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

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

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Cusco: Machu Picchu Small Group Tour with Tickets

2. Cusco: Machu Picchu Small Group Tour with Tickets

On this 1-day excursion, visit Peru’s most important archaeological and cultural treasure. The day begins with pick-up at your hotel, and transfer to the train station in Ollantaytambo. An early 5:05 AM departure means you’ll have ample time to explore Machu Picchu. 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.

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

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

Meet your driver at your hotel or the train statin in Aguas Calientes. Embark on the beautiful 30-minute drive to Machu Picchu, where you’ll show your passport and pass through security. Walk 20 minutes to the upper part of Machu Picchu, following your guide to the perfect lookout location. Your guide will lead you through the legendary site on a 2-hour tour, on which you'll delve into the history of the Lost Citadel and Machu Picchu. Relish in panoramic vistas of the ruins and the surrounding mountains. Get lost in the maze-like stone constructions. Return to Aguas Calientes.

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Cusco: Full-Day Trip to Machu Picchu with Optional Hiking

4. Cusco: Full-Day Trip to Machu Picchu with Optional Hiking

Experience a tour ideal for those who have little time, but do not want to miss Machu Picchu, one of the most magical places in the world. Get a guided tour of the archeological site and you choose optional hikes to Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain. Start your journey with a pick up at 4:00 AM from hotels and hostels in the center of Cusco and head to Ollantaytambo to board the train to the city of Machu Picchu. The 2-hour train ride is without a guide. Upon arrival, the guide with the names of each traveler will be waiting. Follow your guide to the bus station to board the bus to the citadel. The trip will last approximately 25 minutes.  Begin a 2-hour guided tour of the historic sanctuary of Machu Picchu. After your tour, you will have free time to explore the site yourself. There are areas available that are not included in the tour, such as the Inca bridge, and you can always ask your guide for suggestions to explore more in your free time.  If you choose one of the hiking options, get the chance to climb the famous mountains that surround Machu Picchu to see stunning views of the Inca citadel.  Later in the afternoon,l take the bus back to Aguas Calientes, where you will catch the train back to Ollantaytambo to finally take your last bus trip to Cusco, lasting about 4 hours in total. The estimated arrival in Cusco is around 10:30 PM.

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From Cusco: Maras, Moray & Machu Picchu 2-Day Trip

5. From Cusco: Maras, Moray & Machu Picchu 2-Day Trip

Explore The Lost City of Machu Picchu, Peru’s preeminent archaeological site and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Immerse yourself in the amazing sites and culture of the Urubamba Valley over 2 days. Benefit from round-trip transportation from your hotel in Cusco, lodging and meals. DAY 1: CUSCO – CHINCHERO – MORAY - SALINERAS – OLLANTAYTAMBO – AGUAS CALIENTES Start with a hotel pickup in Cusco at 8:00 AM. Be driven to Chinchero. Explore the archeological site and the colonial church. Visit the handicraft market. Next, settle in for a 1-hour drive to Moray. See circular farming terraces and Maras town. Stop at a local restaurant for lunch while enjoying the view of the mountains. After lunch, visit Salineras, where locals have extracted salt since Incan times. Later, drive to Ollantaytambo to explore the town and archeological site. Enjoy dinner at a local restaurant. Then, take the train to Aguas Calientes and spend the night in a 3-star hotel. DAY 2: MACHU PICCHU – CUSCO On the final day, start early with breakfast in the hotel. Take the first bus up to Machu Picchu. Upon arrival, join a guided tour through the most important landmarks like Sunagte or Inca Bridge, temples, palaces, and plazas. After a 3-hour tour, enjoy free time to explore the citadel. Next, take the bus down to Aguas Calientes and have lunch. Finally, hop on the Visatdoem train back to Cusco. Arrive back at your hotel at around 7.30 PM.

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From Cusco: 2-Day Guided Tour of Machu Picchu

6. From Cusco: 2-Day Guided Tour of Machu Picchu

Enjoy morning pick-up from your hotel or accommodation in Cusco and be transferred to the train station in the town of Ollantaytambo. Enjoy breathtaking views of the natural landscape as you travel by train to Aguas Calientes. Arrive at Aguas Calientes, stop by at your accommodation, and explore the small town in the afternoon. Learn about your trip to Machu Picchu during a meeting with your guide in the evening. Rest for the night and get ready for your morning bus trip up in to the mountains. Discover the ancient site of Machu Picchu with a 2-hour tour, led by your expert, local guide. View the gardens, shrines, and water channels of the lost civilization and make the most of your own free time as you have the chance to wander round the ruins on your own. Indulge with some lunch before returning to Cusco. 

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Machu Picchu: Private Guided Tour from Aguas Calientes

7. Machu Picchu: Private Guided Tour from Aguas Calientes

Discover why Machu Picchu is one of the wonders of the world. Explore this ancient city with a local tour guide and learn of all the mysteries that the place has to offer. You will start the tour in Aguas Calientes where you will wait for the next bus to Machu Picchu. When arriving, you will walk for an hour to the upper part of Machu Picchu, with incredible views of the city along the way.  You will be taken on a 2 to 3-hour comprehensive tour after this, and you will have free time to explore Machu Picchu before making your way back to the city. Your tour guide will explain to you how to get back to Aguas Calientes or Cusco.

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Cusco: Inca Trail to Machu Picchu Short Version

8. Cusco: Inca Trail to Machu Picchu Short Version

Day 1: Cusco to Machu Picchu Pueblo Start your adventure bright and early and meet your guide at your accomodation at 4:00 AM. After a short drive to Ollantaytambo, you will set off on a 1.5-hour train ride to Chachabamba, taking in the scenery of the Urubamba river along the way. From the checkpoint at Chachabamba you will start your trekking experience. Visit the archaeological sites of Chachabamba and Wiñay Huayna and take in the variety of flora and fauna. Enter Machu Picchu through the Sun Gate, and from here you can take in one of the most spectacular views of the Lost City of the Incas. Arrive in Machu Picchu late in the afternoon and have the unique opportunity to see the city almost empty. After a short bus ride to your hotel you can enjoy a relaxed end to the day with dinner and a comfortable sleep.   Day 2: Machu Picchu to Cusco After another early start you will prepare to visit Machu Picchu, the highlight of the tour. Board your bus at 5:30 AM, just as the sun rises. Take a picturesque walk up to the Sun Gate with beautiful views of the city along the way. Your guide will take you on a 2 to 3-hour comprehensive tour of the city before leaving you in Machu Picchu to explore on your own. You also have the option to climb either Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain. Your guide will explain how to take the bus from Machu Picchu back to Aguas Calientes and then take the train and bus back to Cusco. After a full day of sightseeing you will be conveniently shuttled back to your accomodation for a relaxing end to your Inca exploring adventure. 

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Aguas Calientes: Bus Transfer to Machu Picchu Citadel

9. Aguas Calientes: Bus Transfer to Machu Picchu Citadel

The best way to get to Machu Picchu from Aguas Calientes and vice versa is by bus. Book the transfer in advance and the local partner will send you the public bus transportation tickets by mail.  The trip takes 30 - 45 minutes each way and your ticket will be valid for you to take the bus at a time suitable for you.  The service runs from 5:30 AM to 3:00 PM from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu, and from 6:00 AM to 6:00 PM from Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes. Buses come every 10-15 minutes

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Cusco: Private Full-Day Tour to Machu Picchu by Train

10. Cusco: Private Full-Day Tour to Machu Picchu by Train

Start your day with a pickup from your accommodation in Cusco to take you to the train station. Upon arrival at the train station, you will board the train to start on this extraordinary train ride to Machu Picchu and enjoy beautiful views. If you have chosen the first class train, you will enjoy an exquisite gourmet menu, prepared using Andean organic ingredients like trout, quinoa, and aguaymanto accompanied by a selection of wines. This train also features a luxurious Observatory-Lounge carriage offering live music, a bar, and panoramic windows to admire the most incredible scenery. Approximately four hours after departure from Cusco, you will arrive at the train station in Aguas Calientes (the town located at the bottom of Machu Picchu) from where you will take a bus to Machu Picchu. The ride will last around 30 mins. Meet your tour guide at the main entrance and enter the site for a private tour of the famous City of the Incas, Machu Picchu. After approximately 2 hours visiting Machu Picchu, you will have some free time to explore and take more pictures of this sacred place. Now it's time to get back to Aguas Calientes to enjoy and explore the village. Your train back will depart in the late afternoon; you will be welcomed with a cocktail, and a gourmet menu dinner accompanied by the best wines and entertainment on board. Your driver will be waiting for you at the final stop of the train to take you back to your accommodation in Cusco.

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What people are saying about Aguas Calientes

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 50 reviews

This was an excellent experience and I liked having our Machu Picchu entrance tickets, bus tickets, and guide all combined. Our guide came to our hotel the night before our tour to make sure we understood what to bring (sunscreen, passports, water, etc), meeting times, and what to expect on our big tour day. Our guide spoke excellent English and shared a lot of fascinating information with us when we were at Machu Picchu. Highly recommend this tour!

Very efficiently organized and operated. I appreciated them taking care of all the details, all I had to do was show up and they coordinated the rest. Highly recommend for anyone looking to go to Machu Picchu by train.

Our guide was amazing. He was very knowledgeable about the site and gave great information. He was also very friendly and understood when we needed breaks due to the altitude.

Fantastic trip that shows exactly what is described. All the places we saw were as amazing as we hoped. Good guide and good driver. It was all in order

Very well organized tour with great guides. And, of course, the hike to Machu Picchu and Machu Picchu itself is magical.