Machu Picchu day trip

A quick way to discover the wonder of the incas, is the Machu Picchu day trip. If you do not have much time to be in Cusco, this is the ideal option for you. Know through a two-hour guide the most important sectors of Machu Picchu then you have an hour to continue visiting your account after returning to the city of Cusco.


The experience

Machu Picchu is one of the most important archaeological sites in South America, a place with a lot of history located in the city of Cusco, the main headquarters of the Inca Empire. Machu Picchu (in Quechua, Old Mountain), dating from the fifteenth century, was built to be a retreat of the Inca Pachacutec, in the heyday of that empire. It is located 2430 meters (7970 feet) above sea level and about 80 kilometers northwest of the city of Cusco.

Machu Picchu day trip, starts at morning (very early) taking the bus to Ollantaytambo train station. This transfer will last approximately one and a half hours. Then, you will take the train, which takes two hours to Aguas Calientes station (Machu Picchu town). There, you will have some time to relax in the springs, better known as hot springs, very famous in Cusco and visited by many tourists.

At your arrive you will take the bus ride to the citadel. You will have the opportunity to witness something that few people are lucky enough to see, the jewel of Pachacuteq, “Machu Picchu”.Then  you will start the walking tour at the archaeological site. The professional guide (if you don’t hire a tour operator read this article) will transmit your knowledge about the stories behind these ruins. The visit with a guide will last approximately two hours, but afterwards you will have a free time in which you can walk quietly on your own. If you have time, you should take advantage of an unmissable visit to the most famous mountain, Huayna Picchu or Macchu Picchu, to observe the entire Inca city in all its splendor.

After this visit, you will take the bus back (or walk) to the Aguas Calientes station. Once down, you can board the train again to return to Ollantaytambo. After arriving at this station, you will be transferred in a private transport by tourist bus, which will take you back to the city of Cusco. Finishing your day trip to Machu Picchu.


  • Wear light shoes or tennis.
  • Drink plenty of liquid in your tours.
  • Waterproof (long poncho) in rainy season.
  • Long sleeve shirts.
  • Long pants.
  • Insect repellent.
  • Sunscreen, wide-brimmed hat for sunny days.
  • Binoculars
  • Sun glasses, plastic bags.
  • Medicine and / or articles for personal use (liquid for contact glasses).
  • A light backpack or briefcase per person.
  • Camera or video camera.
  • Take original documents with which you made your reservation (ID, Passport, Student visa, University card only for Peruvians).
  • Have your migration card with you (in case you want to spend one more night in Machupicchu town).
  • Have on hand bills and coins in small denominations dollars, euros or soles.