Machu Picchu Day Trip from Cusco – One Day Trip to Machu Picchu

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Machu Picchu Tour Details

Nestled high in the Andean mountains, the ancient Inca citadel of Machu Picchu beckons travelers from around the globe. The Machu Picchu Day Trip from Cusco is one of our signature tours. This world-renowned wonder is just a train ride away.

Embarking on this journey, our day starts early, ensuring we make the most of every radiant Peruvian sunray. A 30-minute drive will swiftly take you to the train station, where the magic begins. As the train from Peru Rail chugs along, lush landscapes frame every window, setting the stage for what lies ahead. 

Aguas Calientes, the gateway town to Machu Picchu, is our next stop. Aguas Calientes is popular not just as a resting point but also as a destination in its own right. It serves as a vibrant prelude to the marvel that is Machu Picchu.

We highly recommend the one day trip to Machu Picchu for those with tight schedules. The tour is also ideal for those looking to experience the essence of this Inca masterpiece. We meticulously design our full day tours to give you ample time to visit Machu Picchu. 

You can absorb its rich history and capture postcard-perfect shots. An experienced tour guide from our team will be by your side. They will be illuminating the stories and secrets of this grand Inca citadel.

Why choose us for your MacHu Picchu Day Trip?

With Magical Cusco Travel Agency, you needn’t have to worry about a thing. We ensure seamless coordination for our Machu Picchu full day tours, harmonizing our itinerary with the train timings. As one of the most sought-after day trips, our tour to Machu Picchu guarantees memories that will last a lifetime.

Book your spot and let the adventure begin. The enchanting train ride, the vibrant Aguas Calientes, and the majestic Machu Picchu await. Join us and make the most of your day with the Full Day Machu Picchu Tour.

Check out our insider’s tips on preventing altitude sickness at Machu Picchu


  • Professional English speaking local tour guide
  • Cusco hotel transfer
  • Round trip transfer to the train station
  • Train tickets from Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes and back
  • Round trip bus tickets from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu
  • Entrance to Machu Picchu
  • First aid


  • Meals and Beverages
  • Travel Insurance
  • Permits for Machu Picchu Mountain ir Huayna Picchu (Optional)
  • Any personal expenses
One Day Machu Picchu Tour Itinerary

Machu Picchu Day Trip from Cusco

Your adventure on the Full Day Machu Picchu Tour from Cusco will start early in the morning. We will pick you up from your hotel in Cusco around 3:00 am. From Cusco, we will drive for about two hours to Ollantaytambo train station in the Sacred Valley.

At the train station, we will board the Peru Rail or Inca Rail destined for Aguas Calientes. Many tout this ride by train to Machu Picchu as one of the most scenic in the world. It will give you mesmerizing views of the Peruvian landscape for about 4 hours.

Upon our arrival in Aguas Calientes around 9:30 am, we will take a short break. We’ll appreciate the quaint town at the base of Machu Picchu. 

We will then have a brief stop. Here, we will catch a bus. It will take us on a winding 30 minute journey up the mountain to the entrance of the Inca citadel.

By 10:30 am, we will set foot in Machu Picchu. Our tour guide will lead the way, sharing intriguing tales and historical facts about this ancient wonder. You’ll have ample opportunity to visit Machu Picchu’s prominent sites. Additionally, you can also marvel at the ancient stonework, and of course, take those postcard-perfect shots.

Around 2:00 pm, we will start our descent back to Aguas Calientes. Here, you can grab a quick bite or explore the town a bit before our train departure.

By 4:30 pm, we will board our return train to Cusco. You can relax and enjoy the landscapes once more. We expect to arrive back in Cusco by 8:30 pm, concluding a full day of exploration and memories.

Statistics for the Machu Picchu Day Trip from Cusco:

  • Distance Covered: Approximately 160 km (100 miles) round trip.
  • Highest Altitude: Machu Picchu at 2,430 meters (7,970 feet).
  • Lowest Altitude: Aguas Calientes at 2,040 meters (6,690 feet).
  • Level of Difficulty: Moderate, with some uphill walking at Machu Picchu.

1How long does the full-day Machu Picchu tour last?

The Machu Picchu full-day tour typically starts early in the morning by 0300 and ends in the evening by 0800. The exact timings may vary depending on the train availabilty. We recommend booking the tour well in advance so we can accomodate you in a suitable train.

2Do we get free time to explore Machu Picchu?

Yes, after the guided tour, you will typically have some free time to explore Machu Picchu on your own.

3What should I bring with me on the full-day tour?

We recommend bringing a small backpack with essentials such as water, snacks, sunblock, a hat, rain gear and comfortable walking shoes.

4Is the full-day Machu Picchu tour suitable for children?

Yes, the full-day tour is suitable for all ages, but it does involve some walking and climbing stairs. We recommend advising us of any sickness so we can plan the trip accordingly. 

5How can I book the full-day Machu Picchu tour?

You can book the full-day Machu Picchu tour directly with us or through our website. We recommend to book in advance as there is a limit for tickets to Machu Picchu each day.

6What happens if it rains on the day of my scheduled tour?

The best time to visit Machu Picchu is in dry Season. However, it is open rain or shine. We recommend to bring rain gear during the rainy season. We will provide information about any potential changes to the tour in case of severe weather

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Emily White

Solo Traveller

From the exhilarating train ride to the awe-inspiring citadel, every minute was filled with wonder. Despite the limited time, the experience was truly magical and left a lasting impression.

July 1, 2023