1 Day Machu Picchu Tour From Cusco is ideal for those with less time in Cusco and wanting to explore the best of the renowned Incan citadel. With absolutely no compromise in service, we cover all the areas in this full day tour as we do in our two days tour.
Machu Picchu tops the bucket list of many travellers. This marvel was built during the Inca empire by Inca Sapa Pachacuti Inca Yupanqui. It was built in the same era as its sister city, Choquequirao. Machu Picchu served as a royal estate to Pachacutec.
Machu Picchu citadel was home to about 750 people. Most of them were workers. Sadly Machu Picchu was not passed down in the line of succession and was abandoned just after eighty years. This was because the Spanish invaders took over most parts of Incas.
With the fear for life, they were forced to abandon most of their royal estates and homes and seek refuge in far distant places. Espiritu Pampa in Vilcabamba which served as the last refuge of Incas is the best example of this.
As most sites of Incas, Machu Picchu too had its religious centre, ceremonial place and agricultural terraces. Machu Picchu was home to over a hundred man made terraces. These terraces were built on the slopes of a hill (which now serves as an entrance to the citadel).
The Incas not only built these terraces by ensuring a good drainage facility and fertility of soil. They also made sure to protect the citadel from landslides and erosions. This is one of the best examples of the advancement of Incan engineering.
On this one day tour to Machu Picchu, our local expert will be giving you a detailed tour for two hours. During the tour, you will be visiting different sites in the citadel and will discover its use during Incan civilization. We have specially trained dedicated guides who conduct the tour of Machu Picchu.
They are locals and tourism professionals. Our guides have an extensive knowledge about the life of Incas and culture. You will have the best and a memorable experience on your lifetime trip to Machu Picchu.
We offer the tour in small groups so you will have the best opportunity to understand and discover more about the lost city of Incas.
Optionally you can upgrade to the Hiram Bingham Vistadome train operated by Peru Rail. The train is popular for its panoramic windows.
Cusco Hotel Transfer
Between 03:30 and 04:00 AM
Early in the morning, we will be picking you up from your hotel in Cusco. Then in our private transport, we will be driving you along the Sacred Valley of Incas to Ollantaytambo train station. Here, you will be boarding the train to Aguas Calientes.
At Aguas Calientes, you will be boarding the bus to the entrance of the citadel of Machu Picchu. Our guide will assist you in clearing the security control and enter the lost city of Incas. Then we will give you a detailed two hours guided tour of the citadel.
After the tour of the citadel, you will have some free time to explore the citadel on your own. If you have booked to climb Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountains, our guide will direct you to the respective entrance.
Alternatively, you can hike to Sun Gate (Inti Punku). It offers an exclusive view of the citadel. This is the point of entrance to the citadel to those on Inca Trail. It takes two hours to hike back and forth from the citadel to the Sun Gate.
After the Machu Picchu day trip, you will be taking the bus back to Aguas Calientes. Here you will have some free time to stop for lunch, if desired.
Later, you will be boarding the train back to Ollantaytambo. Here our representative will be meeting you and will be transferring you back to your hotel in Cusco. You will be reaching Cusco between 09:30 PM and 10:00 PM.
Cant speak highly enough about this tour company and Jose. Just a remarkable experience. Nothing was lacking and the tour was very well organised with a lot of fun and learning.
Highly recommend this tour company and their services. Just a top class and the guide, Jose Luis is a gem of a person. Thanks to the Encuentros Peru team.
Todo fue una experiencia maravillosa, la gente de la agencia fue acogedora…
Disfrutamos de todo el tour EXCELENTE DÍA DE EXCURSIÓN. Vimos el majestuoso MACHUPICCHU, el paisaje era maravilloso, el guía fue todo un éxito profesional … la comida de CUSCO era muy agradable y deliciosa.