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Machu Picchu Day Trip from Cusco

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Local experts for an easy way to visit Machu Picchu, all details are arranged: ticket train on premium departures from/to Machu Picchu, bus on shift to go up and down the citadel, morning shift entrance fee, and expert local guide. Feel the energy, hear the stories and history of one of the most attractive places over the World.
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Av El Sol 817
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    Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu
    Stop: 14 hours - Admission included
    Completed in approximately 1450 at the height of the Incan empire, Machu Picchu was abandoned less than 100 years later following the Spanish conquest of Peru. Today it is considered by many to be the new spiritual center of the world. From Cusco, you'll be transferred to the railway station to enjoy your 1.5-hour scenic rail tour to Aguas Calientes. We arrive at the Aguas Calientes station where our staff will assist us on boarding the bus to go up the winding road to Machu Picchu, amid a spectacular view of the Urubamba River and its canyon. The Lost City of the Incas, Machu Picchu, will astonish us with its terraces, ceremonial shrines, steps and urban areas. Energy is all around us. At the arranged time, we will take the train back to Cusco city.In order to meet various customer needs, you can choose from three different types of options. The Expedition option was created for adventurous passengers seeking comfort and security without the extra frills. Departing from Ollantaytambo train station, located approximately 1.5-hours from Cusco, your journey to Machu Picchu begins! The seats have been reupholstered with indigenous fabrics, giving them a touch of local flavor. Snacks are available for purchase, as well as additional storage space for backpacks. The Vistadome option is a comfortable way to journey to Machu Picchu. Departing from Ollantaytambo train station, located approximately 1.5-hours from Cusco, you'll enjoy beautiful panoramic windows to make the most of the spectacular scenery and allow for fantastic photo opportunities. Delicious snacks as well as hot and cold refreshments are served on the way (own expense). The Executive Class option departs from the Ollantaytambo train station, located approximately 1.5-hours from Cusco and make your way to Machu Picchu in comfort. Enjoy scenic panoramic views from the train, where you'll be seated in comfortable, padded chairs with a fold-out table for your convenience. Snacks and beverages are served on board the train for your enjoyment (own expense). The First Class option is a luxury service that ensures to make your visit to the citadel of Machu Picchu an unforgettable trip. Exclusive design with details of luxury and elegance, has two wagons of 30 seats each, panoramic windows and comfortable seats with folding tables; Observatory Lounge Bar with an outdoor balcony and live music. The service on board includes a welcome cocktail, a gourmet menu made with organic ingredients and a selection of imported wines. Upon arrival at Aguas Calientes station, you'll board a small bus and head up to the ruins of the “sacred city”, Machu Picchu. Your expert guide will walk with you through the main streets of these amazing ruins. Stroll through town squares and climb delicately carved stone stairways. Esoteric wisdom holds Machu Picchu as the new spiritual center of the world. There will be time to be alone and fully embrace this magnificent wonder of the world, letting this once in a lifetime experience set in. In the afternoon you'll return to the train station in Aguas Calientes for the trip back to Cusco. IMPORTANT: Your passport detail is needed for the Machu Picchu Day Trip (Full name and Passport ID). Please provide your passport detail in the additional request box, otherwise the tour is not confirmed.
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You'll return to the starting point
  • Travel from Cusco to Machu Picchu by train in just one day
  • Entrance fees included so your ticket is guaranteed
  • Views of the towering Andes Mountains from the train windows
  • Tour includes a guided tour of the ancient Inca site
  • Convenient round-trip transport from select Cusco hotels 
  • Great choice for families and first-time visitors
What to Expect
Start the day with early morning pickup from select hotels in Cusco and ride to the train station. Train options, which you can select when booking, include Expedition, Vistadome, and Executive Class. The basic Expedition train is upholstered with traditional indigenous fabrics, while The Executive Class features plush chairs with tables at each pair of seats. Traveling in Vistadome, you have glass on all sides and above your head, great for taking in the full scale of the massive peaks. The newest option, the 360 Train, also has panoramic glass and updated, comfortable seats. On arrival at Aguas Calientes, continue to the ruins on a small bus for a guided tour of Machu Picchu that explores ancient stairways, temples, and sweeping views. Finish the day with the beautiful return trip to Cusco.
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Important Information
Departure Point
Av El Sol 817, Cusco 08002, Peru

Traveler pickup is offered
This activity includes roundtrip transfer from selected hotels listed. If your hotel is not listed, you may ask an adittional transfer or go to our Cusco Sales Office located at Av. El Sol 817.
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
  • Guided tour of Machu Picchu
  • Local English- or Spanish-speaking guide
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off. Note: Some hotels are in areas where the access by vehicle is not permitted. Send hotel details in order to arrange your pickup and drop-off in a nearby place if necessary.
  • Entrance ticket to Machu Picchu
  • Selected round trip train ticket
  • Entry/Admission - Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu
  • Gratuities
  • Lunch
  • Bottled water
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • IMPORTANT: All traveler passport details are needed for the Machu Picchu Day Trip (Full name and Passport ID). Please provide all the passengers names, numbers of passaports, date of birth and nationality, otherwise the tour is not confirmed.
  • Please note: transport time on the train varies depending on which station you depart from. Could be Poroy train station or Ollantaytambo train station subject to availability. This information will be provided by our representative the same day of your tour in Cusco.
  • Please note: travel date amendments are accepted outside of 16 days before scheduled tour date
  • Please note: The guided tour lasts around 2.5 hours. After that, you are free to explore Machu Picchu on your own.
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Please note: Machupicchu Admission ticket and train tickets are included in this tour and will be given to the passengers the same day of their tour.
  • Please note: A notification reconfirming the meeting or pick up time will be sent through tripadvisor experiences extranet a day before the service.
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers
Cancellation Policy
All sales are final and incur 100% cancellation penalties.
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Because I didn’t intend to come here initially I was (too) late to organize all the tickets separately. Also I didn’t intend to stay in Aguas Calientes which many people do. For these situations and if you simply like convenience, this day trip is perfect. Everything went really
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There is no question as to why this is one of the seven wonders of the world. This tour was very organized from start to finish. Even the train ride in the 360 was amazing and times are booked for you. This is definitely a must see to learn more about the Inka culture & history!
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Fantastic experience. Our guide, Felix the Cat , was very knowledgeable. The Inca Express ( glass roof train ) to the base and the Bus ride were amazing. It's a Full day trip , but worth every minute. Would highly recommend. Carrying a trek stick, light snacks and water would
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Such a great experience! We had enough time in Machu Picchu to take photos and our guide was awesome. Would recommend anyone to come see this breath taking view.
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I booked this tour with my parents, but I couldn't go due to emergency happened at work. I notified them one week before and get partially refunded on the price, because they told me the Machu Picchu ticket and bus ticket has been issued. I understand that part. But for my
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Response from CalidadV, Quality Coordination at Machu Picchu Day Trip from Cusco
Responded 4 weeks ago
Dear Nan Xue, Thank you for taking the time reviewing your parent’s experience, we highly regret to learn the inconvenience they went through, for this reason we contacted our Operations department in Cusco so we can looked into the situation in depth, we got the information of your parents excursion where we noticed they didn’t speak English nor Spanish but they were carrying a translator device making the communication and guiding easier, in Machu Picchu our guide did a detailed guiding and made sure Mr and Mrs Xue listen to everything he had to share, once the tour in the citadel was over we got the information that there was a landslidein the Pomatales zone causing train departure delays, the train company – Perurail- even posted the reprogramming schedule in the train station, we explained this to your parents but they seemed to be in a rush for this reason we managed to change their departure with no extra cost to an earlier one (Vistadome 32 arriving in Poroy at 22.00) explaining that Poroy stop was where we were going to be waiting for passengers (same stop as the original train ticket), the transportation and assistance services from Poroy to Cusco city were also managed to be changed with no extra cost. Our staff was in Poroy station waiting for passengers carrying a board with their names, she stayed there about 17 minutes but she couldn’t contact your parents. As for the description given it wouldn’t be possible to walk from Poroy to Cusco city due to it’s a distance of 9.82 miles, we may come to a conclusion that Mr. and Mrs Xue made a mistake and got off the train in San Pedro station (Cusco City) and walk to their hotel. We tried to reach you on the phone calling your hotel in order to know what happened with your parents but we didn’t get any response. Once again, we regret the incidents that took place in your parent’s excursion. Our area will continue working in order to assure our services quality and enforce communications. If you have any additional comments or information you’d like to share with us, please don’t hesitate to reach out via calidad@vipac.pe, we will always be at your disposal. Warm Regards, Quality Department Viajes Pacífico
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By: Gray Line Peru
166 reviews
Apeldoorn, The Netherlands
Very well organized
Because I didn’t intend to come here initially I was (too) late to organize all the tickets separately. Also I
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Accessible ruins
Easy to visit pre Inca site just outside Lima. Tour guide informative and entertaining bus ride comfortable
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Virginia Beach,Virginia
I had a great time staying at the Sinchicuy lodge. Everyone was extremely friendly and the activities always kept
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Wished we could have visited the pisac ruins
This was a very good tour. Our guide was VERY knowledgeable and even spent the drive to the sites talking about
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Hebert C
Such rich history here and the tour guide Mario did a great job at explaining everything. He took me through the
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Dumfries, Virginia
Excellent look at pre Inca ruins
This was afantatstic trip that I through in at the last moment. The museum at the entrace was very interesting
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Informative Tour with a Friendly Guide
My friends and I booked this tour last minute, and we had a great time. TripAdvisory was prompt with information
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Recommend that trip to everyone
It was an amazing experience, the whole trip was excellent. We had the best time there. From the guide over the
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Great Ocean Road, Australia
Everything went smoothly just make sure when u arrive to ring the number supplied on skype or what ever u have
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Houston, Texas
Fantastic!! Don’t miss this if you’re interested in Peruvian cultures
I was in Lima on a Monday (when a number of museums and some other area attractions are closed) and chose this to
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Eagle, Idaho
Very Nice Place!
The bus and tour guide was super interesting and smooth travel to the place. The museum in place was very modern,
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Victoria A
Must see!! Rain or shine!!
There is no question as to why this is one of the seven wonders of the world. This tour was very organized from
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Family Trip to Machu Picchu
Fantastic experience. Our guide, Felix the Cat , was very knowledgeable. The Inca Express ( glass roof train ) to
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Manitowoc, Wisconsin
Beautiful city and scenery
The view that is pictured here is really quite beautiful. I know the Santa Catalina Monastery is supposed to be a
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Ben S
Nice day in the valley
We take a tour bus to the valley and went to 5 places. It cost us around 100 Sols per person. Not cheap.
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  • Duration: 14h
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  • Languages Offered: English, Spanish
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