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1 Day Machu Picchu Tour from Cusco

1 Day Machu Picchu Tour from Cusco


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Group Size

min 2 / max 10


Max Altitude

2430 m / 7932 ft


Activity Level


1 Day Machu Picchu Tour from Cusco – OVERVIEW

The 1 Day Machu Picchu Tour from Cusco is a mesmerizing journey that is unmatched and full of majestic splendor. You’ll travel in comfort through the ancient towns and villages of the Incas. You’ll pass through alpine meadows that rest within the white, green, and brown peaks. 

Take your camera as you’ll see breathtaking panoramic views of valleys and layers of Inca handmade farming terraces, ridged snow capped mountains, and even sub-tropical jungles from Aguas Calientes to the Amazon.

What to Expect?

Your day will start early in the morning for an adventure that will lead to the majestic Inca citadel of Machu Picchu. Your 1 day train tour to Machu Picchu begins at Ollantaytambo Train Station on a train to Aguas Calientes. On your journey, the sacred Urubamba River will be your companion for your trip to Aguas Calientes.

Once you get to the train station in Aguas Calientes, you’ll meet your tour guide and where you’ll catch a bus to Machu Picchu. From there, you’ll take your first steps into the ancient and enchanting lost city of the Incas. 

The guided tour will last two and a half hours, where you’ll learn about the cultural history of Machu Picchu. You’ll explore these enigmatic ruins like the Temple of the Sun, the Temple of the Condor and the temple of the three windows .

After your trip and return to Aguas Calientes, you can catch a quick lunch before taking a comfortable train ride back to Ollantaytambo and then a final trip back to your hotel. The 1 day train tour to Machu Picchu is the perfect adventure if you’re short on time and don’t want to miss the wonder that is Machu Picchu.

It is highly recommended to spend at least 3 days in Cusco before the tour to acclimate and avoid altitude sickness in Machu Picchu.

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Itinerary at a glance

Day 1:Cusco to Machu Picchu & back to Cusco

  • Max altitude: 3762 m/ 12342 ft /(Chinchero town )
  • Trekking, Walking: No trekking needed, but a lots of walking around the Machu Picchu site.
  • Highlights: Bus & train journey through the sacred Valley, Machu Picchu tour

Useful Information

  • Distance from Cusco to Machu Picchu – 112km / 69.6 miles
  • Train To Machu Picchu – Peru Rail Expedition Train 
  • Consideration – Entrance tickets required
  • Tour availability – Daily departures min 2 people
  • Weather – dry from May to October, wet from November to April
  • To climb Huayna Picchu mountain you need to book in advance
  • Tour operator – Machu Picchu Tours
  • Optionally you can enhance your travel experience by upgrading to Vistadome Train

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We will depart from your hotel in Cusco early (depending on the train schedule between 4 to 5am) travelling 2 hours by bus to Ollantaytambo and then board the train to the town of Aguas Calientes. 

To get to Aguas Calientes from Cusco is 4 hours. Once we arrive at Aguas Calientes, we will make our way to the bus to the citadel, Machu Picchu. Our guide will provide a guided tour of approximately 2 hours. 

You will then have some free time to explore this extraordinary site. If you have booked to hike Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu mountains, our guide will direct you to the entrance. 

Alternatively, you can hike to Sun Gate. It is the point of entrance to the citadel for those on Inca Trail. 

Once you have had your fill of the alluring site, you will be taking a bus back to Aguas Calientes. Here you will be boarding the train to Ollantaytambo at 02:30 PM. Our representative will be picking you up from the train station and will be driving you back to Cusco. You will be reaching at around 07:00 PM.


Tour Includes

  • Professional English speaking Tour Leader in Machu Picchu
  • Pick-up and drop off in your hotel
  • Transportation by bus to and from Ollantaytambo train station
  • Round trip Expedition train tickets from Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes town
  • Entrance fee to Machu Picchu
  • Return bus from Machu Picchu site to Aguas Calientes town (Machu Picchu pueblo)

Does not Include

  • Meals
  • Entrance ticket to Huayna Picchu Mountain
  • Tips
  • Travel insurance

1-Day train tour – Packing list

  • Original Passport (Same as used at time of booking for Machu Picchu and train tickets)
  • Waterproof jacket / rain poncho
  • Warm jacket
  • Long sleeve shirts (protection from sun)
  • Comfortable Trousers
  • Sun hat/ cap/ bandana
  • Protect & hydrate sunscreen lotion (factor 60 or 70+ is recommendable )
  • Personal medication
  • Camera , fully charged & extra batteries (batteries drain quicker in the cold)


At Machu Picchu Tours, a representative will organize a simple meeting the night before your tour or trek starts. During this meeting, you meet fellow adventures or tourists and gain valuable information regarding all aspects of your trip. If you do arrive late, your Machu Picchu Tours representative will leave you a message regarding the time and meeting details for the next morning.

For those of you who have purchased your arrival through Machu Picchu Tours, or if the entry was part of the cost of your chosen tour, please note the following:

Your arrival has been arranged dependent on the flight information that you provided to us. If there is a flight schedule change within 48 hours of your regularly scheduled arrival time, please let us know in advance. It is highly recommended that you contact us at +51974378488 so your transfer from the airport to the hotel can be adjusted.

Your luggage is limited due to the train restrictions, even if its an overnight tour. All bags that you bring to Aguas Calientes (Machu Picchu) should be carry-on only. All extra luggage can be left safely in Cusco at your hotel or the Machu Picchu Tours office depot while you enjoy your tour or trek. We’ll take them from you on the morning of your journey and return them once you’re back in Cusco. Make sure your bags are appropriately identified, so it’s easy to locate them.

Baggage on the trains to and from Machu Picchu is limited to 1 backpack that doesn’t exceed 8kg or 17 pounds. Its linear dimensions should be within 158cm or 62 inches. Luggage storage may be arranged with your guide if necessary. Depending on your itinerary, tagged luggage can be stored at your hotel in Cusco until you return from Machu Picchu.

Please note any type of bag or bagged when visiting Machu Picchu. A bag can be no bigger than 40cm, or 157 inches high X 35cm or 14 inches wide X 20cm or 8 inches deep as anything bigger won’t be permitted into the citadel. There is storage near the citadel. Even if your bags are already tagged with ID tags, please use any Machu Picchu Tours luggage tags. This makes it easier for Machu Picchu Tours staff to find and manage your luggage for you.

Travel insurance is essential as it offers you protection against circumstances like trip cancelations, delays or interruptions, loss of baggage, medical emergencies, and other problems that may occur.

There are medical evacuation plans that are offered for additional protection in case of an emergency. At Machu Picchu Tours, we care about your health, and our recommended affiliate will fly you on their ICU-equipped aircraft to the hospital of your choice.

We recommend that you purchase a form of travel insurance to protect your travel investment.


How to Book a 1 day train tour to Machu Picchu?

  1. When booking your 1 day train tour to Machu Picchu, you’ll need to fill out our booking form by clicking on the BOOK NOW link on Machu Picchu Train Tours’ homepage. Be ready to supply the following information for each participant in your group. Keep in mind that we can’t purchase the entrance into Machu Picchu or the train without this information.
    1. Personal Information (Full name as it appears on your passport)
    2. Gender
    3. Passport Number
    4. Date of Birth (D.O.B.) example: dd/mm/yyyy
    5. Nationality
  2. There is a required USD$300.00 per person for us to purchase the train tickets and entrance into Machu Picchu. Click on the VISA, Western Union, or the PAYPAL links on our booking page. Once we receive the deposit and details, we can then book your permits. Once we have those in our hands, we’ll send you the invoice and confirmation that everything is ready to go. All start dates, once they’re confirmed, are guaranteed.

Do I need My Original Passport for my 1 day train tour to Machu Picchu?

Yes! Please bring your original passport. It must be the same passport number information you sent us when you booked your entrance into Machu Picchu, train ticket(s), and other entrances or reservations. The site rangers will check your passport when you enter Machu Picchu. The train company will also do the same before you board.

If you do happen to renew your passport, you can send us your old passport information to secure your permit. Once you get the new one, we change it for a nominal USD$10 fee per person. Keep in mind, and we need an old copy of your passport and the new one to make any changes. Before you make any changes, keep your old one. 

Note: If you don’t want to pay this fee, bring both passports to Peru. You can enter Peru with your most recent passport but will need to show both to be allowed entrance into Machu Picchu or on the train. If you don’t have both, then you won’t be allowed access. This is a strict policy that must always be adhered to.

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1 Day Machu Picchu Tour from Cusco – REVIEWS

Reviewed September 2019 SSM879


Amazing tour guide and company! Once in a lifetime experience. Would really recommend it. The guide goes the extra mile to enhance your experience, if you are short of time then the 1 day train tour to Machu Picchu is the best option for you!!

Reviewed September 2019 BucketListExplorer31

Return trip a must!

Peru was amazing! Truly a phenomenal experience! I went to explore parts of the earth that I had dreamed about for years, bringing along a friend just as excited. Our guide, John, was more than accommodating to any request we had and answered every question with the knowledge of an experienced guide and local! Not only did we see the major tourist sights of Peru, but he also gave great recommendations that I wouldn’t have thought to see, from night life to hikes in the country. We couldn’t have asked for a more friendly and outgoing person to take us around the sights of this gorgeous country! I will definitely be going back and requesting John be there for more fun!

Thanks Machu Picchu tours, for the great experience in our 1 day train tour to Machu Picchu.

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