1-Day Machu Picchu Tour: A Day Trip from Cusco

Make the most of your time with a guided one-day trip to the iconic Machu Picchu.

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Cusco, Peru


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Embark on a journey like no other with our 1-Day Machu Picchu Tour. From the heart of Cusco to the mystic peaks of Machu Picchu, we offer an experience that transcends mere sightseeing. With unparalleled expertise and a passion for the stories of the Inca civilization, our tour immerses you in the magic and wonder of this iconic citadel.

In a landscape rich with history and allure, choosing our tour means prioritizing depth, authenticity, and unforgettable moments. Let us guide you through the Andean world’s soul, ensuring an experience that resonates long after the day ends.

Departure & Return Location Your Hotel in Cusco
Departure Time 4:00 AM
Estimated Return Time 9:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Guide Languages Available Guides fluent in English and Spanish
Key Attractions Ollantaytambo Train Ride, Aguas Calientes, Machu Picchu
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  • Standard Large GroupGroup Size: 2 Min – 16ppl MaxStart Time: 04:00
  • Standard Small GroupGroup Size: 2 Min – 8ppl MaxStart Time: 04:00
  • Private GroupGroup Size: CustomizableStart Time: 04:00
  • Deluxe Private GroupGroup Size: CustomizableStart Time: 04:00
  • Solo TravelerGroup Size: 1 personStart Time: 04:00
  • Deluxe Solo TravelerGroup Size: 1 personStart Time: 04:00

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Tour Itinerary

Explore our expertly designed itinerary below, crafted to showcase breathtaking views and provide unique adventures every step of the way.

Begin your once-in-a-lifetime adventure with a pre-dawn pick-up at 4:00 AM from your hotel in Cusco. As the vibrant city rests, you'll journey through the serene Andean landscapes on your way to the heart of the Inca Empire. With us, every detail is meticulously planned to ensure you have a seamless and unforgettable experience.

As you board the train at Ollantaytambo, get ready to be transported not just in distance, but in time. The panoramic views from the train offer a mesmerizing sight, with the glistening Urubamba River flowing alongside and the majestic mountains standing as silent witnesses to centuries gone by.

Upon arrival at Aguas Calientes, the gateway to Machu Picchu, our expert local guides will be ready to take you on an enlightening journey. Ascend the mountain and step into a world where history, nature, and architecture converge in breathtaking harmony. Each corner of Machu Picchu has its own tale, and our guides will bring these ancient stories to life, making your visit both educational and enchanting.

After immersing yourself in the wonders of this UNESCO World Heritage site, you'll have some personal time to explore further, meditate, or simply soak in the ethereal beauty around you. The descent to Aguas Calientes offers another opportunity to reflect on the day's experiences, perhaps over a delightful meal or while browsing local crafts.

The return journey promises comfort and relaxation. Board the train back to Ollantaytambo, and as you lean back in your seat, let the memories of the day wash over you. By the time you arrive back in Cusco, you'll have a treasure trove of memories and stories to share.

Choose our 1-Day Machu Picchu Tour for an experience that is more than just sightseeing; it's a journey through time, culture, and nature, curated with passion and expertise.


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Tour Highlights

  • Early Morning Start from Cusco: Begin your journey with a pre-dawn departure, ensuring you make the most of your day and experience Machu Picchu in the best light.

  • Scenic Train Ride: Traverse the heart of the Sacred Valley on a panoramic train journey, offering unrivaled views of the Urubamba River and majestic Andean peaks.

  • Guided Exploration of Machu Picchu: Benefit from the expertise of our local guides as they bring to life the rich history, architecture, and mysteries of this ancient Inca citadel.

  • Personal Exploration Time: After the guided tour, enjoy ample time to wander, meditate, or capture the perfect photograph amidst the iconic ruins.

  • Aguas Calientes Experience: Descend to the quaint town at the base of Machu Picchu, with opportunities to dine, shop, and soak in the vibrant local culture.

  • Seamless Transfers: From your pick-up in Cusco to your return, experience hassle-free transportation, ensuring comfort and relaxation throughout your journey.


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Payment Terms & Cancellation Policy

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Payment Terms

Beginning Your Adventure - Booking Confirmation and Deposit

Your journey starts with a commitment: a 30% deposit of the total tour cost. This initial investment is pivotal in activating the extensive preparatory process, ensuring every aspect of your tour is curated to perfection.

Final Payment: The Last Step Before Your Journey Begins

The remaining 70% of the tour cost is due no later than 48 hours before the commencement of your tour. This timely payment is critical to finalize all logistical arrangements, guaranteeing a hassle-free start to your adventure.

Expansive Payment Options for Ease and Flexibility

In line with our commitment to your convenience, Huaynas Expeditions accepts a variety of payment methods, including bank transfers, credit cards, and PayPal. Please be aware that additional fees may apply depending on the payment method selected. Detailed payment procedures and potential fees can be found on our dedicated payment page.

Implications of Late Payments - Protecting Your Reservation

Adherence to the payment schedule is crucial. Late payments can unfortunately lead to the cancellation of your reservation, with the deposit being retained as a non-refundable fee. We urge you to maintain timely payments to safeguard your tour plans.

Policy for Last-Minute Adventurers

For those inspired to join this tour on short notice, namely less than 15 days before departure, full payment is required at the time of booking. This ensures that we can expedite all necessary preparations for your inclusion.

Cancellation Policy

Cancellation Terms for Clients

We recognize that life is ever-changing. However, due to the elaborate planning and expenses involved in preparing for this tour, we maintain a strict no-refund policy after booking confirmation. This underscores the importance of obtaining comprehensive travel insurance, which can offer protection against unforeseen cancellations.

Navigating Unpredictable Circumstances - Force Majeure

In extraordinary situations beyond our control, such as natural disasters or political upheavals, Huaynas Expeditions will strive to offer alternative arrangements. This may include rescheduling your trip or issuing a credit for future travel, based on current availability and discretion.

Emphasizing the Need for Comprehensive Travel Insurance

To cover unexpected events, including trip disruptions and medical emergencies, we cannot stress enough the importance of securing comprehensive travel insurance. It’s your safety net, ensuring peace of mind throughout your journey. Please note, Huaynas Expeditions does not bear responsibility for costs arising from incidents not covered by your travel insurance.

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Special Discounts


  • Adult (12+ Years): Standard rates apply for travelers over 12 years old.
  • Student (-25 Years with Student Card): Save USD 20 with a valid Student Card for those younger than 25 years old.
  • Child (3 – 11 Years): Save USD 30 for children between 3 and 11 years old.
  • Infant (0 – 2 Years): Infants younger than 2 years old are free (must ride on the adult’s lap; for a separate seat, add them as a child).
  • Group Discount: Automatically applied during online booking.
    • Save USD 10/person for groups of 5-7 people.
    • Save USD 15/person for groups of 8-10 people.
    • Save USD 20/person for groups of 11+ people.

Please note that the applicable age is considered at the time of completion of the trip.

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Inclusions & Exclusions

Dive into our in-depth guide on what’s included and not included for all package options on the 1-Day Machu Picchu Guided Tour from Cusco. With these carefully put-together lists, you’ll know exactly what to anticipate when booking the journey of a lifetime.

Standard Inclusions

Our Standard package offers a range of amenities and services for a comfortable and enjoyable trip experience. All package options include the following:

Not Included

The following items are not included in our trek packages. Please consider these additional costs when preparing for your trek. Note that some exclusions may be included in the Deluxe package, as mentioned in the Additional Inclusions section:

Additional Inclusions (Deluxe Package)

Upgrade to our Deluxe package for an enhanced and luxurious trekking experience. The Deluxe package includes these premium amenities and services, which can also be added individually to the Standard package:

What to Pack

When embarking on the 1-Day Machu Picchu Guided Tour from Cusco, it’s crucial to pack the right items for a successful and enjoyable experience.

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Packing Tips

  • Pack Light: Remember that you’ll need to carry everything you bring. Only pack the essentials and leave some extra room for souvenirs.
  • Organize Your Pack: Use packing cubes or ziplock bags to keep your gear organized and easy to find.
  • Prepare for the Weather: The weather can change quickly, so pack for all conditions. Always have a rain jacket or poncho handy.
  • Secure Your Valuables: Keep your passport, money, and other valuables secure and on you at all times.
  • Layer Up: Dressing in layers is key. It allows you to quickly adapt to changing temperatures.
  • Waterproof Everything: Ensure that your pack is waterproof or that you have a rain cover. Keep all electronics and important documents in waterproof bags.
  • Respect the Environment: Consider using eco-friendly products and always take your trash with you.

Frequently Asked Questions

Got questions? We’ve got answers! Dive into our FAQ section for detailed responses to common queries. If you don’t find what you’re looking for, our team is just a click away to assist you.

Do I need to carry a first aid kit?

While it’s always a good idea to carry basic first aid supplies, our guides will have a comprehensive first aid kit for emergencies.

What's the difference between Huayna Picchu and Machu Picchu Mountain?

Both offer stunning panoramic views, but Huayna Picchu is steeper and takes about 2 hours to climb, while Machu Picchu Mountain is a longer 3-4 hour trek but provides broader vistas of the ruins and surrounding landscapes.

Is the tour conducted in English?

Yes, the primary language for the tour is English. However, if you require a guide in another language, please let us know in advance, and we’ll do our best to accommodate.

What is the best time of year to take this tour?

While Machu Picchu is open year-round, the dry season from May to September offers the best weather conditions. However, this is also the busiest period. If you prefer fewer crowds, consider traveling during the shoulder months of April or October.

Can I start the tour from locations other than Cusco?

While our standard pickup is in Cusco, we can accommodate special requests to start from other locations within the Sacred Valley. Please contact our team to discuss potential arrangements and any associated costs.

How far in advance should I book the tour?

Given the popularity of Machu Picchu, we recommend booking at least 2-3 months in advance, especially during peak travel seasons, to ensure availability.

Where does the tour start and end?

The tour starts and ends in Cusco. We provide pickups and drop-offs at your hotel in Cusco.

Can I bring a backpack to Machu Picchu?

Yes, but there are size restrictions. Backpacks should not exceed 40 x 35 x 20 cm, and larger bags must be stored in lockers at the entrance.

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What's the altitude of Machu Picchu? Will I experience altitude sickness?

Machu Picchu sits at an altitude of 2,430 meters (7,970 ft) above sea level. While it’s lower than Cusco, altitude sickness can still occur. It’s recommended to spend a day or two in Cusco before your tour to acclimatize.

Do I need to carry my passport with me?

Yes, you’ll need your passport to enter Machu Picchu. Ensure it matches the name on your ticket.

Can I get a stamp in my passport from Machu Picchu?

Yes, there’s a booth near the exit where you can get a free Machu Picchu stamp in your passport as a memento of your visit.

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