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Sacred Valley to Machu Picchu Tour

Sacred Valley to Machu Picchu Tour

Sacred Valley to  Machu Picchu Tour involves 2 days of experience to the visit the famous local market and archeological of the Pisac, Ollantaytambo and Machu Picchu. The Sacred Valley of the Incas follows the Urubamba River from the town of Pisac, about 30 km northeast of Cuzco, and the ends northwest of Pisac at Ollantaytambo

Beyond that point the cliffs that flank the river grow closer together, the Sacred Valley narrows, and the agriculturally rich floodplain thins to a gorge as the Urubamba begins its abrupt descent toward the Amazon basin. In the afternoon you will take the train to  Aguas Calientes town and spend a night. 

The second day, You´ll wake up early and then take the bus up to citadel, guided tour in the lost city of the Incas, visit around the Machu Picchu city and climbing to Huayna Picchu mountain (optional).

A day with beautiful landscapes, amazing ruins, exploring unexplored areas and estimating the architecture from each monument we can observe along the tour, depend of you to do rafting and visit other sites like Chincheros; Huchuy or Moray.

 

Quick Itinerary

 

Day 01: Sacred Valley of the Incas - Train to Machu Picchu

Day 02: Machu Picchu - Cuzco

 

Important info about your Trek:

  • Walking in the Sacred Valley of the Incas
  • Explorer the Pisac Market
  • Guided tour of Pisac and Ollantaytambo archeological
  • View the amazing Sacred Valley
  • Visit the Machu Picchu
  • Climbing to Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain

Crew: A Inca Trail Machu representative in the Cusco and Profesional guide in the Sacred Valley tour and Machu Picchu tour

Accommodation: Hotel (01 night)

Meals: 1x Breakfast

Transportation: Tourist transportation, Train

 

Packing List:

  • Passport: Carry it is very important
  • Inmigration Card
  • ISIC card: if you booked as a student
  • A good hiking shoes: Comfortable and useful on all terrain
  • Waterproof: Especially in rainy seasons
  • Sunscreen: Avoid the ultraviolet ray
  • Coca leaf

 

Interesting Information:

Day 01: Sacred Valley - Machu Picchu

We pick you up from your hotel to take you to the Sacred Valley of the Incas, a lush agricultural region, created by the Urubamba River and an important source of food for the Incas that keep supplying the city of Cusco with a majority of its production until nowadays! Our first stop after 1 and half an hour is Pisaq. There we first visit its ruins of a large Incan city situated above the today´s Pisaq Town. Then, we descend by our bus to the modern Pisaq to visit its famous traditional handicraft market.

 

After that, we head for lunch to Urubamba Town considered to be a capital of the valley. There, we have a buffet lunch in one of its lovely tourist restaurants offering traditional Andean cuisine.

 

Then, we continue our trip to later visit the still alive Incan town of Ollantaytambo, where our Tour Guide guided us around its Incan fortres and explains us about its purpose and history. The town and fortres are strategically located overlooking the beautiful valley! This major ruin site is known as the best surviving example of the Incan urban planning and engineering. It is admired for its huge steep terraces guarding the Incan fortress and for being one of the couple places where Spaniards lost a major battle during their conquest!

 

Then we take the Train to Machu Picchu and spend one night. Our guide will visit your hotel and he will give the briefing for the next date

 

        Highest Point:  3, 400 m

        Lowest Point:   3, 000 m

        Difficulty: Easy to Moderate

Day 02: Machu Picchu

Very early we wake up and you get on a shuttle bus taking you up to the archaeological complex of Machu Picchu following a zigzag path for about 25 minutes.

Once in Machu Pichu, your Tour Guide introduces you the most important attractions of this antique Incan site such as its main square, the Sun Temple, Intiwatana (Sun Clock), the Royal Rooms, the Temple of the Three Windows and the Royal Incas Cemetery. This guided tour takes about 2 and half an hour and then you are given time off to explore around the complex and to climb Huayna Picchu (or Machu Picchu Mountain) to take some amazing panoramic photos of Machu Picchu. So please do not forget your camera and enjoy the visit of the "One of the New 7 Wonders of the World" !!

When you have enjoy the site enough, you take a shuttle bus down to Aguas Calientes where you can have lunch (not included in the package) in one of many lovely restaurants offering traditional Andean as well as international cuisine. Afterwards, you can visit the thermal baths of Aguas Calientes or the Museum of the Site (neither entrance of these is included in the package).

In the afternoon, we take a train back to Ollantaytambo (alternatively to Poroy) where our driver expects us in front of the railway station to transfer us to Cusco.

What is included in the Sacred Valley to Machu Picchu tour?

  • Tourist Transportation to the Train Station
  • Accommodation: Hotel (01 night)
  • Meals: 01 Breakfast
  • Entrance fee to Pisac and Ollantaytambo archeological
  • Entrance fee to Machu Picchu
  • Professional guide in the Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu
  • Train round trip to Machu Picchu
  • Bus up and down to Machu Picchu
  • Tourist transportation in the Sacred Valley

Not Included

  • Meals not datails
  • Entrance fee to Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain

Meals budget: Please allow USD 20 - 30 for meals not included.

Single room: If you do not like to share your room with someone else, please book the "Single Room" option

Local flights: No local flight is included in the cost of the tours.

Highlights by Archaeological Sites

  • Explore the Sacred Valley of Incas
  • Explore the Machu Picchu citadel
  • Watching archaeology from Pisac and Ollantaytambo
  • Amazing views from the Sacred Valley

 

Best moment from the Trek

  • Walking among the Choquequirao ruins

 

Encampment Equipment


Inca Trail Machu Tour operator will provide the double tent. Our tents are of the brand  EUREKA MOUNTAIN PASS 3XTE designated for 4 seasons. We provide with 3 person capacity tents; however, just 2 trek participants use it! In this way, we provide you more space and comfort. In case of a single traveller, we provide with a 2 person capacity tent. After each trek, we carefully check our tents and fix them if necessary
Inca Trail Machu will provide the clean Sleeping bag, Inflatable pillow and blanket. Our porters will leave inside your tent. Once arrived to the camping, you will find inside your all camping equipment.

 

Additionals

  • Walking sticks or poles cost $20 to rent.
  • Daypack for your hike U$ 10
  • Rain Poncho U$ 10 
  • There are emergency porters available for rent along this trek if you are unsure you will be able to complete the hike, cost $80.

Doubts and Frequent Questions about Sacred Valley to Machu Picchu Tour

Here is everything you need to know about Sacred Valley to Machu Picchu Tour.

Where is located the Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu?
The Sacred Valley of the Incas is located 35 kilometers from Cusco, and about 600 meters below the level of Cusco. It covers the part of the basin of the Vilcanota river between the towns of Pisac and Ollantaytambo.
"Machu Picchu" is located in the south of Peru, belongs to the department of Cusco, "Machu Picchu" is located 112.5 kilometers northeast of the city of Cusco, with a height of 2350 meters above sea level.

Altitudes in Sacred Valley to Machu Picchu Tour
  • "Cusco" at 3,399 m.a.s.l.
  • "Pisaq" at 2,974 m.a.s.l.
  • "Ollantaytambo" at 2,972 m.a.s.l.
  • "Chinchero" at 3,762 m.a.s.l.
  • "Machu Picchu" at 2,430 m.a.s.l.
What does "Pisaq", "Ollantaytambo" and "Machu Picchu" mean?
The origin of the name "Pisac" comes, probably, from Quechua word "p'isaqa", which means partridge (abundant in this place).
The word Ollantaytambo is made up of two words: "Ollantay", which comes from Aymara and means to observe, to look from above, and "Tambo", which comes from Quechua and means shelter, resting place. Therefore, the meaning of Ollantaytambo would be: "resting place from where you can look out".
"Machu Picchu" means 'Old Mountain' in the indigenous Quechua language. "Machu Picchu", the lost city of the Incas, is an unprecedented historical, natural and architectural complex, a tourist destination that has earned the category of inescapable.

Is it possible to visit the Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu on my own?
There are two direct roads that connect Cusco with the Sacred Valley and connect the towns of Pisac, Urubamba and Ollantaytambo. To reach the Sacred Valley of the Incas, you must first reach Cusco; generally your visit will begin in the town of Pisac and continue through the city of Urubamba to then visit the beautiful town of Ollantaytambo. Buses leave every day from Cusco to all the cities of the Sacred Valley. You will find buses that leave every 15 minutes heading to Ollantaytambo. Bus tickets cost around 15 soles. Getting to Pisac by bus will take you 45 minutes to an hour and costs approximately 7 soles. From Pisac, you can go to Urubamba in 30 minutes, or to Ollantaytambo in one hour; the prices vary between 5 and 10 soles.
Visit "Machu Picchu" by your own is very easy. The first thing you will have to do "and the most important thing" is to book your Machu Picchu Tickets, and the train tickets "round trip". Once in Cusco, you will have to get up very early and go to Pavitos Street, here you will find minibuses and minivans that will take you to the town of Ollantaytambo for around $4. When you arrive in Ollantaytambo, you can take a "moto-taxi", it's very fun and the easiest way to get to the Ollantaytambo station, this will cost between $ 0.70 and US $ 1.50. Once at the Ollantaytambo station, look for your train and approach it. The tour of the Sacred Valley of the Incas is one of the most beautiful short train routes in the world, so enjoy it. The train will take you to the city of Aguas Calientes, at the foot of the Machu Picchu Mountain. Arriving at Aguas Calientes, you can buy the bus tickets to Machu Picchu, next to the train station. These tickets can not be reserved in advance, bought online, or by third parties, ou can only buy your ticket in person and with your passport. Before letting you enter Machu Picchu you will be asked to present a copy of your Machu Picchu ticket along with your original valid Passport, if you do not present these documents you will be prevented from entering Machu Picchu, and everything will have been in vain; so do not forget that your documents must be valid at the moment of entering Machu Picchu.
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