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From Cusco: Full-Day Group Tour of Machu Picchu

1. From Cusco: Full-Day Group Tour of Machu Picchu

Travel from Cusco to learn about the majestic Inca city: Machu Picchu and the ancient civilization living there. Discover the secrets that are hidden in it. Go back in time as you explore the streets of these ruins located in the Peruvian Andes.  Begin with an early morning pickup from your hotel in Cusco for transfer to the train station. Get on board and enjoy the comforts offered by the train during the journey to Machu Picchu. Choose from the option of a standard train or a Vistadome train that offers panoramic views. Enjoy the dynamic landscapes of the Peruvian Andes. Arrive in Aguas Calientes and take a bus to the entrance of the citadel of Machu Picchu. Learn about the history of this wonderful place. Depending on the option you select, enjoy a guided visit of Circuit 5. Visit Qolqas, the Agricultural Zone, the waterway, dry pit, Temple of the Sun, Inka House, water sources, set three covers, Pisonay Square, and the archaeological reserve. Take the bus back to Aguas Calientes and get recommendations for lunch. Board the train back to the Ollantaytambo or Poroy station where transportation will be waiting to take you to your hotel in Cusco.

Machu Picchu: Standard Admission Ticket

2. Machu Picchu: Standard Admission Ticket

Explore the Inca ruins of Machu Picchu at your own pace with a standard entrance ticket to the magnificent UNESCO World Heritage Site. Reserve your entrance ticket to enter the site. You can independently organize transportation and tour guide for the visit.  Discover landmark attractions at your own pace, such as the Temple of the Sun, the terraced fields of the agricultural sector, and the Intihuatana stone, and take the famous picture from the observatory with the lost citadel behind.  For entering the Lost Citadel of Machu Picchu, it is mandatory that you are accompanied by an accredited guide. You are able to hire the tour guide directly at the entrance of the ruins.

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

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

Discover the magic of the Andes and Machu Picchu on a full-day trip from Cusco. Marvel at mountain views on a train to Aguas Calientes. Hop on a comfortable bus to Machu Picchu and begin a guided tour. Upgrade your experience with the option to include an authentic Peruvian 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.

From Cusco: 1-Day Machu Picchu Tour | Train Expeditions |

4. From Cusco: 1-Day Machu Picchu Tour | Train Expeditions |

Day 1: Historic Sanctuary of Machu Picchu The Machu Picchu and Montana de Siete Colores tour two days one night, begins with the pick up from your respective hotel at 3:30 a.m. and then we will go approximately 2 hours by bus from Cusco to the Ollantaytambo train station. Then we will board the train from Ollantaytambo to Machu Picchu, a town also called Aguas Calientes, the trip lasts approximately 2 hours. Upon arrival at Machu Picchu town we go to the Consettur bus station, we board the mobility that will take us to the lost city of the Incas (Machu Picchu) with a duration of 30 minutes, at the point of entry our guide will wait for us In order to enter, at the checkpoint we will show the entry ticket. From this place the guided excursion of 2 hours and 30 minutes will begin where the informative part of Machu Picchu will be explained to them, after all the tour carried out they will have free time to appreciate the landscape and take pictures. Then we will return to the town of Aguas Calientes to enjoy our lunch. After our lunch we will have to go to the Aguas Calientes train station and board the train that will take us to Ollantaytambo. At the Ollantaytambo station, a representative of South America Exploor will be waiting for you with a sign and your names, who will address us to your mobility to return to Cusco and take you to your respective hotel.

Cusco: Inca Trail to Machu Picchu 4-Day Trek

5. Cusco: Inca Trail to Machu Picchu 4-Day Trek

Tackle the unforgettable Inca Trail, and enjoy a once-in-a-lifetime hike to Machu Picchu. Departing from Cusco, discover one of the world’s oldest pilgrimages on this 4-day trip and explore a cloud forest. Depart from your Cusco hotel early in the morning and drive 82 kilometers to the starting point in Llactapata. Begin your guided hike to the first campsite in Ayapata, located 3300 (10826 feet) meters above sea level. In the morning, make your way to Warmiwañuska, passing two mountains for a total of 10 hours of hiking. Traverse Dead Woman’s Pass, the highest point of the Inca Trail at 4215 meters (13829 feet). Then, cross the Runqurakay Pass, with 4000 meters (13123 feet) to Chaquicocha. After a good night's rest at Chaquicocha, take on the 6-hour trek to Phuyupatamarca and finally the archaeological site of Wiñaywayna at 2600 meters (8530 feet). Pass through a number of ecological zones, home to a diversity of flora and fauna. Spot orchids and bromeliads, as well as hummingbirds, foxes, and deer. Wake up early and hike for 2 hours to Machu Picchu through the Sungate, and enjoy a unique view of Machu Picchu. After exploring Machu Picchu, board the Panoramic train back to Cusco and be dropped off at your hotel in the evening.

From Aguas Calientes: Machu Picchu Ticket, Guided Tour & Bus

6. From Aguas Calientes: Machu Picchu Ticket, Guided Tour & Bus

Machu Picchu, one of the new Seven Wonders of the World shows you the enigmatic Inca citadel and its history. If you have already bought your train tickets, this private tour is perfect for you! Bus ticket from to Machu Picchu town citadel, admission ticket to Machu Picchu Citadel according with your selected shift and private profesional guidance are included. Machu Picchu has 9 shifts  to go inside and the capacity of each one is 360 around. We suggest to book 12 pm, 1 pm or 2 pm shifts. You will get an intimate time with the lost citadel. Machu Picchu is open during whole year. Some areas will be closed for maintenance, our guide will be explain from the viewpoitns.

From Cusco: 4-Day Inca Trail Guided Trek to Machu Picchu

7. From Cusco: 4-Day Inca Trail Guided Trek to Machu Picchu

Walk the world-famous Inca Trail on this guided trek over 4 days and 3 nights. Follow an ancient footpath through the Sun Gate and into Machu Picchu, passing magical cloud forests on the way. Enjoy scenic camping, tasty meals and the expertise of local guides and porters. Day 1 Start with pickup from your hotel in Cusco, Urubamba, or Ollantaytambo on the first morning. Enjoy a hearty breakfast and meet your team of guides and porters before an 82km drive to the trail’s starting point. Hike in 2 hour intervals, with regular stops to eat and take a break. The first night’s campsite will be at Ayapata with an elevation of 3300 meters. Relax here with a hot drink, dinner and a well-deserved rest. Day 2 Wake up early for the trek’s longest day which will include the trail’s highest point, Dead Woman’s Pass, at 4215 meters. Stop here to enjoy the spectacular views before you descend into the Pacaymayu Valley in time for lunch. Next, climb to the Inca site of Runcu Raccay where you can admire two huge waterfalls across the valley before another descent to the remote site of Sayacmarca. After a quick tour, take a short walk to the second campsite, where you can watch the sun set over the Vilcabamba mountains before dinner. Day 3 Start early again for the trail’s most beautiful day. Walk along gradual inclines as you approach the Cloud Forest and Salkantay, the second highest peak in the Sacred Valley. Then, begin the climb to the final peak, Phuyupatamarka, where you’ll get your first views over Machu Picchu. From here, it’s a 3-hour walk down a flight of steps to Wiñay Wayna, where you’ll camp in close proximity to Machu Picchu. Share a relaxed final evening with your guides and porters, and get an early night before your final day of exploring. Day 4 Get up at the crack of dawn to catch a stunning sunrise over the ruins of Machu Picchu. Trek down to the Sun Gate and make your way into the Lost City of the Incas, where your private tour of the ruins will begin. After the tour, head down to Augas Calientes by bus. Take a few hours here to explore the city, or optionally to climb Huayna Picchu, before catching the train to Ollantaytambo or Poroy. From here, a driver will transfer you back to your hotel by bus.

Full Day Tour to Machupicchu from Cusco

8. Full Day Tour to Machupicchu from Cusco

Enjoy this experience in one day getting to know Machupicchu. The tour will begin in the morning, we will go to your hotel to pick you up, we will go to Ollantaytambo to take the train service, starting the trip we will have views of the wonderful Sacred Valley of the Incas, we will have views of incredible landscapes until we reach the town of Aguas Calientes . Once we arrive we will have a reasonable amount of time to have breakfast and then take the bus that will take us for 30 minutes to the Machupicchu Sanctuary. Once you enter the Sanctuary, the guide will begin the guidance in order to improve your experience and learn about this impressive place. Finishing the tour in the afternoon we will return along the same section and take the return train to Ollantaytambo and return along the same route we started on, the tour will end one block from the main square.

Salkantay Trek 4 Days 3 Nights

9. Salkantay Trek 4 Days 3 Nights

Day 1 Cusco - Soraypampa - Humantay Lake - Quiswarniyoc private camp. We start with hotel pick up and at 5:45 we head to Mollepata for 2 hours where we will have breakfast. Then we continue by car 1 hour more to Soraypampa where we will meet the riders and the horse that will carry all the luggage, food and the 7 kilos of each hiker's belongings. We start the hike uphill to Humantay Lake for 2 hours. Then we start to descend for 2 hours to the Quiswarniyoc camp, which is an exclusive camp, here you will enjoy a delicious lunch, basically Here you will enjoy a delicious lunch, basically you have free time to explore the area or you can rest. Day 2 Quiswarniyoc - Salkantay Pass - Wuayracmachay - Chaullay Camp The second day of the trek is the most difficult because it takes you up to 4630 m and 20 km of walking. The cooks will wake you up around 5:00 a.m. with a cup of hot coca tea, then you will have time to repack and prepare for the nutritious breakfast that is served around 5:45 a.m. Then we start hiking to the highest point of the Salkantay trail (4630 m) for about 3 hours. At the place the guide will teach you about the gods of the mountain and you will also be part of the small Andean ritual for the Apus, the gods of the mountain. Then start walking for 2 hours to the lunch place. Then continue down for 3 hours to the second camp, which is Chaullay (2900m) right at the beginning of the Peruvian Amazon area. Day 3 Chaullay - Santa Teresa - Hydroelectric - Aguas Calientes We wake you up around 6:00 a.m. with a cup of coca tea, then we offer you a delicious breakfast. Around 7:00 a.m., you will start the hike to Sahuayaco beach for 5 hours approximately, you will arrive to Sahuayaco beach, from where you will take the local transportation for one hour to Santa Teresa, where you will have lunch, then you will continue by car for 45 minutes more to Hidroeléctrica and then you will walk 3 hours by train tracks to Aguas Calientes where you will rest. Day 4 Machu Picchu - Cusco After breakfast, you will start walking to the checkpoint of the Ruins Bridge for 30 minutes, which is open at 5:00 a.m., where you must show your passport and your Machu Picchu tickets. After passing the first checkpoint, you will climb all the stairs for one hour to the main gate of Machu Picchu to be there around 6:00 a.m. At Machu Picchu for the guided tour for 2.5 hours, you will have free time to explore on your own the Inca city of Machu Picchu. On the fourth day, you must return to Cusco after visiting Machu Picchu and we offer you 2 options to return to Cusco, you can do the train or bus option.

From Cusco: Machupicchu Full Day Trip by Train

10. From Cusco: Machupicchu Full Day Trip by Train

A full-day tour of Machu Picchu by Train (all-included) is a quick way to get to know the Historical Sanctuary of Machu Picchu in a single day. As you do not have the necessary time during your stay in the city of Cusco, this option is ideal for you. You will get to know the most important sectors of the Citadel, where one of the most recognized examples of engineering, architecture, assembly, and carving is located. the different streets, squares, ceremonial fountains, and temples, surrounded by abundant vegetation. The citadel is located at the top of the mountain at a height of 2490 meters above sea level. From this point, you can see the mountains such as the HUAYNA PICCHU, the MACHUPICCHU mountain, the PUTUKUSI mountain, and the INTI PUNKU. All of these mountains can be visited on foot, with free time to take photos and thus remember this great adventure. After our visit to Machupicchu, which will last on average 2 and 1/2 hours, we will leave by taking the bus down towards the town of Aguas Caliente and after that, you will be able to choose the best place to eat before taking the train back to the City of Cusco, upon arrival a MINKA'S Travel representative will be waiting to accompany you and drop you off at your accommodation. Duration: Full Day - 1 Day Departures: Daily Departures, Pre-Booking Group: Máx. 08 Pax (Machu Picchu)

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What people are saying about Machu Picchu

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4.6 / 5

based on 2,354 reviews

We booked with Haku travel but was transferred to a trek with Marvelous adventure, so we can t say anything about Haku travels' tours, only the booking part. We got booked on the cheapest Machu Picchu circuit and not the same circuit or entrance time as the rest of our Group and guide through 4 days, so that was a big disappointment. We only got our tickets the night before our Machu Picchu day. Also the communication was not great in advance, but they answered pretty quickly. All in all we had a good trek but that was thanks to our great guide from Marvelous adventure. We recommended booking at an Office in Cusco rather than online if you want the better and cheaper deal and to be certain about the specifics of your trek. Be sure to request the circuit and entrance time you wish for!!

Legit service. I was a bit scare but everything turned out good. We didn’t receive tickets in 48 hours but the company reached out to us to explain the situation so we were aware of a little delay. They also responded very quickly to every concern that we had. Def would recommend if you buy last minute tickets

The experience of using a guide that has a long family lineage and experience growing up in the Sacred Valley/Machu Picchu area brought the tour in Machu Picchu alive for us … he was extremely knowledgeable and communicated with us in both Spanish and English … and fielded all kinds of questions from us

It is a superb view. I went in early January, but it was OK with light clothes. It is a well-maintained tourist destination.

Everything about this trip and the organization was amazing. 100% recommend it.