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The Apus Peru Machu Picchu Extension – add a visit to Machu Picchu onto just about any trek in Cusco!

Getting off the beaten path in Peru does not have to mean missing out on visiting one of the world’s greatest wonders of the world, Machu Picchu! Although the Inca Trail is the only trek that has you walk right into Machu Picchu on the last morning of the trek, you can easily combine a visit to Machu Picchu with any alternative trek in Peru.

Our one-day Machu Picchu Extension is the perfect way to see another side of Peru while also visiting the jewel of Cusco. For most treks, we pick you up in our private vehicle at the end of the trail and drive to Ollantaytambo, where you’ll catch the train to Aguas Calientes. After spending the night in a Standard hotel in Aguas Calientes, you have the chance to visit Machu Picchu the next day, before heading back to Cusco.

The Machu Picchu Extension is available for the following treks:


Prices are per person in USD, based on group size. We do not have fixed-date group departures. If you do not want to book a private trek, please see our Trekkers Wanted page for a list of open departures within your dates.

2 people


3 People


4-6 People


7+ People


High quality personalized experience

Unique, off-the-beaten track routes

Experienced staff

Verified sustainability practices

$20 of every trek donated to Threads of Peru


What is Included?

  • Entry fee to Machu Picchu
  • Bus up and down between Aguas Calientes and Machu Picchu
  • Train ticket (Vistadome service) from Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes. This is not included on the Choquequirao to Espiritu Pampa 15D trek.
  • Train ticket (Expedition service) from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo
  • Private transport from Ollantaytambo to Cusco.
  • Celebratory dinner in Aguas Calientes
  • Lunch on the last day
  • 1 night accommodation in Aguas Calientes in a Standard Hotel. This will be a nice, clean and safe hostel with breakfast included and private bathroom. You can also upgrade to a higher quality hotel.

What is Not Included?

  • Entry to Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain
  • Entrance to the hot springs
  • Tips for the guide, cook and porters

You Should Bring

Cusco can experience every season in a single day, so you should be prepared for sun and rain, cold and hot weather! We recommend a hat, sunscreen, sunglasses, sweater, rain gear or plastic poncho, winter hat or toque and gloves. In addition, you should bring:

      • A light day pack to carry your things
      • Water bottle and snacks
      • Money for snacks, souvenirs and tips

You can also see What To Bring for our comprehensive recommendations on what to pack for a trek in the Andes. For more great suggestions, check out our blog about How to Prepare for a Trek in Peru.

Optional Extras & Upgrades

We offer you the opportunity to personalize your trek and make your experience more comfortable through our Optional Extras and Upgrades. All options are available during the reservation process; please ask your sales consultant for more information.


    • Any upgrades or trip extensions must be requested at time of booking.

Available Discounts

    • 5% off a day tour listed price when you also book a 3-day or longer trek operated by Apus Peru
    • Youth 12-17: 5% off. A valid passport must be presented upon booking.
    • Children 5-11 years: 15% off. A valid passport must be presented upon booking.
    • Children 0-4 years: 75% off. A valid passport must be presented upon booking. Children under 4 will not count towards the total number of guests in a group, but will be charged 25% of the per person price based on final group size. For example, a group of 4 adults and one child under 4: adults will be charged the full price per person based on a group size of 4 and the child will be charged 25% of the per person price for a group of 4. Children under 3 will not be considered to occupy a seat on any train or bus, and instead must ride on a parent’s lap. Car seats, cribs and other baby needs may not be included and must be discussed in advance. For more information about travelling with infants and toddlers, please see this blog as well as the Age Requirements section of our Booking Conditions.

Remember that scans of the student card (for students) or passports (for children) need to accompany the booking in order to be eligible for the discount.

Important Info

  • The times cited in this itinerary are approximate. Walking times depend on the group
  • The program is subject to change, due to weather and other unexpected circumstances

Trekkers Wanted

Want to join a trek? Ready to confirm a departure date of your own, but interested in having others join you? Then Trekkers Wanted is for you! Our innovative Trekkers Wanted system matches people up who are interested in hiking the same trek, bringing costs down and multiplying the fun for everyone!

Read More about Trekkers Wanted, post your trek or search for confirmed departures!

Ready to Book?

  • Does this trek sound like just what you were looking for? If you’re ready to book or just want to find out a bit more information, fill out the Inquiry Form in the top right-hand corner of this page to get the ball rolling. You’ll be connected with one of our amazing sales people who will be able to turn your dream of hiking in the Andes into a reality. For more information on the entire booking process, please see our How To Book page.
  • Travel insurance is a must! World Nomads offers travel insurance for adventure activities.


Last Trek DayTransfer to Ollantaytambo - Aguas Calientes

The Machu Picchu Extension: For most routes, on the last day of your trek, you will be transferred to Ollantaytambo where you will catch the train to Aguas Calientes. The exact train time depends on your trekking route and the distance from Ollantaytambo, as well as train availability. You will be advised of your train schedule at your Pre-trek Briefing. Enjoy a celebratory dinner in Aguas Calientes and spend the night in a Standard hotel before tucking in for the night, in anticipation of the next day’s visit to Machu Picchu.

For the Choquequirao to Espiritu Pampa 15D and Vilcabamba to Espiritu Pampa 8D treks, you are transferred to Santa Teresa instead of Ollantaytambo, where you will catch the train from the Hydroelectric Station to Aguas Calientes.

Last Trip DayAguas Calientes - Machu Picchu - Ollantaytambo - Cusco

Before dawn, we will take a bus up to the ruins of Machu Picchu for a chance to appreciate this famous city in the early morning light. Relax and take in the majestic feel of this ancient Incan construction, or get swept away gazing out over the surrounding verdant mountains. Your guide will give you a 2-3h walking tour of the historic citadel.

If you’re feeling adventurous you may wish to hike Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu mountain, but take note: this requires an extra permit, and they can sell out well in advance! Be sure to tell us at booking if you would like to add one of these hikes. For more tips on what to see, check out our Visiting Machu Picchu page.

Want more time to explore? Consider our Extra Day Upgrades.

We return to Ollantaytambo in the afternoon by the Expedition (tourist class) Train where we will be met by our private car who will take us the rest of the way to Cusco. You will arrive in Cusco approximately 4 hours after your train’s departure from Aguas Calientes.

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