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Machu Picchu Tour from Cusco Full Day

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Machu Picchu Tour from Cusco Full Day

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Overview

Spend a full day exploring Peru’s star attraction, the UNESCO-listed Machu Picchu, on a guided tour from Cusco. Climb up into the mountains on a dramatic train journey to Agua Calientes and continue by bus to the mountaintop citadel. Then, explore the fascinating ruins of the Lost City of the Incas or join a guided trek to the Sun Gate for an unforgettable view over Machu Picchu.
  • Full-day tour of Machu Picchu from Cusco
  • Explore the fascinating ruins of the Lost City of the Incas
  • Enjoy free time to see the sights independently or join a guided trek
  • Travel by scenic train from Cusco to Agua Calientes
  • Includes entrance fees and round-trip transport
  • Small-group tour ensures a personalized experience
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Local guide
Round-trip shared transfer
Hotel pickup
Drop-off at central meeting point
Gratuities
Food and drinks
Hotel drop-off
Cusco Region , Cusco Region, Cusco Region
This activity will end right where it started.We pick Up all travellers from any hotel and apartment located in the downtown in Cusco, if not, we arrange an extra transportation.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Infants younger than 32 months old are free
  • In the case of infants, children, and students under 18 years, you must provide a passport copy
  • Optional: Overnight in Machu Picchu without extra payment
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers
  • OPERATED BY MISTERIOS PERU
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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star-1
Untrustful travel agency
Maria_A
, Feb 2020
Visiting Cusco and Machu-Picchu was a unique life experience. Unfortunately, the tours agency (Misterios Peru Travel) coordinating the trip with us was a fiasco and caused a lot of distress to the Machu-Picchu tour. First place, when Anibal dropped off the tickets at our hotel a day before the tour, he notified us that we had booked a "360 bimodal" trip (bus and train) from Cusco to Aguascalientes which was not true. I had booked the 360 train-only from Cusco to Aguascalientes. He told me that during winter the train does not go to Aguascalientes directly because of the rain, and it is dangerous. Nobody told me this when I booked the trip with Viator. He explained that they would pick us up from the hotel at 4:20 AM to take us to the Inka trail bus station (same company of the train) that would take us to Ollantaytambo's train station (about 2 hours). From there we would take the 360 train to Aguascalientes (another 2 hours) and then the short bus trip (about 20 min) to the base of Machu-Picchu. He gave me the name and phone number of the person in Misterios Peru Travel (Lenin Roman) in case we had a question. When Anibal left, I tried calling Lenin to verify price of a bimodal trip since the train's ticket was very expensive. A recorder replied that the number was disconnected. Then I called the phone number of the travel agency's office and nobody replied. We were ready at 4:20 AM and by 4:45 they hadn't showed up. The JW Marriott's hotel personnel (always taking care of us) called Lenin's phone number and the agency number and no reply. They then recommended calling a taxi or else we may missed the bus leaving at 4:50 AM. So we did and barely made it! The bus was about to leave and was waiting just for us as they couldn't contact anyone to check on us. So we left without knowing who would pick us up in Aguascalientes. When we arrived, I saw a lady with a sign with my first name but wrong last name. I still asked her if she had the right name as everyone had left. She confirmed my name and apologized because of the confusion. Her name was Rosa and re-assured us that our tickets were correct and the guide (Jorge) was going to be waiting for us in Machu-Picchu at 9:45AM. She even showed us a picture of him. She was very kind. We were able to meet with Jorge and he looked upset when I told him that nobody had picked us up at the hotel and we couldn't communicate with the agency. He was very empathetic and outstanding on his presentation during the tour. I would strongly recommend that Trip Advisor and Aviator check the background of travel companies they partner with. I still don't know if Misterios Peru Travel even exists. I could have coordinated this trip myself in a more efficient manner without using this service. Hope you make sure this doesn't happen again to anyone else. Especially if they come from other countries for the first time and don't speak Spanish. Because I was able to communicate in Spanish I was able to navigate this situation and saved my trip of a life time to Machu-Picchu. I am giving you one star just because the great service of Rosa and Jorge. Otherwise I would give you none.
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star-1
Not Impressed
wehrhanca
, Oct 2019
The subcontractor handling my account, put me on a lesser quality train than I paid for. When I arrived at Machu Picchu I was delayed getting off the train and my group went on without me. I never did find them the rest of the excursion. Beside providing a longer and inferior form of transportation, I was left to my own devices. Then when complaints were made about the experience, the manager was only willing to provide and apology and $10 refund.
star-5
Great experience
Glenn_M
, Jun 2019
The English speaking tour guide could have had better English. He was knowledgeable, but hard to understand at times. He was patient even though one of our members had a hard time keeping up with the group. Mach Picchu was beautiful, I hope the site continues to be maintained and preserved.
star-5
Awesome
CaroleR678
, Jun 2019
It was everything it said it would be.. To see such an amazing sight.The guide was phenomenal. The accompanying people on the tour as tolerable..It was hot and tons of people, but I truly learned a lot and made new friends.My sole issue was getting the train at a decent time on the return to Cusco.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2019
Hi Carole, it was nice to organize your tour around to Machupicchu, thanks for your comments, Regards,
star-5
I only had a day, but this tour made...
Robert_B
, Feb 2018
I only had a day, but this tour made the most of it. I had a great time and youll have plenty of time to explore on your own as well.
star-2
Machu Picchu was great, and the...
Margret H
, Jul 2017
Machu Picchu was great, and the guide was informative. But the guide only met us at the train. No guide or explanation on the bus to the train. Plus we were sent on the bus to Agua Calientes and told to enter Machu Picchu on our own, then come back out to meet the guide in an hour. The bus from Cusco to the train was freezing. We took a tour to Sacred Valley where there was a guide from hotel pickup to return and explanations of what to expect. The tour operator for Machu Picchu was different and very disappointing.
star-1
Awful trip planning left us with...
Samantha Z
, May 2017
Awful trip planning left us with only 2.5 hours at Machu Pichu. Tour guide was an hour and half late. The didn't have room for us on the bus back and we had to wait another hour and half to depart train station. Tour guide was difficult to schedule a meet up in Cusco and interfered with our plans. There was ZERO communication with me on planning the trip and booking. Originally they booked us on the lower class train and I had to call and have it changed to what I paid for. Would not recommend.
star-5
The trip was great!! The tour...
JACK_C
, Mar 2017
The trip was great!! The tour manager in Cusco came to our hotel and explained what would happen the following morning. The train ride up to Agua Caliente was gorgeous. We were fortunate to get a wonderful sunny and warm day. The ruins were fantastic. The tour guide was very knowledgeable and showed up all the important highlights. There were only 9 people in our group so that made it easy to ask questions. The only worrisome part of the trip was trying to find the bus to take us back to Cusco. We were sweating bullets for a while. No bus in sight. We had to walk all over the town looking for the correct bus. The bus company needed better signage telling us where the bus would be.
star-2
It tooks 5.5 hours each way from...
Biagio A
, Feb 2017
It tooks 5.5 hours each way from Cusco to stay there 5 hours only. The level of English of the guide was poor and he was not enough informative from my point of view. Machu Picchu is amazing, but if it is not well explained, it is hard to understand Inca's way of life. Finally, the last transfer didn't show up at the expected time, so I had to call the agency and wait for it for about 45 minutes.
star-3
0430 pick up on time. Some 40...
Stephen B
, Feb 2017
0430 pick up on time. Some 40 minutes later we left Cusco. Without explanation friends and/or Staff were picked up and dropped off in addition to genuine customers. The driver then sought to make up the time by fast and erratic driving even by the standards of Peru. Cursory hand over at train station. Train journey excellent both ways,particularly the Staff fashion show and interaction on the return. Handover and admin entry tickets etc all very efficient. Guide was average at best,with superficial knowledge of English and seemingly the history of the sight. It seemed at times he was reading from a script. Machu Picchu of course extraordinary,best appreciated in our case at a slower pace after the frenetic guide had left us. Return journey from train to Cuzco much better with a competent driver arriving after 7.00 pm. All in all, a well organised if very long day.
star-4
The tour guide was late the evening...
Anna P
, Dec 2016
The tour guide was late the evening before to handle my tickets out. I called him many times and couldnt reach him. I called Viator to help me find the tour guide in order to receive my tickets on time. They couldnt help. It cost me like 180 USD, which Viator was very nice to pay for. The guide arrived late and didnt even say sorry. I guess they work like crazy since there are thousands of visitors daily. Early pick up, bus ride, nice Train ride with tea and Snacks, yet another bus ride. Spanish speaking tour guide, had to ask him to tell also sth in English. Little Information but thats the way it is... The freetime was nice in the shade-since it was beautiful sunny weather, and interact with llamas. Late Arrival back in Cusco. Amazing site, was really worth it. I guess ist just the touristic conditions, they have to stay dynamic to handle all the visitors. Ist defenitely a disadvantage but just Focus on this real wonder of the world itself.
star-5
I would definitely recommend this...
Viviana G
, Nov 2016
I would definitely recommend this tour. Everything was well organized. Everyone was punctual. The train ride was amazing...entertainment, food, and the view!
star-3
Going to Machu Picchu was overall an...
Donald_V
, Nov 2016
Going to Machu Picchu was overall an amazing experience. However...I would not purchase a tour like this again. I feel as if I wasted many hours of my day in the area that was totally unnecessary. Taking a 2 hour bus ride to a train station to wait another hour to take a 2 hour train ride to wait another hour to take a bus...tour Machu Picchu...then wait 5 hours to take a train for 2 more hours to take a bus 2 more hours. That's a CRAZY LONG DAY! I bit the bullet and opted to pay an additional 124 to take another train right back to Cusco. I could have done this by myself with much better scheduling and a far lesser cost.
star-1
Didn't hear anything from the tour...
Raven N
, Oct 2016
Didn't hear anything from the tour company until the night before -- which was alarming as we weren't sure what any of the logistics were going to be where and when do we meet? etc. until last minute. When we finally got up to the entrance, we had to wait for the company to wrangle someone up to do the tour guide for us. Then, the guide only did a short 45 minute walk-through when we had expected a lot longer. Would not recommend.
star-5
Worth every dollar! Our tour guide...
Ndidi N
, Oct 2016
Worth every dollar! Our tour guide was very informative and entertaining! I like the fact that he made sure no one was left behind and answered questions.Breath taking views of course! I like the fact that we got free time to check out Machu Picchu by ourselves as well as stopping on our way back at the town Agua Caliente to check out the little town before heading back to Cusco! Would highly recommend!
star-5
A great experience! Drivers were...
Patricia S
, Aug 2016
A great experience! Drivers were relatively prompt, the tickets were all in order, and the late train departure gave use a ton of time to explore Machu Picchu.
star-1
Disappointing tour - do NOT pay for...
Sarah d
, Aug 2016
Disappointing tour - do NOT pay for this We booked a 'tour' with an English-speaking guide. We received ONLY printed out tickets to transport and Machu Picchu entry - so this was not a tour at all, just transport and entry charges. When we arrived at the front gate of Machu Picchu our guide never showed up so we effectively paid AU534 pp for entry tickets S90/US27 and transfers US202 plus minibus/car to and from accommodation to station for AU324 pp worth of product. Furthermore, the communication from Viator company was absolutely below expectation. We emailed Viator regarding ticket dropoff three times and received no response. There was no mobile number left for the site guide on the paper and no appearance of our guide at the gate as stated so we walked around the site unaccompanied which is not the point of a tour. There were two contradictory drop off train station locations written down in your paperwork which was confusing and stressful. Lastly, our most recent paperwork stated pickup at 0530-0540 but the bus arrived at 0520 and the staff member was aggressive when we said we didn't expect him yet. This was all communicated in basic Spanish as he could not communicate in English except when we showed him the numbers written on the envelope. This was contrary to the stated product sold which was 'English speaking guide'. It was not possible to communicate with him so we started the tour being spoken to in a raised, aggressive voice and treated extremely poorly with no understanding of why. An absolutely amazing location but unfortunately a poor 'tour'.
star-1
Transportation from and to Cusco was...
Stephen_Z
, Aug 2016
Transportation from and to Cusco was very disorganized - we were picked up as scheduled at 4.30am for a train departure of 5.55am - we went around picking up other customers who were scheduled to leave on later trains - at 5.40am when I reminded the guide of the train departure in 15 minutes is when we got off the bus and hopped onto a taxi to the train station. At the end of the tour we were told on the documents to get off at Olyatambo station - there was nobody waiting there for us to take us back to our hotel in Cusco. Tour in Macchu Pichu itself was well organized but getting to and from there was very very disorganized.
star-4
This trip was long, but perfect...
Jody_P
, Jul 2016
This trip was long, but perfect except for the very beginning and very end. The van that picked us up in the morning was late and freezing. The bus that picked us up was supposed to drop us off at our hotel, but they refused and instead dropped us off in the middle of Cusco in the middle of the night. We were able to take a taxi, but it was upsetting not to receive a full ride back.
star-5
Utterly breathtaking!. Overall...
Jason_U
, Jul 2016
Utterly breathtaking!. Overall wonderful experience with the guide and all that pertained to the trip!

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