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From Cusco: Full-Day Group Tour of Machu Picchu

1. From Cusco: Full-Day Group Tour of Machu Picchu

Travel from Cusco to learn about the majestic Inca city: Machu Picchu and the ancient civilization living there. Discover the secrets that are hidden in it. Go back in time as you explore the streets of these ruins located in the Peruvian Andes.  Begin with an early morning pickup from your hotel in Cusco for transfer to the train station. Get on board and enjoy the comforts offered by the train during the journey to Machu Picchu. Choose from the option of a standard train or a Vistadome train that offers panoramic views. Enjoy the dynamic landscapes of the Peruvian Andes. Arrive in Aguas Calientes and take a bus to the entrance of the citadel of Machu Picchu. Learn about the history of this wonderful place. Depending on the option you select, enjoy a guided visit of Circuit 5. Visit Qolqas, the Agricultural Zone, the waterway, dry pit, Temple of the Sun, Inka House, water sources, set three covers, Pisonay Square, and the archaeological reserve. Take the bus back to Aguas Calientes and get recommendations for lunch. Board the train back to the Ollantaytambo or Poroy station where transportation will be waiting to take you to your hotel in Cusco.

From Aguas Calientes: Round-Trip Bus Ticket to Machu Picchu

2. From Aguas Calientes: Round-Trip Bus Ticket to Machu Picchu

Benefit from the convenience of pre-booked round-trip transfers from Aguas Calientes to Machu Pichu. Soak in the peace and quiet whilst riding an air-conditioned bus and checking out the scenery along the way. Your professional driver will make sure your transfers are safe and relaxed. Avoid the crowds and enjoy a flexible schedule and reasonable prices.  

Machu Picchu: Full-Day Tour from Cusco with Optional Lunch

3. Machu Picchu: Full-Day Tour from Cusco with Optional Lunch

Discover the magic of the Andes and Machu Picchu on a full-day trip from Cusco. Marvel at mountain views on a train to Aguas Calientes. Hop on a comfortable bus to Machu Picchu and begin a guided tour. Upgrade your experience with the option to include an authentic Peruvian lunch. Start with pickup from your hotel in Cusco and travel to Ollantaytambo Station to board the train to Aguas Calientes. This is the nearest town to Machu Picchu. Enjoy a scenic train journey through dramatic Andean landscapes. The train has ample seats with large windows allowing for grand views of the surrounding jungle and mountains.  Board a coach for a 25-minute ride to Machu Picchu. The city of Machu Pichu is believed to have been built in the 1450s by the Inca emperor Pachacuti as a holiday retreat. Within a century the city would be abandoned following the Spanish conquest. The Spaniards never found it, so it was spared the destruction they brought on other Inca sites. Instead, it was slowly swallowed up by the jungle and hidden from harm. Take a guided tour of the site which explains the origins behind this awe-inspiring citadel and its most prominent landmarks such as the monumental Main Square, the Royal Quarters, the Temple of the Three Windows, the Circular Towers, the Sacred Sun Dial, and the Burial Grounds. After the tour, be returned to Aguas Calientes where you can take some free time to explore the city, or enjoy an optional lunch.  After some time in the town, return to Aguas Calientes station to take the train back to the Ollantaytambo Station, from there you will be taken back to your hotel.

Aguas Calientes: Machu Picchu Official Ticket, Bus, & Guide

4. Aguas Calientes: Machu Picchu Official Ticket, Bus, & Guide

Explore the historic citadel of Machu Picchu with a skip-the-line ticket and return transfer from Aguas Calientes. Experience panoramic views of the ruins and surrounding mountains before discovering the archaeological site with a guided tour. After meeting your guide embark on the beautiful 30-minute drive to Machu Picchu. Take a 20-minute walk to the upper part of Machu Picchu, following your guide to the perfect lookout location.  Spend 2-hour on the legendary site and delve into the history of the Lost Citadel and Machu Picchu. You will get lost in the maze-like stone constructions of the site.  Soak in the beautiful panoramic views of the ruins and the mountains. You will get lost in the maze-like stone constructions before returning to Aguas Calientes.

From Cusco: 4-Day Inca Trail Guided Trek to Machu Picchu

5. From Cusco: 4-Day Inca Trail Guided Trek to Machu Picchu

Walk the world-famous Inca Trail on this guided trek over 4 days and 3 nights. Follow an ancient footpath through the Sun Gate and into Machu Picchu, passing magical cloud forests on the way. Enjoy scenic camping, tasty meals and the expertise of local guides and porters. Day 1 Start with pickup from your hotel in Cusco, Urubamba, or Ollantaytambo on the first morning. Enjoy a hearty breakfast and meet your team of guides and porters before an 82km drive to the trail’s starting point. Hike in 2 hour intervals, with regular stops to eat and take a break. The first night’s campsite will be at Ayapata with an elevation of 3300 meters. Relax here with a hot drink, dinner and a well-deserved rest. Day 2 Wake up early for the trek’s longest day which will include the trail’s highest point, Dead Woman’s Pass, at 4215 meters. Stop here to enjoy the spectacular views before you descend into the Pacaymayu Valley in time for lunch. Next, climb to the Inca site of Runcu Raccay where you can admire two huge waterfalls across the valley before another descent to the remote site of Sayacmarca. After a quick tour, take a short walk to the second campsite, where you can watch the sun set over the Vilcabamba mountains before dinner. Day 3 Start early again for the trail’s most beautiful day. Walk along gradual inclines as you approach the Cloud Forest and Salkantay, the second highest peak in the Sacred Valley. Then, begin the climb to the final peak, Phuyupatamarka, where you’ll get your first views over Machu Picchu. From here, it’s a 3-hour walk down a flight of steps to Wiñay Wayna, where you’ll camp in close proximity to Machu Picchu. Share a relaxed final evening with your guides and porters, and get an early night before your final day of exploring. Day 4 Get up at the crack of dawn to catch a stunning sunrise over the ruins of Machu Picchu. Trek down to the Sun Gate and make your way into the Lost City of the Incas, where your private tour of the ruins will begin. After the tour, head down to Augas Calientes by bus. Take a few hours here to explore the city, or optionally to climb Huayna Picchu, before catching the train to Ollantaytambo or Poroy. From here, a driver will transfer you back to your hotel by bus.

From Cusco: Machu Picchu Tour by Vistadome Panoramic Train

6. From Cusco: Machu Picchu Tour by Vistadome Panoramic Train

Marvel at one of the New Seven Wonders of the World on this day trip to Machu Picchu from Cusco. Soak up the scenery from a panoramic train, take a guided tour of the Inca sanctuary, and enjoy lunch before returning to Cusco. Start your tour bright and early with pickup at your hotel in Cusco. Head to Ollantaytambo Train Station to board the Vistadome panoramic train to Aguas Calientes, the closest town to Machu Picchu. During the 1.5-hour train journey, appreciate the fascinating scenery along the sacred Vilcanota River. Upon arrival in Aguas Calientes, meet your guide and board a bus for a 30-minute ride up to the main entrance gate of Machu Picchu. Enter the UNESCO World Heritage Site with your guide and learn about the history, traditions, and more surrounding this mysterious and enigmatic Inca citadel. Afterward, board the bus back to Aguas Calientes for lunch. After lunch, board the train back to Ollantaytambo where your driver will be waiting for you holding a sign with your name on it. From the train station, drive back to your hotel in Cusco for drop-off.

Machu Picchu: Inca Trail 2-Day Overnight Guided Tour

7. Machu Picchu: Inca Trail 2-Day Overnight Guided Tour

Day 1: Hiking to Machu Picchu Your short Alpaca Expeditions Inca Trail tour to Machu Picchu starts with you being picked up from your hotel from 4 to 4:30 AM. Next, we’ll go to the train station and leave on the 6:40 a.m. train from Ollantaytambo. The trail follows the Urubamba River until we reach Km 104, where we’ll begin our trek. Along the way, you’ll see spectacular views of farmlands, snow-capped mountains, and the mighty Urubamba River. After hiking for three hours we’ll reach the most beautiful Incan site on the Inca Trail Wiñay Wayna (Forever Young) at 2,600 m/8,500 ft. Few people get the opportunity to see these elaborate water fountains, temples and agricultural terraces. A few minutes of walking from there and you’ll arrive at the Alpaca Expeditions campsite used by hikers who have chosen to do the Classic Inca Trail. Here you’ll be able to enjoy the hot homemade lunch that’s been freshly cooked by Alpaca Expeditions’ chefs. From Wiñay Wayna, we’ll walk to the Sun Gate. After taking photos and exploring the area, we’ll take the bus down to Aguas Calientes and head to your hotel. After that, we’ll head to the restaurant for dinner (included). After dinner, we recommend going to bed early to make the most of the next day. Day 2: Visit Machu Picchu “Lost City of the Incas” and return to Cusco We’ll wake up early so that we can catch one of the first busses so that we can catch the striking sunrise at Machu Picchu. You’ll have a two-hour guided walking tour by your private English-speaking Alpaca Expeditions guide. After that, you’ll have time to explore Machu Picchu by yourself. Those who have tickets to Huayna Picchu will have time to climb the mountain, which takes approximately an hour and a half round-trip. After exploring you can either take a bus or walk down to Aguas Calientes for a free afternoon. You’ll need to remember to catch your train, which will depart that afternoon to Ollantaytambo. Once you arrive at the station in Ollantaytambo we will be there to meet you and drive you back to Cusco and we will drop you off at your hotel.

From Cusco: 2-Day Trip to the Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu

8. From Cusco: 2-Day Trip to the Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu

DAY 1: We will start this great adventure with the pick up from your hotel at 8:00 am to go to the Sacred Valley of the Incas, Pisac, Colonial Inca, discover one of the Inca archaeological sites, on top of the mountain with impressive stone walls, agricultural terraces, irrigation systems and the largest cemetery of the Inca Empire. Time to shop at the craft market, where artisans sell their ceramics, textiles, jewelry, Andean instruments, alpaca products, and souvenirs. We will continue our trip of approximately 1 hour through the Sacred Valley to Urubamba where we will have time to have lunch in one of the local restaurants that offers several traditional dishes, made with fresh products. In the afternoon, visit the archaeological complex of Ollantaytambo, where you can appreciate the technique with which the Incas worked the stone, the last Inca citadel standing. The city is built on ancient Inca buildings. Explore the archaeological site of the city that has temples, terraces, warehouses and a large Inca monolith. Next, we will depart by train from the Ollantaytambo station, we will arrive at the Aguas Calientes station, where our staff will assist you to stay in one of the hotels in Aguas Calientes. (Select between a tour with or without accommodation). DAY 2: In the morning the guide will pick you up at the hotel to board the transport that will ascend an intricate path giving us a spectacular view of the Urubamba River that shapes the famous canyon. The Lost City of the Incas, Machu Picchu, will welcome you with its incredible terraces, stairways, ceremonial precincts and urban areas where energy emanates from all over the place. After a guided tour, you will have the opportunity to have lunch in one of the restaurants in the area. At the coordinated time, we will return by train and we will be transferred to the hotel in Cusco, ending with a great experience.

Cusco: Machu Picchu Tour with Tickets

9. Cusco: Machu Picchu Tour with Tickets

Embark on a full-day trip to Machu Picchu from Cusco and experience the grandeur of this UNESCO World Heritage Site. Learn the history behind the complex and the Inca people from your guide. On this 1-day excursion, visit Peru’s most important archaeological and cultural treasure. The day begins with pickup at your hotel, and transfer to the train station in Ollantaytambo. Take in the beauty of the valleys on the train journey to Aguas Calientes. From this point, there’s just a 30-minute bus trip to the sanctuary of Machu Picchu. Explore the Inca complex with a knowledgeable guide. See the Temple of the Sun, the Intihuatana, the Temple of the 3 Windows, the mausoleum, and more. Have free time to take photos and walk around on your own. Visit the Plaza de Armas in town and see what handicrafts are on offer.  Return to Ollantaytambo by train, and then you’ll be taken back to Cusco.

Machu Picchu Morning Combo: Entrance Ticket, Bus and Guide

10. Machu Picchu Morning Combo: Entrance Ticket, Bus and Guide

After arriving in Aguas Calientes head to Consettur Bus Station to start your Machu Picchu adventure. Easily hand over your printed ticket, hop on and enjoy the breathtaking drive up through the clouds to Machu Picchu. Ignore the long lines with your pre-purchased entrance ticket in hand, and join your tour group.  Be led through the front gates on a 2-hour journey through the ancient citadel. Listen as your guide answers every question, and after the tour, have free time to explore, take photos, and maybe even make a llama friend.

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4.5 / 5

based on 1,321 reviews

I had two tour guides, for the first and second half of the 2-day tour, and both were absolutely fantastic. I learnt so much from this trip, and both tour guides were so kind in explaining the cultural details of what we saw. The arrangements for transportation were perfect, and very easy to navigate. All the pick-ups were arranged so that I had nothing to worry about.

The tour was great, beautiful time spent there and lots of information from our knowledgeable guide, Joel, who answered very well to our many questions and took us some amazing pictures. Highly appreciated how they present this beautiful treasure they have! Thank you Joel for all your information and presentation! All very well planed and organized. :)

We loved our trip to Machu Picchu and Sacred Valley - we saw so much in a short period of time. Would highly recommend the panoramic train, it was such a beautiful ride. Hotel was good and centrally located. Our guide was great too!

It was really fun to be there in this tour! The guide provided so many interesting facts! It was definitely worth it!

This was an incredible trip. Both guides were amazing, very informative and fun.