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Sacred Valley Machu Picchu Tour Details
Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu Tour

Experience the Sacred Valley of the Incas and Machu Picchu on our exclusive two-day tour, carefully crafted by our travel experts to provide you with an unparalleled experience. This signature tour is a must-do for any traveler to Peru, offering a comprehensive introduction to the Inca empire and its rich history.

Day one begins with a transfer from your hotel in Cusco to the Sacred Valley, where you’ll be accompanied by an English-speaking, locally licensed guide. Enjoy a traditional Andean meal at a local restaurant in Urubamba, the heart of the Sacred Valley, and take in the stunning views of the surrounding farmland.

As you journey by train to Aguas Calientes, you’ll be treated to breathtaking scenery and a cozy hotel room with an ensuite bathroom. On the second day, you’ll embark on a guided tour of the iconic Machu Picchu, with a two-hour exploration of the ancient Inca citadel.

Our locally-led tour offers a unique and immersive experience, allowing you to delve into the traditions and culture of the Incas. With our expert guide, you’ll gain a deeper understanding of the history and significance of this incredible civilization.

After a memorable two days, your tour concludes with a scenic train ride back to Cusco, leaving you with unforgettable memories of your time in the Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu. Join us as a solo traveler or in a group for an unparalleled adventure through the heart of the Inca empire.

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Intiwatana's or solar clocks sector in Machu Picchu's archaeological park

Departure & Return Location

Cusco Hotel Transfer

Departure Time

07:00 AM

Price Includes

  • Cusco hotel transfer
  • Bi-Lingual Guide
  • Lunch on the first day
  • Train TIckets from Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes and back
  • 01 night's accommodation in Aguas Calientes
  • Breakfast on the second morning
  • Entrance Fees (Machu Picchu)
  • Bus from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu citadel and back

Price Excludes

  • Guide Service Fee
  • Entrance Ticket (Sacred Valley)
  • Any Private Expenses
  • Meals not mentioned in the list of included service

Things To Carry

  • Original passport and some copies
  • Sunscreen
  • Travel insurance (and some copies)
  • Peruvian Soles in cash
Sacred Valley Machu Picchu Tour takes you to
  • Chinchero
  • Moray
  • Maras
  • Urubamba
  • Ollantaytambo Ruins
  • Aguas Calientes
  • Machu Picchu
Sacred Valley Machu Picchu Itinerary

Cusco - Sacred Valley of the Incas - Aguas Calientes

Your epic Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu tour begins with an early morning transfer from your hotel in Cusco. We will be embarking on a 45 minutes drive to Chinchero in the Sacred Valley of the Incas.

Chinchero:

Home to renowned Andean textile weavers, here we will begin our visit with a short stop at a local weaving center. You will witness the extraction of wool from Llamas and Alpacas and then how they process the wool to knit their renowned handicrafts. 

After witnessing this, we will be giving you a guided tour of the Inca site here where a white washed church stands today. During the Inca civilization, Pachacutec the Inca emperor, built his summer palace here which was torn down on Spanish conquest and the church that stands today, was built on its remains.

Among all sites in the Sacred Valley of the Icas, Chinchero has the most fertile soil. You will also get an insight into the Incas innovative farming methods here. 

Chinchero's church is bordered by inca walls.

Moray:

Our next stop on this tour will be in a nearby village of Moray.

Home to the circular farming terraces dug in the ground. These terraces have different levels and each level has different temperatures.

The Incas used this as an agricultural laboratory to determine the best weather condition needed to grow a crop. 

Moray's circular terraces turn green and leafy during the raining season in Cusco.

Maras Salt Mines:

Continuing our Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu tour, we will be visiting the renowned and the most photographed Salt mines. These geometric pools are built on a slope of a hill and have been existing since the Pre Inca times.

Salt farmers here continue the traditional Solar Evaporation method. They let in natural spring water from the neighboring hot springs into these pools and wait for it to evaporate. When it does, it leaves behind crystals of salt which are manually scrapped out.

Salt here is pinkish in color and has a distinct taste. 

Maras salt ponds after being collected.

Urubamba:

Once you have had the fill of these alluring sites, we will be driving to Urubamba. Here, we will be stopping at a local restaurant to relish a buffet lunch. Restaurants here are owned and managed by local farmers so you can be assured to relish a farm fresh meal for lunch. 

Urubamba seen from its outskirts.

Ollantaytambo:

After lunch, we will be driving you to Ollantaytambo, former administrative capital of the Incas. This beautiful town is snuggled between two hills, each home to an Inca ruin. We will be visiting the temple of the Incas here.

This architecturally stunning place was sacred to the Incas. We will be visiting the remains of the main plaza and some ceremonial sites here. This was the very place where the infamous battle of Ollantaytambo was fought between Manco Inca and Hernando Pizarro the Spanish conquistador in 1531.

Although the Incas won the battle, fearing for a much stronger attack they abandoned this place and seeked asylum in Vilcabamba, jungle in Peru. 

 Ollantaytambo's sun temple is made out of 6 monolyths that weight more than 5 tonelades

Aguas Calientes:

After the Sacred Valley tour, we will be driving you to Ollantaytambo train station. Here you will be boarding the tourist train to Aguas Calientes. 

The one and a half hour ride offers staggering views of snow capped peaks as the train would snake down through the remote villages to Aguas Calientes in the Amazon. 

Once in Aguas Calientes, our representative will meet you on arrival and will accommodate you in an ensuite hotel room for the night. 

Aguas calientes is the nearest town to Machu Picchu due to its recondite location

Aguas Calientes - Machu Picchu - Cusco

We will begin the second day of the Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu tour early in the morning. After having breakfast at your hotel, you will be boarding the 25 minute bus up the hill to the entrance of Machu Picchu.

Our tour guide will meet you here and will assist you in entering the citadel. Your Machu Picchu ticket will be verified here against your original passport here by the local authorities.

Machu Picchu Tour:

Once inside, you will witness the rays of the rising sun shimmering on the Inca walls here. Our two hours guided tour to Machu Picchu would begin with a brief Introduction to the citadel. 

We will be visiting the remains of the main square, ceremonial sites, temples, royal quarters, sundial clock and more. After this immersive guided tour, you will have some free time to explore the citadel or simply sit and soak in the views. 

If you have booked to climb Huayna Picchu or a journey to Machu Picchu mountain, our tour guide will be directing you to the respective trail head.

Alternatively, you can hike to the Sun gate. You won’t need any permit and it’s free of cost. This is the point of entrance to the citadel for those hiking the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. You will get a panoramic view of the citadel snuggled between Machu Picchu Huayna Picchu peaks.

After the tour, we will be taking the bus back down to Aguas Calientes. Here we will have some free time so you can soak in the waters of the natural hot springs here or have lunch at one of the local restaurants.

At 0400 PM, we will be taking the tourist train back to Ollantaytambo. Our representative will meet you on arrival and will transfer you back to your hotel in Cusco. We will be reaching Cusco by 09:30 PM. 

Machu Picchu's classical postard-type photo

FAQs

 

Q: Can I extend my stay in Cusco or Machu Picchu?

A: Yes, you can stay for an extra night or a couple if you wish, you only need to let us know beforehand and we’ll gladly help you to arrange your extended stay!

 

Q: How do I book a tour to the Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu?

A: To book your tour, you can easily do so through our website. We offer a seamless online booking process for your convenience.

 

Q: What is the best time to visit the Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu?

A: The optimal time to visit is during the dry season (April to October) when the weather is favorable, and crowds are moderate. However, we operate year-round to accommodate varying travel preferences.

 

Q: Are there any altitude-related concerns for visitors?

A: We recommend acclimatization in Cusco before your tour. Take it easy during the first day, stay hydrated, and consider consulting with a healthcare professional before your journey.

The solar clock located in the Machu Picchu's park vicinity

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