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Tours a Machu Picchu

Organized tours are the safest way to know the mysteries and energy of Machu Picchu. In addition, if you hire the help of a tour guide, you can better understand the wonderful and legendary Inca structures. But what tour to choose?

 

Why choose a tour to Machu Picchu?

  • An organized tour to Machu Picchu is the best way to visit the people who do it for the first time.
  • The main reason is how difficult it is to get to Machu Picchu: travel to Cusco, travel to Ollantaytambo, travel to Aguas Calientes and from there to the Inca City.
  • Organized tours include: transportation, tickets, tour guide service and, occasionally, lunch.
  • There are some tours that can only be done with an organized tour like the famous Inca Trail (4 days and 3 nights of trekking to Machu Picchu).

 

How many tours to Machu Picchu are there?

  • There are a variety of tours to choose from. From economic services to private all-inclusive services.
  • The most recommended tours to Machu Picchu are the 1 and 2 day tours.
  • In addition, you can add to these tours, several of the main attractions of Cusco: Pisac, Ollantaytambo, Sacred Valley, etc.

 

Tour to Machu Picchu 1 day

  • The 1-day tour to Machu Picchu (full day) includes travel by train, bus, tickets and tour guide service.
  • The tours last approximately 16 hours: they start at 5 am and end at 10 pm
  • The tour has a simple difficulty level.
  • The 1-day tours have the following itinerary:
    • 5 am – Visitor pick-up from your hotel.
    • 5.30 am – 7.30 am – Transfer by bus to Ollantaytambo station.
    • 7.45 am – 9.15 am – Travel by train to Aguas Calientes station.
    • 9.30 am – 10 am – Travel by bus from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu.
    • 10 am – 12 pm – Visit to Machu Picchu with tour guide.
    • 1 pm – 6 pm – Free time in Machu Picchu and Aguas Calientes.
    • 6.20 pm – 10 pm – Return to Cusco (in the same way as the outward journey).

 

Advantages of the 1-day tour to Machu Picchu

  • This tour is perfect for visitors who have little time.
  • The 1-day tours to Machu Picchu are the cheapest.
  • This tour can be booked a few days in advance.

 

 

 

Tour to Machu Picchu 2 days

  • The 2-day tour to Machu Picchu most requested by visitors is the one that includes Machu Picchu and Huayna Picchu.
  • These tours include transportation by bus, train, lunch, accommodation, tickets and tour guide service in Machu Picchu.
  • Day 1 is dedicated to Machu Picchu. Day 2 is the visit to Huayna Picchu.
  • This tour has a moderate difficulty.
  • The 2-day tours to Machu Picchu have the following itinerary:

Day 1:

  • 5 am – Visitor pick-up from your hotel.
  • 5.30 am – 9.15 am – Travel by bus to Ollantaytambo and by train to Aguas Calientes.
  • 9.30 am – 10 am – Travel by bus from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu.
  • 10 am – 1 pm – Tour with a tour guide through Machu Picchu.
  • 1 pm – 5 pm – Free time to visit Aguas Calientes.
  • 6 pm – Accommodation in Aguas Calientes.

Day 2:

  • 6 am – Travel by bus from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu.
  • 7 am – 8 am Entrance to the Huayna Picchu mountain.
  • 8 am – 11 am – Huayna Picchu Mountain Tour
  • 11 am 1 pm – Free time in Huayna Picchu and Machu Picchu.
  • 1 pm – 6 pm – Free time in Aguas Calientes.
  • 6 pm – 10 pm – Return by train to Ollantaytambo and bus to Cusco.

 

Advantages of the 2-day tour to Machu Picchu

  • This tour is ideal for young people looking for a small adventure in Machu Picchu.
  • The 2-day tour to Machu Picchu allows you to appreciate the best landscapes of Machu Picchu in due course.
  • This tour allows you to get to know the town of Aguas Calientes better. After visiting Machu Picchu, tourists can relax in the city’s thermal baths.

 

Hiking trips to Machu Picchu

One of the ways to enjoy Machu Picchu to the fullest is through its hiking trails. These tours include tickets, camping equipment, food, tour guide service and return transportation.

  • Inca Trail Tour – 4 days and 3 nights on foot to Machu Picchu through the ancient gate used by the Incas (Puerta del Sol).
  • Salkantay Tour: 5-day trek to Machu Picchu through the imposing Salkantay (6,721 masl).
  • Lares Tour: 4-day trek to Machu Picchu touring traditional villages of the Andes of Cusco like Lares.
  • Choquequirao Tour: extreme 8-day hike that connects Cusco with the archaeological site of Choquequirao and from there to Machu Picchu.

 

Other tours to Machu Picchu

In addition to the mentioned tours, there are tourist packages that include the attractions of other cities in Peru:

  • Tour Lima + Machu Picchu: this service includes a visit to the city of Lima (capital of Peru) and Machu Picchu in Cusco.
  • Tour Arequipa + Machu Picchu: this service includes a visit to the famous ‘Colca Canyon’ in Arequipa, as well as to the Inca Citadel of Machu Picchu.
  • Puno Tour + Machu Picchu: this service includes Machu Picchu and the city of Puno, where tourists visit the ‘Lake Titicaca’.

 

How much do the tours to Machu Picchu cost?

  • Each tourism agency sets the prices of its tours to Machu Picchu according to the quality of its service.

 

What is the best tour to Machu Picchu?

  • The best tour to Machu Picchu is one that meets the needs of the visitor.
  • In Machu Picchu, you will see some of the most impressive and enigmatic structures on the planet.
  • Travelers from all over the world have had a love story with the Inca City since its discovery.
  • Young people can choose the Inca Trail or any of the trekking routes to Machu Picchu.
  • Visitors who come as a family can choose tours of 1 or 2 days.
  • Older adults can choose the 2-day tour that does not include climbing the Huayna Picchu.

 

Questions and answers about tours to Machu Picchu

How to hire a tour to Machu Picchu from Lima?

Tours to Machu Picchu are sold online. If you are in Lima, you can also hire a tour package at one of the many agencies located in the capital of Peru.

How to hire a tour to Machu Picchu from Cusco?

In the Historic Center of Cusco are located most of the tourism agencies that offer tours to Machu Picchu. You can also contact them online through their web pages.

How to hire a tour guide in Machu Picchu?

Most tours to Machu Picchu include tour guide. However, this service can also be obtained online.

What tour to Machu Picchu to choose for the elderly?

Older adults should choose a 2-day tour to Machu Picchu, as long as it does not include the climb to the Huayna Picchu mountain.

What tour to Machu Picchu to choose for children?

If you travel to Machu Picchu accompanied by children, you can choose the 2-day tour that includes the ascent to Machu Picchu mountain. In addition, in the town of Santa Teresa there are thermal baths perfect to relax with the little ones.

Are you traveling to Machu Picchu with a tour or on your own?

Both options are good to enjoy Machu Picchu. The tours are a good option for family travel. Young people can choose to travel on their own. In that case, they must buy the entrance to Machu Picchu online and in advance.

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