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One Day Machu Picchu Tours from Cusco Details

Witness the best of the lost city of the Incas on this exclusive Machu Picchu Tour from Cusco with our qualified and English-speaking local tour guide. We have designed this Machu Picchu Day Trip from Cusco to offer you the best and the most in a short time with no sacrifice in quality. 

Visiting Machu Picchu tops the bucket list of every traveler in Peru, if not South America. There are different ways to get to the Inca Citadel from the city of Cusco. Among the most popular ways is the esteemed Inca Trail to Machu Picchu followed by Salkantay Trek. 

This Machu Picchu Day Trip from Cusco offers an extensive insight into the Inca Civilization. This is ideal for those wanting to visit the Sanctuary of Machu Picchu in a relaxed way. 

We have designed this itinerary exclusively for those wanting to get the most out of the Inca citadel in a short time. You will be getting an immersive tour of the Inca citadel with our certified English-speaking local tour guide. 

Best Time for Machu Picchu Tours One Day:

Machu Picchu nestles high up in the Peruvian Andes. It is subject to two seasons – dry season and rainy season. In the Andes, it rains from November to March. It often gets cloudy and the trail gets slippery. The best time to visit Machu Picchu is during the dry season, between March and October. 

We operate the One Day Machu Picchu Tours from Cusco both as a private tour and as a small group tour. 

Please note, if you want to climb Huayna Picchu mountain or Machu Picchu Mountain, it is highly recommended that you book it in advance. Permits are sold out months in advance. 

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Departure & Return Location

Cusco Hotel Transfer

Departure Time

0330 AM

Machu Picchu Tours One Day Includes

  • Cusco Hotel Transfer
  • Expedition train tickets to Aguas Calientes and back (Peru Rail or Inca Rail)
  • Machu Picchu entrance tickets
  • Bi-lingual local guide
  • Bus from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu and back

Price Excludes

  • Accommodation
  • Food
  • Any Private Expenses
  • Ticket to Huayna Picchu and Machu Picchu mountain
  • Optional upgrade to Vistadome train

Recommended To Carry

  • Snacks and Water Bottle
  • Sunscreen
  • Original Passport
  • Peruvian Soles in cash
Machu Picchu Tours One Day

One Day Machu Picchu Tours from Cusco

Your epic Machu Picchu Day Trip from Cusco starts with an early morning transfer from your hotel in Cusco. We will be embarking on a three hours drive in our private transport, through the Sacred Valley of the Incas to Ollantaytambo train station. 

Here, you will be boarding the train to the town of Aguas Calientes. This is the gateway to Machu Picchu. The train ride is an experience on its own. You will be witnessing the stunning beauty of Andean highland farms and villages tucked amidst the snow-capped peaks. 

Once in Aguas Calientes, our representative will be transferring you to the bus station where you will be boarding the tourist bus to Machu Picchu citadel. It normally takes 25 minutes. 

One Day Machu Picchu Tours from Cusco:

At the entrance of the Inca citadel of Machu Picchu, our tour guide will assist you in clearing the security control. We will then begin with two hours walking tour of Machu Picchu citadel. 

On this guided tour, you will be visiting some of the prominent sites in the citadel. This includes, the central plaza, remains of the temples, farming terraces, ceremonial center, and more. 

After your day trip to Machu Picchu, you will have some free time to explore the citadel on your own. If you have booked to climb Machu Picchu Mountain or Huayna Picchu mountain, our guide will be directing you to the respective entrance. 

You can also hike to the Sungate. It requires no permit and is free to hike. You will be getting a panoramic view of Machu Picchu from there. Sungate or Intipunku is the point of entry to the citadel for those hiking the esteemed Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. 

You will be taking the bus back down to Aguas Calientes town at an agreed time. Here you will have some free time to stop for lunch if desired. 

We will then take the train back to Ollantaytambo where our representative will be meeting you and will be driving you back to your hotel in Cusco city. 

Machu Picchu Day Trip from Cusco

How many days do you need in Machu Picchu?

Machu Picchu can be visited in just one day. However, if you want a longer experience, you can take the Inca Trail tour, which lasts 4 days in its classic version. A shorter version of the Inca Trail allows visitors to explore the famous Inca road to Machu Picchu in just two days. However, it’s recommended to spend some days in Cusco city before going to Machu Picchu. This is suggested in order to avoid altitude sicknesss and let your body adapt to the climate of the Andes.

Can you do Machu Picchu in a day?

Yes, Machu Picchu can be visited in just one day. However, visitors need to leave Cusco early in the morning to catch one of the first trains from Ollantaytambo to Machu Picchu. Once on the citadel, guided tours usually last for 2 – 3 hours, ending around 2 pm. Then you will have plenty of time to explore the nearby Aguas Calientes town and its famous hot springs. Finally, you can return to Ollantaytambo in the afternoon, arriving at Cusco at around 9 or 10 pm.

How do you get from Cusco to Machu Picchu?

In order to arrive at Machu Picchu, first you need to drive from Cusco to Ollantaytambo town, which is located in the Sacred Valley. It’s possible to take a bus or to go in a private car. Once there, visitors need to take a train to Aguas Calientes town. The train trip takes around 2 hours. Once in Aguas Calientes, the citadel of Machu Picchu can be reached after taking a short bus ride of around 30 minutes.

How many days does it take to hike Machu Picchu?

There are several treks and trails to Machu Picchu from Cusco ranging from 2-9 days. The most popular, Classic Inca Trail can be hiked in four days where in you will need five days to hike Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu. 

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Angie Josef

Couple Traveller

This was by far the best place we visited in South America, and the guide highlithed the most important information about this stunning complex, we wanted to stay longer but for the schedule of the train ticket it wasnt possible.
This place is magic.

December 13, 2021

Vivian Michellin

Couple Traveller

We wanted to do the bus tours to Machu Picchu but ended up doing this. It was totally worth the money. The guide service was top notch and everything was organised smoothly.

December 8, 2021

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