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

4.6 / 5

87 reviews

Activity provider: LimaTours

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

Activity provider: LimaTours
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From US$ 339 per person

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Travel in comfort from Cusco, on either Tourist or Superior category train options, for a full-day tour of Machu Picchu. Take in the landscape of the Andes and enjoy a guided tour.

About this activity

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Duration 12 hours
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Live tour guide
Spanish, English
Pickup included
Hotel pickup from downtown Cusco starts at 4:15 AM. Please be ready and wait in your hotel lobby 15 minutes before your scheduled pickup time. This activity does not include pickup from private residences (Airbnb). If you are staying in private accommodation, please contact the local partner a few days prior to the start of the tour to coordinate a meeting point.
Private group available

Experience

Highlights
  • Enjoy a scenic train journey through the Andes Mountains
  • Discover Machu Picchu accompanied by an expert local guide
  • See the Royal Quarters, the Temple of the Three Windows, Sacred Sun Dial, and more points of interest
  • Unearth the riches of the Inca Empire with a fascinating and thought-provoking tour
Full description

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.

Includes
  • Round-trip transportation from Cusco hotels to Ollantaytambo station
  • Round-trip train ticket from Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes
  • Round-trip bus ticket from Agua Calientes to Machu Picchu
  • Admission to Machu Picchu
  • 2.5-hour guided tour of Machu Picchu
  • Professional bilingual tour guide (English and Spanish)
  • Lima Tours office facilities at Aguas Calientes for tourist information and support
  • Peruvian lunch (depending on the option chosen)
  • Other visits or items not specified in the itinerary
  • Tips
Not suitable for
  • People with mobility impairments
  • People with heart problems
  • Wheelchair users
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • You must keep social distance while in vehicles
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask
  • You must fill out a travel information form
  • Masks are required while indoors
  • In addition to proof of vaccination, all participants who are over 18 years old must present a government-issued photo ID (e.g. driver’s license, passport, etc)

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What to bring

  • Passport or ID card
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Sunglasses
  • Sun hat
  • Sunscreen
  • Comfortable clothes
  • Insect repellent

Not allowed

  • Pets
  • Baby strollers
  • Luggage or large bags
  • Drones
  • Selfie sticks
  • Food
  • Umbrellas
  • Walking sticks

Know before you go

  • Tickets to Machu Picchu are subject to availability. It is recommended that you immediately send your data (name and surname as it appears on your passport, document number, date of birth and nationality) to issue the tickets. Once the information is obtained, your reservation will be approved.
  • Please note that changes in personal data or the date of entry are subject to a penalty, the amount of which will be confirmed by the local operator
  • Pickup at hotels in the Historic Center of Cusco starts at 5:30 AM. The exact time will be confirmed a day before and will depend on the train departure time
  • The activity may be subject to changes and rescheduling due to natural or social events
  • The activity is done in a shared group
  • Rates do not apply for Peruvians or foreign travelers whose stay in Peru has exceeded 60 days because sales taxes are not included in the total
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.6 /5

based on 87 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    4.6/5
  • Transportation
    4.2/5
  • Value for money
    4.2/5

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Honestly the best experience of my life. I was the only person in my group so had a personal guide who was amazing, I learnt so much about the site and he was also an amazing photographer! The transfers were all very smooth, the resin was a beautiful experience and I loved having time to explore Machu Picchu town too. 12/10 would recommend.

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July 15, 2022

It went very well. Hotel pick-up, use of the train, pick-up at the train station at the valley station. Transport by bus to Machu Picchu and the actual guided tour were great! The guide took very good care of us and gave us a lot of information and showed us the places for beautiful photos. Not pushy but always friendly and with good English we had a great day with him.

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June 20, 2022

We were contacted the day before the trip and provided with all our tickets and told the time of pick up . We were picked up promptly and dropped off at the station. A guide was waiting at the other and she stayed with us through the tour of Machu Picchu.She was really nice and informative. We were taken back to the station and picked up at the said location and returned at our hotel. All went smoothly and to plan

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May 13, 2022

Product ID: 212709