Machu Picchu Day Trip From Cusco Machu Picchu Tours One Day

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Machu Picchu Day Trip From Cusco

Our Machu Picchu Tours One Day is ideal for those with less time in Cusco and who want to explore the best of the renowned Incan citadel. With absolutely no compromise in service, we cover all the areas on this Machu Picchu day trip from Cusco as we do in our two days tour.

Visiting Machu Picchu tops the bucket list of many travelers. 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. 

The sanctuary of Machu Picchu 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 the Incas. 

Fearing their 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. 


Like most sites of Incas, Machu Picchu too had its religious center, 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 the 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. 

Why Encuentros Peru Adventure?

On this 1-Day Machu Picchu Tour From Cusco, our local expert will be giving you a detailed tour of the Inca Citadel for two hours. During the tour, you will be visiting different sites in the citadel and will discover its use during the Incan civilization. We have specially trained dedicated guides who conduct the tour of Machu Picchu. 

They are locals and tourism professionals. Our guides have extensive knowledge about the life of the Incas and their culture. You will have the best and a memorable experience on your lifetime trip to Machu Picchu. 

We offer the full-day tour as a small group tour so you will have the best opportunity to understand and discover more about the lost city of Incas.

The best time of the year to visit Machu Picchu is from March to November. It is rainy season from mid-November to February. 

Optionally you can upgrade to the Hiram Bingham Vistadome train operated by Peru Rail. The train is popular for its panoramic windows. 

If you wish to climb Huayna Picchu Mountain or Machu Picchu mountain, then please note that you will need a permit.

It is highly recommended that you spend 2-3 days in Cusco before your Machu Picchu Day Trip to avoid altitude sickness

Departure & Return Location

Cusco Hotel Transfer

Departure Time

Between 03:30 and 04:00 AM

Machu Picchu One Day Tour Includes

  • Transport from your Cusco Hotel - Train Station / Train Station – Cusco Hotel
  • Round-trip train tickets from Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes and back to Cusco (Expedition Train operated by Peru Rail)
  • Guiding by a professional, experienced guide licensed in Tourism (Spanish and English)
  • Bus service round-trip from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu
  • Entrance Tickets to Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu One Day Tour Excludes

  • Meals
  • Drinks
  • Snacks
  • Tips (Optional)

Recommended to Carry

  • Use sneakers or hiking shoes
  • Sunscreen
  • Long-sleeved shirts and Long pants
  • Some Peruvian Soles in cash
Good to know
Machu Picchu Tours One Day
  • Machu Picchu is one of the 7 Wonders of the Modern World, a Heritage of Humanity, a Historical Sanctuary of Peru, and probably the most important archaeological site in Latin America
  • The majestic and ingenious architecture of Machu Picchu is comprised of 140 structures throughout the citadel.
  • Machu Picchu was built by the Inca Pachacutec and his people around the year 1460.
  • After being forgotten for many years, in 1911 the American Hiram Bingham reached Machu Picchu on an expedition and spread news the site worldwide.
  • Machu Picchu’s most important structures are the Intihuatana sundial, the Temple of the Sun, and the Temple of the Three Windows.
  • In 1913, Machu Picchu received worldwide attention when the National Geographic Society dedicated its entire April edition to the newly rediscovered city.

Machu Picchu Day Trip From Cusco - Machu Picchu Tours One Day

Our popular Machu Picchu Tours One Day starts with an early transfer from your hotel in Cusco. In our private transport, we will be driving you along the Sacred Valley of Incas to the Ollantaytambo train station. Here, you will be boarding the train to Aguas Calientes. 

As you arrive in Aguas Calientes, our representative will walk you to the bus terminal. 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 entering the lost city of the Incas. Then we will give you a detailed two hours guided tour of the citadel. 

Our local expert will assist you in clearing the security control where the authorities will verify your original passport against the Machu Picchu entrance ticket

As you enter the citadel, you will witness the rays of the morning sun shimmering on the mortar walls of Machu Picchu as the clouds clear. 

Machu Picchu Tours One Day:

We will be giving you an immersive tour for two hours. We will be visiting the main plaza, remains of the farming terraces and royal quarters, ceremonial sites remains of Inca temples, and more. 

After the guided tour, if you have pre-booked your ticket to hike Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu mountain, our local expert will be directing you to the respective trailhead. Please note that you will need permits to hike which are often sold five to six months in advance. 

Alternatively, you can hike to the sun gate to relish a panoramic view of Machu Picchu citadel. Only those hiking the renowned Inca Trail to Machu Picchu enter the citadel through the Sungate.

After soaking in the views of Machu Picchu, you will be taking the bus down to Aguas Calientes. Here you will have some free time to stop for lunch.

Later in the evening, we will be meeting at Aguas Calientes train station. Here you be boarding the train to Ollantaytambo and onward road transfer back to your hotel in Cusco. We will be reaching Cusco by 09:00 PM.

3 Reviews
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Wendy McKenzie

Couple Traveller

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.

February 5, 2020

Ruso Macht

Solo Traveller

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.

January 16, 2020


Solo Traveller

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.

December 18, 2019
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