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2 Day Machu Picchu Tour – Cusco to Machu Picchu Tour

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2 Day Machu Picchu Tours Details
Cusco to Machu Picchu Tour

Embark on a memorable journey with our 2 Day Machu Picchu Tour. This is the perfect opportunity to explore the ancient citadel in the heart of the Peruvian Andes.

Our Machu Picchu Tours from Cusco are designed to provide you with a seamless and immersive experience. Our travel experts put together an awesome itinerary to make sure you create memories that’ll last a lifetime. With the guidance of our expert tour guides, you will delve into the fascinating history and culture of this iconic destination. You will be immersed in its natural beauty.

Your adventure begins in the historic city of Cusco. We will transport you to the charming town of Aguas Calientes, the gateway to Machu Picchu. Along the way, you’ll have the chance to marvel at the picturesque Sacred Valley and its lush landscapes. 

After arriving in Aguas Calientes, you’ll have the evening to relax, explore the local attractions. We will give you plenty of tips to prepare you for the following day’s visit to the world-renowned Inca citadel.

On the second day, we will start early and make our way to the entrance of Machu Picchu. Our knowledgeable tour guide will lead you through the ancient site. During the tour we will be sharing captivating stories and insights about the Inca civilization. You will understand the significance of this masterpiece. 

The closer you get to the archaeological site, the more its mystery will surround you. On a guided tour, you will be visiting the prominent sites of the citadel. You will tour the Main Plaza, the Sacred Solar Clock, the Temple of the Three Windows, among other delights.

After the tour, you’ll also have the option to climb Huayna Picchu, offering breathtaking panoramic views of the surrounding landscapes. 

Why Machu Picchu Tours?

Machu Picchu Tours is a fully locally owned tour operator based in Cusco. With our expert tour guides, you’ll be well-equipped to make the most of this once-in-a-lifetime experience. Our carefully planned itinerary further ensures a memorable journey. Join us on this memorable journey, and create memories that you’ll treasure forever.

Our Cusco to Machu Picchu Tour is available for both small groups and private tours. This allows you to choose the option that best suits your preferences and travel style. We highly recommend booking your tour at least a month in advance. Spaces fill up quickly, particularly during the peak travel season.

By choosing a two-day tour with us, you’ll create lasting memories. You will make the most of your visit to this extraordinary UNESCO World Heritage Site.

We invite you to take a moment to check our reviews on Trip Advisor.

Departure & Return Location

Cusco Hotel Transfer

Departure Time

0800 AM

Price Includes

  • Professional english speaking Tour Leader in Machu Picchu.
  • Pick-up & drop off in your hotel
  • Transportation by bus to and from Ollantaytambo
  • Round trip train tickets from Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes
  • 1 Breakfast
  • 3 Star hotel in Aguas Calientes
  • Machu Picchu entrance ticket
  • Return bus tickets from Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes

Price Excludes

  • Entrance fee to Huayna Picchu
  • Travel Insurance
  • Any Private Expenses

Recommended To Carry

  • Original Passport (same as used at time of booking for permits/ tickets)
  • Waterproof jacket / rain poncho
  • Warm jacket/ fleece
  • Long sleeve Shirt (protection from sun)
  • Pants (zip off pants are ideal in changing weather conditions )
  • Sun hat or cap
  • Protect & hydrate sunscreen lotion (factor 60 or 70+ is recommendable )
  • Insect repellent
  • Camera and film, fully charged & extra batteries (batteries drain quicker in the cold)
  • Personal medication
Cusco to Machu Picchu Tour Useful Information
  • Distance from Cusco to Machu Picchu -112 kms /69.6 miles
  • Train to Machu Picchu – Peru Rail Expedition Train
  • Accommodation – 3 Star Hotel
  • Consideration: Entrance fee required
  • Tour Availability – Daily departure with minimum 2 people
  • Weather – Dry season from May to October, Wet from November to April
  • To climb Huayna Picchu Mountain you need to book in advance
Cusco to Machu Picchu Tour Itinerary
2 Day Machu Picchu Tour

Day 1Cusco to Aguas Calientes

Our 2-Day Machu Picchu Tour kicks off with an early morning pick-up from your hotel. We will be leaving from Cusco at approximately 7:00 AM. We will embark on a picturesque drive through the Sacred Valley. 

Along the way,  you will witness the stunning beauty of the Andean landscape. After about 1.5 hours, we will reach Ollantaytambo Train Station, located 38 miles (61 kilometers) from Cusco. Here, we board the train to Aguas Calientes, the gateway to Machu Picchu.

The train journey takes around 1.5 hours, covering a distance of 30 miles (48 kilometers). During this time, you will marvel at the breathtaking scenery, including lush valleys and towering mountains. Upon arrival in Aguas Calientes, we’ll check into our accommodation, and you’ll have some free time to enjoy lunch (not included).

The afternoon offers the opportunity to explore the charming town at your leisure. You can visit local markets, stroll through the streets, or unwind in the nearby hot springs. To ensure you’re well-rested for the following day’s adventure, we recommend turning in early.

Our first day of the 2-Day Machu Picchu Tour sets the stage for an unforgettable journey. We’ll be exploring the heart of the Inca Empire. As we travel from Cusco to Aguas Calientes, you will experience the stunning natural beauty of the region. Be prepared for the awe-inspiring experience of visiting Machu Picchu on this two day tour.

What to do in Aguas Calientes?

If you love history then the Machu Picchu Museum is a great place to visit. The museum highlights pre-Inca times with a collection of Inca artifacts. The Orchid Gardens is another location to visit which is about a 30-minute walk from Aguas Calientes.

The site has a rustic feel filled with a variety of beautiful orchids on display. Or enjoy the rest of the day relaxing in the thermal waters of the Hot Springs, in Aguas Calientes.

Day 2Machu Picchu and back to Cusco

On the second day of our 2-Day Machu Picchu Tour, we will rise early and have breakfast at the hotel. We will then board a bus at around 5:30 AM. for a 25-minute ride to the entrance of Machu Picchu. The 5-mile (8-kilometer) serpentine road offers breathtaking views of the Urubamba River below. 

Upon arrival, our expert tour guide will lead you on a 2 to 3-hour exploration of the ancient Inca citadel. Our guide will share some interesting stories about the history and cultural importance of this UNESCO World Heritage Site

Following the guided trip to Machu Picchu, you’ll have some free time to explore the citadel at your own pace. You can capture memorable photos, or hike to the Sun Gate or Inca Bridge. For those interested, this is the ideal time to embark on the adventure of climbing Huayna Picchu. It is subject to availability and advance booking.

You can also hike to Sungate. It is the point of entrance to Machu Picchu for those hiking the esteemed Inca Trail Trek to Machu Picchu. 

After the tour, we will return to Aguas Calientes for a late lunch (not included). After lunch, we will board the train back to Ollantaytambo around 4:00 PM. The train journey takes approximately 1.5 hours. It offers more opportunities to admire the surrounding landscape. 

From Ollantaytambo, we will drive you back to your hotel in Cusco, completing our unforgettable 2-Day Machu Picchu Tour. The drive to Cusco takes around 1.5 hours. You can expect to arrive back at your hotel by 8:00 PM.

Cusco to Machu Picchu Tour
2 Day Machu Picchu Tours from Cusco

When is it the best time to visit Machu Picchu on a day trip?

The best time to visit Machu Picchu on a day trip is during the dry season. It typically runs from May to October. During these months, you can expect clearer skies, lower chances of rain, and more comfortable trekking conditions. 

However, this period also coincides with the peak tourist season. Hence it’s essential to be prepared for larger crowds and higher prices. If you prefer a quieter experience and don’t mind the possibility of occasional rain. We recommend visiting Machu Picchu during the shoulder months (April and November) can be a good alternative. 

Regardless of when you choose to visit, it’s important to arrive early in the morning. This will help you to beat the crowds and make the most of your day trip.

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Solo Traveller

Everything about this tour company and the experience was great. The guide was very friendly and took great effort to explain everything in detail.

Felt very safe as they complied with all norms of social distancing and COVID-19 protocols.
I highly recommend this tour and the company.

December 6, 2021


Solo Traveller

Awesome trip. My guide was super informative and helpful. The pick up process, trains and bus were all flawless. Machu Picchu was amazing, but the guide really added to the experience with tons of info!

May 6, 2021

Philip A

Solo Traveller

The journey started from Ollantaytambo Station in Peru and was one of the best scenic journey you don’t want to miss.Even we were entertained by Songs accompanied by Bugule with big TV showing the train ride at the waiting room before the train ride.
During the ride they served coffee,snacks and drinks and we greatly enjoyed.

February 11, 2020

Michelle Jane

Solo Traveller

John was an exceptional guide. His local knowledge was absolutely outstanding. If you want to see the touristy places but also those that the locals flock to, then you can’t go wrong with John. He took us around Cusco and Machu Picchu – gave us lots of options and recommendations of the best places to eat (which was a real highlight for me!). He made sure we didn’t miss anything we wanted to see and took us to heaps of cool places we didn’t know about. John made my time in Peru just incredible. I cannot recommend John highly enough, you’d be silly to go with anyone else.

October 24, 2019