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Machu Picchu One Day Tour From Cusco is ideal for those with less tie in Cusco and wanting to explore the best of the renowned Incan citadel. With absolutely no compromise in service, we cover all the areas in this full day tour as we do in our two days tour.
Machu Picchu tops the bucket list of many travellers. This marvel was built during Inca empire by Inca Sapa Pachacutec Inca Yupanqui. It was built in the same era as its sister city, Choquequirao. Machu Picchu served as a royal estate to Pachacutec. Machu Picchu citadel was home to about 750 people. Most of them were workers. Sadly Machu Picchu was not passed down in the line of succession and was abandoned just after eighty years. This was because the Spanish invaders took over most parts of Incas. With the fear for life, they were forced to abandon most of their royal estates and homes and seek refuge in far distant places. Espiritu Pampa in Vilcabamba which served as the last refuge of Incas is the best example of this.
As most sites of Incas, Machu Picchu too had its religious centre, ceremonial place and agricultural terraces. Machu Picchu was home to over a hundred man made terraces. These terraces were built on the slopes of a hill (which now serves as an entrance to the citadel). The Incas not only built these terraces by ensuring a good drainage facility and fertility of soil. They also made sure to protect the citadel from landslides and erosions. This is one of the best examples of the advancement of Incan engineering.
On this one day tour to Machu Picchu, our local expert will be giving you a detailed tour for two hours. During the tour, you will be visiting different sites in the citadel and will discover its use during Incan civilization. We have specially trained dedicated guides who conduct the tour of Machu Picchu. They are locals and tourism professionals. Our guides have an extensive knowledge about the life of Incas and culture. You will have the best and a memorable experience on your lifetime trip to Machu Picchu.
Cusco Hotel Transfer
Between 03:30 and 04:00 AM
We will be picking you up from your hotel in Cusco. The exact time of pickup will be conveyed to you a day before the tour. After picking you up, we will drive you through the Sacred Valley of Incas to Ollantaytambo. Here, you will be boarding the train to Aguas Calientes town. The views are breathtaking. The rail tracks are beside the Urubamba river with mountains around.
Upon reaching Aguas Calientes train station, our guide will be waiting for you. He/She will accompany you to the bus terminal. Here you will be boarding the tourist bus to the entrance of Machu Picchu. It is a 25 minutes drive from Aguas Calientes to Sanctuary of Machu Picchu.
At the entrance of Machu Picchu, our guide will assist you in clearing the security check. You will be asked to present your entrance ticket and passport here. Once inside the citadel, you will see the clouds clearing by as the first rays of the sun would beam on the walls of the citadel.
After a quick introduction, we will start the two hours guided tour of Machu Picchu. During the tour, you will be visiting the Main Plaza, the Royal Quarters, Temple of the Three Windows, Temple of the Sun, cemeteries, Circular Tower, Intihuatana sundial (Clock) and more.
After this detailed tour, you will have some free time to walk around the citadel and immerse in the beauty and tranquility. If you have booked your hike to Huayna Picchu Mountain or Machu Picchu Mountain, do advise our guide who will assist you in reaching the respective access point.
If you want to experience something different, you can walk up to the Sun Gate. Sun Gate serves as the entrance to Machu Picchu while doing Inca Trail. This requires no advance booking and is relatively easier to reach. It takes almost 2 to 2.5 hours round trip from Machu Picchu. Alternatively, you can walk to the Incan bridge.
At a designated time, we will take the bus back to Aguas Calientes town. Here you can stop for lunch or simply walk around and see the handicraft market.
At 0422 PM, from Aguas Calientes train station we will be taking the train back to Ollantaytambo. At Ollantaytambo, our representative will meet you outside the train station and will drive you back to Cusco.
Cant speak highly enough about this tour company and Jose. Just a remarkable experience. Nothing was lacking and the tour was very well organised with a lot of fun and learning.
Highly recommend this tour company and their services. Just a top class and the guide, Jose Luis is a gem of a person. Thanks to the Encuentros Peru team.
Todo fue una experiencia maravillosa, la gente de la agencia fue acogedora…
Disfrutamos de todo el tour EXCELENTE DÍA DE EXCURSIÓN. Vimos el majestuoso MACHUPICCHU, el paisaje era maravilloso, el guía fue todo un éxito profesional … la comida de CUSCO era muy agradable y deliciosa.