Day trip

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

Activity provider: LimaTours

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

Activity provider: LimaTours

From US$ 339 per person

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

Cancellation policy
This activity is non-refundable
Covid-19 precautions
Special health and safety measures are in place. Check your activity voucher once you book for full details.
Duration 12 hours
Check availability to see starting times.
Live tour guide
Spanish, English
Pickup included
Hotel pickup from downtown Cusco starts at 5:30 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 stay in them, please contact the local partner a few days prior to the start of the tour, in order to coordinate a meeting point for you.
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 (LLaqta 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
  • Ascent to Machu Picchu Mountain or Huayna Picchu
Not suitable for
  • People with mobility impairments
  • People with heart problems
  • Wheelchair users

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Important information

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 & 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, after your entry is issued, changes to personal data or date of entry are not allowed
  • For preservation reasons, the Ministry of Culture has established different circuits to visit Machu Picchu. You may be assigned either Circuit 1 or Circuit 4 depending on availability
  • The activity is done in a shared group
  • The guided tour lasts about 2.5 hours
  • 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
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.5 /5

based on 100 reviews

Review summary

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

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Pros: I loved taking the train and seeing Machu Picchu. Everything went pretty smooth getting there and back. We opted for the lunch and it was worth it. Cons: I was under the impression this tour started at 5:30am. Unfortunately the day before we were told pick up was at 7am and were not back in Cusco until close to 10:30pm. I would have liked to be in Aguas caliente earlier and had extra time there but since our day started so late that was not the case. I think this company should advertise better that pick up times can range a few hours.

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September 27, 2022

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

Product ID: 212709