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Sacred Valley VIP & Short Inca Trail

Sacred Valley VIP & Short Inca Trail

The Sacred Valley VIP to Inca Trail will give you the opportunity to appreciate the archaeological sites of Pisac, Ollantaytambo, Chinchero, Moray, Salineras and more... temples, palaces and agricultural centers that survive to this day despite the passage of time; and then hike from Sacred Valley to Machu Picchu (Inca Trail), that starts at Km 104 of the Cusco - Aguas Calientes railway line. It is an uphill walk, make sure you have everything you need such as: repellent sunscreen, head protection, water, etc. For 3 hours you will have to climb steadily through pastures until you reach Wiñayhuayna and another two hours of walking until you reach the entrance to Machu Picchu. During the Short Inca Trail 2 days you will feel the connection with all the flora, fauna and geography of the area. Finding desert places and tropical places with mysterious archaeological complexes, covered with immense vegetation. Feel the connection with all the flora, fauna and geography of the area. Finding desert places and tropical places with mysterious archaeological complexes, covered with immense vegetation. 

Sacred Valley VIP & Short Inca Trail

Quick Itinerary

Day 01: Combo 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 archeological site
  • Moray,
  • Maras, the colonial small town
  • Salineras or Salt Mines
  • Chinchero,
  • Urubamba, the heart of the Sacred Valley
  • Ollantaytambo archoelogical site,

18:00 Spend a night in Ollantaytambo


Day 02: Starting to Inca Trail

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 Start the Short Inca Trail 2 days

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


Day 03: Machu Picchu Hike & Guided 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 & Short Inca Trail

  • Visit one of the last traditional markets that remain in this part of Peru: the tourist market of Pisac
  • Get to know the Archaeological Park of Pisac (34 kilometers from Cusco), some Inca constructions scattered high up in the mountains above the town of Pisac. The site has platforms, warehouses, rooms, plazas and imposing towers that earned it the name of 'City of Towers'.
  • Visit the archaeological ensemble of Ollantaytambo (64 kilometers from Cusco), an urban center and Inca ceremonial site. It also served as a fortress during the resistance of Manco Inca, one of the last Inca leaders.
  • 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.
  • Also visit the Archaeological Center of Chinchero (32 kilometers from Cusco), an agricultural center initially inhabited by the Killke culture until the Inca conquest and the subsequent construction of platforms, walls and even the palace of Tupac Yupanqui.
  • Finally climb the Inca Trail to the citadel of Machu Picchu, considered one of the 7 wonders of the world.

Departure Point: Cusco - We pick you up from your hotel.

Departure Time: 07:00

Briefing Point: Our guide will visit your hotel 2 or 1 day before the trek 

Briefing Time: Between 17:00 - 18:00

Return Point: Cusco - Our driver will drop-off in your hotel, hostel or Airbnb department

Starting Altitude: 3345 00m / 10974ft.
Highest Altitude: 2330m / 7644.35ft.
Inca Trail Walking Distance - 12 km / 7.46 miles

Service Level: Private service - class accommodations with character, tourist train and private transport.

Physical Rating: 2 - Moderate - Some low-altitude hikes, but accessible to most healthy travellers

Age requirement: 4+ / All travellers under age 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

Tour Operator: Tierras Vivas travel 

Crew: A professional Tour Guide on the Sacred Valley and Inca Trail.

Meals: 2x breakfast, 2x lunch, 1x dinner.

Transportation: Transportation by private van, 2x train (Expedition train).

Accommodation: Hotel (2 night). These following hotels are used to accommodate you during your Sacred Valley: Ollantaytambo Lodge Hotel, Sol Naciente Hotel, Orquidea Ollantaytambo Hotel and 2 day Inca Trail: Wiracocha Hotel, Retama Inn Machu Picchu. Once booked, our booking department will confirm your accommodation. If you would like to upgrade your hotel, visit our website ESSENTIAL INFO on the page. 


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Day 01: Private Sacred Valley tour

The Sacred Valley to Inca Trail tour starts at 7:00 am, the transfer pick you up from your hotel. Then we go to the Sacred Valley (2 hours trip) to visit the most important places of the Valley, we will start visiting the villages, traditional markets and Pisac archaeological center, from where you can appreciate the impressive platforms of the Inca period and the village. Continuing with the trip through the Sacred Valley of the Incas, we make a stop, for the (buffet lunch in tourist restaurant of Urubamba). 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 centers 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 go to the archaeological center of Ollantaytambo, enjoy the Ollantaytambo fortress and observe the agricultural areas; what stands out most is the cultivation of rainfed corn, without irrigation, also the cultivation of Andean tubers and cereals. Spend the night in Ollantaytambo.


Day 02: Hiking to the Inca Trail

Get up early, breakfast and prepared to start hiking Short Inca Trail 2 days. Then 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. Between the Andean mountains and tropical forest is a great Inca Trail through the mountains and the Sacred Valley. 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 03: Machu Picchu - Cusco

After an early morning breakfast, we continue hiking the Inca Trail for about 2 hours up to the mysterious city of Machu Picchu that we enter for the early morning best photos opportunities. The tour will be private in Machu Picchu, being one of the most spectacular cities of the ancient world. Built by the Inka Pachacuteq; this fabulous city contains houses, temples, warehouses, a large square and everything is connected by narrow streets and steps; In addition, it is surrounded by terraces that were used for agriculture. After a tour of approximately two hours, you will have free time to enjoy this magical and spiritual city. Also, you have 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). The 2 day Inca Trail ends up with a train ride to Ollantaytambo, from where we are taken by van back to Cusco.




  • Pre-trek briefing before the tour;
  • Professional guide in the Combo Sacred Valley, Inca Trail and Machu Picchu;
  • 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 Inca Trail,  1x dinner, 1x Snack bag (please advice us in advance if you are a vegetarian; this option is for NO extra additional cost);
  • Entrance fee to Pisac and Ollantaytambo archeological;
  • Entrance fee to Moray and Chinchero;
  • Entrance fee to Salt Mines or Salineras;
  • Inca Trail Permits and entrance fee to Machu Picchu;
  • Private van to the Combo Sacred Valley;
  • Professional tour Guides as per the itinerary;
  • Expedition train round trip between Ollantaytambo to Head trail of the Inca Trail and Aguas Calientes (Machu Picchu) to Ollantaytambo;
  • A shuttle bus round trip To Machu Picchu;
  • 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 between Machu Picchu and Aguas Calientes in the first day (U$ 12 one way)
  • 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

Meal budget: Please allow USD 10 for meals not included.

Solo Traveller: If you like a single room for this trek, please choose the "Solo Traveller" option during your booking.

Local flights: No local flight is included in the trek´s price!


Hotel Ollantaytambo and Machu Picchu Peru

Accommodation during the 3 day Sacred Valley VIP & Inca Trail

These following hotels are used to accommodate you during your tour:


Ollantaytambo Hotel

Ollantaytambo Lodge Ollantaytambo

Sol Naciente Ollantaytambo

Orquidea Hotel Ollantaytambo


Machu Picchu Hotel

Hotel Wiracocha Machu Picchu

Retama Inn Machu Picchu Hotel


We spend a night in small locally owned hotel with private bathrooms and breakfast facilities (Double or Matrimonial room). All of the hotels we use in Aguas Calientes are located within walking distance of the train stations.



Hotel Wiracocha Machu Picchu

Hotel-Adventure-HouseHotel Retama Inn Machu Picchu


Both are located in Aguas Calientes or Machu Picchu town, and each bedroom has a private bathroom and confortable beds (Double or Matrimonial) for your confort. Also, it includes the breakfast and a hot beverages for free.


During the 3 day Sacred Valley VIP to Inca Trail, we request the hotels to get ready your rooms for time of your arrival, especially if you arrive prior to standard check-in time. Nevertheless, this is not always possible. In this case, you just store your luggage in that hotel storage room and you can explore around your new destination in between. We recommend the early booking of single supplements and of pre/post-tour accommodation. Single accommodation can be arranged for a supplement, subject to availability. Please request this at the time of booking.


Machu Picchu Luxury resorts

If you would like to upgrade your accommodation, the discount is U$ 25 per person (Double or Single room).

For this, we can recommend you the following hotels in Machu Picchu:


Santuary Lodge Machu Picchu*****: Standard Patio Accommodation

  • Single Room: U$ 1500.00
  • Double Room: U$ 1500.00

Casa Andina Machu Picchu***: Standard Traditional Accommodation

  • Single Room: U$ 218.50
  • Double Room: U$ 218.50

Tierra Viva Machu Picchu***: Standard Accommodation

  • Single Room: U$ 110.00
  • Double Room: U$ 150.00

Ferre Machu Picchu***: Standard Accommodation

  • Single Room: U$ 230.00
  • Double Room: U$ 230.00

Inca Trail Packing List

Generally speaking you should pack as lightly as will carry your luggage from Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes town. We recommend keeping the weight under 5 kg/10lb (included personal clothes). You will need to carry daypack.

You will not need to carry a sleeping bag, because you will spend a night in the hotel in Machu Picchu If very important your take best cover backpacker, because the weather in Inca Trail is change every date, we can’t predict it raining or no. If you don’t have, we recommended to putting your clothes and other personal equipment inside the plastic bag.

What to pack for a trip to Machu Picchu

  • Original passport, original of the ISIC student card (In case you are a student)
  • Small backpack with rain protector.
  • Clothes for warm and cold weather like a waterproof jacket.
  • Hiking shoes.
  • Slippers or sandals (for showers and thermal baths).
  • Synthetic or wool socks and a sweater.
  • Polo shirt with long or short sleeves.
  • Plastic poncho for rain and a hat.
  • Bath linen (for the hot springs in Aguas Calientes).
  • Sunscreen, insect repellent, alcohol disinfectant gel and toilet paper.
  • Camera (wrapped in a plastic bag), a flashlight and batteries.
  • Some snacks like chocolate bars and nuts.
  • Extra money in soles.

Please note: we do provide a daily morning snack and our meal service is very complete and well supplied. We reccomend you to take your own snack applies for customers who like a specific snack that might not be in our menu.

Extra Luggage: If you have extra luggage, you can be left safely in your hotel in Cusco, in the Ollantaytambo train station or Tierras Vivas store luggage. if you decided in our store luggage, in the morning our driver will pick your luggage and He leave in our office and we will save 2 days and when you will return to Cusco, you can pick your luggage..


Classic Inca Trail To Machu Picchu

The Inca Trail, with Machu Picchu as its final destination, is the best known and most popular route among international tourists who come to Peru. The total journey is approximately 45 km and takes four days, including a day visit to the ruins of Machu Picchu. The natural scenery is impressive. With views of snow-capped mountains, cloud forests and a walk through the beautifully preserved ruins, it is an unforgettable experience If you are interested in booking the Inca Trail tour to Machu Picchu we suggest you make your reservation at least four months in advance. Since the 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).

Inca Trail Hike with Camping

If you do not have enough time to do the 4-day Inca Trail, this is a good option, it is a stretch of the Inca Trail that starts at Km 104 of the Cusco - Aguas Calientes railway line.

The Inca Trail 2 days and 1 night, is a shorter trip for travelers with limited time or who are looking for a less exhausting trip than the classic Inca Trail. In this route we find valleys that contain endemic wildlife, between the stretches of the Puna and cloud forests, passing through several Inca archaeological sites that offers stunning views to Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu Overnight

It is one of the famous and spectacular ruins in the world. Declared by UNESCO a World Heritage Site since 1983, Machu Picchu receives more than one million visitors a year and is one of the 7 New Wonders of the World. The town of Aguas Calientes (also known as Machu Picchu Pueblo), is the starting point of ascent to Machu Picchu, can not be reached by car. Machu Picchu is located on a ledge of the mountain, a thousand meters above the bottom of the valley from below. There is no direct way to get to Machu Picchu from Cusco, it is necessary to use a combination of transportation methods to get there, unless you go on foot all the way. There is a road to Ollantaytambo from Cusco, and a train from there to Aguas Calientes. Machu Picchu Overnight

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