1-Day Machu Picchu Tour
Visit Machu Picchu in one day, starting and ending in Cusco! You will travel by car through the beautiful Sacred Valley and then by train to Machu Picchu, where you will visit the historic citadel in the afternoon and have a full tour, before taking that train back to Cusco.
We will pick you up at your hotel in Cusco in the morning (at approximately 6:30 am) and will drive for about 2 hours through the Sacred Valley, passing by picturesque towns and extensive farms before we arrive to the Inca town of Ollantaytambo. We will go to the train station and take the scenic Vistadome train for about 1.5 hours, following a narrow valley next to the Urubamba River. When we arrive to Aguas Calientes, you will have time to have lunch on your own at one of the local restaurants. Then with your guide you will take the 25-minute bus ride up to Machu Picchu. You will have a 3-hour tour with your guide where you will see and learn about the most important sites including the Temple of the Sun, the main plaza, Intiwatana, and the Temple of the Condor. After your tour, you will take the bus back down to Aguas Calientes, and in the evening you will take the Expedition train back Ollantaytambo, where we will pick you up from the train station and take you to your hotel in Cusco (at about 10:30 pm).
*Please note that it is not possible to climb Huayna Picchu Mountain or Machu Picchu Mountain with this tour since these mountains can only be climbed in the morning and on this tour we visit Machu Picchu in the afternoon. If you would like to climb one of these mountains, we recommend our 2-Day Sacred Valley & Machu Picchu Package.
- Transportation from your hotel in Cusco to the train station and back to your hotel at the end
- Round trip train tickets from Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes in the Vistadome service and back to Ollantaytambo in the Expedition service
- Round trip bus tickets to Machu Picchu and back to Aguas Calientes
- Entrance ticket to Machu Picchu
- Experienced tour guide fluent in English, Spanish and Quechua
- Tip for guide (optional)
What to Bring
- Original passport
- A small day backpack to carry your personal belongings
- Good sneakers or light hiking boots
- Comfortable clothes
- Rain gear
- Money to buy souvenirs and meals
- Bug repellent
- Sunscreen and sunglasses
Vistadome Train: Our price includes a ticket from Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes in the Vistadome train, and a return train ticket from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo in the Expedition train. However, if you would like to upgrade your return train from Aguas Calientes to Cusco to the Vistadome train the price is an additional $50 USD per person.
Additional Information: For more information on rules and regulations of Machu Picchu, please see our Rules and Regulations page here. To see information on cancellations and other policies, please see our Cancellations page here.
How to Book
We only require a minimum of 2 people to start this tour, so if there are at least 2 people total in your group we can organize this tour for the start date that you choose. If you are traveling by yourself, please email us to check the availability and let us know the package that you are interested in and the dates when you are available to start.
To reserve your tour, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with the tour you want to do, the date you want to start, and how many people are in your group. We will also need the following information for each traveler:
- Full name
- Passport number
- Date of birth
After sending your personal information, the next step is for each person in your group to make a deposit of $300 USD to reserve your package. To make your deposit, please pay by selecting the correct amount below or by visiting our Book Now page. To receive the child discount, you must email us a copy of the child’s passport at the time of making your reservation. The remaining balance is due in Cusco. You may pay in cash (either in US dollars or Peruvian soles) at your briefing, or if you prefer you may pay with a Visa credit card at our office. To pay with a credit card, before your briefing please visit our office which is located at Calle Union #140 in the reception of the Cusco B&B Hotel.
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