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 Machu Picchu day trip from Cusco.

Our signature tour offers an optimum experience for our guests. Spread over 325.9 km2, Machu Picchu, one of the new seven world wonders, is an unmissable attraction in South America.


This enigmatic Inca city boasts captivating architecture that leaves most visitors spellbound. Travelers often choose to hike to Machu Picchu through the Salkantay Trail.

Our carefully crafted itinerary provides the ultimate history and views of this alluring Inca masterpiece without sacrificing a day in Cusco.

At Peru Jungle Trips, we take great pride in collaborating with local tour guides who possess in-depth knowledge about the Inca civilization and Andean traditions. Our exceptional Machu Picchu Tour guides have escorted over a thousand tours in the citadel and are intimately familiar with every nook and cranny of Machu Picchu.

Join us in a group or as a solo traveler to unravel the mysteries of Machu Picchu on our exclusive one-day Machu Picchu Tour from Cusco.


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 a remarkable archaeological site that has been recognized as one of the 7 Wonders of the Modern World, a Heritage of Humanity, and a Historical Sanctuary of Peru.
  • This impressive citadel boasts 140 structures and is considered the most important archaeological site in Latin America.
  • It was built by the Inca Pachacutec and his people around 1460 and was later rediscovered in 1911 by American explorer Hiram Bingham.
  • Bingham's expedition brought international attention to the site, with the National Geographic Society dedicating an entire edition to it in 1913.
  • Some of Machu Picchu's most notable structures include the Intihuatana sundial, the Temple of the Sun, and the Temple of the Three Windows.

Cusco - Machu Picchu - Cusco

Your epic Machu Picchu day trip 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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Q: Are there different tour packages available?

A: Yes, we offer various tour packages to cater to different preferences. Whether you’re a history enthusiast, nature lover, or seeking adventure, our packages are designed to accommodate diverse interests. Explore our website to find the perfect fit for your Machu Picchu experience.


Q: What safety measures are in place considering the current travel climate?

A: In light of the ongoing global situation, we prioritize the safety and well-being of our guests. Our tour guides are trained to implement necessary safety protocols, ensuring a secure and enjoyable visit to Machu Picchu.


Q: Can I customize my Machu Picchu tour itinerary?

A: Absolutely! We understand that every traveler is unique. Contact our customer support team, and they will be happy to assist you in customizing your itinerary based on your interests, time constraints, and other preferences.


Q: Are there retail opportunities during the tour?

A: Yes, our tours often include opportunities to explore local markets where you can purchase authentic Peruvian souvenirs and handicrafts. This not only enhances your cultural experience but also supports local communities.


Q: Can I combine the Machu Picchu tour with other activities in Peru?

A: Certainly! We offer combined packages that allow you to explore other remarkable destinations in Peru. Whether you’re interested in exploring Cusco or discovering the Amazon rainforest, we have diverse options to create a customized itinerary for your entire journey.


Q: What is the best time to visit Machu Picchu?

A: The best time to run this Machu Picchu day trip is during the dry season, which typically runs from May to September. However, Machu Picchu is enchanting year-round, and our tours are available throughout the year to accommodate different travel preferences.

Several layers of agricultural terraces almost cover the entirety of the jungle's mountain where Machu Picchu is built upon.

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