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Machu Picchu Day Trip From Cusco


Machu Picchu 1 Day Trip from Cusco.

Embark on an unforgettable journey to Machu Picchu 1 day tour, “Machu Picchu”, the crown jewel of South America’s tourist attractions! Our full-day tour by train offers the ultimate way to immerse yourself in the wonders of this world-renowned destination. Join fellow adventurers from various countries as you seek the most exceptional experience possible.


If you find yourself with just a single day to explore the awe-inspiring Inca city, perched gracefully amidst the breathtaking Andean peaks, fear not! We are delighted to present you with an impeccable itinerary that will make the most of your limited time. Welcome to our Machu Picchu Full Day Tour by Train! This exceptional package offers a comprehensive hotel-to-hotel experience, ensuring your utmost convenience and comfort throughout the journey.


We take care of everything, from arranging pick up and drop off at your hotel or Airbnb in Cusco to providing all the essential tickets and transportation services required for the tour. Additionally, our knowledgeable guides will accompany you on a captivating Machu Picchu guided tour, ensuring you don’t miss a single highlight.


Get ready for an unforgettable adventure! While embarking on your scenic train journey, you will have the opportunity to marvel at the breathtaking Andean and Amazon landscapes. Rest assured, our trains are thoughtfully scheduled to operate exclusively during daylight hours, ensuring that you don’t miss a single moment of the picturesque views that await you.



Train trip: Take a picturesque train trip through the Andes and Amazon, affording amazing views of the mountains and valleys.

Machu Picchu Guided Tour: Take a professional tour through the history and importance of the magnificent Inca fortress of Machu Picchu.

Hotel-to-Hotel Service: Our full service covers pick-up and drop-off at your Cusco hotel or Airbnb, making your trip to and from Machu Picchu as easy as possible.

One-Day explore: Ideal for those with limited time, our itinerary enables you to explore Machu Picchu in only one day, allowing you to make the most of your time in Peru.

incredible Experience: Machu Picchu is a global marvel, and our full-day trip provides an incredible experience that will last a lifetime.


Machu Picchu is one of the World’s New Seven Wonders and a must-see for anybody visiting Peru. You’ll experience its magnificence and magical force on this day tour from Cusco

Trip Summary – Machu Picchu Tour  by  Train 1 day tour

  • Enjoy a 1-day visit to Machu Picchu by train with Magical Peru Expeditions, in a private or small group tour
  • Very Early, pick up and transfer from your hotel at Poroy station, or Ollantaytambo station
  • Take the Expeditions or Vistadome luxury train with breathtaking views of the Sacred Valley of the Incas, Inca agricultural terraces, snow-capped mountains, and subtropical jungle nearby the lower jungle.
  • your guide will meet you at the train station, you will have a few minutes to have lunch if you want then the shuttle bus will take you from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu in 30 minutes
  • Then you will enter Machu Picchu for the second session and take a 2-hour guided tour to Machu Picchu “Old Sacred Mountain”, and then you will have free time to take photos, explore the city’s ancient
  • At any time with your guide, you can join the shuttle back to Machu Picchu Pueblo (Aguas Calientes)
  • Return by Expeditions / Vistadome train to Ollantaytambo and then take the van exclusively to Cusco.




We understand you have many questions; coming to Machu Picchu is simple, but there are a few things you should keep in mind to have the greatest experience possible.


What is the difference between Machu Picchu’s four circuits?

Machu Picchu offers four new circuits that will enrich your visit without crowding key regions of the ancient site.


  • Circuit 1 enables you to see the Guardian’s House, which is close to where you may capture the iconic photograph of Machu Picchu. You can also see other parts of the citadel from here, such as the Temple of the Sun perspective, the Granitic Chaos, and the Pisonay Square.


  • Circuit 2 is the most complete and recommended, since it encompasses Circuit 1 and enables you to capture the famous shot that will immortalize your journey. You may also visit many other ancient sites, including as Temple Square, Intiwatana, and the Sacred Rock.


  • Circuit 3 takes you to the lower half of Machu Picchu, giving you a fresh perspective on the Inca fortress. It also lets you to see ancient sites including qolqas, the agricultural zone, and the Inca House complex.


  • Circuit 4 is more complete than Circuit 3, since it encompasses Circuit 3 and allows you to see iconic locations such as the ceremonial fountains, the set of water mirrors, and the Temple of the Condor.


What is Machu Picchu?

Machu Picchu is one of the places considered a royal estate or sacred religious site for the Incas, this place was just known by the peasants living in the region, as a Lost City of the Incas that was abandoned approximately for about 100 years after its construction. In 1911 Hiram Bingham hoped to find Vilcabamba, meeting with the local farmers who said there were some ruins on top called Machu Picchu.


Machu Picchu was designed as one of the new Seven Wonders of the World in 2007, welcoming hundreds of people year-round, travel to Machu Picchu now become Peru’s most visited attraction and South America’s most famous Archeological ruins.


Make your Machu Picchu tour one day, exciting with one of the best Peru travel companies, Magical Peru Expeditions. Visiting these places is going to be an eye-opening experience. As a responsible tour operator, we ensure that you will have everything included, for this tour of Machu Picchu, with high knowledgeable tour Guide to Machu Picchu, remember we are always here to help you.




In order to give a customized experience, Magical Peru Expeditions will pick you up early from your Cusco hotel for a trip of about 1 hour and 30 minutes in our private vehicle to the railway station in Ollantaytambo. You will board the train here, which will take you through the Sacred Valley of the Incas on its way from the Andes to the edge of the rainforest in Aguas Calientes. This amazing train ride lasts around 1 hour and 50 minutes. When you arrive in this little town, our agent will be ready to help you take the bus to the Machu Picchu Archaeological Sanctuary. The bus ride lasts 25 minutes.



Finally, we will arrive at the ancient sanctuary to begin our Machu Picchu Tour. Recharge your batteries, open your arms, and experience the old magic. We’ll have a great time going around these historic relics of Inca history, architecture, and engineering. It is undeniably a moment you have been anticipating. Following the incredible experience, the guided tour lasts between 2 and 3 hours, enabling you to learn more about this magnificent area. Please keep in mind that visitation hours are temporarily restricted. Inside the Machu Picchu Citadel, we will learn about the several zones it was split into, its population distribution, and unique characteristics such as its capacity to be self-sufficient while being isolated.



Following the trip, we will return to Aguas Calientes by bus, where you will have time to have lunch and explore the town, which has numerous restaurants and artisan stores. We’ll take the train back to Ollantaytambo, where our agent will be waiting for you with a sign with your name inscribed on it. Our van will return you to your Cusco accommodation, bringing our 1-day trip to Machu Picchu to a close.



What’s Included for the Machu Picchu day tour?

  • Information a day before the tour
  • Transfer from your hotel to Ollantaytambo or Poroy train station
  • Train ticket from Ollantaytambo or Poroy to Machu Picchu Pueblo (Aguas Calientes)
  • Round trip bus from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu (30 minutes)
  • Machu Picchu Sanctuary Admission Ticket
  • English Guided Tour (2 hours and – 2 hours of free time to explore on your own)
  • Tour Guide experienced English speaking)
  • Train ticket back to Ollantaytambo or Poroy, and then transfer back to your hotel in Cusco
  • Transfer from the station to your hotel


What is not included in the Machu Picchu tour 1 Day?

  • Entrance to the mountain Huayna Picchu.
  • Train change to Vistadome
  • Food
  • Tips
  • One additional night in Aguas Calientes


Recommendations for the day tour to Machu Picchu

  • Original passport
  • Waterproof jacket/rain poncho
  • Warm jacket
  • T-shirts
  • Comfortable pants
  • Sun hat.
  • Sun cream (factor 35 or higher)
  • Repellent for insects.
  • Personal medication
  • Camera and camcorder

Important information

  • Proof of full-dose COVID vaccinations and double or KN95 masks are required and use a face covering when riding the Service train.
  • Train schedules are subject to change subject to availability. Once you’ve made your reservation, we’ll be able to confirm the exact train time.


Questions and Answers

When is the best time to go to Machu Picchu?

Any time of the year is suitable to visit Machu Picchu, but the best time is from June to September to avoid the rain.

Has this tour ever been canceled during the rainy season?

No, we have never canceled this tour because the roads you cross to get to Machu Picchu are safe. During the rainy season, we recommend booking an extra Vistadome train to avoid delays (due to rain) and enjoy the scenery better.

When to book a visit?

The months of June through September are high season. To ensure good train time, it is recommended to book more than a month in advance.

What is the difference between the trains?

Two companies operate the route between Ollantaytambo and Aguas Calientes (the town of Machu Picchu): Inca Rail and Peru Rail. Their trains are a tourist in nature, as they run at a low speed that allows for sightseeing during the hour-and-a-half journey. They mainly offer 2 types. The standard one is called Expedition or Voyager and the higher one is called 360 or Vistadome. If you would like a more luxurious catalog or to personalize it, contact us.

How long will I be in Machu Picchu?

The visit lasts approximately 4 hours, of which 2 hours are free to explore the area.

What to bring to Machu Picchu on a day excursion?

In addition to what is stated in the “bringing” section, we would like to point out that temperatures vary greatly on the same day and the sun can be intense, so it is important to bring layers of clothing. A raincoat, as well as sunglasses, sunscreen, and a hat or cap. A small backpack will be very comfortable to carry everything. We recommend leaving some of your luggage at your accommodation in Cusco (yes, all hotels offer this service) and bringing only what you need for the visit. Also, Machu Picchu has lockers, they have a price of 5 soles.

Is it possible to book the tour, discounting the price of the entrance ticket or train if I have booked them in advance?

Yes, we offer various discounts depending on what you have already booked. If you want to customize your tour, contact us.

Do you offer discounts to students?

Yes, we offer a discount of 20 USD to students under 25. In order to apply the discount, it is important that you send us a picture of your student ID card.

Is it possible to stay a night in accommodation in Aguas Calientes and return to Cuzco the next day?

Yes, to add an extra night in the Aguas Calientes you just have to contact us to offer you personalized help by sending an email to info@magicalperuexpeditions.com

Where does the tour start?

The tour offers accommodation pick-up, so you will be picked up at your accommodation as long as it is located in the historical center of Cuzco. If the street is not accessible for the minibus, the coordinator will accompany you from your accommodation to the pickup point. In case your hotel is not located in the centre the minibus will not be able to deviate so much from its pickup route and you will be offered a pickup point as close as possible to your accommodation.



  • As per the new rules, you can stay in the Machu Picchu area only 2 hours, but it is almost impossible to enforce this rule unless visitors would have been all the time harassed by guards who would have to ask them over and over again what time they enter (this rule should be more strict).
  • When visiting Machu Picchu, you must bring your passport with you, as you will need it to enter the site.
  • With the standard entry ticket to Machu Picchu, you will not be allowed back in after you exit, even if you do not spend the full 2 hours allotted with each ticket. A complete guided tour only tends to last between 2 to 3 hours.
  • With the Machu Picchu Machu Picchu Mountain ticket, You should hike first to the Mountain and then do the guided tour at Machu Picchu.
  • Be careful with selfies and jumping pictures, as these cause most of the accidents in the mountains.
  • Training shoes or lightweight walking shoes are highly recommended.
  • Strong insect repellent is recommended.
  • Machu Picchu is a unique site, and if you want, you can get a pretty unusual stamp on your Passport.


Bad news, there are no bathrooms or food stalls in Machu Picchu. Make sure you use the bathroom before you enter the site. It is right in front of the entrance and costs two soles.



If it is cloudy and rainy and you will leave the viewing platform where the most classic photos are taken from and start the tour around Machu Picchu, with the hope to come back when the weather improves, we would like to inform you that this is impossible. Once you are on the trail you only have to move forward and follow the circuit – there are many guards with whistles watching, and you won’t stand a chance.


Food and Water

When it comes to food and water, bring your own. The ticket says that eating inside the site is prohibited, but you can bring a small snack with you, only try not to eat too openly, and it comes without saying that you should not litter. Also, you should bring your water in reusable flasks or canteens, because Machu Picchu tries to fight against single-use plastic bottles.


Prohibited items are not allowed inside Machu Picchu

  • Walking sticks unless the person needs to.
  • Also prohibited from entering Machu Picchu by drone, trekking pole, tripod or selfie stick. Elderly people can carry a cane, but with a rubber end, not a metal one.
  • Professional cameras are not allowed. Licenses for professional cameras cost up to $300, so avoid bringing a pro camera to save money.
  • You cannot enter to Machu Picchu with your travel backpack. Only smaller models are allowed so leave your backpack in Aguas Calientes in your Hotel.


Strikes and roadblocks are frequent in Peru and can disrupt our Machu Picchu day tours and rail service to and from Machu Picchu. We will do our best that your Machu Picchu private tour by train continues as planned with some changes.


If the strike happens the day of your Machu Picchu 1-day tour, we will take you to Aguas Calientes town the night before your start date. You will visit Machu Picchu normally. After visiting the Inca ruins, you will have to walk another 3 hours from Aguas Calientes to Hydroelectric. Then we will drive 7 hours to Cusco. We will drop you off at your hotel around 11:00 pm.




Machu Picchu tour price by train 1 day

The price depends on the train and the number of people. Write us at info@magicalperuexpeditions.com to give the updated price

  • Tour program
  • Number of people on the tour
  • Departure date
  • Booking a tour in advance provides a safe and well-organized experience