu Picchu?

It normally takes 1.5 hours to 2 hours to reach Machu Picchu citadel from Aguas Calientes town by hiking. However, if you are planning on doing Inca Trail, Lares Trek, or Salkantay Trek it takes between three and five days depending on the route you choose. 

Can you go to Machu Picchu in one day?

The train ride from Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes just takes around 2 hours and 30 minutes. So it’s entirely possible to go to Machu Picchu citadel in just one day.

3 Reviews
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Gloria Perez

Couple Traveller

Machu Picchu was in our bucket list! I and my boyfriend just came back from our Machu Picchu vacation. All the service from Lares trip was very fantastic since the pick up from our hotel to the end of the tour and the tour guide Juan was very friendly/informative. Thanks to them we had great trip to Machu Picchu! HIGHLY RECOMMEND!!

November 26, 2019

Monica Perez

Family Traveller

We are a family of 4 people, my 2 daughters, my wife and I, who decided to come to Cusco to take the tour of Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu for 2 days with Machu Picchu Peru Cusco. They were very efficient from the airport pick up to the After the tour, we were very happy during the trip because we were accompanied by a very professional guide who knew each place and made the trip very fun and very interesting.

November 19, 2019

Germán Restrepo

Solo Traveller

We could enter Machu Picchu at 6 a.m. a priceless experience. With a great guide that gave us a perfect tour, knows the history and facts of that stunning city. And took great photos at the right spots.
Exploor took care of every detail.

November 11, 2019
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