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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
Machu Picchu Day Trip from Cusco
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$341.00 per adult
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Our tour guide hector was...
Our tour guide hector was super! He was very knowledgeable and nice. The weather was perfect and the sites were outstanding
Jamie_C, Aug 2021

Recent reviews from experiences in Cusco

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Machu Picchu with Marco
Furtuna_A, Sep 2021
Machu Picchu Day Trip from Cusco
Marco was amazing. Very accommodating and patient. Took our pictures, took us to a great lunch place. Everything was excellent. I recommend him and Booking with vistadome train. His English was very understandable and gave us the history behind Machu Picchu.
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Must do!
Rebecca_M, Aug 2021
Machu Picchu Day Trip from Cusco
This experience was more than expected. The transportation was smooth and we were lucky to get to ride the train all the way from Cusco rather than the bus to Ollentambo (sp). Anna was our guide at Machu Picchu and not only did she have great knowledge to share but also was a fabulous photographer with my camera. Highlight of our trip by far, and we are loving Peru.
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Jaime was amazing
Shaina_M, Jul 2021
Machu Picchu Day Trip from Cusco
The trip to Machu Picchu was very well organized, and I was greeted by staff at each step of the way. I was traveling alone and booking through Viator made me feel safe. My tour guide Jaime was AMAZING. So knowledgeable and funny!! He was also very kind and helpful with questions. You can tell he enjoys it just as much as you. Highly recommend him in the future!!
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Great Experience
Colleen_M, Jul 2021
Machu Picchu Day Trip on EXPEDITION Train
This was an amazing experience!! The transportation arrangements were gone over with us in detail so that we were comfortable with getting to Machu Picchu Pueblo. Once we were there, our guide was waiting for us! Our guide, Jesus, was so knowledgeable ans was able to provide us with so much information and pictures. It was clear that he was passionate about what he does! After the tour, we had lunch and the food was okay. They had lots of traditional Peruvian options though!
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Fantastic Experience
Joel_W, Jul 2021
2-Day Tour: Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu by Train
Fredi provided a fantastic experience for us in Peru. Everything will be taken care of for you on this trip, including your Cusco airport pick up and drop off. Kevin our driver and Gary our guide did a fantastic job driving us around. Gary provided insightful information about the sites and made the experience personal. He knew the best times for Machu Picchu to make the experience magical. This team made everything very easy. I highly recommend this tour!
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Amazing experience!!
Amy_S, Jun 2021
2-Day Inca Trail To Machu Picchu
Amazing 2 day Inca trail experience! Marko was very organized and and clear with instructions before we started our adventure. He was an amazing guide and very knowledgeable about the history of Machu Picchu as well as various flora and fauna along the trail. He has a great, fun personality and made the challenging trek great fun! Thanks again, Marko! 10/10 would recommend!!!
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Views, food and shopping
Justin_F, Sep 2021
Private Full-Day Tour To Machu Picchu with Lunch
Everything was well timed and planned. Our guide was very knowledgeable. Spectacular views. A must see.
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Very simple and easy
cjmoser20, Sep 2021
Entrance to Machu Picchu (buy here!)
Official tickets arrived to my email inbox a few days prior to our reservation and communication was great beforehand to confirm our tickets.
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Well organized
Neal_G, Aug 2021
Machu Picchu by Train (Full Day)
Great experience. I lost my house key and the driver in the morning was patient and waited for 30 minutes for me. I thought I was going to have to cancel but the staff was very nice about it. The tour was spectacular and I was never lost. Very well organized. Would definitely recommend.
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Awesome experience!
Lyndsey_F, Jul 2021
Machu Picchu By Train (2 Days)
Tour was great! They were very communicative and helpful and made sure to arrange everything how we requested. The guides were great, the drivers picked us up at our hotel. They were always right on time and everything was safe and amazing. Would totally recommend to everyone!
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Great
Felipe_O, Jul 2021
Machu Picchu Private Guided Tour from Aguas Calientes
Johnny was great. He had a ton of knowledge, was very friendly, took great pictures and was overall wonderful company
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It was excellent. Very well organized from start to finish.
Maribel_O, Jul 2021
Machu Picchu Day Trip from Cusco
Our tour guide Paul was very knowledgeable about Machu Picchu! It was an amazing experience. I recommend going.

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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