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Sacred Valley to Inca Trail

Sacred Valley to Inca Trail

This Sacred Valley to Inca trail combines a day of tour through the Sacred Valley and the 2 day Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. On this hike from Sacred Valley to Machu Picchu you will enjoy the best that Cusco has to offer. 

This 3 day 2 night machu picchu trek has a complete tour through the Sacred Valley of the Incas visiting the handicraft market of Pisaq, the archaeological sites of Pisaq, Urubamba Town and the Ollantaytambo fortress, then we start walking from km 104 to Aguas Calientes, where we will spend the night in our hotel chosen by our company, and on the last day we will finally visit the Inca citadel of Machu Picchu (seventh wonder of the world). After enjoying these three days of travel we will return to the city of Cusco. 

If you are interested in booking the Sacred Valley to Inca Trail tour, we suggest that you make your reservation at least four months in advance. Tickets for this impressive tour to Machu Picchu have a restricted limit of people, the income sold per day is only 500 (divided into 200 spaces for tourists and 300 for porters).

Quick Itinerary 

Sacred Valley tour 

07:00 We pick you up from you hotel 

08:00 Driving and guided tour of the Sacred Valley of the Incas, visiting the following sites: Pisac market, Pisac, Moray, the colonial small town Salineras or Salt Mines Urubamba, the heart of the Sacred Valley Chinchero, Ollantaytambo archoelogical site, 

18:00 Spend a night in Ollantaytambo 


Hike from Sacred Valley to Machu Picchu

06:30 Walk to the train station of the Ollantaytambo 

07:20 Train to the starting point of the Inca Trail (km 104) 

08:20 Hiking Short Inca Trail 

12:00 Lunch in Wiñaywayna 

13:00 Continue hiking the short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu

18:00 Arrived to Aguas Calientes town, spend a night 


Machu Picchu Tour

04:00 Wake up, hiking to Machu Picchu 

06:00 Guided tour of Machu Picchu

09:00 Free time, you can walking around to the lost city of the Incas or climb up to the mountains (Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu) 

19:00 Return train to Ollantaytambo 

20:30 Arrived to Ollantaytambo and tourist transportation to Cusco 

22:00 Drop off in your hotel 


Highlights of the Sacred Valley to Inca Trail tour

  • Get to know the famous handicraft market of Pisaq and its impressive archaeological remains, located on a mountain above the village 
  • Tour in Urubamba, a city that was born during the colony and is considered the world capital of corn. 
  • Guided tour of Ollantaytambo, considered one of the most important archaeological sites in Peru and South America 
  • Guided tour of the Moray platforms, which are actually a center of agricultural study of great importance during the Empire of the Incas. It is 49 kilometers from the city of Cusco. Its terraces in circular form created a variety of microclimates where various agricultural products were cultivated where the coca leaf prevailed. Guided tour through the archaeological sites of Chinchero, in addition to a beautiful colonial church of the seventeenth century with canvases of the "Escuela Cuzqueña", and a typical market where you can still carry out the barter
  • Finally hike from Sacred Valley to Machu Picchu, considered one of the 7 wonders of the world.


Day 1: Sacred Valley tour

The tour starts from the city of Cusco at 7:00 a.m. We will pass by your hotel to pick you up in our mobility then we will start the tour of the 3 day 2 night machu picchu trek led by a professional guide and expert, throughout this day we will have stops at important points to visit archaeological sites and craft markets. Our first stop will be in the handicraft market of Pisaq to buy some souvenirs made by the local people (super comfortable price) then another short stop at the pisaq viewpoint to take some pictures of the Sacred Valley of the Incas and part of the mountain range white, continuing our journey to the archaeological site of Pisaq. Here we will have a tour with our guide for an average of 1 hour and 30 minutes, we will visit the most important sectors of this archaeological zone, religious sector conformed by temples, the urban sector, the Inca cemetery and finally the agricultural terraces.

Then will travel along the Sacred Valley of the Incas, passing through some typical towns such as, coya, calca, yucay and finally we will arrive at the capital of the Sacred Valley of the Incas: Urubamba. Here we will have an important stop to enjoy our lunch, the tourist restaurant offers the best presentations of typical dishes of the Cusco region.

After lunch, about 30 minutes away, we will visit the salt mines, close to the town of Maras, and then visit Moray, the agrarian experimentation center of the Incas. After the visit to this archaeological center we went to the town of Chinchero, where we can visit the colonial temple with interesting frescoes in the portico built on the foundations of an Inca building.

Then we continue for 30 minutes driving to the archaeological site of Ollantaytambo, where the town remains in its original splendor from the time of the Incas, we will also have the opportunity to visit the Inca fortress that was built by General Ollantay, we will travel through the religious, military and urban sector. as well as the temple of the sun, ceremonial fountains, collcas or barns (food storage) etc. After the guided tour in ollantaytambo we will move to the hotel where we will spend the night and prepare to hike from Sacred Valley to Machu Picchu next day.

Day 2: Hike from Sacred Valley to Machu Picchu

Get up early, breakfast and prepared to start the Sacred Valley to Inca Trail journey. Walk to the Ollantaytambo´s railway station. There, we get on a train and continue until Km 104, where a checking point of the Inca Trail is located. We start the hike from Sacred Valley to Machu Picchu between the Andean mountains and tropical forest. The first archaeological site we will visit is Chachabamba (2,200 m / 7,218 ft) located on the side of the Urubamba River and Wiñaywayna (2650 m / 8.696 ft) is at the top. Then we will go to the Intipunku (2,720 m / 8,924 ft) where we will have a panoramic view of Machu Picchu (2,490 m / 8,169 ft), you can also find a variety of flora and fauna as well as a variety of birds. The walk lasts approximately 6 to 7 hours until you reach the Sun Gate known as "Inti Punku", where you can get the first panoramic views of Machu Picchu.

Day 3: Machu Picchu tour

After an early morning breakfast, we continue for about 2 hours up to the mysterious city of Machu Picchu that we enter for the early morning best photos opportunities. Then our Tour Guide shows us around the Incan city and explains us about its history and purposes. After the guided tour, we are given the opportunity to climb up for about 45 minutes to Huayna Picchu or to Machu Picchu Mountain (peaks above Machu Picchu serving to take some panoramic pictures of the Inka city). Then, we are given time off to spend and explore Machu Picchu on our own. The 3 days 2 night Machu Picchu trek ends up with a train ride to Ollantaytambo (alternatively to Poroy), from where we are taken by van back to Cusco.

What is included on this 3 days 2 night Machu Picchu trek?

  • Pre-trek briefing with your Tour Guide
  • Transfer to Sacred Valley from Cusco
  • Professional guide
  • Entrance fee to Pisac and Ollantaytambo archeological
  • Entrance fee to Moray and Chinchero
  • Entrance fee to Salt Mines or Salineras
  • Inca TrailPermit and entrance fee to Machu Picchu
  • Private transportation along 3 days 2 night Machu Picchu trek
  • Accommodation: Hotel in Ollantaytambo (1 night), Hotel in Aguas Calientes (1 night); 
  • Meals: 2x breakfast, 1x Buffet Lunch on the Sacred Valley, 1x Box lunch on the Ina Trail, 1x dinner (please advice us in advance if you are a vegetarian; this option is for NO extra additional cost)
  • A train from Sacred Valley to Inca Trail (Expedition Service) and from Aguas Calientes (Machu Picchu) to Ollantaytambo
  • A shuttle bus from Machu Picchu citadel to Aguas Calientes
  • Tourist transportation from Ollantaytambo to Cusco

Not Included

  • Breakfast on the first and last day and lunch in Aguas Calientes Town on the last day
  • A shuttle bus high from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu (U$ 12 one way or U$ 24 a round trip)
  • Entrance fee to Huayna Picchu Mountain ($80)
  • Tips to local staff (please note: it is a custom to give tips in Peru, however, it is not obligatory)
  • Travel Insurance

What I should bring to hike from Sacred Valley to Machu Picchu?

Here we explain you the important things you should not forget to bring for this Sacred Valley to Inca Trail tour:

  • The original passport or document with which you booked the tour, the authorities on the Inca Trail and Machu Picchu are very strict and do not allow you to enter if you do not carry them, you must carry the Original Passport or the Identity Document, Identity Card, Canet ISIS. The authorities do not accept any type of photocopy of the aforementioned documents.
  • A small 50-liter backpack that allows you to enter all the things you will carry with you
  • Suitable clothing for walking, waterproof and comfortable shoes for long walks, shorts and long, dry fit sports shirts, rain jacket or rain jacket.
  • Warm clothes (We recommend cotton clothes that are very comfortable to sleep in, a hat and gloves for the cold, socks to walk, sandals to be worn when you arrive at the camps, you should also take with you Plastic bags so you can separate things in the backpack (clean, damp, dirty and other clothes).
  • A canteen with water for the first day of the walk.
  • Personal hygiene items: a small towel, soap, toothpaste and toothbrush, toilet paper, hand sanitizer gel. These last two articles are very important.
  • Personal medications, within this list also includes muscle relaxers, pain tablets and blessed for scratches, blisters on the feet that can be generated after several hours of walking.
  • Items to protect from the sun and mosquitoes, a sunscreen, sunglasses, hat or sun hats and a mosquito repellent.
  • Extra cash, for personal expenses such as the first breakfast, lunch on the last day, those of the porters, cook, guide, and other eventualities.
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