Machu Picchu Express Tour

Machu Picchu Express Tour

Machu Picchu Express Tour


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Machu Picchu and Cusco – see it all in just 3 days!

Explore the best archeological wonders of the Inca Civilization in the Peruvian Andes

Enjoy the city tour of Cusco, the capital city of the Inca Empire

Visit and use your chance to explore the highlight of all Incan history – Machu Picchu

Enjoy a well-organized tour itinerary with an experienced English-speaking tour guide

On this exclusive Machu Picchu Express itinerary, you will have a chance to spend two nights in the beautiful capital of Inca – Cusco, where you will experience the magical heritage of the Peruvian ancestral civilization. as well as spend the day exploring the world-famous Machu Picchu. Within the mountains surrounding Cusco, lies a wealth of ancient Incan temples, Spanish colonial towns, and breathtaking Andean vistas, including the highlight of the trip – Machu Picchu.

This is a well-balanced 3-day itinerary for those who don’t have lots of time but want to get the most out of it! With only 3 days, you will enjoy the city tour of Cusco, as well as full-day excursion to the Machu Picchu, all accompanied by English speaking guide!

Machu Picchu and the Highlights of Cusco Tour Itinerary

Day 1 Arrival and Cusco city tour

After the arrival to Cusco, you will be taken to your hotel. Later on, you will meet your guide who will brief you in on the upcoming day activities.

In the afternoon, you’ll have a full Cusco city tour, when you’ll visit numerous significant objects, such as Koricancha, Cusco Cathedral, Inca fortress of Sacsayhuaman, Tambomachay Archeological Complex.

In the evening, enjoy the eclectic restaurant options available and try some traditional or fusion dishes.

Overnight Location
Hotel in Cusco

Day 2 Machu Picchu in its Glory

Your full-day trip to Machu Picchu begins early in the morning when you’ll pick you up from your hotel in Cusco, from where you’ll travel to Aguas Calientes.

From Aguas Calientes, a short bus ride awaits and you’ll arrive at the gates of Machu Picchu. You and your highly knowledgeable guide will enter the Inca citadel, and you’ll set off on your three-hour guided tour. You’ll see all the most famous and spectacular parts of the extensive archaeological complex. These include the House of the Guardian, the Intihuatana, the Temple of the Sun, the Sacred Plaza, and other key locations. And as you walk around, you’ll have spectacular views of the agricultural terraces of Machu Picchu and across to the surrounding mountains and plunging gorges.

After the guided tour, you’ll have more time to explore Machu Picchu on your own.

Later, in the afternoon, you will leave Machu Picchu and take the bus back down to Aguas Calientes, where you can have lunch in one of the many restaurants (not included). Then you will board the train back to Ollantaytambo. When you arrive in Ollantaytambo, you’ll be there to pick you up and take you back to your hotel in Cusco.

Overnight Location
Hotel in Cusco

Day 3 Cusco Airport

After breakfast enjoy your last day at leisure before transferring to the airport for your return flight home via Lima.

Overnight Location

Machu Picchu and the Highlights of Cusco Tour Price and Dates

This guided tour in Cusco, Sacred Valley in Machu Picchu is always run as a private tour for your group only and the price depends on the size of your group.

The prices below are per person, sharing a double or a triple room:

  • Guided Groups of 2-3: $660USD per person
  • Guided Groups of 4-5: $585USD per person
  • Guided Groups of 6: $575USD per person
  • Guided Groups of 7+: on request
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Accommodation on Machu Picchu and the Highlights of Cusco Tour

The accommodation for this tour is based in one hotel where you’ll stay throughout your tour duration.

In some cases, the accommodation listed below may need to be substituted for other comparable accommodations.

Single Rooms and Solo Travelers
Rooms are double occupancy. You can pay a supplement to have a private room in a hotel where possible. Solo travellers may be required to pay a supplement.

Hotel Quinta San Blas by Ananay in Cusco

This beautiful and comfortable hotel in central Cusco is a great option for exploring the city and enjoying the good balance between comfort, hospitality and cozyness.

Hotels on Standard Tour

What’s Included in the Machu Picchu and the Highlights of Cusco Tour?


2 breakfasts are included.


Accommodations for 2 nights are included.

Transportation during the Tour

This tour includes all the transfers mentioned in itinerary, as well as airport transfers. However, airplane tickets to get to Cusco are not included.

Also Included

  • Professional English-speaking guide
  • Excursions mentioned in the itinerary
  • Entrance fees where applicable
  • First aid kit
  • Round trip bus ticket from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu
  • 24/7 support and emergency line available throughout the itinerary

Not included

  • Evacuation: in the event of a serious medical injury, the operator will coordinate with your travel insurance company to arrange evacuation
  • Meals and drinks other than those mentioned in the itinerary
  • Internal flights
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Optional excursions
  • Items of a personal nature such as souvenirs and telephone calls
  • Travel insurance

Optional Extras

  • Hotel upgrades
  • Additional nights in Cusco

Frequenty Asked Questions about Machu Picchu Express Tour

How hard is the Machu Picchu and the Highlights of Cusco Tour?

We rate this tour as a 1/5. There are no strenuous activities included, but you should be able to spend a few hours per day on your feet to enjoy all the sights. However, there will be many options to rest.

Can I customize this tour?

Yes! Please contact us with your preferred tour specifications and we’ll adapt this itinerary to your needs.

When is the best time to visit Peru?

The best time to visit Peru is during the dry season, between May and October, which sees sunny days, bright blue skies in the Andes, and chilly nights. It is a wonderful time to be in Peru, especially if you plan to go on a trek, but being the peak season, early booking is crucial. Visitors will notice more rain between November and April, with the wettest months being January and February. Travel at this time does offer the advantage of fewer visitors, greener scenery, and some lower rates for flights and hotels.

Is this tour family-friendly?

Yes! This tour is suitable for families with children from 2 years old.

Do I need a visa to travel to Peru?

Check with your local country about visa requirements. You could also try this website, though you should verify with your government.

Are meals included on the Machu Picchu and the Highlights of Cusco Tour?

2 breakfasts are included.

Do I need insurance?

Yes, it is mandatory to have health and medical insurance to join this trip, and your insurance should cover all the activities mentioned in this itinerary. Get your travel insurance.

How do I get to Cusco to start this tour?

Fly into Cusco Airport. The most common option to fly is via Lima.

Is the Machu Picchu and the Highlights of Cusco Tour in English?

Yes, the tour guide is English-speaking.

Where does the Machu Picchu and the Highlights of Cusco Tour end?

The tour ends where it starts, in Cusco Airport.

Do I need special vaccines to travel to Peru?

Check with your family doctor.

Are there any travel restrictions for Peru?

Please check with your local government about travel restrictions before you book your tour. This map from the US Department of State provides an overview of the current status in countries around the globe. The UK‘s Foreign Office and Government of Canada also provide advice on foreign travel. Note that the travel advice may change depending on your nationality.


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We rate this tour as a 1/5. There are no strenuous activities included, but you should be able to spend a few hours per day on your feet to enjoy all the sights. However, there will be many options to rest.

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