If you’re planning on visiting Machu Picchu but only have 1 day, this Machu Picchu tour is for you. The super early morning start is essential for this Machu Picchu trip so that we can get up to the archeological site before it starts filling up with crowds of tourists. For any tour to Machu Picchu, travel up to and back from the Inca ruins will take at least a few hours each way, which is why you’ll get back at nighttime. This will include roundtrip train rides with spectacular views of the Peruvian Andes mountains. After your guided Machu Picchu tour, you’ll have lunch in Aguas Calientes (also known as Machupicchu Town) before the trek back to Cusco.
Itinerary: 1-Day Machu Picchu Tour from Cusco
- Pickup at your hotel in Cusco
- Transport from your hotel to the train station
- Train to Aguas Calientes
- Bus from Aguas Calientes to the Machu Picchu Archeological Site
- Guided tour of Machu Picchu in English (2-3 hours)
- Bus from Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes
- Lunch at a restaurant of your choice in Aguas Calientes (not included in price) – before/after lunch would be another great time to shop for souvenirs in Aguas Calientes if you’d like
- Train from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo
- Transport from Ollantaytambo to your hotel in Cusco
Included in Tour Package:
- Pickup and drop-off at Cusco hotel
- Licensed bilingual tour guide
- Personalized service in small groups
- Guided tour of Machu Picchu in English
- Entrance ticket to Machu Picchu
- Safe, comfortable transport to/from your hotel-train stations
- Roundtrip train tickets to/from Aguas Calientes
- Roundtrip bus tickets to/from Aguas Calientes-Machu Picchu
NOT Included in Tour Package:
- Accommodations in Cusco
- Travel/health insurance
- Tip for the tour guide
What to Pack/Bring:
- Vaccination card (can be digital)
- Face mask
- Daypack with rain cover
- Camera or cell phone to take photos
- Personal medication
- Light jacket
- Rain jacket or poncho
- Lip balm
- Cash for snacks/souvenirs/meals/tip
- Insect repellent (November to March)
- Optional: Extra snacks
Frequently Asked Questions About Machu Picchu, Peru
Best Time to Visit Machu Picchu?
You can visit Machu Picchu any time of the year, but the dry season in the Andes is from from June to August, which are also the most crowded and tourist-filled months. There are less crowds in the transition before and after rainy season from March to May and September to November.
Can You Visit Machu Picchu?
Yes! Machu Picchu was closed for around 8 months during the pandemic but reopened in late 2020.
How to Travel to Machu Picchu?
Being a hidden gem, it's not that straightforward to get to Machu Picchu from the closest city (Cusco). You need some kind of transport to the train station, a train ride to the closest town, then a bus ride up to the archeological site if you don't want to hike up the mountain. Click here for more information on how to travel to Machu Picchu.
*Cost is based on a minimum 2-person booking.