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This Machu Picchu tour allows you to choose your style of hotel. We offer 4 different hotel styles: Standard, Comfort, Boutique and Luxury. Read more about hotel styles here. The final price of your Must-See Machu Picchu Tours will depend on which type of hotel style you choose. Prices listed below are based on a Standard hotel style. For examples of Standard Hotels, see our pages on Cusco, the Sacred Valley and Aguas Calientes.
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Apus Peru offers great Machu Picchu tours! Want to see all the key highlights of Cusco but only have 5 days? Then this tour is the perfect one for you! Our 5-day itinerary takes you from Cusco through the Sacred Valley to Aguas Calientes, culminating in a visit to the unparalleled Machu Picchu. Book early enough (at least 3-4 months in advance!) and we can even include a one-day hike along the famous Inca Trail for the complete Cusco to Machu Picchu tours experience.
Our Must-See Machu Picchu Tours are the best intro to Cusco, the Sacred Valley and, of course, Machu Picchu if you have limited time!
We offer you the opportunity to personalize your Machu Picchu tours trip 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.
Cusco can experience every season in a single day, so you should be prepared for sun and rain, cold and hot weather on your Machu Picchu tours! We recommend a hat, sunscreen, sunglasses, sweater, rain gear or plastic poncho, winter hat or toque and gloves. In addition, you should bring:
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.
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!
General Information about our Machu Picchu tours
Information about hiking the Inca Trail on your Machu Picchu tours
Visiting Machu Picchu & Riding the Train on your Machu Picchu tours
It’s Day One of your Machu Picchu tours! In the morning, we will meet you at the airport and transfer you to your hotel. We recommend an early flight (no later than 8:30am) in order to get the most out of the day. If a later flight can’t be avoided, talk to your guide about how the day’s itinerary can be adjusted.
After settling in for a bit, we will set out to explore this fascinating city! Cusco (originally “Qosqo”) means “Navel of the World”, once the heart of the Inca Empire. During our walking tour we will wander the city’s enchanting narrow streets, visiting the Plaza de Armas, Santo Domingo Monastery (atop the legendary Q’oricancha Temple), the artisan quarter of San Blas and the lively San Pedro market. After lunch, we will venture out above the city to visit the Four Ruins, impressive archaeological sites located on the outskirts of town, including Tambo Machay, Qenko, and Puka Pucara. We will end Day 1 of our Must See Machu Picchu tours at the impressive fortress of Sacsayhuaman, overlooking Cusco.
No meals included this day.
Today we take a picturesque drive through the mountains to the Sacred Valley of the Incas which held great significance in Inca culture. The Valley has a milder climate than Cusco and we will see a succession of quaint villages, agricultural terraces, and many archaeological sites.
In the morning we will stop at Awanacancha to see llamas, alpacas and vicuñas before continuing on to Pisac where we will visit its extensive and beautiful ruins, followed by its lively tourist market.
We will have lunch in Urubamba before visiting a traditional ceramics factory where we can purchase beautiful earthenware. We then continue on to Ollantaytambo. The design of Ollantaytambo village and the majority of its foundations date from the Inca era when it was a strategic military, religious, and agricultural centre.
Ollantaytambo also has an impressive Inca fortress which guarded the entry of this part of the valley and protected it from possible invasion from the lower jungles. The fortress consists of a series of superimposed terraces of carved stones accessed by long staircases. We have time to stroll in the picturesque streets of Ollantaytambo after settling into our accommodations in this village.
Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Today we have two options, depending on your interests and Inca Trail permit availability.
OPTION A – The Short Inca Trail: Km 104 – Wiñay Wayna – Machu Picchu
You will be picked up at your hotel around 5.30am and transferred to the Ollantaytambo train station. We travel by train, on a very picturesque route for an hour and 45 minutes until we reach kilometre 104 – the start of the Inca Trail for us. Shortly after crossing the bridge over the Rio Urubamba we visit the site of Chachabamba (2050m / 6726 ft) which is a lovely site with its water channels and fountains.
From here, we will hike upwards for about 8km (approximately 4 hours). The trail is well established, but there are many stairs and the hike is mostly upwards! While this is one of the easiest treks around the Cusco region, you still need to have a reasonable level of fitness to complete it.
After our upwards climb, we arrive at the Inca site Wiñay Wayna (‘Forever Young’) (2680m / 8792 ft). Here we will have our boxed lunch. This is an impressive complex made up of an agricultural centre with numerous terraces, a religious sector and an urban sector. Many consider this the most impressive site on the whole Inca Trail.
After lunch, we continue for about one hour further until we reach Inti Punku, the famous Sun Gate (2730m / 8792 ft) from where you will have your first dramatic and impressive view of Machu Picchu (2400m / 7873 ft). As you are arriving late in the day you may be lucky enough to enjoy the view by yourself!
After getting those classic photos, we will walk down the last part of the trail towards the ancient city itself. Before entering Machu Picchu, we will take a side path off the trail to go down to Aguas Calientes, saving the culmination of our Machu Picchu tours for tomorrow! Instead, we take the bus down to Aguas Calientes where we will check into our accommodations and enjoy a celebratory dinner before getting to bed early in preparation for the next day’s early start.
The prices quoted on this page include a standard hotel, but you can also choose a different style of travel and include a Comfort, Boutique or Luxury hotel instead. Read more about styles of travel here.
Please be sure to read the Inca Trail notes in the Important Information section!
Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
OPTION B – Train to Machu Picchu
If you choose Option B, then today we travel to Maras & Moray for a half-day tour of the archaeological site and the salt flats. After this tour, we return to Ollantaytambo in time to catch an afternoon train to Aguas Calientes. Arriving in Aguas Calientes, we check into our hotel and prepare for tomorrow’s visit to Machu Picchu – the highlight of our Machu Picchu tours!
Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
After an early breakfast, we take the first bus up to Machu Picchu. 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 some tips on what to see, check out our recommended Machu Picchu highlights.
We include in your tour a boxed lunch at Machu Picchu and your bus ticket back down to Aguas Calientes. From there, you will travel to Ollantaytambo by the Expedition (Tourist Class) train, unless you want an upgrade to your train ticket. We then continue to Cusco by car, stopping in Chinchero for a tour of the ruins, the colonial church and some prominent weaving centres along the way, time permitting.
Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
After a jam-packed few days on our Must See Machu Picchu tours, today you have a bit of time to relax. Enjoy some last minute souvenir shopping or a stroll around Cusco’s atmospheric streets before getting ready for the journey home. We will then transfer you to the Cusco airport and assist you with your departure flight.
If you are flying to Lima and have an international connection, please make sure you allow enough time between your local flight arriving and your international flight’s departure.
Included Meals: Breakfast
Erik was amazing, we felt like we had the best tour guide around. The Shamanic experience, Machu Picchu and Ollantaytambo were the highlights of our trip to Peru!
The highlight of our trip to Peru was the Shaman experience! That was awesome. Machu Picchu lined up to the hype and Erik, our guide, was amazing.