. You don’t have a lot of time available but want to visit Machu Picchu as quickly as possible?
That’s a very easy task with Excursion Me Peru. Let us handle your experience to this wonder of the world.
Most of the travelers coming into Peru usually want to spend as much time in Cusco and Machu Picchu as possible. The normal route has you spending 3-4 days in Cusco and 1-2 days in Aguas Calientes and the sanctuary of Machu Picchu.
The express tour to Machu Picchu features a few alternatives. Let’s go through the basic Machu Picchu Day trip outline below:
Machu Picchu Day Trip Outline
Pick up at your Cusco Hotel and transfer to Ollantaytambo train station in the Sacred Valley.
Train to Aguas Calientes.
Machu Picchu Guided Tour.
Return Train to Cusco.
As you can see the day is filled with travel and activities. Now let’s go through a more detailed itinerary of each section.
Machu Picchu Day Trip From Cusco Itinerary
4:30am –everybody ready and waiting at hotel reception.
The driver will pick you up at 4:30 am to make our way to the Ollantaytambo train station located one and ½ hours from Cusco.
Machu Picchu Day Trip Packing List
A rain poncho, if you are traveling during the wet season.
A Jacket or sweater
A water bottle
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We arrive to the Ollantaytambo station by 6:00 am. Depending on the package chosen, you will board either the Expeditions, Vistadome or Hiram Bingham Train to the small town of Aguas Calientes.
6:30 am – Train to Aguas Calientes
Once we board the train we’ll immediately be seated by the PeruRail or IncaRail staff.
The train ride takes anywhere from 1.5 hours to 2 hours and takes us through the amazing Urubamba valley. Your ticket will come with a snack and something to drink while you are on this gorgeous ride.
Take this opportunity to view the sudden change in foliage as we get closer to the small town of Aguas Calientes.
The train ride to Aguas Calientes through the Andean wilderness is said to be one of the most beautiful rides in the word.
8:00 am – Arrival to Aguas Calientes and Consettur bus ride to Machu Picchu
Once we arrive at the train station in Aguas Calientes, we’ll walk out of the train with our daypacks and head to the shuttle station. You’ll notice the surroundings are vastly different than in Cusco.
The reason for the sudden change is that Cusco is located in the highland region of Peru while the town of Aguas Calientes as well as Machu Picchu are located in the cloud forest region, at a much lower elevation.
The cloud forest is the point where the rainforest meets the highlands, the result is a much more humid climate and greener surroundings.
If you were feeling a bit sick from the elevation and dry air in Cusco, being in Aguas Calientes will provide immediate relief.
The walk to the shuttle station takes from 5-10 minutes. On the way we’ll pass by a street market as well as various restaurants offering everything from local cuisine, various items for breakfast, fruits and even pizza.
8:35 am – We Board the shuttle and arrive at Machu Picchu
The bus ride up to Machu Picchu takes around 20 minutes.
The ride is straight up through the winding paths surrounding the mountain, the bus ride on it’s own offers some spectacular views of the surrounding valleys and mountains.
Once we arrive at the Machu Picchu entrance we’ll join our bilingual tour guide and enter the Inca citadel of Machu Picchu.
9:00 am – Machu Picchu Guided Tour
We’ve finally made it to the anticipated destination: Machu Picchu. Travelers agree, this place is full of energy, breathes history and emanates culture, truly a fantastic place to admire.
The Machu Picchu guided tour starts at this point. In total, the tour will take around 2 hours. Once it has finished by 11, you can explore the Inca ruins on your own.
Some of the important attractions in Machu Picchu Day Trip From Cusco that we’ll cover during the tour will be:
Machu Picchu Guided Tour Outline
The temple of the Sun.
Temple of the Condor.
Temple of the 3 windows.
1:00 pm Leaving Machu Picchu
At one in the afternoon the group will head down the mountain back to the town of Aguas Calientes.
1:30 pm Lunch in Aguas Calientes
After the long hike in Machu Picchu you’ll definitely need some food and something to drink in order to replenish your energy.
Take this time to visit one of the restaurants in Aguas Calientes for a nice lunch. You’ll find local food, vegan restaurants, pizzerias and sandwich places all over.
The restaurant is a good place to wait for the train to take us back to Ollantaytambo, tso take your time with your meal and enjoy the last glimpses of this little town.
8:00 pm Return train to Ollantaytambo Train station
The return train will last around 1.5 hours and will take a different route than the train to Aguas Calientes . Enjoy the surrounding cloud forest as well as the beautiful Sacred Valley one last time.
The train ticket will come with a snack as well as something to drink on the way to Ollantaytambo.
9:30 pm Arrival to Ollantaytambo station and shuttle Service to Cusco.
By 9:30 pm the train will arrive at the Ollantaytambo train station. We proceed to leave the train carefully and meet up with our driver at the entrance. Please make sure to have all your belongings on hand.
Once we leave the station we will board our shuttle back to the city of Cusco. The total drive time will be anywhere from 1 hours to 1.5 hours.
11:00 pm Arrival to Cusco
The Shuttle will arrive back to the main square of Cusco near 11:00 pm.
We hope you’ve enjoyed the Machu Picchu day trip from Cusco and that you take part in some of our other excursions
The trip includes:
Santuary of Machupichu full day
Pick up from the hotel 4.30am
Cusco –ollantaytambo round trip in a private transportation
Ollantaytambo - aguas calientes roud trip
Bus round trip aguas calientes santuary of machupichu
Tour guide for 2 hours at the sanctuary
PRICE ONLY WITH : INCA RAIL US$400 Per PERSON .
Full day MACHUPICHU BY PERURAIL VISTADOME
US$500 PER PERSON
Outbound journey: As you traverse the dramatic landscapes, gazing at the soaring peaks through the ceiling windows, background music plays and an informative audio commentary points out interesting sights along the way
Return journey**: During the journey from Machu Picchu to Cusco, you will enjoy aspects of authentic Andean culture through live music, a beautiful typical dance inspired by the ancient culture of the Andes and even fashion shows in your carriage featuring authentic baby alpaca wool collection with the exclusive trends in alpaca apparel, all available for sale.
On both journeys you’ll be served a delicious Andean snack and soft drinks getting the full Andean experience through our cuisine. The trip also includes non-alcoholic beverages for your onboard refreshment***. Local souvenirs will be available to buy, alongside items that may be useful on your visit to Machu Picchu.
Full day MACHUPICHU BY HIRAM BINGAM BEST TRAIN VIP TRAIN
US$1500 per person.
A welcome show aboard with typical dances of the region
A Bar Car with the best Peruvian cocktails
An Observatory Car to enjoy the scenery of the route
Live music show VIP Lounge at Machu Picchu Station
Gourmet meals on board
Full day MACHUPICHU BY PERURAIL LUXURY VISTADOME OBSERVATORY
US$700 per Person
The PeruRail Vistadome Observatory train travels the route between Cusco and Machu Picchu, giving you a unique travel experience. An exclusive atmosphere that surrounds you with the magical landscape thanks to its panoramic windows and the Observatory Car, living an unforgettable journey and enjoying our authentic culture through the music and the typical Saqra dance presentation. Along the route, passengers will be able to move between the panoramic car and the elegant observatory car, enjoying the experience on board.
Frequently Asked Questions About Machu Picchu Day Trip From Cusco
Can I visit Machu Picchu in one day?
Yes. There is an express one Day Machu Picchu Trip.
Will the Machu Picchu Express Trip start early in the Morning?
Yes. With this schedule the trip will start at around 4:30am.
What items should I pack for Machu Picchu?
1. Sun Clock.
2. A water bootle.
3. A rain poncho.
4. Lip Balm or chap stick.
5. Insect repellent.
6. A back pack for your personal belongings.
7. A camera to take amazing pictures.
How long can I stay in Machu Picchu?
Each pass allows the traveler to enter Machu Picchu for a full shift. If you enter at 6am you’ll be able to stay until noon.
Is is safe to visit Machu Picchu?
Yes visiting Machu Picchu is perfectly safe.
Is there any month I should avoid when coming to Machu Picchu?
February is by far the wettest month of the rainy season so if you don’t like rain then avoid February.
Will I see Llamas in Machu Picchu?
Yes there are quite a few llamas and alpacas walking around Machu Picchu.