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Carretera Hiram Bingham, Aguas Calientes

The Basics

As one of the New Seven Wonders of the World, Machu Picchu is a must-visit for many travelers to Peru. Visitors are required to enter with an official tour guide in small groups of up to 16 people. Entry is permitted in hour-specific time slots and is limited to four hours.

Those pressed for time often visit the ancient ruins on a day trip by train from Cusco, but the 4-day trek along the legendary Inca Trail is another popular option. Some multi-day tour options also visit other regional highlights, such as Lake Titicaca and the Amazon rain forest.

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Machu Picchu Day Trip from Cusco
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Machu Picchu Day Trip from Cusco
COP1,445,391 per adult
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Great place, great experience and awesome guide.
An experience to remember for a very very long time. Great place, great experience and awesome guide.
Barada_N, Jun 2022

Recent reviews from experiences in Cusco

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Nice
Kaj_K, Jun 2022
Day Trip Tour to Machu Picchu from Cusco
Service was excellent. Whole tour was running smoothly. Machu Picchu is amazing experience above clouds.
star-5
Excellent tour!
Brendan_C, Jun 2022
2-Day Tour: Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu by Train
This tour was great! We loved Machu Picchu and the animal sanctuary was fun as well. Michael was a fantastic tour guide - very engaging and super knowledgable. Highly recommended!
star-4
Dreams of a lifetime
Marion_N, Jun 2022
Machu Picchu Private Guided Tour from Aguas Calientes
We were lucky to gave a sunny afternoon. Machu Picchu was as awesome as expected, and our guide, Luis, was very knowleadgeable and spoke very good English.
star-5
Dirty 30
Mary_M, Jun 2022
Full-Day Tour to Machu Picchu by Expedition or Voyager Train
Our tour started early, but it was TOTALLY worth it. An amazing experience, very knowledgeable tour guide. He was very passionate and knew how to handle people who weren’t as open to the experience. It was the best way to ring my birthday, and I couldn’t have asked for a better trip. Just a heads up though, make sure you have plenty of Soles on you. 2sol for the toilet in Machu Picchu, as well as some toilets in the city requires a payment.
star-5
Amazing Cusco Tour
Ashley_W, May 2022
5 Days: Cusco, Machu Picchu, Rainbow Mountain and Humantay Lake
We had many snags out of the control of the company, including our flight being delayed and the staff for the train to Machu Picchu being on strike, but the tour company was super accommodating and helpful in making sure we got the most out of our experience still! They were very responsive on WhatsApp as well! Both of our guides (Edwar on Rainbow Mountain and Jaír on Machu Picchu) were so kind, knowledgeable, and accommodating. We had a great trip!
star-5
Excellent Trip !!!
I_R, May 2022
Full day excursion to Machu Picchu from Cuzco
The arrangement of the trip was perfect! We got a briefing at our hotel from the tour operator the day before so we got all answers to our questions!! It’s a wonderful experience from the train to the wonder Machu Picchu!!!! Highly recommend it sure it’s costly but we got to see it with no stress and it’s a lifetime experience!!!!
star-5
Seamless experience...
Marianela_M, May 2022
Machu Picchu Day Trip from Cusco
Seamless experience despite having to take different types of transportation. Our guide in Machu Picchu (German) was extremely knowledgeable and kind.
star-5
¡Me gusta!
Bagas_N, May 2022
Machu Picchu Day Trip from Cusco
Machu Picchu trip was amazing. I got an amazing tour guide called Ana. She did her best to explain and even taking good pictures.
star-5
Must see!!!
Charles_F, Jun 2022
Day Trip Tour to Machu Picchu from Cusco
Excellent tour. Machu Picchu was breath taking. Ruben, who was my guide was pleasant and knowledgeable. I highly recommend this tour.
star-5
Unforgettable Machu Picchu
Monica_B, May 2022
Private Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu 2-Day Tour
It was incredible experience, the guide knew a lot and was taking awesome pictures. At Machu Picchu we were the 1st people who entered so we enjoyed the amazing sunrise and everything was just perfect.
star-5
Great, well rounded experience!
Michael_O, May 2022
Inca Trail To Machu Picchu 2-Day | Small Group Service |
Perfect 2 day trip, both days lead by Marcial, who was fantastically kind and loved spreading the knowledge and culture of the local people. The Inca trail was by far the most incredible experience I’ve had and would recommend this because Machu Picchu is incredible, but is extremely busy. This gives a well rounded experience of the Incan empire!
star-4
Good but too expensive
Gemille_Y, May 2022
Machu Picchu Full Day
It was a good experience except that it’s not actually a group tour. They just buy everything for you and you’re on your own after getting all the tickets. You only get to be on a group once you arrive Machu Picchu.
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Things to Know Before You Go

  • Entry tickets sell out early, especially in the Peruvian winter (May to September). Book well ahead of time.

  • All travelers must visit with a licensed guide and organized tours make it easy to visit this popular destination.

  • Selfie sticks, tripods, and strollers are not allowed at Machu Picchu. Expect to have your bag checked at the gate.

  • One of the most iconic views of Machu Picchu is seen from the top of Huayna Picchu.

  • Expect a full-day tour from Cusco to last upwards of 13 hours.

  • Machu Picchu is not wheelchair accessible.

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How to Get There

The quickest way to Machu Picchu is by train (PeruRail or IncaRail) from Cusco or Ollantaytambo, followed by a short bus ride or steep hike from the town of Aguas Calientes. For some, hiking the Inca Trail is as much a part of the Machu Picchu experience as the ruins themselves. This busy trail isn't the only trekking route; others such as the Salkantay trek or Lares route provide off-the-beaten-path alternatives.

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When to Get There

In high season between late May and early September, the Lost City of the Inca allows a maximum of 2,500 people to visit each day. June, July, and August are the busiest and driest months, while January is the wettest and February sees the closure of the Inca Trail. Spring and fall strike a nice balance between pleasant weather and manageable crowds.

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Tips for the Inca Trail Hike

If your dream Machu Picchu experience includes hiking the Inca Trail through the Sacred Valley, book well ahead of time, as the number of hikers is limited to 500 per day (including guides and porters). This difficult trail requires a fair amount of physical fitness, particularly given the high altitude in the Andes mountains. Give yourself at least two days in Cusco to acclimatize, and buy some coca leaves to help with any altitude sickness. Pick up a pair of walking sticks too—you'll be glad you did.

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Machu Picchu
Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What are the nearest attractions to Machu Picchu?
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Attractions near Machu Picchu:
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What else should I know about attractions in Cusco?
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As well as visiting the Machu Picchu, check out these trip ideas to make the most of your visit: