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1 Day Machu Picchu Tour from Cusco

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ollantaytambo, Aguas caliente, Machu Picchu
Duration 1 day
Travel Style Hike,History
Difficulty Easy
Group size Min 2 - Max 8

Get ready for the adventure of a lifetime with 69 Explorer, as we uncover the beauty of one of the world’s most iconic wonders on our Machu Picchu Day Trip from Cusco. This meticulously planned expedition will take you on a breathtaking journey aboard the famed Expedition Train. The train will weave through the heart of the Peruvian Andes taking us to the Inca citadel of Machu Picchu.

Our journey begins in the historic city of Cusco, a treasure trove of Incan and colonial heritage. From Cusco, we will embark on a scenic train ride, a pivotal part of the Machu Picchu day trip experience. The Expedition Train, designed to offer comfort and great views, will be our vessel through the awe-inspiring landscapes. We’ll travel approximately 112 km (about 70 mi) towards Machu Picchu. The windows of the train will showcase the changing vistas from the Sacred Valley to the lush cloud forests.

Upon arrival in Aguas Calientes, the excitement will mount as we prepare to ascend to Machu Picchu. Well take a 30 minute bus ride to the Incan CItadel. Once at Machu Picchu, we will delve into the heart of Incan civilization. Our expert guides will lead you through the stone pathways revealing the secrets and architectural marvels. You will have the opportunity to inspect the intricate stonework and enjoy the views that make Machu Picchu so attractive.

As our day comes to an end, we will return to Cusco aboard the Expedition Train. This Machu Picchu day trip, meticulously organized by 69 Explorer, is more than a tour. The tour is a journey into the heart of Incan history. Additionally it’s an opportunity to connect with one of the greatest marvels of the world.

Join us on this incredible day trip from Cusco to Machu Picchu. Let 69 Explorer guide you through this unforgettable journey, where every moment is a step into history, and every sight is a feast for the soul. Your adventure awaits!

From US$ 297

95% of travelers recommend this experience

Important information

Includes

  • Hotel Pickup in Cusco: We ensure a convenient start to your day with an early morning pickup from your hotel in Cusco. This service provides comfort and ease, allowing you to begin your journey without any hassle.
  • Private Van Transfer to Ollantaytambo Train Station: From your hotel, we will transport you in a private van to the Ollantaytambo Train Station. This ride offers picturesque views of the Cusco region and a comfortable journey to the train’s departure point.
  • Expedition Train Ride to Aguas Calientes: Aboard the Expedition Train, you will travel from Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes. The train is known for its comfort and large windows, perfect for viewing the stunning landscapes of the Sacred Valley and the Andean mountains.
  • Guided Tour of Machu Picchu: On arrival at Machu Picchu, an expert guide will lead you through the iconic Inca citadel. This tour covers the major sectors of Machu Picchu, including the agricultural, residential, and religious areas. It’s an insightful exploration into the history and architecture of this ancient wonder.
  • Return Expedition Train to Ollantaytambo: After your time at Machu Picchu, you will board the Expedition Train once again for the return journey to Ollantaytambo. The train ride back is another opportunity to enjoy the breathtaking scenery of the Urubamba River and the Andes.
  • Private Vehicle Transfer Back to Cusco: Upon arrival in Ollantaytambo, our private vehicle will be waiting to take you back to your hotel in Cusco. This comfortable and convenient end to the day ensures you return relaxed and filled with memories.
  • Shuttle Bus to and from Machu Picchu: Included in the trip is the shuttle bus service from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu and back. This short ride up and down the mountain is not only convenient but also offers spectacular views of the surrounding landscapes.
  • Professional, Bilingual Guide: Throughout the tour, you’ll be accompanied by a professional, bilingual guide who will share fascinating insights and stories about Machu Picchu and the Inca civilization, enhancing your understanding and experience of this historical site.

Excludes

  • Meals and Beverages: The trip does not include meals and beverages. You should plan for your own meals, including breakfast, lunch, and any snacks or drinks you might want throughout the day. Aguas Calientes, the town near Machu Picchu, has a variety of dining options where you can purchase meals.
  • Entrance Fees to Hot Springs or Museums in Aguas Calientes: If you wish to visit the hot springs or any museums in Aguas Calientes, you will need to cover the entrance fees separately.
  • Travel Insurance: Travel insurance is not included in the trip. It is highly recommended that you purchase travel insurance for your trip to cover any unexpected events or emergencies.
  • Tips and Gratuities: While tipping is optional, it is a good practice to tip for good service in Peru.
  • Additional Activities or Personal Expenses: Any additional activities not mentioned in the itinerary, or personal expenses such as souvenirs, are not included and will be at your own cost.
  • Machu Picchu Mountain or Huayna Picchu Tickets: If you wish to climb Machu Picchu Mountain or Huayna Picchu, these require separate tickets and are not included in the standard day trip package.
  • Bus Ticket from Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes: The shuttle service to Machu Picchu is included. The return bus ticket from Machu Picchu down to Aguas Calientes may not be included in some packages.
  • Valid Passport: Required for entry to Machu Picchu. Ensure it’s valid on the day of your visit.

Recommend to carry

  • Comfortable Clothing: Wear light, breathable clothing. Layers are recommended due to changing weather conditions throughout the day.
  • Sturdy Footwear: Comfortable hiking shoes or walking boots with good grip are essential for navigating the uneven and sometimes slippery terrain of Machu Picchu.
  • Rain Gear: A lightweight, waterproof jacket or poncho is crucial, especially during the rainy season (November to March).
  • Sun Protection: High-altitude sun can be intense. Bring a hat, sunglasses, and sunblock to protect yourself from UV rays.
  • Water Bottle: Staying hydrated is important. Carry a refillable water bottle. There are places to refill it in Aguas Calientes and at the entrance of Machu Picchu.
  • Snacks: Pack some energy bars, fruits, or nuts for quick energy boosts. Eating is not allowed inside Machu Picchu, but you can snack before entering or after exiting.
  • Camera or Smartphone: Capture your memories. Make sure you have enough memory and battery.
  • Small Backpack: A compact daypack is useful to carry your essentials. Note that large bags are not allowed in Machu Picchu and need to be stored outside.
  • Cash: For purchases in Aguas Calientes, tips, and other small expenses. Credit cards are accepted in some places, but cash (in Peruvian soles) is more universally accepted.
  • Basic First Aid Kit: Include essentials like plasters, antiseptic wipes, and any personal medication.
  • Insect Repellent: Especially important during the rainy season to ward off mosquitoes.
  • Government-issued ID or Student ID: For those who have purchased discounted tickets based on age or student status.
  • Face Mask and Hand Sanitizer: Depending on the current health guidelines, these may still be required or recommended.
  • Lightweight Binoculars: Optional, but great for bird watching and enjoying distant views.
  • Portable Power Bank: Keep your electronic devices charged throughout the day.

Itinerary

Dive into the enchantment of the Andes with our full-day Cusco to Machu Picchu Tour by Expedition Train. Early in the morning, at 4:00 am, we will start our adventure. We will pick you up from your hotel in Cusco, whisking you away in our private van to the Ollantaytambo Train Station. For those who prefer to start in Ollantaytambo, we will arrange a pick-up between 5:20 – 5:30 am. The anticipation will build as we board the 6:10 am Expedition train, setting off on a journey that marries the comfort of modern travel with the mystique of ancient landscapes.

As the train departs Ollantaytambo, it immediately enters the captivating Vilcanota River canyon. Here, the narrow passageways and steep walls, draped in lush sub-tropical jungle, frame our path. Keep your eyes peeled for Inca terraces across the river, some still farmed today, showcasing a living history.

Upon arrival in Aguas Calientes, your guide will greet you at the train station. You’ll have a moment to grab a snack before we take the shuttle to the mystical site of Machu Picchu. Once you arrive to Machu Picchu your guide will take you on a 2-hour guided tour. On the tour we’ll explore the agricultural, residential, and religious sectors of the Machu Picchu Citadel, delving deep into its history and marveling at its architectural prowess.

After soaking in the spectacular views and rich history of Machu Picchu, we will descend back to Aguas Calientes. Here, you can enjoy lunch (not included) and perhaps indulge in some shopping, sightseeing, or even a visit to the museum or hot springs, time permitting.

Our return journey to Ollantaytambo via the Expedition train, departing at 3:20 pm, 4:22 pm, 4:43 pm, or 6:20 pm, promises more scenic delights. The train follows the spectacular Urubamba River, with its beautiful sections of whitewater and stunning canyon views. Don’t miss the sight of Wiñay Wayna from the train, perched high on the steep canyon wall!

Once back at Ollantaytambo, our driver will be waiting to escort you in our private vehicle back to your hotel in Cusco. Depending on your return train schedule, you can expect to arrive back at your hotel between 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm, capping off a day rich in adventure and discovery.

Key Statistics for the Full-Day Cusco to Machu Picchu Tour by Expedition Train:

  • Distance covered: Approximately 112 km (70 mi) round trip from Cusco to Machu Picchu.
  • Highest altitude: Machu Picchu at 2,430 m (nearly 8,000 ft).
  • Lowest altitude: Aguas Calientes at around 2,040 m (about 6,690 ft).
  • Level of difficulty: Moderate, with some walking and exploration at high altitudes.

Embark on this incredible Cusco to Machu Picchu Day Trip, a journey that promises to be as enriching as it is breathtaking. Let 69 Explorer be your guide to one of the most extraordinary wonders of the world.

FAQs

The day trip typically starts early in the morning around 4:00 am and concludes in the evening, around 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm, depending on your return train schedule.

In order to enter Machu Picchu you must have a valid passport. Ensure that it is valid on the day of your visit.

The train ride from Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes typically takes about 1.5 to 2 hours.

Entrance fees to Machu Picchu are included.

Wear comfortable and breathable clothing. Dress in layers as the weather can change throughout the day. Sturdy footwear is essential for walking and exploring Machu Picchu.

Plan to bring snacks or purchase meals in Aguas Calientes as meals are not provided.

No, large backpacks are not allowed inside Machu Picchu. A small daypack is ideal for carrying essentials. Storage facilities are available at the entrance for larger bags.

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