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1-Day Machu Picchu Guided Tour from Cusco

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

Location

Cusco, Peru

Duration

1 Day

Difficulty

3/10

Availability

Year Round

Tour type

Sightseeing

Overview

1-Day Machu Picchu Guided Tour from Cusco Overview

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 3:40 AM
Estimated Return Time 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Guide Languages Available Guides fluent in English and Spanish
Key Attractions Ollantaytambo Train Ride, Aguas Calientes, Machu Picchu

Price
FromUSD 350
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  • Standard Large GroupGroup Size: 2 Min – 16ppl MaxStart Time: 03:40
  • Standard Small GroupGroup Size: 2 Min – 8ppl MaxStart Time: 03:40
  • Private GroupGroup Size: CustomizableStart Time: 03:40
  • Deluxe Private GroupGroup Size: CustomizableStart Time: 03:40
  • Solo TravelerGroup Size: 1 personStart Time: 03:40
  • Deluxe Solo TravelerGroup Size: 1 personStart Time: 03:40

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1-Day Machu Picchu Guided Tour from Cusco

Tour Itinerary

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

Cusco – Ollantaytambo – Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu – Cusco

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.

Tour Highlights

1-Day Machu Picchu Guided Tour from Cusco 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.

Inclusions & Exclusions

Detailing Every Aspect of Your Travel Experience: What’s Included and What’s Not

Standard Inclusions

All package options include the following:

  • Professional local tour guide for Machu Picchu visit.
  • Convenient hotel pick-up and drop-off to ensure a hassle-free experience.
  • Transportation to and from Ollantaytambo train station.
  • Entrance fee to Machu Picchu.
  • Round-trip bus ticket between Aguas Calientes and Machu Picchu.
  • Round-trip Expedition Train tickets between Aguas Calientes and Ollantaytambo.
  • Emergency oxygen bottle and medical kit.

Exclusions:

Not included in our standard tour packages. Consider additional costs. Deluxe packages may cover some exclusions, as specified in the Additional Inclusions section.

  • Meals and beverages.
  • Huayna Picchu/Machu Picchu mountain ticket (US$ 80 extra per person).
  • Tips/gratuities for guides and drivers (At your discretion).

Additional Inclusions

Deluxe Packages Only

Elevate your travel experience with our bespoke Deluxe Package, meticulously designed to offer an array of premium amenities and services.

Deluxe Packages Include:

  • Mountain Climbing Permits: Choose between Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain for breathtaking panoramic views.
  • Vistadome First-Class Train: Enjoy scenic travel from Aguas Calientes with panoramic windows offering spectacular views.
  • Gourmet Lunch: Indulge in a gourmet dining experience at either Machu Picchu or Aguas Calientes.
  • Private Transportation: Transportation exclusively for your group.
  • Dedicated Tour Guide: Get personalized insights and guidance from an expert tour guide throughout your journey.
  • Fair Compensation: We ensure fair compensation for all our dedicated team members.

Prices

Discover our diverse tour offerings, catering to various interests and providing unforgettable experiences for every traveler.

Standard Large Group

Group Size: 2 Min – 16ppl Max

USD

350

Per Person

Join a diverse group of travelers for an economical shared experience.

All standard inclusions
No Additional Inclusions
No Private Service

Standard Small Group

Group Size: 2 Min – 8ppl Max

USD

380

Per Person

Enjoy a more intimate setting, ideal for closer interactions and bonding.

All standard inclusions
No Additional Inclusions
No Private Service

Private Group

Group Size: Customizable

USD

420

Per Person

Curate your journey with exclusivity tailored to your group’s preferences.

All standard inclusions
No Additional Inclusions
Private Service

Deluxe Private Group

Group Size: Customizable

USD

560

Per Person

Indulge in luxury, enhancing every aspect of your tour for a memorable experience.

All standard inclusions
Additional Inclusions
Private Service

Solo Traveler

Group Size: 1 person

USD

540

Per Person

Embrace the freedom of a solo adventure, with options to mingle or stay independent.

All standard inclusions
No Additional Inclusions
Private Service or Join a Group

Deluxe Solo Traveler

Group Size: 1 person

USD

690

Per Person

Elevate your solo journey with added luxury and attentive service.

All standard inclusions
Additional Inclusions
Private Service

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.

Payment Terms & Cancellation Policy

Kindly take a moment to read our Payment Terms & Cancellation Policy before booking. Happy adventuring!

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.

Navigating Through Force Majeure

In the event of extraordinary and uncontrollable circumstances, such as natural disasters or significant political unrest, Huaynas Expeditions adopts a flexible approach. We prioritize your safety and satisfaction, offering to reschedule your trip or provide a credit for future travel, subject to availability.

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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What to Pack

Your Essential Packing Guide for a Hassle-Free Adventure

Packing List

Prepare for an unforgettable journey with our essential packing guide. Here’s what you need to bring:

  • Original passport & student ID (if applicable).
  • Small backpack (remember the size restrictions for Machu Picchu).
  • Rain gear or poncho.
  • Waterproof trekking boots.
  • Lightweight, moisture-wicking clothing (consider layers for varying temperatures).
  • Camera.
  • Sunblock & after-sun hydrating cream.
  • Insect repellent (20% DEET minimum, no malaria risk reported).
  • Toilet paper.
  • Snacks (biscuits, energy bars, chocolate, fruits, etc.).
  • Reusable canteen with water.
  • Personal medical kit (special medications, paracetamol, blister treatment, etc.).
  • Walking sticks/poles.
  • Cash for snacks, tips & souvenirs.

Note:

This list is a general guideline. Adjustments may be necessary based on personal preferences and the season of travel. Always check the weather forecast before your trip and feel free to reach out to us for any specific advice or requirements.

Packing Tips

Pack Wisely with Our Essential 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

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Why Choose Huaynas Expeditions

Local Expertise

As a Cusco-based travel agency, our knowledgeable local guides and travel experts have an in-depth understanding of Peru's history, culture, and hidden gems, ensuring an authentic and immersive experience.

Experienced Team

Our dedicated team shares a deep love for Peru and its diverse offerings, ensuring you receive a memorable and uniquely crafted travel experience.

Personalized Itineraries

We understand that every traveler has unique interests and preferences. That's why we work closely with you to create customized itineraries tailored to suit your travel goals and desires.

Top Support

Our devoted team is available 24/7 to assist you with any questions or concerns you may have, ensuring a stress-free and enjoyable travel experience.

Safety and Reliability

Your safety and well-being are our top priorities. We adhere to strict safety protocols and maintain strong relationships with trusted local partners to provide you with the best possible experience.

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