• Location: Cusco, Peru
  • Duration: 14 hours (approx.)
From USD $ 346.99 View price calendar

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Spend a day exploring the Inca citadel of Machu Picchu during this all-inclusive day trip leaving from Cusco. Discover this renowned mountaintop Inca site with a guide, learning about its construction, history, and what daily life was like for its residents. The trip’s relaxed, non-strenuous pace is a great option for first-time visitors, families and solo travelers alike, and features four different train ride options. The trip also includes round-trip hotel transport, transfer from Cusco to Machu Picchu (via train and bus) and the site entrance fee.


  • Day trip to Machu Picchu, one of the New7Wonders of the World, from Cusco
  • Enjoy a scenic rail tour that reveals great views of the landscapes
  • Learn the history behind the sacred city with a guided tour
  • Relax with all entrance fees, train and bus tickets and hotel transportation included
  • Choose from four train options to suit different budgets

What You Can Expect

Machu Picchu Day Trip from Cusco

Machu Picchu Day Trip from Cusco

Depart from Cusco in the morning, with pickup from your hotel and a transfer from the city center to your train station. Your departure location and travel experience will depend on the seating option you’ve selected (see the Itinerary below). Then enjoy a scenic train ride, offering stunning views of the mountainous terrain that makes up the area near Machu Picchu.

Arrive in Aguas Calientes, the small village located at the base of this famous Inca site, and board a bus for the short ride to this sacred citadel. Completed around 1450, when the Inca Empire was at the peak of its power and influence, the site was left vacant within 100 years of its creation, thanks to the conquest of the Inca people by the Spanish. Though the site today remains abandoned, many believe Machu Picchu to be a key center of spiritual energy.

Follow your guide through the main streets of this marvel of ancient engineering. Learn about the site’s history and design as you meander through its town square, key religious sites, elaborate network of agricultural terraces and intricately-designed stone staircases. After completing your guided tour, you’ll have time to explore on your own, taking some time for photos and to absorb the mystic energy of this one-of-a-kind site.

After spending a few hours at the site, you’ll return by bus to the train station in Aguas Calientes and then to your chosen train for the trip back to Cusco.

IMPORTANT: Your passport details are needed for the Machu Picchu Day Trip (Full name and Passport ID). Please provide your passport details in the additional request box, otherwise the tour will not be confirmed.


Customer Reviews

Elizabeth G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2018

This tour was great! Our tour guide Victor was very knowledgeable and took us to the best spots to take pictures. He explained the history of Machu Picchu and had pictures to supplement!

Sandra Bezerra Brasil

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2018

Our trip to Machu Picchu from Cusco was amazing, they are very organised and punctual, the guide was excellent , he was very well prepared . I strongly recommend this tour.

Mei H H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2018

Machu Picchu is just beautiful, the tour guide was very knowledge and everything was well organized.

I would recommend people to stay overnight in Machu Picchu area as the transportation from Cusco will take about 9-10 hours, leaving you 2-3 hours to visit Machu Picchu.

Marie R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2018

Reasonable pricing considering all that is included. The Vistadome train was amazing, our tour guide Hector was the absolute best, and overall was a very safe, reliable and wonderful way to see Machupicchu in a day.

Yili Z

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2018

This was a great trip, very well organized. The tour guider was very nice, friendly and knowledge. He gave us an excellent introduction about the history of Machu Picchu at the top of the mountain, and answered all our questions. It was just like I was in a field trip to Machu Picchu, listening to a professor's interesting lecture. I highly recommend the tour.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2018

Extremely organized. Since I was traveling alone, I was concerned initially as I had not received an email with the time for pick up at the hotel, but as I arrived late on Friday night in Cusco, they had a note for me with the receptionist at hotel with the details for the next morning. In every stop there was someone waiting for our group. We had plenty of time to walk around monuments and the Aguas Calientes afterwards. I would strongly recommend this tour if your time is limited like mine was...


5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2018

My husband and I went on the tour on May 22. The Company didnt send me a separate email advising the pick up time until I made two phone calls. We were picked up from Sonesta Hotel Cusco at 4:25am. There were 10 of us in this tour. The trip was well organized. One of the staff will hand you an envelope containing all the tickets required for the day at the beginning of the trip Remember to bring Passports. It took 2 hours bus ride from Cusco to Ollantaytambo. The road journey was very bumpy. We took the Perurail Vistadome train which departed at 7:43am. There are large windows which gave the best view of the valley. Drink and light snack were served on board. The train ride took 1.5 hours to reach Aguas Calientes, followed by a 25 minutes bus to the entrance of Machu Picchu.
Our tour guide, Abbon was very good. He spoke very good English, and gave us information on this huge ancient city in a simple and easy to understand manner. He didnt rush us. He gave us enough time at each location to take the best photos. We spent 3 hours inside. I feel good tour guide deserved tips from everyone.
Even we were split into two groups while on the way down to the town. He waited for us there at the bottom of the mountain to say goodbye to us, and reminded us the time to be at the train station. We were given about 3 hours to explore Aguas Calientes.
Our returned trip departed at 4:43pm to Cusco Poroy station, which took 4 hours but there was a performance, fashion show on the return trip.

Ronald W United Kingdom

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2018

This was a wonderful experience, one of the best

Guy D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2018

We did Sacred Valley before MP- also a great trip. Again, we had Robinson as our tour guide. Very knowledgeable and helpful kept the pace just right. Machu Picchu should be on everyone's bucket list. This is one very great tour company. My best compliment- I will use Viator again. Even the weather was perfect


5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2018

Extremely well organized and a nice small group! like many of the reviews stated, it was an early day but worth every moment. the last bus ride is a bit harrowing, but another option is to walk back down the trail to the train. This took us about an hour winding down the side of the mountain in mostly shady spots! it was a nice alternative to the bus and there was still plenty of time to have lunch in town before catching the train

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