Machu Picchu, that famous Inca citadel located in the heart of the Peruvian Andes, is one of the world’s most well known archaeological sites. “Machu Picchu” is a compound Quechua word that means “old peak” or “old mountain”. The famous mountain that faces Machu Picchu, the one that appears in most of the classic views of the site, is Huayna Picchu, which means “young peak”.
Discover this enigmatic site on a one-day excursion that sees you travel by train from Cusco to Machu Picchu and back, with a guided tour of the ruins and lunch at the site. This is a long day but the chance to visit the incredible Machu Picchu is well worth it if you only have one day in Cusco.
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We will pick you up at your hotel early in the morning and transfer you to the train station where you will travel by either the Expedition or Vistadome train to Aguas Calientes. In Aguas Calientes, we’ll take the bus up to Machu Picchu where we will enjoy a guided tour of Machu Picchu. Your 4h visit to Machu Picchu can be spent exploring some of the alternative routes, like the Inca Bridge, after which your guide will give you a 2-3h walking tour of the historic citadel. After the tour, we return to Aguas Calientes by bus to have lunch and later in the evening you will catch the afternoon train back to Cusco, where we will transfer you back to your hotel.
The Expedition service is cheaper than Vistadome, but the advantage to the Vistadome is that it is faster, has a snack service, bigger windows and is generally a more comfortable experience.
Note that this tour does not include a ticket to climb Huayna Picchu or Machupicchu Mountain. There is an additional cost to hike Huayna Picchu not included in the price of this tour. Permits for Huayna Picchu are limited and must be reserved at the time of booking!