Machu Picchu Day Trip from Cuzco

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Experience Highlights

Discover the legendary secrets of the Inca Empire by joining this excursion to Machu Picchu from Cuzco. You'll travel by scenic train from Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes station, before setting off on your journey to Machu Picchu. Together with a private guide and in a small group, you'll tour the most iconic sites of one of the seven wonders of the world in a full-day experience that will introduce you to the enigmatic and spiritual granite citadel, located in the heart of the Peruvian Andes.

  • Discover Machu Picchu, the ancient capital of the Inca Empire located in the heart of the Peruvian Andes.
  • Visit must-see sites such as the Temple of the Sun, the Sacred Stone and Huayna Picchu mountain.
  • Travel by train and enjoy panoramic views of the Peruvian mountain trails, an idyllic postcard of the region.

What’s included

  • Excursion to Machu Picchu from Cuzco
  • Professional guide, expert in history
  • Transfer to and from your place of accommodation in Cuzco
  • Travel by train from Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes

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Step by Step

On this small group tour to Machu Picchu from Cuzco you will visit the sacred epicentre of the Inca Empire, the magnificent granite citadel that is the living trace of Peru's ancient culture.

The tour will start in Cuzco, where a driver will pick you up at your accommodation and take you to the station for the train journey from Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes.

During the journey, you will enjoy beautiful panoramic views of the Peruvian Andes. Upon arrival, you will board a bus to Machu Picchu.

After being greeted by the beautiful llamas, the expedition will begin. You will be accompanied by a professional guide, an expert in history, who will tell you about the incredible legends behind this metropolis built in the middle of the 15th century, which would have been the capital of the Inca civilisation and was rediscovered in 1911.

Among the must-see sights you can visit in Machu Picchu, the following stand out:

  • Temple of the Sun: its circular walls are unique in the sacred city. This monument would have served as a religious temple or as an astronomical observatory, according to research.
  • Main Temple: the remains suggest that this area was where the inhabitants of Machu Picchu performed their religious cults, rituals and ceremonies of the Inca culture.
  • Sacred Stone: this enormous rock, 3 metres high, was carved in such a way that its peaks were aligned with the mountains in front of it. For the Incas it represented a sacred point.
  • Intihuatana: the name in Quechua means "place where the sun is tied". It is a stone that would have served as a sundial or as a place for sacrifices during rituals.
  • Huayna Picchu: together with Huchuy Picchu, it is one of the two hills surrounding Machu Picchu. To access the mountain and explore it, you must book your ticket months in advance.

Throughout the adventure, you will discover why this imposing place full of enigmas and mysticism is one of the seven wonders of the modern world , declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1983.

Reviews

4.8
· 1666 Reviews
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    Sabrina Barbot
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    Super journée, bonne organisation, très bon chauffeur et guide parfait
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    Eladio
    5
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    The green and mountainous landscape was simply breathtaking.
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    Isla
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    The city of Cusco is impressive and has a fascinating history and culture.
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    Magnus
    4
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    The historic sanctuary of Machu Picchu is a magical place and definitely worth a visit.
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