Machu Picchu Day Trip from Cusco

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Machu Picchu Day Trip from Cusco
from USD $372.90
Local experts for an easy way to visit Machu Picchu, all details are arranged: ticket train on premium departures from/to Machu Picchu, bus on shift to go up and down the citadel, morning shift entrance fee, and expert local guide. Feel the energy, hear the stories and history of one of the most attractive places over the World.
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In Brief

Cusco, Peru
14 hours
Important InfoInfo
This is a typical itinerary for this product

Stop At: Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu, Machu Picchu Peru

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


  • 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.
  • Entrance ticket to Machu Picchu
  • Selected round trip train ticket
  • Entry/Admission - Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu


  • Gratuities
  • Lunch
  • Bottled water

Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered
This activity includes roundtrip transfer from your hotel, apartment or your house.

Additional Information

  • 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.
  • Please note: transport time on the train varies depending on which station you depart from. Could be Poroy train station or Ollantaytambo train station subject to availability. This information will be provided by our representative the same day of your tour in Cusco.
  • Please note: travel date amendments are accepted outside of 16 days before scheduled tour date
  • Please note: The guided tour lasts around 2.5 hours. After that, you are free to explore Machu Picchu on your own.
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Please note: Machupicchu Admission ticket and train tickets are included in this tour and will be given to the passengers the same day of their tour.
  • Please note: A notification reconfirming the meeting or pick up time will be sent through tripadvisor experiences extranet a day before the service.
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers

Booking Information

You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.

Cancellation Terms

Once booked, this trip is fully non-refundable

Booking Terms and Conditions

When you book this trip, you need to read and accept the terms and conditions for booking our day trips in excursions.

Hotel Pickup

When you book, we will ask you to select a hotel to be picked up from. Once your booking is confirmed, we'll send you a confirmation voucher with full contact information (phone number, email address) for our local operator in case you need to update or change your hotel pick-up details.

Here are answers to some commonly asked questions about hotel pickup:

What if my hotel is not listed?
That's okay. When you book you can select an hotel from our list and make your way there on the day of departure; or you can contact our local operator directly to make alternate pick-up arrangements.

What if I have not yet booked a hotel?
Once your hotel arrangements are finalised, you can contact our local operator directly with your hotel details.

What if I live locally, am staying with friends or relatives, and/or don't require pick-up?
Once your booking is confirmed, we'll send you complete details and directions to the tour/activity departure point.

Scoring an average traveller rating of 5 out of 5 based on the last 24 recent reviews

Our guide, who's name unfortunately I cannot remember, was excellent. Not too much and not too little but very knowledgeable and friendly. Everything was well organised and we were well looked after throughout the tour. I am not sure if it was deliberate or not but they got the 3 of us travelling on our own together on the train and in the tour which was great. Only 5 in the group so really easy to ask questions and get all the information. Definitely a good way to do it!
• Submitted 20 Jan 2020
Long day, but worth it. Everyone from Viajes Pacifico (VP) was terrific and the arrangements (van, train, bus, tickets) all went off without a hiccup with someone from VP meeting me and providing instructions at each stage of the journey. My guide (Hector) for the Machu Picchu tour was excellent, informative and very passionate about the history.
• Submitted 13 Jan 2020
I’m not sure if other people had a bad experience because of different guides or what, but my trip was absolutely amazing and well organized. From pickup to drop off, I felt safe (I was traveling alone), and looked after. Yes, it’s a long day, and yes, you get left in Aguascalientes for some free time and to get back to the train station on your own, but it’s so incredibly easy to find that I liked having a few hours to eat lunch, shop, and have a coffee before heading back. Machu Picchu itself was incredible and my guide waited with me for at least an hour for the fog to clear so I could get a good photo, making our tour longer than scheduled but she was incredibly kind and seemed to genuinely want me to have a good experience. I feel horrible for not remembering her name, but she was great. Informative and also good to talk to. Like I said, I was alone and I chose the English option so I had a totally private tour. I feel like I got an experience that other people would have paid extra for! Thank you!!!
• Submitted 23 Dec 2019
We chartered the entire Machu Picchu day trip from Cusco via 360 Vista train. We were picked up at our hotel on time by a very pleasant and professional young lady and taken to the train station at Poroy. Note to travelers - there is a food vendor at the train station with plenty of food and beverage options. Also, once on the train, there is a served meal and drinks during the 3.5 hour trip to/from Machu Picchu. Sights along the way are beyond impressive. Once in town, the transfer to the bus is a bit chaotic but only a short walk and we were met by our guide and escorted through the process. Tour on top of the mountain was very informative and enjoyable. Didn't need hiking sticks or special hiking boots. The site is very accessible although there are a lot of steep stairs to navigate. We spent four hours in the ruins and our return trip was pleasant and uneventful. From door to door at our hotel the day was a long fifteen hours, but well worth the investment of time and money.
• Submitted 19 Dec 2019
No words can describe the view itself. It is a perfect combination of human architecture and the nature. Just make sure to pay a visit once in your life time. The travel company did a good job in terms of punctuality, and good service provided to each of us. Driver and guide also lovely. Strongly recommend
• Submitted 12 Nov 2019
Viajes Pacifico is a great company! Our trip started off with a 2 hour delay due to a landslide on the train tracks so we were worried we would miss the entire day. Thanks to our our awesome guide we still got plenty of time at MP and all it has to offer. It was awesome! Viajes Pacifico worked with the rail and pushed back our return train and got us an upgrade to the First class train - amazing!! I would recommend the 360 train at the minimum so you can stand in the open air railcar. Overall, an awesome day!
• Submitted 04 Nov 2019
Luvi was very informative. It positive overall experience. He helped me 65 year-old mother up the steps.
• Submitted 31 Oct 2019
Everything was extremely organized. We were picked up wher we were told we would as well on our way back to Cusco the train in front of us derailed and delayed us two hours they were still there waiting for us at the train station. Our tour guide was Very knowledgeable and kind! I highly recommend going through this service!!
• Submitted 29 Oct 2019
The hotel pick up and drop of service is good. The arrangement to board the train is good. The tour guide at Machu Picchu, John has done his job. However, he is not professional in terms of service provided to his customers. Our group consists of 6 persons. 4 from a family and two of us a couple. The tour guide only pay attention to this family. A good tour guide should take care of the whole group instead of taking care of certain members from the group.
• Submitted 18 Sep 2019
The trip getting there and the knowledge of the tour guide was EXCELLENT. Thank you Viator for an wonderful day trip.
• Submitted 16 Sep 2019
Wow - what a day trip and to see Manchu Picchu without it being crowded by tourists. Your guide was great and I was collected at the times arranged
• Submitted 12 Sep 2019
Excellent experience with our guide who great - knowledgeable, passionate, courteous, flexible. We learned a lot and enjoyed so much! (we wished the travel logistics - bus/train/schedue etc could have been shared ahead of time)
• Submitted 26 Aug 2019
The tour was amazing! Our guide was very professional and very knowledgeable - he really made our tour of Machu Picchu extraordinary. The train ride was amazing. Viator really took care of us throughout the whole trip. I would strongly suggest a guided tour for your day. Machu Picchu is a must to experience.
• Submitted 19 Aug 2019
Its machu picchu folks the most amazing place I've ever been. Hector our guide was brilliant too, part guide part pro photographer. He made an already amazing experience even better ...10000000 out of 10
• Submitted 29 Jul 2019
The tour guides were very knowledgeable and made the trip a memorable one. The entire trip was well organized and they even called my hotel a day before with the pick-up information
• Submitted 15 Jul 2019
I am so glad that I booked this tour! The Andes Mountains are breath taking and hearing all the details of Manchu Picchu from our guide was amazing! I wish I would have done this trip at an earlier age as after 2 hours my knees and hips were sore. Lots of steps up and down. I am still glad I went as it was an awesome Experiance.
• Submitted 10 Jul 2019
Wow - words cannot describe this experience. From start to finish, it was organized, nicely paced, informative, and breathtaking. Our AM pickup was smooth and on time. Our bus and train rides were excellent! Our guide was outstanding - he was very kind, knowledgeable, took great photos of each group, and thorough. Machu Picchu was even more impressive in person than any photo I've ever seen of it. It felt magical. What an incredible experience! Highly recommend this trip with this company!
• Submitted 03 Jul 2019
It’s nice trip, pick up at 4:30 in the morning, take 1:40 by car and another 1:40 by train, have enough time to walk around the Machu Picchu, good English speaking tour guide.
• Submitted 03 Jul 2019
Well worth cost. Guide John-fantastic. Pictures and words can’t describe the beauty or talent of creation.
• Submitted 03 Jul 2019
Logistics for the trip were complicated but with one exception went off without a hitch starting with our 5:40 am hotel pick up. Our actual mountain guide Wilberth paced the trip well given the effects of the altitude. He took special care to ensure that we seniors were safe. He had done 3,000 tours! We were in good hands. Luckily there were only 5 of us, max capacity 15.
• Submitted 08 May 2019
All the travel arrangements made the day very stress free and easy to get around! Our tour guide went above and beyond on! And of course Machu Pichuu was stunning!
• Submitted 06 May 2019
We loved the trip. It was amazing. The tour operator were super organized. Everything was wonderful. Highly recommended
• Submitted 16 Apr 2019
Everything was organized and efficient. We were very well cared for all along the way. Our MP guide, Marco, was knowledgeable and friendly. He made the experience for us. It’s a long day, but we expected that. What made it bearable was that we didn’t have to sweat the details. We just relaxed and enjoyed.
• Submitted 05 Apr 2019
Though it was only one day visit but well organised .Thanks you all make this day advanturous. I enjoyed lot full day .
• Submitted 01 Apr 2019