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Classic tour to Machu Picchu – full day

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Up to 10 people GROUP SIZE
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2,400 m / 7,874 ft MAX. ALTITUDE
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Discover the Inca citadel of Machu Picchu in a single day by bus and train departing from Cusco city. This excursion is ideal for tourists who don’t have much time in Cusco and visitors with high expectations of good tour quality.

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3:50 Meeting point in Cusco city

We will pick you up from the lobby of your hotel located in the historic center of Cusco.

4:20 Bus departure from Cusco to Ollantaytambo

This bus ride takes about 1.45 hours approx. — The bus will drop you off at the Ollantaytambo train station.

6:10 Board your train in Ollantaytambo

At the Ollantaytambo train station, the IncaRail team (or Peru Rail) will help you out with all the boarding process, there is nothing to worry.

6:40 Train departure from Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes city

This train ride lasts about 1.45 hours, during this train ride, you will see the beauty of the Andes and the high jungle. The train seats are super comfortable and the windows of the wagons are huge.

8:01 Arrival of the train at Aguas Calientes city

The train station is in the heart of Aguas Calientes city, so you won’t have any orientation problems, on top of that, the city of Aguas Calientes is super small and you will have considerable time so that you can have some breakfast.

Breakfast on your own

In the city of Aguas Calientes there are many restaurants where you can have breakfast, prices range from 15 to 25 soles per person.

9:10 Board your bus from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu citadel on your own

Aguas Calientes is the closest city to Machu Picchu, to get to the Inca citadel of Machu Picchu you have to take the Consettur company bus from Aguas Calientes city. This bus trip lasts approximately 30 minutes.

The Consettur bus station is located on the avenida Los Hermanos Ayar, very close to Manco Cápac Plaza. you can be sure you won’t get lost, you can always ask any local people.

10:00 Meet your tour Guide

At 10:00, your local Guide will be waiting for you outside the main gate of Machu Picchu.

10:10 to 12:00 Guided tour of Machu Picchu

Your local guide will explain about the most important places in Machu Picchu, which we mention below:

  • The Main square
  • The Sun Temple
  • Temple of the Three Windows
  • Temple of the Dead or Temple of Mother Earth (Pachamama)
  • The Royal Residence
  • The Condor Temple
  • The Intihuatana
  • Water sources
  • Inca quarry
  • Aqueducts
  • Andean terraces
  • Aagricultural zone
  • The sacred Stone

Free time in Machu Picchu

Consider that after the guided tour of Machu Picchu, you will have some time to stay inside Machu Picchu. Consider that this is not possible sometimes, it will all depend on the park rangers.

Board your bus to return to Aguas Calientes

The buses leave from the Inca citadel of Machu Picchu toAguas Calientes city every 10 minutes.

Lunch on your own

There are many restaurants in Aguas Calientes city, choose the one that best suits you. Prices can vary from 25 Soles to 50 Soles per person.

15:40 Board your train on your own

16:12 Train departure from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo

18:30 Board your bus — from train to bus

The IncaRail team (or PeruRail) will help you with all the boarding process, there is nothing to worry about.

20:15 Arrival to Cusco city + Transfer to your hotel

Upon your arrival in Cusco, your Driver will be waiting for you in order to take you to your hotel.

20:30 Tour ending place in Cusco

This tour ends in the lobby of your hotel in the historic center of Cusco city.


The prices shown in the table are:

  • Per person in US dollars ($).
  • Indicative. 
  • Pple. = people.
  • Group = group service, shared.
Pple.Type of tour
1$290 – $310$360
If your group is larger than 5 people, just let us know!


DetailsType of tour
Size (MP guided tour)5 a 10 paxYou and your friends
Schedule03:50 to 20:30
DaysEvery day
LanguageEnglish or Spanish
Bus capacity: Cusco-Ollantaytambo30 pax
Wagon capacity: Ollantaytambo-Aguas Calientes30-52 pax
Bus capacity: Aguas Calientes-MP30 pax
IncludedType of tour
Pick up from your hotel in Cusco
Guide for MP
Personalized service
Bus: Cusco-Ollantaytambo-Cusco
Bimodal train: Voyager o Expedition
Bus: Aguas Calientes-MP-Aguas Calientes
MP Ticket Llaqta circuit 1 ó 2
Drop off at your hotel in Cusco

Accessibility: This tour is not suitable for people with reduced mobility.

What do I bring?

  • Original passports.
  • MP tickets — digital photo is ok.
  • Rain ponchos.
  • Sweaters.
  • Caps or hats.
  • Anti-slip shoes.
  • Sunglasses.
  • Sunscreen.
  • A bottle of water.
  • Mosquito repellent.


  • Drones.
  • Bigger backpacks than 40x35x20 cm (16x14x8 in).
  • Walking sticks.
  • Umbrellas.
  • Tripods.
  • Selfie sticks.
  • Baby strollers.
  • Leaning against Inca walls.



Pick-ups and timings

Group tours:

  • All pick-ups and tour ending times are approximate.
  • Pick-ups apply only for hotels located in the historic center.
  • Your pick-up time will depend on your hotel location.
  • If you are out of the historic center, we’ll arrange a meeting point.
  • If it’s hard for the vehicle to make it to your hotel, we’ll arrange a meeting point.
  • We’ll arrange all pick-ups and meeting points one day prior your tour.

Private tours:

  • Pick-ups are sharp on time.
  • Pick-ups apply for all Cusco city.
  • We’ll arrange all pick-ups one day prior your tour.
  • The tour ending time is still aprox; but, we’ll do our best to finish the tour as scheduled.

Vehicle type and seats


  • Authorized by the Ministry of Transportation of Peru.
  • Clean and modern ones.
  • Sedan looking auto, 4×4, H1, Van, Renault and Mercedez Benz (it will depend on the group size).

Seats – group tours:

  • You reserve a seat in the bus, not a specific number of seat.
  • If you get picked-up first, then you can choose some seats (your pick-up time will depend on your hotel location).
  • Couples seat together to 95%; however, we can’t warranty this will happen to 100%.

Entrance ticket discounts

Kids, minors, students and Peruvians may have discounts but an official ID is required to show:

  • Kids and minors: Bring their official passaports to prove their age.
  • Students: Bring your offficial passport and goverment issued ID.
  • Peruvians: Bring your oficial ID.

Operability and itinerary

This tour is subject to variation without any prior notice, due to weather conditions, strikes and any other event that doesn’t allow the normal tour operation. See also our terms.


Cancellation of the tour is free as long as you do so at least 48 hours in advance, otherwise we will charge 100% of the tour price. See also our terms.


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