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.
On this trip, you will need to bring very little other than what your personal preferences dictate. For our comprehensive recommendations on what to pack during an Andean trek, see What to Bring. For more great suggestions, check out our blog about How to Prepare for a Trek in Peru.
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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 and a boxed lunch. After some free time to explore on your own, we return to Aguas Calientes by bus in order to 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. 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!