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Peru Machu Picchu Tour 2024

Peru Machu Picchu Tour 2024

Experience the highlight of Peru and South America on our Peru Machu Picchu tour. During the 4 days, you'll explore the city of Cusco, embark on a Sacred Valley excursion, and marvel at the mystical ruins of Machu Picchu. When you see Machu Picchu, you understand why it is impossible to not be fascinated by the spirit of this Incan sanctuary. These mysterious archaeological remains have lots of power to attract people. Since being discovered for the world until today, this extraordinary heritage of the Inca's culture keeps enchanting visitors from all around the globe. Although the word "ecology" was unknown at the time, the Incas paid special attention to conservation as they kept perfect harmony between the architectural concept of their buildings and natural landscapes. 

Looking for an unforgettable adventure in Peru? Look no further than our Peru Machu Picchu Tour! This tour is part of our Machu Picchu travel packages that offer you a guided tour of Cusco city, admiring natural and Incan monuments of the Sacred Valley of the Incas, appreciating changeable nature when continuing to Machu Picchu by train (a quick way when the Inca Trail hike is fully booked), overnight in Aguas Calientes (a town just below the Inca's city) and visit thermal baths there before finally enjoying a guided tour of the Inca's architectonic jewel - Machu Picchu. 

Then you can continue climbing Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu mountain (at extra cost). At the end of the day, you take transport between Machu Picchu - Cusco to finish at your hotel and rest. The Cusco Peru Machu Picchu tour ends with a means of transport back to the airport at Cusco.

Overview: Machu Picchu Tour Package

Sustainable Tourism: Inca Trail Machu is very keen and happy to promote and practice sustainable tourism by being eco-friendly and supporting local communities.

Physical Activity: 2-Moderate to Difficult - Some points are high

Style Type: Hiking, Natural, Cultural.

Service Level: All Inclusive & Quality service

Age Requirement: 4+ Please note: all participants under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

Tour OperatorInca Trail Machu since 2007

Crew: A Inca Trail Machu representative at Cusco and professional tour guides

Accommodation: Hotel*** (4 nights) and Machu Picchu Hotel (1 night). 

Meals: 5x Breakfast, 1x Buffet lunch, 1x Snack bag (Please allow USD 30 - 50 for meals not included).

Transportation: Van, a train round trip.


Quick Itinerary: Machu Picchu Tour Package

Day 01: Arrival at Cusco

Day 02: City Tour of Cusco

Day 03: Sacred Valley

Day 04: Machu Picchu Tour

Day 05: Cusco City

Day 06: Departure Day


Highlights of the Peru Machu Picchu Tour

  • Sightseeing of the surrounding areas of Cusco City;
  • Visit the colonial Cathedral of Cusco;
  • Visit the Coricancha church or temple of the sun;
  • Learn about the Inca culture and architecture;
  • Visit the traditional Pisac market, and marvel at the breathtaking Andean landscapes;
  • Stop at the Sacred Valley, a place of unparalleled beauty, and take in the breathtaking sights of the area;
  • Guided visits to the most important sites in the region, such as the Pisac and Ollantaytambo ruins;
  • Enjoy a complete tour of Machu Picchu, one of the world's most remarkable archaeological sites;
  • Experience the trip of a lifetime with our Peru Machu Picchu Tour;


Interesting Information


Day 01: Arrival to Cusco
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Your Machu Picchu vacation begins with an arrival at Cusco´s airport. An Inca Trail Machu representative awaits you in front of the Cusco´s airport arrival hall holding a sheet with your name so please leave the hall. Then he/she transfers you to your hotel. The rest of the day is free to give you some time to acclimatize for the rest of your Cusco Peru Machu Picchu tour. So you can relax, have some coca tea (a natural tea of coca leaves and the best tool against altitude sickness!) or just walk around the city´s center and visit some Colonial churches and see many Incan walls.


The Cusco City is the oldest continuously inhabited city on this continent as well as a hub of the South American travel network. The city attracts people from all around the world, who arrive not only to visit a unique destination but also to experience an antique culture that differs a lot from the occidental 21st century´s way of life. One could easily spend a week just in and around this site. Inca-built stone walls line most of the central streets and it is not necessary to go far to see other major Inca ruins! This is a city steeped in history, traditions and legends!


Every year, Cusco is visited by thousands of travelers, who come to delve into its noble, but tragic past. Our Machu Picchu tour is a perfect base for optional explorations around the city´s surroundings as well as for a range of outdoor activities.

Day 02: City Tour of Cusco
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In the morning, your Tour Guide picks you up from your hotel and takes you onto the tour of Cusco City starting with a visit of the Cathedral located on the Main Square of Cusco. Its construction started in 1559 and it took 100 years to finish!! The Cathedral can pride on the biggest depository of Colonial art of the city.  A vault containing remains of the famous Incan historian - Garcilaso de la Vega is just past the entrance. 

Then, you visit Qoricancha - the golden temple of the Incas that was once the most significant temple of the Incan Empire! The temple was dedicated to the god of the Sun.

After that, we continue our Cusco Peru Machu Picchu tour by bus outside of the city visiting the huge Incan fortress of Sacsayhuaman. There are some magnificent Inca´s walls made up of huge and impressive stones weighing up to 130 tons. The stones fit together with an absolute peferction! Three of these walls run parallel to over 360 m. There are 21 bastions in the fortress. 

Later on, you continue to a nearby Incan labyrinth and a ceremonial site - Qenqo. After our Tour Guide has explained us about this enigmatic site, we board our bus to continue to the red fortress of Puca Pucara. Our last stop is in Tambomachay - a water temple of the Incas. 
Finally, you are taken back to our hotel in Cusco to relax.

Day 03: Sacred Valley
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Today, we cover the distance of Cusco-Machu Picchu, but before we do so, our Tour Guide takes us into the Sacred Valley of the Incas that was once an important source of food for the Incas. The Sacred Valley is a lush agricultural region that keeps supplying the Cusco City with lots of its production. We visit the majestic ruins of Pisaq as well as its current famous handicraft market. Then, we stop in Urubamba, considered to be the capital of the valley, to have a buffet lunch offering Andean cuisine. Afterwards, we continue to the picturesque town of Ollantaytambo where we enjoy a guided tour of its Incan fortress. The town and fortress of Ollantaytambo are strategically situated overlooking the beautiful Urubamba River Valley. Then, we board a train taking us to the town of Aguas Calientes (just below Machu Picchu), a perfect alternative on how to reach Machu Picchu when the Inca Trail hike is fully booked. There, we overnight in a comfortable hotel.

Day 04: Guided tour of Machu Picchu
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The long awaited highlight of all our Machu Picchu travel packages awaits you today. So we got up early and after breakfast, we took a bus to the Historic Sanctuary of Machu Picchu. Then, your tour guide shows you around the Inca city and explains about its history and the purpose of each place during a guidedtour of approximately 2 and a half hours. Afterwards, you have the opportunity to climb for about 45 minutes to the Huayna Picchu (or Machu Picchu Mountain, a 1.5 hour climb), a peak that dominates the ancient city and serves to take some panoramic pictures of if this way. On the other hand, there is the Temple of the Moon that can be visited as well. Then, you are given free time to spend and explore Machu Picchu on your own. When you have enjoyed the place enough, you can take a bus back to Aguas Calientes or descend slowly and take more panoramic pictures of the surrounding breathtaking nature on the way (recommended).

Aguas Calientes, you can visit one of the many very good restaurants that offer traditional Andean as well as international cuisine. To finish our tour, we always use an afternoon train to take passengers back to Ollantaytambo (alternatively to Poroy). From there, we will travel by tourist vehicle back to your hotel in Cusco.


Day 05: Cusco City
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Today is a relaxing day to explore the fascinating imperial city of the Incas, visit its markets, buy some souvenirs, do some optional activities as well as get ready for the last night of our tour.

Day 06: Departure Day
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Transfer to the Cusco´s airport. End of the tour, or alternatively, a good time to extend your trip!

Please note In all of our Machu Picchu travel packages a return flight to Lima can be arranged upon request.

What is Included:
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  • Welcome by our Representative upon arrival;
  • Transfer from/to the Cusco´s airport at arrival and departure;
  • Accommodation: 3* hotel (5 nights);
  • All entrance fees according to the itinerary of City tour and Sacred Valley
  • Entrance fee to Machu Picchu
  • Professional bilingual tour guides as per the itinerary;
  • Meals: 5x breakfast, 1x buffet lunch (during the Sacred Valley Tour);
  • Tourist transportation during all tours and local transfers;
  • A tourist train round trip to Machu Picchu;
  • A shuttle bus Aguas Calientes - Machu Picchu - a round trip.

Not Included:
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  • Pre & post tour accommodation,
  • International nor domestic flights,
  • Airport departure taxes,
  • Meals not mentioned, 
  • Entrance fee to Huayna Picchu mountain (U$80),
  • Travel insurance,
  • Tips and baggage portage (please note: it is a custom to give tips in Peru, however, it is not obligatory),
  • Other extras are not mentioned.

Meals budget: Please allow USD 50 - 80 for meals not included.
Solo Traveler: Please note that if you have booked the "Solo Traveler" option for all of our Machu Picchu travel packages, you receive your own single room for all overnights.
Local flights: There is no local flight included in the cost of the tour.

Highlights by Archaeological Sites
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  • Explore the Machu Picchu citadel
  • Visit the Sacred Valley of Incas
  • The best views from Huayna Picchu mountain

Packing List
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  • Passport
  • Original and copies
  • Travel insurance(+ copies for a case of lost),
  • Flight tickets,
  • Cash in USD or credit cards,
  • Our service voucher (sent by us to you),
  • Entry visa and a proof of vaccination (if applicable),
  • Day pack (to carry your personal items during daily travels),
  • Rain gear (a rain-jacket and a waterproof trousers or a rain poncho - this can be purchased in Cusco), 
  • Resistible footwear, waterproof trekking shoes are recommended,
  • Sandals (for a higher comfort while at a campsite),
  • Warm clothes such as a jacket, a fleece (thermal clothing is also recommended for cold nights during camping),
  • Hat or a cap (to protect you against the Sun, rain as well as cold),
  • Sun cream or sun block,
  • After-sun cream or hydrating cream for face and body, Insect repellent– recommended minimum is 20% DEET (please note that no malaria has been reported during this trip!),
  • Camera and its charger/batteries (please note that batteries are consumed quickly under cold conditions),
  • Flashlight/headlamp + batteries,
  • Handkerchiefs and toilet paper,
  • Small towel and toiletries,
  • Sufficient reserve of underwear,
  • Swimsuit (to visit the thermal baths of Aguas Calientes),
  • Snacks (biscuits, energy bars, chocolate, raw fruits, muesli, etc.)

Please note: we do provide a daily morning snack and our meal service is very complete and well supplied. The recommendation of taken own snack applies only for customers who like a specific snack that might not be in our menu.

Doubts and Frequent Questions about Peru Machu Picchu Tour
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Here is everything you need to know about Machu Picchu.


Where is located Machu Picchu?

"Machu Picchu" is located in the south of Peru, belongs to the department of Cusco, "Machu Picchu" is located 112.5 kilometers northeast of the city of Cusco, with a height of 2350 meters above sea level.




Altitudes in Peru Machu Picchu Tour

  • "Cusco" at 3,399 m.a.s.l.
  • "Pisaq" at 2,974 m.a.s.l.
  • "Ollantaytambo" at 2,972 m.a.s.l.
  • "Chinchero" at 3,762 m.a.s.l.
  • "Maras" at 3,300 m.a.s.l.
  • "Moray" at 3,450 m.a.s.l.
  • "Tipon" at 3,560 m.a.s.l.
  • "Lucre Lagoon or Huacarpay" at 3,200 m.a.s.l.
  • "Aguas Calientes" at 2,040 m.a.s.l.
  • "Machu Picchu" at 2,430 m.a.s.l.


What does "Machu Picchu" mean?

"Machu Picchu" means 'Old Mountain' in the indigenous Quechua language. "Machu Picchu", the lost city of the Incas, is an unprecedented historical, natural and architectural complex, a tourist destination that has earned the category of inescapable.


Is it possible to visit "Machu Picchu" on my own?

The archaeological places that make up the City Tour around Cusco are the following: Sacsayhuaman, Qenqo, Tambo Machay, and Puka Pukara. These ruins are very close, a tour usually charge between 20 to 25 soles per person for tourism companies, but there are ways to get there without spending so much money. For example, Sacsayhuaman is located very close, for a backpacker who wants to walk the 7km on foot and not spend a lot of money is recommended to leave from the main square.


After the visit to Sacsayhuaman, you can visit the ruins of Qenqo which is located 1.5 km away, it is very close, you can go following the road. After, about 5km following the road is the next archaeological site that is Tambo Machay, where the Inca bathed. About the entrance costs to the ruins, it is mandatory to have that tourist ticket that gives you access to 16 archeological sites (Machu Picchu is not included). Visit "Machu Picchu" by your own is very easy. The first thing you will have to do "and the most important thing" is to book your Machu Picchu Tickets, and the train tickets "round trip".


Once in Cusco, you will have to get up very early and go to Pavitos Street, here you will find minibuses and minivans that will take you to the town of Ollantaytambo for around $4. When you arrive in Ollantaytambo, you can take a "moto-taxi", it's very fun and the easiest way to get to the Ollantaytambo station, this will cost between $ 0.70 and US $ 1.50. Once at the Ollantaytambo station, look for your train and approach it.


The tour of the Sacred Valley of the Incas is one of the most beautiful short train routes in the world, so enjoy it. The train will take you to the city of Aguas Calientes, at the foot of the Machu Picchu Mountain. Arriving at Aguas Calientes, you can buy the bus tickets to Machu Picchu, next to the train station. These tickets can not be reserved in advance, bought online, or by third parties, ou can only buy your ticket in person and with your passport. Before letting you enter Machu Picchu you will be asked to present a copy of your Machu Picchu ticket along with your original valid Passport, if you do not present these documents you will be prevented from entering Machu Picchu, and everything will have been in vain; so do not forget that your documents must be valid at the moment of entering Machu Picchu.


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