Machu Picchu Day Trip from Cusco (By Train)

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Machu Picchu Day Trip from Cusco Details

Experience the best of the Inca citadel on our exclusive full day trip to Machu Picchu from Cusco. This is one of our signature tours and we aim in offering an optimum experience to our guests.

Spread in over 325.9 km2, Machu Picchu, one of the new seven world wonders, is an unmissable attraction in South America. This mysterious Inca city comprises alluring architecture that leaves most visitors stunned.

Often travelers choose to hike to Machu Picchu through the Salkantay Trail or the esteemed Inca Trail. We have compiled this itinerary to offer the best and the most to those wanting to soak in the history and views of this alluring Inca masterpiece without having to spend a day away from Cusco. 

At Peru Jungle Trips, we take pride in working with local tour guides. They have an in-depth knowledge about the Inca civilization and Andean traditions. Our dedicated Machu Picchu Tour guides have guided over a thousand tours in the citadel. They are aware of each and every corner of Machu Picchu.

Join us in a group or as a solo traveler to uncover the mysteries of the Machu Picchu, on our exclusive 1 Day Machu Picchu Tour from Cusco. 

When is it the best time to visit Machu Picchu?

Although the Inca citadel is open to visitors every day, we highly recommend planning your trip between March and November. During this period often the skies are clear and you will get clear views of the Inca citadel and its surroundings.

During the rainy season however, the peaks are often covered under a blanket of clouds. This makes it somewhat challenging to marvel at the beauty of the lost city of the Incas. 

Departure & Return Location

Cusco Hotel Transfer

Departure Time

Between 03:30 and 04:00 AM

Price Includes

  • Transport from your Cusco Hotel - Train Station / Train Station – Cusco Hotel
  • Round-trip train tickets from Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes and back to Cusco
  • Guiding by a professional, experienced guide licensed in Tourism (Spanish and English)
  • Bus service round-trip from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu
  • Entrance tickets to Machu Picchu

Price Excludes

  • Meals
  • Drinks
  • Snacks
  • Tips (Optional)

Recommended to Carry

  • Use sneakers or hiking shoes
  • Sunscreen
  • Long-sleeved shirts and Long pants
  • Some Peruvian Soles in cash
Good to know
  • Machu Picchu is one of the 7 Wonders of the Modern World, a Heritage of Humanity, a Historical Sanctuary of Peru, and probably the most important archaeological site in Latin America
  • Machu Picchu’s majestic and ingenious architecture is comprised of 140 structures throughout the citadel.
  • Machu Picchu was built by the Inca Pachacutec and his people around the year 1460.
  • After being forgotten for many years, in 1911 the American Hiram Bingham reached Machu Picchu on an expedition and spread news the site worldwide.
  • Machu Picchu’s most important structures are the Intihuatana sundial, the Temple of the Sun, and the Temple of the Three Windows.
  • In 1913, MP received worldwide attention when the National Geographic Society dedicated its entire April edition to the newly rediscovered city.

Cusco - Machu Picchu - Cusco

Your epic Machu Picchu full day tour from Cusco begins with an early morning transfer from your hotel in Cusco. At 0330 AM, we will be driving you through the Sacred Valley of the Incas to Ollantaytambo train station. 

It will be a two hour drive, so you can wink a nap in our comfortable vehicle.

Once in Ollantaytambo, you will board the train to the town of Aguas Calientes – Gateway to Machu Picchu.

The two hours train ride to Aguas Calientes offers staggering views of the snow capped Andean peaks as it snakes through highland farms and villages down to the dense tropical region of Amazon Rainforest. 

Once in Aguas Calientes train station, our representative will meet you and will transfer you to the bus terminal. Here you will be boarding the 25 minute bus up the hill to the entrance of Machu Picchu.

Our tour guide will be assisting you in passing the security control and entering the citadel. You will witness the golden rays of the morning sun beaming on the Inca walls as the blanket of cloud would unveil this Inca masterpiece.

We will begin the two hours guided tour of Machu Picchu with a brief introduction to the Inca empire. Our local expert will walk you through the remains of the royal quarters, main plaza, ceremonial sites, sundial clock and more.

Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain hike:

Once you have had your fill of the history, you will have some free time. If you have booked to climb Machu Picchu or Huayna Picchu mountain, our tour guide will be directing you to the respective trail head. 

Alternatively, you can also visit Sungate or Intipunku. It is the point of entrance to the citadel for those hiking the esteemed Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. To reach the Sungate, you won’t need any tickets and it’s free of cost. You will get a panoramic view of Machu Picchu citadel snuggled between Machu Picchu and Huayna Picchu peaks.

After the tour, we will be taking the bus back down to Aguas Calientes town. You will have some free time to stop for lunch before boarding the 0400 PM train back to Ollantaytambo.

Our representative will meet you on arrival in Ollantaytambo and will drive you back to Cusco city. You will be returning to Cusco by 0900 PM. 

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