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2 Day Machu Picchu Tour, Sunset and Sunrise Experience

Cusco - Ollantaytambo - Aguas Calientes - Machu Picchu - Sunset & Sunrise
Service Level:
Activity type:
  • Archaeology
  • Family
  • Train journeys
  • Culinary
  • Scenic Vistas
Physical Rating:
Trip Type:
Private Tour
Trip Length
2 Days
Starting from
$ 670
per person

2 Day Machu Picchu Tour, An Absolute Experience Witnessing Sunset and Sunrise

Embark on a 2-day guided tour to Machu Picchu, starting from Cusco or Urubamba, and experience the stunning sunset and sunrise views. Board the Scenic Train to the Town of Aguas Calientes and explore the historical site of Machu Picchu on a comprehensive private guided tour for two days. Avoid most of the crowds for a personal and private experience both in the afternoon and morning times.

The journey is easy and effortless and it is on every traveler’s bucket list. Receive full attention from your local guide as you learn about its architecture, the history of ancient temples, terraced hills, and sacred sites. Capture great photos from the best viewpoints both in the afternoon and morning times; meet the local residents – the llamas, and absorb spectacular views of this iconic UNESCO–listed site.

While many visitors to Machu Picchu opt to take only a Day trip from Cusco or Sacred Valley, you traveled a long way to explore an iconic site and you need to explore it in-depth; after all, Machu Picchu is the main reason most travelers come to Peru. On this 2-Day Guided Tour, you will have the opportunity to visit Machu Picchu at two different times.

Let us plan every detail of this exciting adventure so all you have to do is sit back and enjoy the experience! For those seeking a more challenging adventure, we highly recommend our 2-day short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. This 2-day trip is perfect for those who love hiking and want to experience the ancient Inca trail in a shorter timeframe and still experience both sunset and sunrise views at Machu Picchu!

Why you will love this tour

  • Explore the new7wonder of the world in a leisurely 2 Day visit and get the best vantage views and photos both in the Morning and Afternoon at this iconic marvel.
  • Experience the breathtaking beauty of the Sacred Valley on the Vistadome train as you journey to Machu Picchu.
  • We believe that, since you came a long way from home willing to visit this New7Wonder of the world, you need to explore it in-depth as it is the main reason most travelers to Peru.
  • You want a peaceful Machu Picchu experience with fewer crowds in the afternoon? This tour is perfect for you
  • You are staying in Cusco and don’t want to take an early morning train to make a day trip to Machu Picchu
  • Is capturing beautiful photos essential to you? and you’d like to visit Machu Picchu during the golden hours? This tour is perfect for you
  • You hope to catch the best weather of the day, then visiting for 2 Days gives a better chance
  • This tour is perfect for those who are not in a hurry and want to rest and connect with the place as well as for those who like to enjoy every moment

Trip Details

  • Tour Type: Private Tour basis
  • Starting point:  Hotels in Cusco, Urubamba and Ollantaytambo
  • Ending point: Hotels in Cusco, Urubamba and Ollantaytambo
  • Pick-up Time on Day 1: Morning time (it will be confirmed once the tour is confirmed)
  • Duration: 02 Days
  • Mode: Train, Private car, walking as well as the Public shuttle bus
  • Difficulty: EASY TO MODERATE, you don’t need to be super-fit, although there is quite a lot of walking, there will be many stone-made steps up and down.
  • Customizable? Yes! We are happy to customize this tour, add-ons are also available. You can add this tour to any alternative Trek or day tour in Cusco or the Sacred Valley.


Day 1 - Ollantaytambo - Aguas Calientes - Machu Picchu Afternoon Tour

Begin your day with a comfortable and private transfer to the train station. Once there, board the upgraded glass-roof Vistadome train that offers breathtaking views of the stunning scenery. Relax and enjoy the scenic journey through the Sacred Valley on your way to Aguas Calientes (A.K.A. Machu Picchu Town)

Upon arrival, you will have time to check in at your hotel and have lunch in Aguas Calientes Town (included) before you visit Machu Picchu in the afternoon! Your guide will then lead you to the bus station where you will hop on a shuttle bus up to the Machu Picchu citadel.

At Machu Picchu, your guide will lead you the way to the Guard House at Machu Picchu where you’ll get the best afternoon views of this World Wonder, as well as a guided tour and explanation of the history, surrounding areas, and the sacred legend of Machu Picchu.

After your afternoon visit, as the park nears its closing time (around 5 pm), we will make our way back to Aguas Calientes town where you will spend the night.

MEALS: Lunch is included 

Get ready for your second visit to Machu Picchu! We will explore this iconic citadel for a full morning on a private tour with your Guide. We’ll take the bus back to Machu Picchu early in the morning, your private guide will lead you to the Guard House at Machu Picchu where you’ll get the best view of this World Wonder, as well as an extended tour and explanation of the history, surrounding areas, and the sacred legend of Machu Picchu.  After the tour, optionally you can hike to Huayna Picchu Mountain (Tickets need to be booked way in advance as spaces are very limited) This hike might be unguided. 

After a great time at the Incan citadel, we’ll take the bus back to Machu Picchu town (Aguas Calientes town), where we’ll have lunch (not included). In the afternoon we’ll take the train back to Ollantaytambo train station and/or Poroy train station, here, our driver will be waiting to take you back to your hotel in the Sacred Valley or Cusco city. End of the adventure.

MEALS: Breakfast at your Hotel is included 


  • Professional English-Spanish speaking local guide for 2 Days
  • Inbound Glassroof Vistadome Train to Aguas Calientes
  • Outbound Glassroof Vistadome Train from Aguas Calientes
  • Round Trip Private Transport from your Hotel to the Train station
  • Admission Tickets to Machu Picchu Inka Citadel for 02 Days
  • Shuttle Bus tickets: Aguas Calientes/Machu Picchu/Aguas Calientes for 2 Days
  • 3-Star Hotel in Aguas Calientes, we can upgrade to a 5-star hotel upon request
  • Meals as described on the itinerary

Not Included

  • Meals unless the ones mentioned in the itinerary
  • Travel Insurance
  • Optional Hike to Huaynapicchu OR Machupicchu Montaña (subject to availability, please contact us)

Book this Experience

We require a minimum of 2 participants to book this tour
More than 2 people? Group discounts here.

What to Expect

Mind-bending views with hues of the sunrise and sunset, mild to hot temperatures although kind of windy at some places in the afternoons; mostly sunny days during the months of May, June, July, and August; An absolute exploration of Machu Picchu for 2 days; Friendly English speaking tour guide; Your journey your way!

Why Travel with us

Local Knowledge & Expertise

It's great to travel with professional experts from the same destination you are going, that's how you get first-hand information. With deep in-country knowledge, We know the ins and outs of all the logistics, we will ensure you can make the most of your time away.

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Your time is precious - we know that. Your experience is our top priority. No big bus groups, No flags to follow! Traveling with a private guide and driver you’ll do what you want, when you want with the freedom to change your plans on the fly.

Friendly Local Guides

Great sights don’t make an amazing tour. Great guides do! Our guides don’t read from a script, we give them the freedom to make each tour their own, and your experience unique. We love what we do and it shows. From the moment you arrive, you'll feel the buzz and excitement that Cusco Local Friend to offer.

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Trip Reviews

Cusco Local Friend has been awarded the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence due to the most consistent 5-star reviews in Cusco, the Sacred Valley & Machu Picchu for exceptional levels of service and care.

Ammar B
Ammar B
September 4, 2023.
Tour with Abraham! People of Peru :) Highly recommend Abraham! Was one of the highlights for our trip for sure and we enjoyed it thoroughly, definitely book and request him. He was so funny and we got to joke a lot throughout the whole trip. Peru is known for the people and Abraham is one of them for sure!
Romil B
Romil B
September 2, 2023.
Amazing Experience - Highly recommended We booked full day sacred valley tour with Cusco Local Friend and our experience was amazing. Let me start by mentioning the ease of booking the tour by chatting with Percy via Watsapp. Percy provided us complete guide on the tour in details and booking was done with in minutes. On the day the tour, we met our guide Juan Pablo. He was awesome. Throughout the whole tour from Pisac Ruins, Salt Mines, Moray to Tempe del sol - Juan Pablo provided us intricate details of the history of Peru and kept us engaged. Since we are vegetarians, Juan Pablo took extra precautions of finding a nice restaurant which catered to our dietary restrictions. I would highly recommend Cusco Local Friend for Sacred Valley Tours !!!
August 30, 2023.
Perfect Experience! Cusco Local Friend put together the perfect vacation package for my mother (77) and I. It included Ollantaytambo, The Sacred Valley, and Machu Picchu. Our entire experience with the company was an absolute pleasure. Abraham, our guide had a passion for sharing his knowledge of Inkan culture, and was a joy to be around. Each of our drivers (Romulo and Edgar) were skillful and made us feel safe and in good hands. Percy and Hugo were both available at any time to answer questions via instant message, and made sure that we knew what to expect on each leg of the journey, and made sure we have any necessary documents well in advance. I would book through Cusco Local Friend again in an instant.
Diana T
Diana T
August 29, 2023.
Interesting tour of Sacred Valley sites This tour was so informative and interesting! Our guide, Pablo, knew so much about the history of the sites we visited, we learned so much. He and the driver were friendly and nice. The sites we visited were some of our favorites on the trip. Would definitely recommend!
Shilesh J
Shilesh J
August 9, 2023.
Great Tours and Team My family of 3 found Cusco Local Friends (CLF) during online research. We were going to Peru for a wedding in Arequipa and decided to make an extended vacation out of the trip. Our private trip with CLF included a full day in Sacred Valley, late afternoon followed by early morning entrances to Machu Picchu, horse-back ride up to Humantay Lake, followed by Rainbow Mountain. The team I worked with these arrangements was Hugo primarily and Percy in the background paperwork. I worked extensively with Hugo via WhatsApp, email, and on the phone to plan the tour. Hugo gave great advice on the sequence to make sure we were properly acclimatized to high altitude prior to Humantay and Rainbow portions of the tour. Our guide was Ferdinand, and the driver was Edgar. Everyone in this team was just fantastic. I have the highest recommendation for CLF as tour operator. We were met at CUZ airport by Hugo and driver Edgar. The minivan was spacious, clean, and comfortable. During the drive into town, Hugo spent a lot of time explaining everything to us, went over the plans, and most importantly gave us great advice on what to eat, what to avoid, and how best to gradually acclimatize. He helped us change USD to PEN at a great rate, provided us with bottles of water before exiting the van as he left us in the capable hands of Edgar to drive us to Ollantaytambo. Hugo had advised us to visit a free site in Ollantaytambo adjacent to the actual ruins. We did that in the later afternoon. Our tour started the next day when we were met by Edgar and guide Ferdinand. Ferdinand spoke perfect English and was a pleasure company for entirety of our tours. He is knowledgeable of the history of all the sites we visited. He had the foresight of bringing us walking sticks for our downhill walks from Humantay Lake, which was a challenging walk for us. He helped in every possible way during the tours. The team even planned our trip schedule to Humantay to account for a road closure, to make sure we had the least amount of waiting time for the road to reopen. I cannot emphasize enough how this was slick planning. Peru is a great country to visit, the people are very friendly and there is so much more to explore. We barely covered a small portion in capable hands of CLF team. My family thanks Hugo, Ferdinand, Edgar, and Percy for a great, safe, informative introduction to a small portion of Peru. I recommend CLF without any reservations. PS: I forgot to add that Hugo gave a complimentary ride from hotel to CUZ airport day after our final trip. See my review in google for pictures
August 4, 2023.
Absolutely perfect & wonderful friends Hugo, Abraham & their team were beyond incredible. They became friends from the moment we met them. It was such a pleasure having them w our group throughout our stay as they made everything effortless on our end. They have every piece of information you need and/or want & were incredibly knowledgeable & passionate about sharing their knowledge w us. They were able to answer every question we had about the history of Peru & all the wonderful sights we saw on our adventure together. Thank you Hugo for your incredible team. Can’t wait to come back & see you again.
Francesca B
Francesca B
August 3, 2023.
Good views, great experiences, excellent staff! This tour was worth every dollar spent! Our group was able to see so much of the Sacred Valley while traveling comfortably and having lots of fun. Our tour guides Hugo and Abraham were very kind, knowledgeable, efficient and had a trip packed full of adventures for us. We experienced Machupicchu while our guides passionately explained the history. They truly thought of everything and we hardly waited in any lines since they knew the most efficient times to visit. I would absolutely do this tour again if I ever visit Peru again! Will recommend to anyone visiting the Sacred Valley.
Lily Z
Lily Z
August 3, 2023.
Amazing experience These guys are pros! They have a wealth of history knowledge and were so attentive to our groups needs. They made our trip more full filling and they treated us like family!
Katie S
Katie S
August 3, 2023.
Amazing experience and awesome guides! Hugo and Abraham were excellent guides. They were knowledgeable, caring, and friendly. Couldn’t have asked for a better experience in Cusco! Highly recommend!!
Marissa L
Marissa L
August 2, 2023.
Amazing experience with the best guides! Hugo and Abraham are the best guides ever! They welcomed and guided us through Cusco for a week with Kula Adventures. We had the best experiences and quickly became family by the end of the trip. Hugo and Abraham are so warm, welcoming, and passionate which made our trip so memorable and powerful!

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