Experience first-hand the daily life of the local communities in the Sacred Valley
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Explore and learn all about the Incas.
Explore and experience the Sacred Valley of the Incas as well as the old citadel of Machu Picchu in 2 days and 1 night. You'll discover the majestic archaeological sites of Pisaq and Ollantaytambo, while you make your way to Aguas Calientes, also known as Machu Picchu pueblo, through an exciting train ride.
All year round
Cusco hotel or hostel pickup
RASGOS DEL PERU
The entrance times for the Sanctuary of Machu Picchu are referential only. The exact times for your entry slot will be informed by your guide on the day of your visit. The Peruvian government has taken these measures to ensure your safety during the Covid-19 pandemic. The max length of time in the Sanctuary is equal for all visitors at 2.5 hours.
DAY 1: CUSCO - SACRED VALLEY - AGUAS CALIENTES (TOWN OF MACHUPICCHU)
The tour starts with the hotel pick-up between 07:50 a.m. to 08:00 a.m. and then we head on our tourist bus to the northwestern part of the city through picturesque villages until we reach the viewpoint of Corao from where we will have a preliminary view of the entire Valley Sacred and the imposing snows that protect the place.
The first archaeological centre that we will visit will be Pisac (Andean partridge) which we will access through a paved road as we ascend, we will be able to appreciate the impressive Inca platforms that border the mountains, giving us the impression of being part of the mountains. The places that we will visit inside Pisac will be the religious sector made up of temples, the urban sector, the Inca cemetery and finally the agricultural terraces to then descend to the town of Pisac.
Then we will continue our journey to Ollantaytambo not before making a stop in the town of Urubamba where you can have lunch (not included in the tour), before continuing the journey to Ollantaytambo ancient resting place and called as "The Inca city living "since you can still see houses with Inca bases inhabited by the inhabitants, the most important place is the Temple of the Sun which is in the highest part of the archaeological center which is accessed through hundreds of stairs for which We will have to make a little effort but it will be worth it since the view from this place is indescribable. Thus ending the Sacred Valley at 4:30 pm in Ollantaytambo.
Where we will stay to board the train at the Ollantaytambo station at 7:04 pm on the way to the town of Aguas Calientes (Machu Picchu Pueblo). We will travel by train for an average of 2 hours to Aguas Calientes, where the staff of the hostel or the transfer will be waiting for you with your name to take you to the Hostel and the guide will go to your Hostel for a talk about the next day's tour in Machupicchu .
Overnight in Aguas Calientes (Town of Machupicchu).
Accomodation: Ecopackers ( 4-beds and 6-beds rooms with private toilets) or Super Tramp ( 8-beds, 10-beds or 12-beds rooms with shared toilets) - subject availability
DAY 02: AGUAS CALIENTES - MACHU PICCHU - CUSCO
The most important day of our trip is to get to know one of the 7 wonders of the Machupicchu world, and we have two ways to get there:
The first one: Walking up.This hike is 1 hour 30 minutes of pure ascent
The second one is by tourist bus; this short trip lasts 30 minutes.
People, who want to walk up the Inca Trail, should leave the hostel early at 4:30 am to reach the Inca citadel of Machupicchu very early and appreciate the sunrise. And people who want to get in the car will have to take the first bus at 5:30 am to arrive early at Machupicchu and be able to appreciate the sunrise that is a unique spectacle, then we can visit the Inca citadel of Machupicchu for 2 hours approximately accompanied by a specialist guide who will explain us about the historical legacy of the citadel of Machu Picchu, and the full description of this great and imposing attraction.
After the excursion and if you have the ticket you can ascend to the mountain of Huaynapicchu or the Mountain of Machupicchu, at opportune time you must descend from Machupicchu to Aguas Calientes by bus or walking so you can have lunch with tranquility and board the return train to Ollantaytambo (2 hours of travel by train) where our transport awaits us with destination to the city of Cusco (2 hours trip by car)
Ticket CHILD (0 - 5 YRS OLD): Child must be under 6 years old on the day of visit to the Machu Picchu Sanctuary or the child will not be granted entry to the site.
Note 1: If the passengers visit only Machu Picchu, the guided tour is two hours, but if they go up to Huayna Picchu Mountain or Machu Picchu Mountain, the passengers will only have an introduction for an hour at Machu Picchu.
Note 2: You must email us a scanned copy or photograph of your passport immediately after you have booked your tour. This is to enable the purchase of your Machu Picchu entrance ticket. It must be the passport you will use to enter Machu Picchu itself. This is a requirement when booking any tour of Machu Picchu from any operator.
Note 3: If you are staying at a different location than the one you select as your pick up location, it is explicitly your responsibility to be at the main entrance of the hotel or hostel selected as your pick up location for the duration of the pickup time range on your tour date. You must be in a visible place easy to see for the operator and be alert for their vehicle/guide when they go to pick you up for the tour.
DAY 1 : 07:50 - 08:00
Hostel and hotel pick up
DAY 1 : 10:00 - 16:30
Sacred Valley (finishing in Ollantaytambo)
DAY 1 : 19:04 - 21:00
Train Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes
DAY 2 : 6:30 - 12:00
Guided tour of Machu Picchu sanctuary for 2 hours
DAY 2 : 13:00 - 14:00
DAY 2 : 14:00 - 17:00
Free time in Aguas Calientes
DAY 2 : 18:20
Take the train from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo (depends on the schedule of the train)
DAY 2 : 22:00
Arrive in Cusco city (depends on the schedule of the train)
- Excursion to the Sacred Valley (we will visit the archaeological site of Pisac and Ollantaytambo)
- Train ticket from Ollantaytambo - Aguas Calientes (7:04 pm)
- 01 night in a shared hostel with breakfast in Aguas Calientes
- Entrance to the archaeological site of Machupicchu
- Guided 2 hours in Machupicchu
- Train tickets from Aguas Calientes - Ollantaytambo (Expeditions) (6:20 pm)
- Transportation from Ollanta Station to Cusco (Regocijo Square)
- Entrance to the Sacred Valley (general ticket S/. 130.00 soles and S/. 70.00 soles partial ticket)
- Bus tickets up and down Aguas Calientes - Machu Picchu
- Entrance to the Mountain of Machupicchu
- Entrance to the Huaynapicchu Mountain
- Travel insurance
- Entrance to Aguas Calientes hot springs S/. 20.00 soles
With respect to Entrance to the Sacred Valley, there are two types, the General and the Partial. The difference is that the general ticket is S/. 130.00 soles and you can visit 14 places between Cusco the Sacred Valley and the South Valley, on the other hand the Partial is S/. 70.00 soles only allows you to visit 4 places either in Cusco or the Sacred Valley.
Please note that these prices may vary if you decide to take part in any of these extra activities after the tour starts. We recommend booking prior to the departure of your tour to avoid the possibility of paying increased prices for these activities.
- ORIGINAL PASSPORT- very important!
- Small backpack
- Hat to protect against sun or rain.
- Sunscreen cream.
- Light and warm clothing.
- Bottle of water.
- Simple bag (Soles)
- Trekking shoes
- Snacks: cookies, energy bars, granolas, chocolates, dried fruits, etc.
- Luggage Transport Conditions (by train): the luggage allowed must not exceed 5kg/11 lb and maximum measurements of 62 linear in/ 157 linear cm (height + length + width).
Cancellation or changes to this tour:
CHANGES: There are no changes to this tour allowed. Changes of date, names, times are not permitted under any circumstances. Please refer to the cancellation policy and re-book this tour should you require a change.
NO SHOWS & CANCELLATIONS: If you cancel 30 days prior to the tour before 6:00 pm (Lima time), an 80% administration fee (+ the card fee). After this time, there is a 100% no-show or cancellation fee.
You must email email@example.com (include the name of the tour and the reservation number) to cancel this tour or to make any changes.
I cannot find my accommodation listed in the operator pick up locations when making my booking. What should I select?
This operator only offers pick-ups from the hotel and hostel accommodation listed, this covers over 90% of the accommodation providers in the area. They do not provide pick-ups or drop-offs at private residences, Airbnbs, bus terminals etc. Select an alternative close by and be ready there for pick-up at the time on your booking confirmation.
How much is the tourist ticket?
There are 2 types of tourist ticket: - General tourist ticket, which has a cost of 130.00 soles and includes 16 attractions. Among them are: Attractions of the city tour, the Sacred Valley, Maras - Moray, and some museums. - Partial tourist ticket, which has a cost of 70.00 soles, and includes only certain attractions depending on the tour that takes place: City Tour, Sacred Valley, and Maras - Moray.
How do I avoid altitude sickness?
Take Soroche (Diamox) pills, eat small meals, drink coca tea, drink lots of water, and avoid alcohol (it’s a dehydrator). The best way to avoid altitude sickness is to acclimatize yourself. The recommended approach for acclimatization is to ascend gradually, spending at least 24 hours at every 2,000ft increase in altitude.
Is the bus from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu worth it?
The walk up to Machu Picchu can be seen as part of the experience. However, the bus is an option for those who are tired after a long trek, or who just want to save their energy for all the walking at the top. The tickets are purchased in Aguas Calientes, please ask your guide for assistance. The cost is 24 USD for roundtrip and 12 USD one way.
Where is Huayna (Wayna) Picchu?
Huayna Picchu Mountain is the peak located to the north of Machu Picchu citadel. It is the backdrop to the classic image of Machu Picchu. The peak offers inspiring views of the ruins and 360° views of the area. The climb to the summit takes 45 minutes, it is a challenging trek and is very steep in parts. Limited to 400 a day, tickets must be purchased as a combo ticket at the same time as your entrance to Machu Picchu. This ticket cannot be purchased separately, it has to be purchased as a combo and is always in high demand. It costs approximately $18 extra.
What is Machu Picchu Mountain?
Machu Picchu Mountain is the peak located to the south-west of Machu Picchu citadel. The trek offers unparalleled sights of the ruins and panoramic views of the surrounding scenery. The trek is wide and well-marked. It is a moderate/challenging trek and takes 90 minutes to ascend. Limited to 800 a day, tickets must be purchased as a combo ticket at the same time as your entrance to Machu Picchu. This ticket cannot be purchased separately, it has to be purchased along with Machu Picchu entrance ticket. It costs around $18 extra.
How can I add Huayna Picchu/ Machu Picchu Mountain to my booking?
Huayna Picchu and Machu Picchu Mountain are subject to availability as there are only a limited number of tickets per day. To add this extra to your reservation you need to send us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as you've booked the tour. It has an extra cost of 18$ that will be paid directly to the operator at your briefing which is one day before your tour date.
Can I have a private room ?
Yes, of course, but you will need to pay an extra 25 dollars ( single room) or 22 dollars ( double or twin room) in cash the day of your briefing (a day before the tour starts) and you are able to stay in Margaritas House or Inkas Land ( it is subject availability). You must inform by email email@example.com 48 hours before the tour starts.
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