Machu Picchu Day Trip from Cusco is one of the most popular full day tours from Cusco. On this full trip to Machu Picchu, you will get a detailed insight into the history, culture and traditions of the Incas with no sacrifice in time or quality.
Your epic full day trip to Machu Picchu from Cusco begins with an early morning transfer from your hotel in Cusco. We will be driving you to Poroy Train station or Ollantaytambo train station in the Sacred Valley of the Incas. The scenic train ride from the Andes to the tropical jungle offers staggering views of the Peruvian highland farms and villages tucked under the snow capped peaks.
With no sacrifice in time or quality, you will get an immersive tour of the lost city of the Incas, just as in the two day Machu Picchu tour.
We offer train tickets in the Expedition Class train operated by Peru Rail or Voyager class operated by Inka Rail as a part of the package. To complement your trip, you may consider upgrading to a Vistadome Train. It has panoramic windows that offer 360 degrees views. Please let us know at the time of booking the tour, if you wish to do so.
Peru Ancestral is a local tour operating company based in Cusco. We have dedicated tour guides in Machu Picchu. They are from the region and are fluent in the English language. As tourism professionals, they are passionate about the Inca history and local traditions. You will discover them during your visit to the lost city of the Incas.
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Cusco Hotel Transfer
Your epic day trip to Machu Picchu from Cusco begins with an early morning transfer from your hotel in Cusco. Depending on the availability of the train, we will be transferring you to Poroy or Ollantaytambo train station.
Poroy is a small village some 30 minutes away from Cusco city. Ollantaytambo is an hour and a half drive from Cusco.
You will board the train to Aguas Calientes, the gateway to Machu Picchu. The train ride offers jaw dropping views at every turn. You will see a change in topography as the train would snake through the remote Andean villages from the Andes to the tropical jungle.
Once in Aguas Calientes, our representative will meet you and will transfer you to the bus station. Here, you will be boarding the bus to Machu Picchu entrance. It is a 25 minute ride. Before entering the citadel, your original passport will be verified against your entrance tickets to Machu Picchu by local authorities.
Your guided Machu Picchu day trip would begin with a brief introduction to the Inca civilization and how Machu Picchu played a prominent role in their lives.
We will then visit the prime sites of the citadel – the main square, remains of Inca temples, royal quarters and ceremonial sites, to name a few.
After this immersive guided tour of Machu Picchu 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 mountain, our tour guide will direct you to the respective trail head.
Please note that you will need a separate permit to enter the trailhead of any of these peaks. Just as the Inca trail permits, even these are sold out months in advance due to daily limitations on the number of visitors. It is highly recommended that you secure your permit while booking the tour.
You can also hike to the Sungate to contemplate the panoramic view of Machu Picchu citadel. You won’t need any permit to get there. Sungate is a point of entrance to those hiking the esteemed Inca Trail to Machu Picchu.
Once you have had your fill of the sites in Machu Picchu, we will take the bus back down to Aguas Calientes. You will have some free time here to stop for lunch at a local restaurant. You can also saunter the cobble stoned streets rimmed with shops selling souvenirs.
Around 0445 in the evening, we will be boarding the train to Ollantaytambo. You will be reaching by 0630 PM. Our representative will meet you on arrival and will transfer you back to your hotel in Cusco. We will be reaching Cusco by 0830 PM.
I had the pleasure of taking a full day tour to Machu Picchu and it was nothing short of amazing. From the moment we left the hotel the tour guides had everything planned out and made sure we had everything we needed.