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From Cusco: Full-Day Group Tour of Machu Picchu

1. From Cusco: Full-Day Group Tour of Machu Picchu

Travel from Cusco to learn about the majestic Inca city: Machu Picchu and the ancient civilization living there. Discover the secrets that are hidden in it. Go back in time as you explore the streets of these ruins located in the Peruvian Andes.  Begin with an early morning pickup from your hotel in Cusco for transfer to the train station. Get on board and enjoy the comforts offered by the train during the journey to Machu Picchu. Choose from the option of a standard train or a Vistadome train that offers panoramic views. Enjoy the dynamic landscapes of the Peruvian Andes. Arrive in Aguas Calientes and take a bus to the entrance of the citadel of Machu Picchu. Learn about the history of this wonderful place. Take the bus back to Aguas Calientes and get recommendations for lunch. Board the train back to the Ollantaytambo or Poroy station where transportation will be waiting to take you to your hotel in Cusco.

Aguas Calientes: Machu Picchu Official Ticket, Bus, & Guide

2. Aguas Calientes: Machu Picchu Official Ticket, Bus, & Guide

Meet your driver at your hotel or the train statin in Aguas Calientes. Embark on the beautiful 30-minute drive to Machu Picchu, where you’ll show your passport and pass through security. Walk 20 minutes to the upper part of Machu Picchu, following your guide to the perfect lookout location. Your guide will lead you through the legendary site on a 2-hour tour, on which you'll delve into the history of the Lost Citadel and Machu Picchu. Relish in panoramic vistas of the ruins and the surrounding mountains. Get lost in the maze-like stone constructions. Return to Aguas Calientes.

From Cusco: Machu Picchu Small Group Full-Day Tour

3. From Cusco: Machu Picchu Small Group Full-Day Tour

Join a small-group tour and go on an unforgettable guided journey to Machu Picchu. Receive a guided tour of the awe-inspiring citadel from an official guide and benefit from a tour package that includes hotel pickup from Cusco, train tickets, and bus shuttles. After being picked up from your hotel, be driven to Cusco's train station and embark on a 2-hour scenic train ride to the town of Aguas Calientes. Admire the breathtaking beauty of the Sacred Valley of the Incas set against the stunning Andean landscape. Upon arrival in Aguas Calientes, hop on a small bus and travel past the town of Urubamba and up to the ruins of the so-called “Lost City of the Incas”, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and now one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. Get dropped off at the main entrance to Machu Picchu where you will be met by your expert guide who will lead you around the sacred hilltop site and tell you about the fascinating history and culture of the Incas. Marvel at more than 600 terraces, 160 buildings, thousands of steps, several temples, and 16 fountains built by the Incan Emperor Pachacutec. Gaze up the restored buildings, like the Temple of the Sun and the Room of the Three Windows, and take in the sweeping scenery of the surrounding valley.   Descend back down to Aguas Calientes where you will enjoy free time to walk around the city and look for a place to have lunch.  At a scheduled time, board the train back to Cusco and be picked up at the train station to be transported back to your hotel.

From Cusco: 2-Day Trip to the Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu

4. From Cusco: 2-Day Trip to the Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu

DAY 1: We will start this great adventure with the pick up from your hotel at 8:00 am to go to the Sacred Valley of the Incas, Pisac, Colonial Inca, discover one of the Inca archaeological sites, on top of the mountain with impressive stone walls, agricultural terraces, irrigation systems and the largest cemetery of the Inca Empire. Time to shop at the craft market, where artisans sell their ceramics, textiles, jewelry, Andean instruments, alpaca products, and souvenirs. We will continue our trip of approximately 1 hour through the Sacred Valley to Urubamba where we will have time to have lunch in one of the local restaurants that offers several traditional dishes, made with fresh products. In the afternoon, visit the archaeological complex of Ollantaytambo, where you can appreciate the technique with which the Incas worked the stone, the last Inca citadel standing. The city is built on ancient Inca buildings. Explore the archaeological site of the city that has temples, terraces, warehouses and a large Inca monolith. Next, we will depart by train from the Ollantaytambo station, we will arrive at the Aguas Calientes station, where our staff will assist you to stay in one of the hotels in Aguas Calientes. (Select between a tour with or without accommodation). DAY 2: In the morning the guide will pick you up at the hotel to board the transport that will ascend an intricate path giving us a spectacular view of the Urubamba River that shapes the famous canyon. The Lost City of the Incas, Machu Picchu, will welcome you with its incredible terraces, stairways, ceremonial precincts and urban areas where energy emanates from all over the place. After a guided tour, you will have the opportunity to have lunch in one of the restaurants in the area. At the coordinated time, we will return by train and we will be transferred to the hotel in Cusco, ending with a great experience.

From Cusco: Machu Picchu Overnight Trip with Accommodation

5. From Cusco: Machu Picchu Overnight Trip with Accommodation

Venture to Machu Picchu via the Amazon Route on this round-trip tour from Cusco. Follow a trail through the lush jungle and visit Machu Picchu’s town, Aguas Calientes. Enjoy a guided tour of the archeological site along with meals, accommodation, and transportation. Day 1: Cusco - Hydroelectric - Machu Picchu TownStart your trip early in the morning with the pickup from your hotel in Cusco. Then, begin crossing the Sacred Valley of the Incas. Appreciate the passing towns and observe different types of climates until you reach the tropical zone. Enjoy an included lunch, then continue the trip to the Hydroelectric (45-minute walk). Next, the 3-hour trek along the Amazon Trail to reach Machu Picchu Pueblo begins. Upon arrival in town, be led by staff to your accommodation. At night, have an included dinner and receive instructions from your guide about the visit to the Inca Citadel of Machu Picchu. Day 2: Guided Tour in Machu Picchu - Return to CuscoGet up early to walk for 1 hour until you reach the Inca Citadel of Machu Picchu. At the Historic Sanctuary of Machu Picchu, you’ll join a 2-hour guided walking tour where you can take photos. After the tour, return by bus to the town of Aguas Calientes, then get time to walk from town to the hydroelectric plant. At the plant, the tour bus will be waiting to take you back to Cusco, where you will be dropped off at the Plaza San Francisco. Those wishing for a quicker visit can also opt for the Day Trip option and visit Machu Picchu in just one day from Cusco and enjoy the Machu Picchu guided tour.

Machu Picchu: Full-Day Tour from Cusco with Optional Lunch

6. Machu Picchu: Full-Day Tour from Cusco with Optional Lunch

Start with pickup from your hotel in Cusco and travel to Ollantaytambo Station to board the train to Aguas Calientes. This is the nearest town to Machu Picchu. Enjoy a scenic train journey through dramatic Andean landscapes. The train has ample seats with large windows allowing for grand views of the surrounding jungle and mountains.  Board a coach for a 25-minute ride to Machu Picchu. The city of Machu Pichu is believed to have been built in the 1450s by the Inca emperor Pachacuti as a holiday retreat. Within a century the city would be abandoned following the Spanish conquest. The Spaniards never found it, so it was spared the destruction they brought on other Inca sites. Instead, it was slowly swallowed up by the jungle and hidden from harm. Take a guided tour of the site which explains the origins behind this awe-inspiring citadel and its most prominent landmarks such as the monumental Main Square, the Royal Quarters, the Temple of the Three Windows, the Circular Towers, the Sacred Sun Dial, and the Burial Grounds. After the tour, be returned to Aguas Calientes where you can take some free time to explore the city, or enjoy an optional lunch.  After some time in the town, return to Aguas Calientes station to take the train back to the Ollantaytambo Station, from there you will be taken back to your hotel.

From Cusco: Luxury Machu Picchu Tour in First-Class Train

7. From Cusco: Luxury Machu Picchu Tour in First-Class Train

Step into a world of luxury on this first-class train to Machu Picchu. Admire stunning views of the Cusco countryside while enjoying gourmet food and live music on board. Start your day with a private transfer to the station and be welcomed aboard the first-class train to Machu Picchu. Step into the observatory, lounge, or balcony to admire sweeping views of the Andes and Urubamba river. After 4-hours of travel from Cusco, arrive in Aguas Calientes and drive for 30 minutes to the Citadel of Machu Picchu. Upon arrival, meet your private guide and begin the afternoon tour of the citadel. See the most spectacular archeological sites in Machu Picchu. Explore the fortress, temples, plazas, and palaces while your guide explains the fascinating history of the Incas’ lost city. After, enjoy free time to wander the city at your own pace and capture stunning photos. Depart for Cusco in the late afternoon and enjoy a selection of cocktails, wine, and live entertainment on board. Savor a delicious 3-course meal prepared with local produce as you journey in comfort back to the station.

Machu Picchu Lost Citadel and Mountain Official Ticket

8. Machu Picchu Lost Citadel and Mountain Official Ticket

Discover the Inca ruins and hike up Machu Picchu Mountain at your own pace with this official entrance ticket to the magnificent UNESCO World Heritage Site in the Sacred Valley. This offer includes the entrance ticket to the Machu Picchu lost citadel and access to the Machu Picchu mountain hike. Only 800 people are allowed to enter the Machu Picchu Mountain per day, divided into 2 groups. The first group can access the Mountain from 07:00 to 08:00 am and the second group from 09:00 to 10:00 am. The ascent to the Machu Picchu Mountain depends on the physical condition of the individual and can range from 2-3 hours. From the top of Machu Picchu Mountain, you will be able to enjoy impressive views of the surrounding peaks, valleys, and winding Urubamba River.

From Aguas Calientes: Round-Trip Bus Ticket to Machu Picchu

9. From Aguas Calientes: Round-Trip Bus Ticket to Machu Picchu

Enjoy the peace and quiet whilst riding the bus and checking out the scenery along the way. The buses are comfortable and equipped with air-conditioning.  Your professional driver will make sure your transfers are safe and relaxed. Benefit from a flexible schedule and reasonable prices, and enjoy a wonderful trip.  

Cusco: Machu Picchu Tour with Tickets

10. Cusco: Machu Picchu Tour with Tickets

Embark on a full-day trip to Machu Picchu from Cusco and experience the grandeur of this UNESCO World Heritage Site. Learn the history behind the complex and the Inca people from your guide. On this 1-day excursion, visit Peru’s most important archaeological and cultural treasure. The day begins with pickup at your hotel, and transfer to the train station in Ollantaytambo. An early 5:05 AM departure means you’ll have ample time to explore Machu Picchu. Take in the beauty of the valleys on the train journey to Aguas Calientes. From this point, there’s just a 30-minute bus trip to the sanctuary of Machu Picchu. Explore the Inca complex with a knowledgeable guide. See the Temple of the Sun, the Intihuatana, the Temple of the 3 Windows, the mausoleum, and more. Have free time to take photos and walk around on your own. Visit the Plaza de Armas in town and see what handicrafts are on offer.  Return to Ollantaytambo by train, and then you’ll be taken back to Cusco.

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Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 766 reviews

We were contacted the day before the trip and provided with all our tickets and told the time of pick up . We were picked up promptly and dropped off at the station. A guide was waiting at the other and she stayed with us through the tour of Machu Picchu.She was really nice and informative. We were taken back to the station and picked up at the said location and returned at our hotel. All went smoothly and to plan

Excellent tour covering everything about Machu Pichhu. Our guide was very knowledgeable about the history and explained the significance of all the artifacts and architecture. He was very passionate about Quecha and Inca history and it was an amazing experience. Highly recommend!

Very well organized tour, including transportation, tickets, and knowledgeable guide. Really nothing worry about. From night before briefing with a guide till back transportation - everything agency will take care of.

Very well organised and the tour guide was brilliant. It is a very long journey from Cusco but we had all the tickets we needed in advance and it was an unforgettable day.

The gentleman that gave us the tour of machu picchu was very good, very informative. Ulysses or some similar name. Not sure of his name. Very good.