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Machu Picchu Day Trip from Cusco

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Overview

Spend a day exploring the Inca citadel of Machu Picchu during this all-inclusive day trip leaving from Cusco. Discover this renowned mountaintop Inca site with a guide, learning about its construction, history, and what daily life was like for its residents. The trip’s relaxed, non-strenuous pace is a great option for first-time visitors, families, and solo travelers alike, and features three different train ride options. The trip also includes round-trip hotel transport, transfer from Cusco to Machu Picchu (via train and bus), and the site entrance fee.
  • Day trip to Machu Picchu, one of the New7Wonders of the World, from Cusco
  • Enjoy a scenic rail tour that reveals great views of the landscapes
  • Learn the history behind the sacred city on a guided tour
  • Relax with all entrance fees, train and bus tickets, and hotel transportation included
  • Choose from three train options to suit different budgets

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

This tour takes the stress out of booking multiple bus and train tickets between Cusco and Machu Picchu.
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Guided tour of Machu Picchu
Local English- or Spanish-speaking guide
Hotel pickup and drop-off. Note: Some hotels are in areas where the access by vehicle is not permitted. Send hotel details in order to arrange your pickup and drop-off in a nearby place if necessary.
Admission ticket to Machu Picchu
Selected round trip train ticket
Round trip shuttle bus ticket to go up & down to the citadel from Machu Picchu town.
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This activity includes roundtrip transfer from your hotel, apartment or your house.
Depart from Cusco in the morning, with pickup from your hotel and a transfer from the city center to your train station. Your departure location and travel experience depend on the seating option you’ve selected. Guests can choose from the Expedition train—the Vistadome, with glass on all sides for better viewing—or the Executive Class with comfortable seats.

Then enjoy a scenic train ride, offering stunning views of the mountainous terrain that makes up the area near Machu Picchu.

Arrive in Aguas Calientes, the small village located at the base of this famous Inca site, and board a bus for the short ride to this sacred citadel. Completed around 1450, when the Inca Empire was at the peak of its power and influence, the site was left vacant within 100 years of its creation, thanks to the conquest of the Inca people by the Spanish. Though the site today remains abandoned, many believe Machu Picchu to be a key center of spiritual energy.

Follow your guide through the main streets of this marvel of ancient engineering. Learn about the site’s history and design as you meander through its town square, key religious sites, an elaborate network of agricultural terraces, and intricately-designed stone staircases.

After spending a few hours at the site, return by bus to the train station in Aguas Calientes and then to your chosen train for the trip back to Cusco.

IMPORTANT: Your passport details are needed for the Machu Picchu Day Trip (Full name and Passport ID). Please provide your passport details in the additional request box, otherwise the tour is notconfirmed.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu
Completed in approximately 1450 at the height of the Incan empire, Machu Picchu was abandoned less than 100 years later following the Spanish conquest of Peru. Today it is considered by many to be the new spiritual center of the world. From Cusco, you'll be transferred to the railway station to enjoy your 1.5-hour scenic rail tour to Aguas Calientes. We arrive at the Aguas Calientes station where our staff will assist us on boarding the bus to go up the winding road to Machu Picchu, amid a spectacular view of the Urubamba River and its canyon. The Lost City of the Incas, Machu Picchu, will astonish us with its terraces, ceremonial shrines, steps and urban areas. Energy is all around us. At the arranged time, we will take the train back to Cusco city.In order to meet various customer needs, you can choose from three different types of options. The Expedition option was created for adventurous passengers seeking comfort and security without the extra frills. Departing from Ollantaytambo train station, located approximately 1.5-hours from Cusco, your journey to Machu Picchu begins! The seats have been reupholstered with indigenous fabrics, giving them a touch of local flavor. Snacks are available for purchase, as well as additional storage space for backpacks. The Vistadome option is a comfortable way to journey to Machu Picchu. Departing from Ollantaytambo train station, located approximately 1.5-hours from Cusco, you'll enjoy beautiful panoramic windows to make the most of the spectacular scenery and allow for fantastic photo opportunities. Delicious snacks as well as hot and cold refreshments are served on the way (own expense). The Executive Class option departs from the Ollantaytambo train station, located approximately 1.5-hours from Cusco and make your way to Machu Picchu in comfort. Enjoy scenic panoramic views from the train, where you'll be seated in comfortable, padded chairs with a fold-out table for your convenience. Snacks and beverages are served on board the train for your enjoyment (own expense). The First Class option is a luxury service that ensures to make your visit to the citadel of Machu Picchu an unforgettable trip. Exclusive design with details of luxury and elegance, has two wagons of 30 seats each, panoramic windows and comfortable seats with folding tables; Observatory Lounge Bar with an outdoor balcony and live music. The service on board includes a welcome cocktail, a gourmet menu made with organic ingredients and a selection of imported wines. Upon arrival at Aguas Calientes station, you'll board a small bus and head up to the ruins of the “sacred city”, Machu Picchu. Your expert guide will walk with you through the main streets of these amazing ruins. Stroll through town squares and climb delicately carved stone stairways. Esoteric wisdom holds Machu Picchu as the new spiritual center of the world. There will be time to be alone and fully embrace this magnificent wonder of the world, letting this once in a lifetime experience set in. In the afternoon you'll return to the train station in Aguas Calientes for the trip back to Cusco. IMPORTANT: Your passport detail is needed for the Machu Picchu Day Trip (Full name and Passport ID). Please provide your passport detail in the additional request box, otherwise the tour is not confirmed.
Duration: 14 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • IMPORTANT: All traveler passport details are needed for the Machu Picchu Day Trip (Full name and Passport ID). Please provide all the passengers names, numbers of passaports, date of birth and nationality, otherwise the tour is not confirmed.
  • This excursion departs from your hotel in Cusco to Poroy or Ollantaytambo railway station depending on availability. From January to March, all trains departs from Ollantaytambo for weather reasons.
  • Travel date amendments are accepted 16 days before scheduled tour date.
  • The guided tour inside Machu Picchu takes around 3 hours following a delimited route.
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Machupicchu Admission ticket and train tickets are included in this tour. We can send you by email in advance, or our representatives will give you at the pick up tour.
  • A notification reconfirming the meeting or pick up time will be sent through viator or tripadvisor experiences extranet a day before the service.
  • Machu Picchu has a limited capacity and it has shifts entry by hours from 6 am to 2 pm. 362 visitors per shift. Our shared tour is going inside at 9 am, 10 am or 11 am. If the shifts are not available, we will open a new shared tour in the next hour.
  • Machu Picchu has two seasons. Rainy season from December to March. Dry season, the rest of the year.
  • What to bring: sunglasses, comfortable clothes and shoes, hat, repelent, sunscreen, water bottle, energy power bank, coat, small backpack, raincoat on rainy season from December to March.
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers
  • OPERATED BY VIPAC Travel
This experience is non-refundable and cannot be changed for any reason. If you cancel or ask for an amendment, the amount you paid will not be refunded.

    Learn more about cancellations.

    The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
    Q:
    Where is the meeting point?
    A:The meeting point for this tour is our Cusco Head Office located at Av. El Sol 817.
    Jul 2019
    Q:
    What is the pick up location?
    A:We offer pick ups from most hotels. Let us know where you are staying in the 'Special Requirements' box in the Traveler Details section during checkout. Or you can let us know after booking by visiting 'Manage my Booking' and emailing us there.
    Jul 2019
    Q:
    What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Machu Picchu Day Trip from Cusco?
    A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

    • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
    • Face masks required for guides in public areas
    • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
    See all safety measures taken by Machu Picchu Day Trip from Cusco.
    Q:
    What is the policy on sanitization during Machu Picchu Day Trip from Cusco?
    A:The policies on sanitization are:

    • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
    • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
    • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
    See all safety measures taken by Machu Picchu Day Trip from Cusco.
    Q:
    What is the social distancing policy during Machu Picchu Day Trip from Cusco?
    A:The policy on social distancing is:

    • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
    See all safety measures taken by Machu Picchu Day Trip from Cusco.
    Q:
    What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Machu Picchu Day Trip from Cusco?
    A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

    • Guides required to regularly wash hands
    • Regular temperature checks for staff
    See all safety measures taken by Machu Picchu Day Trip from Cusco.

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    Traveler Tips


    • "our visit was also very sunny and very hot we visited in late Sept 2018 so pack a hat that covers your neck or your umbrella because you will get sunburned!" See review
    • "This was on Peru Rail, not sure if situation is different with Inca Train, but be prepared by bringing a breathing mask or something to cover you nose and mouth especially if you have asthma." See review
    • "The site is very accessible although there are a lot of steep stairs to navigate." See review

    Reviews

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    1,009 Reviews

    Reviews by Viator travelers

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    star-5
    ¡Me gusta!
    Bagas_N
    , May 2022
    Machu Picchu trip was amazing. I got an amazing tour guide called Ana. She did her best to explain and even taking good pictures.
    icon Response from Host , May 2022
    Thank you so much for your appreciation about our guide Ana and our tour. Have a great trip in Peru !!
    star-5
    Photos cannot describe the in person experience!
    paula
    , May 2022
    It was an amazing experience with our guide Johnny sharing the history and selecting the perfect stops for photos opportunities.
    icon Response from Host , May 2022
    Thank you so much for your appreciation about our guide Jhonny and our tour. It´s totally true, photos can´t catch the emotions and sensations in this magical place. Have a great trip in Peru.
    star-5
    GET JAIME AS YOUR TOUR GUIDE--EXCEPTIONAL IN EVERY WAY
    AnyaLiftig
    , May 2022
    Jaime was an INCREDIBLE tour guide. So knowledgeable and really was able to dive deep into every aspect of MP. I am an incessant question asker and Jaime had an incredible answer and info for everything. I had the chance to hear pieces of other tours that were being given and I can say that Jaime was hands-down THE BEST
    icon Response from Host , May 2022
    Thank you for your appreciation of our tour guide, James. One of the big values of VIPAC is our selection of expert and professional guides. It´s a unique moment in your life. Have a great time in Peru !!
    star-4
    fun Trip
    Joshua_G
    , May 2022
    It was fun. We enjoyed the trip. The bus ride is much longer than we expected but the train was nice and our guide was excellent.
    icon Response from Host , May 2022
    Thank you for your appreciation of our tour guide. One of the big values of VIPAC is our selection of expert and professional guides. It´s a unique moment in your life. Machu Picchu is a little bit far from Cusco and takes a long time to reach the citadel, it´s part of this great adventure. Enjoy Peru !!
    1 traveler found this review helpful
    star-5
    The trip was amazing! Our...
    Sophia_M
    , May 2022
    The trip was amazing! Our tour guide Ana and Wilbert was very helpful. Wilbert stayed late ensure we got back to the hotel safely. Highly recommend their tour
    star-5
    HOLISTIC EXPERIENCE
    Yolecny_M
    , May 2022
    Was an amazing experience. Our tour guide Ana was very informative and friendly. The tour was extremely organized. Highly recommended.
    icon Response from Host , May 2022
    Thank you for your comment about your experience to Machu Picchu. Our operation team is working to do always the best. Our guides are memorable. We hope to have the opportunity to attend you again in your next trip to Peru.
    star-5
    Machu picchu
    LeanPaulo_C
    , Apr 2022
    The tour was organized and makes it easy for the tourist. They picked us up from our hotel and gave us clear instructions. You start at the cusco bus station. You take the bus to Ollentamtambo (the train station). You take the train to Aguas Calientes. Then from there, you take a 20min bus ride to the entrance of Machu Picchu.
    1 traveler found this review helpful
    star-5
    Extremely professional
    Willkev3
    , Apr 2022
    Staff was extremely helpful and informative. Your guide answered all of our questions and moved at our pace. There were farmer association strikes potentially and the company kept us up-to-date with potential cancellations if needed.
    star-5
    My birthday at Macchu Picchu!
    LeahChristiaC_C
    , Apr 2022
    For my birthday this year I decided to go to Macchu Picchu, and I did! The team at Inka Rail, especially Lila and Jaime, took very good care of us. They spoke wonderful English, communicated well, and made sure we had a seamless travel to our destination. We were staying in Cusco, so we had to wake up early and began our day at 4am. It was a 2 hour bus ride to the train station, which was bumpy so I got car sick. When we got to the train station, Inka Rail had their own rest area with clean restrooms, and snacks. Outside the rest area are vendors for more souvenirs and snacks, I recommend buying here because my hat and poncho were cheaper than in Cusco. The train ride on the 360 was gorgeous, we got to take in the scenery in the open cabin and relax for 1 hour and 45 mins. When we got to Aguas Caliente, Jaime had a sign to gather us all together. Just remember that not everyone on the train is in your group so dont get lost. We had some time to explore then had to queue up to ride the bus to the top. This was also a bumpy ride which took about 25 mins to get to the top. We showed our passports then started our journey through thr incan ruins. It was an overcast day but the clouds were constantly giving way to the structure. It rained a little but we came prepared with ponchos in case, but it was only for a few minutes. It was breath taking standing there in person. Our journey back to Cusco was everything in reverse and got back to the hotel by 830pm. I truly enjoyed myself, minus the motion sickness. Definitely pack an extra bag in case you don't feel well, it saved my life on the ride back! Enjoy!
    1 traveler found this review helpful
    star-5
    Smooth trip to Machu Picchu
    Gene_K
    , Apr 2022
    There was some initial mix up because I had booked the wrong date, but once it was straightened out by the 5AM pickup time in Cuzco, everything went very smoothly. I was picked up at my AirBnb and then dropped at the station for the bus ride to Ollantaytambo where the VistaDome train was boarded to Agua Caliente where my guide was waiting. I was his only client and we rode up to Machu Picchu. I am 80 and had to slow down sometimes to catch my breath but he was very patient. The site itself is quite large over a large area and we explored it all. After we were finished, the reverse bus, train, bus brought me back to Cuzco where I was met at the bus station by another guide and driven back to the pick up point where I was staying. A wonderful day.
    star-3
    Good for peace of mind, but pricey
    Holly_S
    , Mar 2022
    The convenience of having all the tickets you need purchased for you ahead of time for reasonable times of day to have a good experience is nice. When we got to Machu Picchu, our guide wasn’t comfortable giving the tour in English, so they flagged down one of the open guides outside of their company at Machu Picchu to take us instead. The guide overall was nice and took us up the steps of Machu Picchu at our own pace and made sure we rested when we needed to (I get pretty impacted by the altitude). We found out that it is warmer at Machu Picchu than it is in Cusco, so make sure you prepare for warmer weather (70s) and wear sunscreen. In reflection, the whole experience felt a little pricey - we probably could have booked our own tickets and flagged down our own guide when we got there. But, for first-timers who didn’t know what to expect and don’t speak much Spanish, it was nice to have that peace of mind and would recommend to other first-timers.
    icon Response from Host , Apr 2022
    Thank you very much for your feedback and words. We hope you enjoyed youe stay in our country. We will improve the information about our tour. It´s consider to split groups in languages, spanish and english, before entry to the citadel. We hope you enjoyed your trip in our country. Peru has many reasons to come again, jungles and northern lands. All the best.
    1 traveler found this review helpful
    star-5
    Great way to see Machu Picchu from Cusco
    Emily_N
    , Jan 2022
    This was a great way to do a once-in-a-lifetime experience. The day was long and the bus ride to the train wasn't the most fun, but it's difficult to get from Cusco to Machu Picchu and this was still a good way to do it. It was pretty well organized even though it involved a lot of steps. Our tour group was small so it was easy to hear the guide and ask questions. Overall would definitely recommend!
    1 traveler found this review helpful
    star-3
    I want to start out by...
    Patricia_G
    , Dec 2021
    I want to start out by saying I had a terrible time adjusting to the altitude of Machu Picchu and was very anxious about this. The guides of the trip were patient, talking me down and reassuring me that I would have a great time. My one complaint about the trip was the pick up/drop off. I was in my hotel lobby waiting for pick up when I received a WhatsApp message ( and I had only turned on push notifications for the app the night before) telling me that they could not come pick me up at the hotel because of the type of vehicle being used and I had to meet them at another location about five minutes before they were due to pick me up and fifteen minutes prior to the time they were telling me to be at this new location. I had to get directions from my hotel and then rush to this new pick up location. I'm going to remind you that I was having trouble adjusting to the altitude so rushing up and down a hill is not something I was doing well. I noticed I was passing a mini bus with the company name on it, stopped and asked if they were there to pick me up several blocks before the pick up location and they were so I got on. The bus ride and train ride were fine. I don't feel like being on the Vistadome added anything to my experience and I think I would have had a good time with the regular train but the seats were comfortable and I snoozed on the train ride. We met our guide outside of the train station and he was personable, took us to a place to have coffee and we discussed my anxiety from the night before. At Machu Picchu I discovered that my passport was missing out of the case I keep it and I had a legitimate panic attack. I was already having difficulty breathing because of the altitude and absolutely could not breathe while panicking. My guide brought me to a nice bench with a full view of the archeological site and left me there while another guide messaged me telling me I had to have had it to get on the train. At no time getting on the bus or the train did they actually ask to see my vaccine card or my passport, they just motioned us all on because of our tickets, taking it out at Machu Picchu was the first time I would have seen it. That guide called the bus depot and my hotel and later messaged me that they found the passport under the bed of my hotel room and I could finally breathe a little easier. I walked around on my own near the exit of the site, took some pictures, saw some llamas and made friends with a woman from Serbia who was sitting out because of her injured foot. It was not what I imagined by trip to Machu Picchu to look like but I enjoyed my time there. After our guide took us to a restaurant for lunch and we boarded our train back to Poroy. The train had a couple dancers and the staff modeled some alpaca fur products. After we were picked up from the bus station, my group mates were taken back to their hotel, one was dropped at Plaza de Armas and then I was all that remained. This time they used a van instead of a mini bus and I asked to be taken to my hotel because I know the van was capable of getting down those streets and I was the last passenger. Despite advertising hotel pick up and drop off, I was dropped off in the middle of San Blas. I was unfamiliar with the area and had to use my phone to get an uber because again, the altitude was really bothering me and I was in an unfamiliar location. I was only a couple blocks from my hotel but the uber was the best option for me. Long story short, the guides are fantastic and really go above and beyond but the 'hotel pick up and drop off' is misleading and I would confirm the night before if they can actually pick you up at your hotel otherwise you will find yourself rushing and wheezing through Cusco to make your pick up.
    2 travelers found this review helpful
    star-5
    Awesome!!
    Lauren_D
    , Dec 2021
    Great experience! There were tour guides at every step to make sure we got where we needed to go and were safe. Would definitely use this tour company again!
    icon Response from Host , Dec 2021
    Thank you very much for your comment about our guides, they make the difference in this great experience. Machu Picchu is an incredible place with hidden corners. We wait for you a next time in Peru.
    star-5
    Great tour!
    Avinash_P
    , Dec 2021
    This was an amazing trip! On the way to machu pichu we had to change many modes of transportation (train, bus, etc). The tour guides and the company made it super easy for us to make it to machu pichu and back. I would definitely recommend this excursion, and the tour guide was amazing as well at Machu pichu. Nothing about this tour was bad, 5 stars only!!
    icon Response from Host , Dec 2021
    Thank you very much for your comment about our guides, they make the difference in this great experience. Machu Picchu is an incredible place with hidden corners. We wait for you a next time in Peru.
    star-5
    Truly Incredible
    Sierra_L
    , Nov 2021
    It was an incredible experience with spectacular sights. Learning about the history of Machu Picchu provided a deeper connection to the experience of visiting the place. Completely worth it!
    star-5
    Great experience to Machu Picchu
    dominicdebiaso
    , Nov 2021
    Had an amazing day to Machu picchu - everything was smooth and well coordinated. The tour company was very communicative beforehand with questions I had. Would recommend!
    star-3
    Average
    Dimple_K
    , Nov 2021
    Visiting Machu Picchu has been a dream of mine! It finally happened, however with the wrong tour guide and company unfortunately. A tour guide will pick you up from your hotel and put you on the bus to the train station. Once you arrive in Aguas Caliente, you will meet another guide who will take you up to Machu Picchu. My tour of Machu Picchu felt rushed and the tour guide took short cuts once inside the ruins. He didn’t take my group to the top where the alpacas hang out. The tour ended and I still had 2.5 hours until my train back to Cusco. This is such a special moment for people who make the trek to Machu Picchu but end up leaving disappointed.
    icon Response from Host , Dec 2021
    Dear Sir, I´m Enrique Quinones, CEO of VIPAC. I read your comment, and I´m very sad to not complied with your full expectations on the tour to Machu Picchu. The logistic to visit the citadel is a little bit complex. Our guides are following the indications of park rangers to avoid crowds on terraces. Sometimes, it feels like shortcuts. Unfortunately, the routes inside the citadel are delimited, and ends in a limit time. We are taking your appreciations about your experience to improve better information for our customers about times and coordinations. I take this opportunity to wish you a merry Christmas and a year 2022 full of happiness.
    star-4
    Well organized & guided was super kind and informed
    Terri_R
    , Nov 2021
    We usually wing things when we get to the country and I it very is possible to do that , as many guide agencies have tickets BUT I didn't want to chance it. All transportation was arranged well and relieved Alot of less stress. We left at 4am and go back at like 6 pm . It is a very long travel day from CUSCo and wished we had spent the night I. The sacred valley , and I would of liked to hike there as well , there are day hikes, and this tour won't give you time for that. Our guide was great she did very well in English .
    star-5
    Great company when your here
    Ty_B
    , Sep 2021
    Paul was the most amazing guide!! Honestly was so happy with our experience. Also with them picking us up at our hotel and dropping us back off was so nice. Would highly recommend, not the cheapest but you feel taken care of.

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