Take a round-trip from Cusco to the stunning world wonder of Machu Picchu on one of these three brilliant guided tours.
Built in the 15th century at an altitude of 2,430 meters (7,972ft), Machu Picchu’s remote location made it easy to defend from early armies, although today, a trip is practically a rite of passage for visitors to Peru. A Machu Picchu day trip from Cusco is a particularly attractive option for those who don’t want to, or don’t have the time to hike. Itineraries vary, but all of them make the UNESCO World Heritage-listed site their central focus. Here are three of the best Machu Picchu tours based on price, itinerary and reviews from past clients.
Machu Picchu Day Trip from Cusco
A great option for anybody seeking comfortable transportation all the way up to the Citadel of Machu Picchu is this day trip from Cusco. Guests will be conveyed from their hotel to an Ollantaytambo train station for a four-hour, scenic train trip into the small town of Aguas Calientes. From here you’ll take a bus up to Machu Picchu, where your guide will lead you through the streets of this beautiful old town for a few hours, before it’s time to return to Cusco, again by train. You can upgrade your train ticket to a Vistadome option for an additional $60 per person. From $341 per person.
Two-Day Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu Guided Tour
If all of that travel in one day sounds quite intense, there’s a great alternative tour option that adds in a night’s stay at an Aguas Calientes hotel. As with the previous tour, transfers from Cusco to the train station in Ollantaytambo are provided, as with all transport and entry to Machu Picchu. And because you’ll be spending the night nearby, after your guided tour of the cobbled streets and old ruins, you’ll have plenty of time to stay and explore the Inca outpost at your leisure. Day two includes a trip to other Inca relics in the Sacred Valley. From $343 per person.
Two-Day Private Machu Picchu Tour from Cusco
Sunrise over Machu Picchu is considered the ultimate way to experience the beautiful Inca city. Another two-day tour option, this tour focusses all its time on Machu Picchu and Aguas Calientes and includes an overnight stay at a three-star hotel. Once in Aguas Calientes on day one, you’ll have the rest of the day to explore the town and its surroundings. But be ready for an early start, because you’ll take an early bus up to the Citadel to be there before daybreak to witness the sunrise. As with all tours on this list, daily departures are available, but advanced booking is highly recommended. From $523 per person.