Machu Picchu Day Trip

Explore Machu Picchu on a day trip from Cusco or the Sacred Valley

Peru adventure tour

Machu Picchu Day Trip from Cusco

or the Sacred Valley

Archaeologists believe that Machu Picchu was built as a palace for the Incan emperor Pachacuti in the 15th century. They abandoned it after roughly a century, during the Spanish conquest. It then remained virtually unknown until 1911, when American historian Hiram Bingham made Machu Picchu’s existence public. In 1983, it became a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and since then it has captured the imagination and awe of the millions of people who travel to experience its magic.

While in Peru, it’s imperative to make sure you make time for a day trip to Machu Picchu. When you book a Machu Picchu day trip with Haku Expeditions, you will get a tour that includes Machu Picchu entrance tickets, round trip Machu Picchu train tickets (including a one way trip on the panoramic Vistadome train) and a privately guided two hour Machu Picchu  tour* with a local guide. We also provide assistance determining which timetable works best for you, along with which options you might want to choose such as a two hour guided tour vs a full day guided tour. Our adventure specialist will also help you determine if you should choose the additional hikes such as Machu Picchu Mountain or Huayna Picchu. We are happy to work with you either by phone or email in determining the perfect Machu Picchu day trip package. 

*Choose an additional hike to Machu Picchu Mountain or Huayna Picchu instead of the 2 hour Machu Picchu guided tour with no additional charge. 

We know how hard planning a Machu Picchu day trip can be and we know all the ins and outs of the system. Get in touch now to start planning the Machu Picchu vacation of your dreams!

Machu Picchu Tickets Timetable:

Machu Picchu day trip tickets come with a determined entrance and exit hour. Each hour is limited and can sell out. 

What you can expect

Machu Picchu Day Trip Highlights

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At a prearranged hour, generally early morning,  a private taxi will pick you up at your hotel in Cusco and shuttle you to the train station.  Once aboard you’ll ride one of the most scenic train routes in the world on the Machu Picchu train.  This unforgettable journey  will take you to Machu Picchu Pueblo, also known as Aguas Calientes, where your private local guide will be waiting to meet you.  If you have purchased our bus ticket add-on then you will take the bus up to the ancient citadel to begin your two hour private Machu Picchu tour. If you do not take the bus then you will begin your hike up to the sanctuary. This hike takes between 1.5-3 hours depending on your physical abilities. (Note that this hike up is only possible if you have an afternoon ticket and took an early train or if you choose another option such as arrival from the Sacred Valley or sleeping in Machu Picchu Pueblo the night before.)

Once you have arrived at Machu Picchu you will begin the journey around the ancient city. Your local guide will explain to you  the marvels and legends this place holds. Once you have finished your tour you will either hike down to Machu Picchu Pueblo or take the bus down, followed by your train back to Cusco or the Sacred Valley. A private taxi will pick you up if you have taken the train back to Cusco and take you to your hotel. 

Things to note about this trip:

  • We recommend the round trip bus ticket for this option as the day will be long and arrival from Cusco takes almost 4 hours
  • This trip is recommended for people who have a tight schedule planned and have already booked their lodging in Cusco
  • This trip only allows for Machu Picchu tickets purchased for an afternoon tour
  • This trip does not allow for the additional hike to Machu Picchu Mountain or Huayna Picchu
  • The train from Cusco only runs during the dry season (May-Sept). During the rest of the year you will be taken to the Sacred Valley station either by bus or taxi, depending on the timetables that are chosen for your trip.

Urubamba:  At a prearranged hour we’ll pick you up with a private taxi from your hotel in Urubamba and shuttle you to the Ollantaytambo train station.

Ollantaytambo: You will walk to the train station as this town is very small and does not require a taxi. The walk is about 10-20 minutes from anywhere in Ollantaytambo and mototaxis that cost about 3 soles are abundant. 

Once you arrive at the train station you’ll ride one of the most scenic train routes in the world on the Machu Picchu train. You will arrive at Machu Picchu Pueblo where you’ll be met by your private local guide, who will explain how to get to Machu Picchu and where to meet. If you have purchased our bus ticket add-on then you will take the bus up to the ancient citadel to begin your two hour private Machu Picchu tour. If you do not plan to take the bus then you will begin your hike up to the sanctuary. This hike takes between 1.5-3 hours depending on your physical abilities. 

Upon arrival at Machu Picchu you will begin the scenic journey around the ancient city. Your local guide will explain to you  the marvels and legends this place holds. Once you have finished your tour you will either hike down to Machu Picchu Pueblo or take the bus down. 

You will then take a train back to the Sacred Valley or Cusco where our private taxi will pick you up and take you to your hotel. If you are staying in Ollantaytambo you can walk back to your hotel after you have arrived. 

Things to note about this trip:

  • You can choose either the two hour guided tour or an additional hike to Machu Picchu Mountain or Huayna Picchu (dependent on availability)
  • In order to include an additional hike with this trip you must take a very early train from the Sacred Valley,  and take the bus up rather than walk
  • If you would like to have both the additional hike and the guide, please choose our full day guide add-on at checkout
  • For those staying at Tambo del Inka in Urubamba, we can organize your train from the hotel for an additional fee

Sunrise at Machu Picchu is absolutely beautiful and worth the effort! Today you will wake early and leave your hotel by 4:30 am for your hike to the sanctuary.  Last night you will have met with your local guide or his assistant to explain when and where you will meet for your Machu Picchu tour. On arrival at Machu Picchu you will either meet your guide for your tour of the sanctuary or begin your hike* to Machu Picchu mountain or Huayna Picchu. After the hike you can explore the sanctuary or if you have elected to take a privately guided tour you can now enjoy a few moments on a terrace or relax for a while before your departure. Once done in Machu Picchu you will either take the additional add-on bus ride down or hike back down. Now you can retrieve your luggage from your hotel and take the beautiful Machu Picchu train back to Cusco or the Sacred Valley.

*You can choose the Machu Picchu Mountain or Huayna Picchu hike instead of the private guide with no change to the cost 

Things to note about this trip:

  • If you have already booked your hotel in Aguas Calientes and would like to see sunrise at Machu Picchu, this is your best option 
  • If you prefer to take the bus up, the first bus leaves at 6 am and people begin lining up at 4:30 am as the lines are often very long
  • We recommend you sleep either in Cusco or the Sacred Valley tonight
  • There is no need to sleep two nights in Aguas Calientes
  • If you would like Machu Picchu tickets outside of the morning sunrise that can be easily organized 
  • If you would like both a local guide and an additional hike this can be organized for an additional fee (available to add on at checkout)

Whats the price of the Machu Picchu day trip? And what’s included?

Price is $365 per adult and $325 per child

Included:

  • Private taxi to train station in Cusco
  • Round-trip Machu Picchu train tickets including one way on the panoramic Vistadome train
  • Machu Picchu tickets
  • Private local guide for two hour Machu Picchu tour OR entrance tickets for an additional hike

Not included:

  • Bus up/down (can be purchased at check out)
  • Meals
  • Private taxi when lodging is in Ollantaytambo
  • Airport pickup or dropoff

Machu Picchu requires a lot of hiking and tends to be a tiring day for most folks. There are many stairs and visiting the main sanctuary without anything additional (such as hiking to the Sun Gate, the Inca Bridge, Machu Picchu Mountain or Huayna Picchu) requires at least 3 hours of hiking up and down many stairs. 

If you are not physically fit then we suggest that you begin a routine of walking, hiking or climbing stairs.  To give you an example, most people who are physically fit can hike up the Inca stairs to Machu Picchu in 1.5-2 hours. I have had multiple people tell me it took them 4 hours just to get to the citadel. We think it is worth beginning a routine before you come to be in shape for the many Inca stairs to come. 

Another thing to note is that Machu Picchu is located at 2430 m/7970 ft above sea level. The elevation makes hiking a bit harder even for those who are fit.

All international flights require a layover. Most layovers will be through Lima, Peru or Bogota, Colombia. In the case of flying through Lima most flights will arrive late at night in Lima and flights to Cusco will fly out in the morning. Many people get arrivals at 3-4 am and flights out around 5-6 am. 

Your options for layovers in Lima, Peru.

  • Choose a flight that has a late arrival and early departure and sleep in the airport for a few hours (Most common choice)
  • Choose a flight that has a semi late arrival like 11 pm and a very late morning departure like 10 am and get an airbnb with airport pickup near the airport. (Choose something 5 min from the airport so you can sleep)
  • Get a room at the hotel connected to the airport. This hotel is called the Wyndham Costa del Sol
  • Purchase two separate flights. One to Lima and stay the night  in Miraflores. Visit Lima a bit for the day and fly out on a later flight to Cusco. 

Things to note when arriving in Lima:

  • On arrival you will need to pass through migrations. These are very long lines and can take more than an hour sometimes.  If you have young children up to two years old, are over 65 or handicapped, by law, you can use the preference line. 
  • After passing migrations you will need to pass through customs and declare any goods you may have brought. 
  • Once through migrations and customs you must recover your checked bags, leave the international arrivals part of the airport and then re-check your bags at the check-in. Here there are often extremely long lines. If you have paid for extra baggage or oversized baggage make sure you have the receipt so they do not charge you a second time. Also, oversized bags are dropped off in a special line so ask before you wait in the normal line. 
  • Once the baggage is checked you can go through the normal process and screening to get to your national flight to Cusco

As you can see there is a lot that you must do on arrival to Lima. You will need a bare minimum of two hours (if you have only carry-on luggage) in between flights.

In order to visit Machu Picchu you must come through the city of Cusco, Peru.  You can arrive by flight or by bus.

This Machu Picchu package does not include airport pickup or dropoff.

Arriving at Machu Picchu is not exactly easy. Machu Picchu is 4 hours away from Cusco and 1.45 hours from Ollantaytambo in the Sacred Valley. While there are many ways to get to Machu Picchu we will explain here the easiest way to save the most time and make the most of your day at Machu Picchu. 

Steps to get to Machu Picchu

  1. Arrive in Cusco
  2. Train to Aguas Calientes or taxi/bus to Ollantaytambo and train from there
  3. Arrival in Aguas Calientes
  4. Bus or 2 hour hike up to Machu Picchu

The only other ways to get to Machu Picchu are through hiking or a combination of busses and cars and hiking. You can not arrive directly to Machu Picchu by car or bike. The only direct quick route is by train and then by bus.

Peru’s currency is called the Nuevo Sol. You’ll be able to exchange US currency for the Sol easily in Cusco. The exchange rate often fluctuates between 3.29-3.33 sol per US dollar.

We recommend you bring cash. Peru is still a cash society. Most people don’t have bank accounts as Peruvian banks charge up to $15 per month just to have the account open. So, services like Venmo, Pay-Pal, and Apple Pay aren’t used here. Most local stores, taxis, and local restaurants are cash only.

ATMS charge around $8 to take out $60-200. Banks only allow a small withdrawal daily. Thus, it’s probably a good idea to withdraw a good sum of cash before you come to Peru unless you have a bank that returns the ATM fees. You can also try the app called ATM hero and do a little research before you come to decide if an ATM card or cash is best for you.

The USD, EURO, CAD cash you bring should be non-ripped bills. Small rips or bills that are written on are not accepted for exchange.

Seeing as Peru is a cash society and it is difficult to withdraw large amounts of cash, we require your balance be brought in cash.

TIPPING: Local restaurants generally do not require a tip, however, leaving a few soles is a nice gesture. Tourist restaurants are generally a 10% tip. Tipping your guide in Peru is generally 5-10% of the price you paid for the tour.

Each person is required to have a specific travel/trip insurance outside of your credit card or regular medical insurance.

You should get comprehensive coverage with trip interruption/cancellation and with personal liability. Mention all activities that you will be involved in such as mountain biking, hiking at high altitude and whatever other activities you may have planned. 

We do not provide refunds.  If you should get hurt or sick not only will travel insurance cover your medical expenses it will also cover the lost portion of the trip. Make sure you have trip interruption or trip cancellation included! South America is famous for people striking and shutting down all activities. If you miss your Machu Picchu trip, your Amazon trip or your flight due to strikes the insurance will cover the loss or additional costs that are incurred. 

Check out our blog on travel insurance and why it is a must for any South America Vacation!

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We will begin the planning process with you by asking some important questions. We will need to know what other tours you already have planned, where you will be sleeping the night before and the night of the Machu Picchu tour. We will then ask about what kinds of things you would enjoy, such as hiking up to the ruins, and additional hikes like Machu Picchu Mountain, Huayna Picchu and the Sun Gate. We will also ask about seeing the sunrise or trying to be there when there are the least amount of people. 

All of these factors will help us to guide you in getting the right Machu Picchu tickets.

All Machu Picchu tickets and Machu Picchu train tickets are dependent on availability and call sell out up to six months in advance.  

Often people get very confused about Machu Picchu Mountain, Huayna Picchu and Machu Picchu Pueblo. 

Machu Picchu Mountain is not Machu Picchu even though Machu Picchu happens to be located on the very top of a mountain!

Let us explain the layout of Machu Picchu to help you understand all these terms and places. 

Machu Picchu Pueblo is the town that is below Machu Picchu. It is a small town called Aguas Calientes. The namess Machu Picchu Pueblo and Aguas Calientes are used interchangeably. 

Machu Picchu itself, the ancient sanctuary, is on the top of a very tall mountain at 2430 m/7970 ft above sea level. It is directly above Aguas Calientes or Machu Picchu Pueblo.  There are two additional mountains on top of Machu Picchu.

The Sun Gate at Machu Picchu is the main entrance for those that are hiking to Machu Picchu through the 4-day Inca Trail Trek. You can hike to the Sun Gate from inside Machu Picchu in about an hour.  It is accessible to everyone who enters Machu Picchu with no additional tickets, so long as you make sure to visit the Sun Gate before you pass by it. Check out Rules for Machu Picchu to read more. 

Huayna Picchu, sometimes spelled Wayna Picchu, is the famous mountain you see in every instagram shot of Machu Picchu. It is the towering mountain that rises above Machu Picchu in the background. The elevation of Huayna Picchu, which means young mountain or young peak, is 2693 m/8835 ft. This hike is not for the faint of heart or leg! The Incan stair case that leads up to it is so incredibly steep that you often need to use your hands to climb up it. Recently a cable was put in to help people accomplish the hike. The hike up Huayna Picchu takes about 1.5-2 hours. If you suffer from vertigo or fear of heights do not climb Huayna Picchu! On the other hand if you seek adventure and enjoy living on the edge then this hike is for you! Once you arrive at the top you can get an amazing shot of Machu Picchu below you. 

Machu Picchu Mountain is also a mountain that rises above Machu Picchu. The peak is located at 3082 m/10,111 ft above sea level. It is much higher than Huayna Picchu and requires more time to hike. This trail is much wider and is not as steep. It is perfect for any age or for people with a fear of heights. 

In this instagram shot from the ruins of Llactapata you can see the difference between Huayna Picchu and Machu Picchu Mountain. When looking at the bench look a little to the left and that is Machu Picchu itself. If you keep moving your eyes to the left you will see Huayna Picchu rising up. Now look at the wooden pole on the right side of the bench. At the very tip of the pole, covered in thatch roofing is the peak of Machu Picchu Mountain.

Machu Picchu has changed very much over the years.  The rules often change yearly. 

As of 2019 the rules changed to limit the amount of hours you can be at Machu Picchu. Now there are entrance tickets with set timetables and exit times. Your Machu Picchu tickets allow you to be in Machu Picchu for four hours. If you have an entrance ticket to an additional hike then you are allowed two more hours. While this is difficult to control they can control how many times you walk around Machu Picchu. You are now allowed to walk around only once. That means once you do a full loop you must exit the sanctuary.

The rules on official guides have also changed many times. At one point it was obligatory to have an official guide while at Machu Picchu, however it was very difficult to control or enforce. As of 2019 it is no longer obligatory to have a guide. 

Unfortunately Machu Picchu is now set up with a designated route. You can no longer walk where you would like. This means that everyone at Machu Picchu must walk in the same direction. The most important thing to take away from this is that you cannot turn around. This means that if you pass by the entrance to the Sun gate and then realize you would like to go to the Sun gate, you are out of luck. Plan your trip accordingly.

Leaving and re-entry is not allowed at Machu Picchu. This is one of the most difficult aspects of the new rules. There are no bathrooms inside Machu Picchu. They are outside the sanctuary. That means that you cannot use the bathroom for the entire visit! If you leave the sanctuary you cannot re-enter! 

Hiking an additional hike will allow you more flexibility with the hours you are inside Machu Picchu, and also allows a second loop of the ancient city. This is due to the fact that the additional hikes have a specific timeframe for their entrance and their location. For example if you enter Machu Picchu and need to go directly to Huayna Picchu you will walk the top loop without stopping to see anything in order to get to Huayna Picchu. After your hike you will begin your hike around Machu Picchu on the bottom half of the loop. Once you arrive at the gate where you should leave, your ticket will allow for you to begin the loop again.

Huayna Picchu tickets are in high demand. There are only a few Machu Picchu hours that allow for the Huayna Picchu ticket entrance.  The Huayna Picchu entrance tickets often sell out more than six months in advance. 

In order to purchase Huayna Picchu entrance tickets:

  • You must plan your trip with six months anticipation
  • Your entrance time must be flexible, as tickets may be available for certain hours and not for others
  • Having a flexible Machu Picchu tour date will also help
  • Plan to sleep in Aguas Calientes the night before, or in Ollantaytambo and take an early 5:30 am train from there
  • You cannot sleep in Cusco the night before and hike Huayna Picchu (unless you take a 3 am taxi to Ollantaytambo that morning!)

Note: We provide either a local Machu Picchu guide or entrance tickets into Huayna Picchu. If you would like both, please purchase a full day guided tour of Machu Picchu at check-out.

Machu Picchu Mountain tickets are in high demand. However, they are much easier to get than Huayna Picchu tickets and are a perfect alternative if you were unable to get the highly coveted Huayna Picchu tickets. 

Like Huayna Picchu tickets, there are only a few Machu Picchu hours that allow for the Machu Picchu Mountain entrance ticket.  

In order to purchase Machu Picchu Mountain entrance tickets:

  • You must plan your trip with some anticipation
  • Your entrance time must be flexible as tickets may be available for certain hours and not others
  • Having a flexible Machu Picchu tour date will also help
  • Plan to sleep in Aguas Calientes the night before, or in Ollantaytambo and take an early 5:30 am train
  • You cannot sleep in Cusco the night before and hike Machu Picchu Mountain (unless you take a 3 am taxi to Ollantaytambo that morning!)

Note: We provide either a local Machu Picchu guide or entrance tickets into Machu Picchu Mountain. If you would like both, please add on a full day guided tour of Machu Picchu at check-out.

Here at Haku Expeditions we have now begun offering either a two-hour privately guided tour or an additional hike. 

When the new rules began with the limited hours and the inability to re-enter the site, our guided tours became much more complicated. What we found was that 9 out of 10 times the customer did not do the guided tour. 

Let’s explain. In order to hike the additional hike (Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain) you must enter Machu Picchu at a given time, and then into Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain at another set time. Before the new rules our guides would take you to the site and give a 2-3 hour tour and then you would go hike the additional hike. With the new timeframe there is no way to get the privately guided tour before your additional hike. Also, since you can not leave the site and re-enter you can not set a time to meet the guide outside of Machu Picchu. Therefore, with the new rules the only way to have a guided tour is to meet the guide somewhere inside of Machu Picchu, generally near the bottom of the hike at a designated time. However, some people might hike Huayna Picchu in 1.5 hours and others may take 3-4 hours! 

Here is what we found generally happened when the rules changed and we tried to offer a two hour guided tour.

  • People would arrive at the designated time late and get only a portion of the guided tour
  • People would arrive early and try to hike around, but find they could not get back to the meeting point for the tour
  • People would arrive early and not want to wait
  • More often than not, people would arrive exhausted and not even want the tour!

The only way for us to be sure that you will get a privately guided tour and be able to hike the additional hikes is to purchase a full day guide. This can be purchased at checkout as an add-on.

Hiking to Machu Picchu and taking the bus both require some thought beforehand. Have a look at these details before making a decision.

Hiking to the ruins:

  • Generally takes anywhere from 1.5-3 hours
  • The hike is an Incan staircase that leads from Machu Picchu Pueblo directly to the sanctuary
  • Hiking to the ruins is beautiful, especially if you are hiking up for the sunrise
  • Hiking to the sanctuary may leave you tired, especially if you plan to hike an additional hike
  • In order to hike up you will want to coordinate the time of your train and Machu Picchu entrance tickets correctly
  • It makes sense to sleep in Machu Picchu Pueblo if you would like to hike up for sunrise
  • You can also hike up to the ruins if you sleep in Ollantaytambo and take the early train
  • You cannot hike up to the ruins if you are coming from Cusco in the morning

Taking the bus:

  • The bus requires a pre-purchased ticket; the ticket cannot be purchased onboard the bus
  • There are  tickets for the bus up and tickets for the bus down. They are not interchangeable
  • Bus tickets are available at checkout as an add-on, or in the town of Aguas Calientes
  • Bus tickets can only be purchased in the town of Aguas Calientes when the ticket counter is open
  • Bus lines are often very long. Sometimes the wait is two hours long, both in Machu Picchu Pueblo for the ride up and at Machu Picchu for the ride down
  • The bus takes 20 minutes to get to the top
  • Expect long lines for all Machu Picchu related activities

Machu Picchu is located in the cloudforest. This means that at any time of the year you can encounter rain, clouds or intense sun. 

You clothing should reflect the possibility of weather change at any moment. In fact you will probably take off layers and put them back on at least six times while in Machu Picchu. 

Packing List

  • Original Passport, you cannot enter Machu Picchu without this
  • Printed Machu Picchu Tickets. Do not show up without these tickets in hand and printed out. A reservation is not enough. You cannot purchase entrance tickets at the gate.
  • Bus tickets if you have decided to take the bus vs hiking up
  • Sun hat or baseball cap
  • Sunscreen
  • Sunglasses
  • Bug spray, natural or chemical
  • Light rain shell
  • Layered clothing such as short sleeve or thin long sleeve shirt or blouse and a thin but warm sweater. Fleece or wool is recommended. You can use your rain shell as another layer if needed. 
  • Very comfortable walking shoes. Plan to be hiking anywhere from three to eight hours
  • Long pants are recommended due to the tiny no-see-um bugs that are abundant and persistent at Machu Picchu
  • Camera, light battery pack, cable to charge your camera or phone. It is very common for phones to die faster on vacation as you take lots of pics. You don’t want a dead phone on this trip!
  • Water and snacks. There is a lot of talk about if you can bring food into Machu Picchu or not. While we have never had a problem with having some snacks or a sandwich and water in our bag, that can change at any time. We do recommend you to have it though as there is a coat check you can use if needed and there is nowhere to purchase food or water inside Machu Picchu. The stands outside of Machu Picchu are very expensive. 
  • Medicines for headaches or belly troubles

Do not bring:

  • Hiking poles, they are prohibited
  • Selfie sticks, they are also prohibited
  • Designer shoes, fashion sandals. Uneven stairs and walkways are abundant and could ruin your day
  • No tripods
  • No backpack over 50 liters
  • Photocopy of your passport, this is not accepted 

At one point the early morning 6 am entrance was the best time to get in before the big rush. However, now it is very popular to see Machu Picchu for sunrise and these tickets always sell out quickly. Therefore, the best time to see Machu Picchu without loads of other tourists is after 1 pm when most people start leaving. The last hours of the day will be the least crowded and you can get the late afternoon light for great pictures!

There are 1600 steps up to Machu Picchu from Aguas Calientes. That’s a lot. So be prepared to get a lot of walking in. We offer bus tickets up and down an add-on since we do find that most people’s legs ache the following day. Expect to walk around 16,000 steps. As a general rule of thumb, expect to walk 10,000+ steps or more per day while in Peru.

The only people who will be in your guided tour are the people you purchased your tickets with.  All of our Machu Picchu tickets and day tours are private tours. 

Note: If you are purchasing this trip as an add-on to a Peruvian Mountain Bike Vacation you will visit Machu Picchu with the other people in your MTB group. 

We do not think it is necessary to buy tickets for two days at Machu Picchu. However, if you are worried about the weather and visiting between the months of October and April, it is possible you might have a rainy day. Feel free to talk to us about this when we are in the planning process. 

To be completely honest most people spend about 4-5 hours at Machu Picchu and are satisfied. It does not take that long to visit the main part of the sanctuary. If you are looking to hike up to the Sun Gate and/or the Inca Bridge and also an additional hike such as Huayna Picchu, you will need more than 5 hours. However, the additional entrance into Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu mountain allow for a few extra hours inside the sanctuary. 

For those of you who are sure you would like more than the allotted timeframe you will need to purchase an additional Machu Picchu ticket.

Hiking to the ruins:

  • Generally takes anywhere from 1.5-3 hours
  • The hike is an Incan staircase that leads from Machu Picchu Pueblo directly to the sanctuary
  • Hiking to the ruins is beautiful especially if you are hiking for the sunrise
  • Hiking to the sanctuary may leave you tired, especially if you plan to hike an additional hike

Taking the bus:

  • The bus requires an already purchased ticket and cannot be purchased on the bus 
  • Bus tickets are available at check out as an add-on or in the town of Aguas Calientes

In short: Our dry season is between mid-May and late September. The shoulder seasons are April and October, and the rainy season is between November and March with the heaviest rains in December and February.

The weather in the mountains changes quickly. Be prepared always for both cold, hot and rainy weather. 

Bring cash. Peru is still a cash society. Most people don’t have bank accounts as Peruvian banks charge up to $15 per month to maintain the account. So, services like Venmo, Pay-Pal, and Apple Pay aren’t used here. Drivers, guides, local restaurants — all will be expecting cash. Popular tourist restaurants take credit cards but not all of them

This means that we too will ask for the balance of your trip in cash for the simple reason that we must pay everyone we work with in cash.

ATMS charge around $8 to take out up to $200. Banks only allow a small daily withdraw. Thus, it’s probably a good idea to withdraw a good sum of cash before your flight to Peru.

Peru’s currency is called the Sol. You’ll be able to exchange US currency for the Sol easily if you need to in Cusco.

No. Drones are prohibited at Machu Picchu and generally anywhere that there are Incan ruins.

If you would like a guide who can accompany you for more than two hours at Machu Picchu please purchase the full day guide at checkout.

If you have chosen to do the additional hike to Huayna Picchu or to Machu Picchu Mountain and would also like a guided tour, please purchase this add-on at checkout.

Price: $100 USD for 1-2 people, $20 additional dollars per person in groups of 3+

All add-ons may be purchased at checkout.

Hotel in Aguas Calientes, Ollantaytambo or Cusco

Make your vacation even easier! Let us book a hotel or airbnb for you!

We make sure to book you a place that has a central location.

We also make sure you have a place that has real hot water as many places in Peru only offer cold water or lukewarm showers at best! 

Hotels include breakfast. Private apartments (airbnbs) do not. 

Price: $60 USD for 1-2 people

All add-ons will be offered to you at checkout

One-way Machu Picchu bus ticket up or down

Check out our FAQ to read more about taking the bus vs. hiking

Price: $15 USD per ticket or $30 USD roundtrip

All add-ons may be purchased at checkout

If you happen to be a photographer who would like to spend all day at Machu Picchu or someone who thinks they may want to leave the sanctuary with the security of re-entry you will need an additional Machu Picchu ticket. 

*Does not include an additional hike

Price: $65 USD per extra ticket

All add-ons may be purchased at checkout.

This trip requires two people in order to run. If you are traveling alone and would like to purchase the Machu Picchu Day Trip Package, please purchase this add on at check out.

Price: $100 USD

All add-ons may be purchased at checkout.

Machu Picchu One-Day Tour Package

Is This Machu Picchu Day Trip For You?

These Machu Picchu tickets and Machu Picchu train tickets are perfect for those that have a very tight schedule or a pre-planned Peru vacation. If you have only one day to get to the crown jewel of Peru this Machu Picchu day trip package is for you. 

Our Machu Picchu Day Trip package is ideal for you if:

  • You have your hotels already booked in Cusco, the Sacred Valley or Aguas Calientes
  • You have one day to see Machu Picchu
  • You would like a travel specialist to spend time with you planning your Machu Picchu tour package
  • You have already booked a vacation with Haku Expeditions and would like to add on a day tour to Machu Picchu 

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