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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. Depending on the option you select, enjoy a guided tour of Circuit 5. Visit Qolqas, the Agricultural Zone, the waterway, dry pit, Temple of the Sun, Inka House, water sources, set three covers, Pisonay Square, and the archaeological reserve. 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.

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

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

Benefit from the convenience of pre-booked round-trip transfers from Aguas Calientes to Machu Pichu. Soak in the peace and quiet whilst riding an air-conditioned bus and checking out the scenery along the way. Your professional driver will make sure your transfers are safe and relaxed. Avoid the crowds and enjoy a flexible schedule and reasonable prices.  

From Cusco: Machu Picchu Private Day Trip with All Tickets

3. From Cusco: Machu Picchu Private Day Trip with All Tickets

Make the most of your time in Cusco with a full-day private tour of the best of Machu Picchu. Enjoy pickup from your hotel in Cusco, travel through the Andes by train, and learn about the origins of Machu Picchu on a guided walking tour. After getting picked up from your hotel, travel to Ollantaytambo for your train ride to Aguas Calientes. Take in panoramic views of the Andes mountains and surrounding jungle from the window of your train. Next, board the bus for a quick 25-minute journey to Machu Picchu and avoid the long trek. Enjoy a guided walking tour of this historic citadel and learn about its most important landmarks, including the Main Square, Temple of the Three Windows, the sacred Sun Clock, and the cemetery. After your tour, enjoy some free time in Aguas Calientes to explore the city or grab lunch before hopping on the train back to Ollantaytambo, from where you will be dropped off back at your hotel in Cusco at the end of the day.

Machu Picchu: Lost Citadel & The Mountain Ticket

4. Machu Picchu: Lost Citadel & The Mountain 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.

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

5. 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: Luxury Machu Picchu Tour in First-Class Train

6. 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.

Salkantay Trek 5-Day Hike to Machu Picchu

7. Salkantay Trek 5-Day Hike to Machu Picchu

Follow in the footsteps of the ancient Incas and hike along the same paths they used to trek through the mountains centuries ago. Get back to nature and experience amazing views of the snow-capped mountain peaks of the Andes. Day 1: Cusco - Mollepata - Markhuq’asa - Soraypampa - Humantay Lake (L, D) Depart Cusco and journey to Markhuq’asa for the start of your trek to Soraypampa, 3,850 meters above sea level. Stop for lunch at the base camp and then go on a round-trip hike to Humantay Lake. Then return to base-camp to spend the night. Day 2: Soraypampa - Salkantay Pass - Collpapampa (B, L, D) Hike to the highest point of the trail at Salkantay Pass and get spectacular views of the snow-capped mountains before a 2-hour downhill hike to the camp for lunch. Then, enter the upper part of the Amazon jungle on a hike through the “cloud forest.” Look for native wildlife on the way to the village of Collpapampa, where you will spend the night. Day 3: Collpapampa - La Playa - Santa Teresa (B, L, D) After breakfast, take an easy hike to La Playa through the Santa Teresa valley and marvel at the waterfalls and wild orchids. Encounter coffee, banana and avocado plantations, and get the chance to sample the local coffee at an organic coffee farm. After a typical lunch in La Playa, take a 40-minute car ride towards Santa Teresa where attractions include hot thermal springs and abundant birdlife. Here you will spend the night.  Day 4: Santa Teresa - Hidroelectrica - Aguas Calientes (B, L, D) On this day, in Santa Teresa, you can choose to visit the zipline, canopy, or hot springs. Then, you will head to Hidroelectrica, passing trough waterfalls coming from the glaciers and fields of cocoa and coffee. After a nourishing lunch, begin a 2-hour walk to Machu Picchu Pueblo, known as Aguas Calientes. Once in Aguas Calientes, you can go to your hotel to shower and relax before dinner. After dinner, get some rest before the early morning climb up to Machu Picchu the following morning. Day 5: Machu Picchu (B) Explore Machu Picchu in the early morning before the crowds arrive. You can choose to hike uphill to the ruins or take the bus for an additional charge. Benefit from a 2-hour guided tour on arrival and learn more about the temples, palaces, priest houses, and more. You will have some free time to explore at leisure and you can use it to climb to Huayna Picchu or the Machu Picchu mountain (if booked in advance). Alternatively, you can trek to the Sun Gate at the main entrance of the Inka Trail. Take the train to Ollantaytambo at approximately 6:30 PM and then catch the bus back to Cusco for drop-off at your hotel or hostel on arrival.

From Cusco: Machu Picchu Small Group Full-Day Tour

8. 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: Machu Picchu 2-day Budget Tour by Car

9. From Cusco: Machu Picchu 2-day Budget Tour by Car

Journey to the iconic Machu Picchu on a 2-day tour specially designed to be an affordable alternative that takes you over scenic mountains, past indigenous villages, and through lush jungles hikes. Make your trip more comfortable by upgrading to options that include hotels in Aguas Calientes and additional bus and train add-ons. DAY 1: Cusco - Santa Teresa - Hydroelectric - Aguas Calientes Pickup at 7:00 AM from hotels and hostels in central Cusco. Head through the Sacred Valley and appreciate different villages and climatic changes in the Andes. Arrive at Santa Teresa around 1:30 PM where a typical lunch will be served. Then, continue the tour until arriving at Hydroelectric around 3:00 PM. From here, start a walk on the train tracks through a native jungle to Aguas Calientes, about a 3 hours trek. You can choose add-on a train to Aguas Calientes at the checkout if you don't want to do the walk. At Aguas Calientes, your guide will show you to your accommodation (if option is selected). You also have the opportunity to go relax optionally at the hot springs (this activity can only be paid on spot) or take a stroll around town before dinner. DAY 2: Aguas Calientes - Machu Picchu - Hydroelectric - Cusco Get up early in the morning and 4:30 AM to start the walk towards Machu Picchu, the Lost City of the Incas. The steep walk up will last approximately 1:30 hour, and the objective is to appreciate the sunrise from the Inca citadel and be the first to arrive. The walk up to Machu Picchu requires a fair physical condition — you can also choose add-on a bus to Machu Picchu at the checkout, if you don't want to do the walk. Get a 2-hour guided tour of Machu Picchu and the surrounding sites. Enjoy free time to take photos and look around the citadel. If you chose one of the extra hikes to one of the mountains you will split ways with the group to go by yourself to Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu mountain — you can choose add-on these hikes at the checkout. Leave Machu Picchu and return to Aguas Calientes at around 11:30 AM (walking or by bus, depending on if you choose add-on at checkout). Once in Aguas Calientes, start the walk back to Hydroelectric where your guide will be waiting to gather the group to return to the city of Cusco — again, you can choose add-on a train to Hydroelectric at the checkout, if you don't want to do the walk. Be back in Cusco around 9:30 - 10:00 PM. The drop-off will be in San Francisco square in the historic center, near Plaza de Armas. Distances for the whole itinerary: • Distance traveled by car/van Cusco to Hydroelectric: approximately 4 to 5 hours • Trekking Distance from Hydroelectric to Aguas Calientes: approximately 2:30 hours (1-way) • Trekking Distance from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu: 1:30 hours (1-way) • Bus from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu: 25-minutes (1-way) • Distance traveled by car/van from Hydroelectric to Cusco: approximately 5 to 6 hours

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

10. 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.

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What people are saying about Aguas Calientes

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 865 reviews

Der kleine Inka Trail war ein ganz besonderes Erlebnis und wir sind froh, dass wir ihn gebucht haben. Unser Tour-Guide Edy von TreExperience tauchte uns mit seinen spannenden Erzählungen in die Inka-Kultur ein. Sich den Weg nach Machu Picchu in einem 6 Stunden Wanderung zu "erarbeiten" und mit dem Eintritt ins Sonnentor dann den ersten Blick auf die Inka-Stadt zu werfen ist den anstrengenden Aufstieg absolut wert. Machu Picchu ist trotz der vielen Touristen ein magischer Ort und die Anlage ist groß genug, dass jede Gruppen schöne Fotos machen kann und Fragen stellen kann. Edy wies uns auf viele Details hin, die wir nicht wahrgenommen hätten. Absolut empfehlenswert. Allerdings sollte man eine gute Hiking-Ausrüstung, mind. die richtigen Wanderschuhe haben. Kleidung im Zwiebelsystem. Von kalt bis sehr warm, war alles dabei.

The trip was really well organized. The agency sent us an email early on about the process and there were personal preliminary discussions with the agency and Machu Picchu guide about the process. The stations in the Sacred Valley of the Incas were super exciting and the stay with a guide in Machu Picchu was a real dream. I can only recommend this trip and the travel agency...

The transportation from Agua Caliente to Machu Picchu using this bus service was excellent. It was only a few minute walk from the train, busses ran every few minutes, and we were able to arrive by train at 2P and make the entrance to Machu Picchu in 45 minutes. We’ll done!

Tudo muito organizado! Nosso guia Uriel era maravilhoso, contando cada detalhe, ajudando nas subidas difíceis, respeitando o ritmo de cada um e ainda tirando fotos.

Our guide was very fine, tour is good organizated. Thank you.