The Sacred Valley to Inca Trail will give you the opportunity to appreciate the archaeological sites of Pisac, Ollantaytambo, Chinchero 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, 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.
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:
18:00 Spend a night in Ollantaytambo
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
Accommodation during the 3 day Sacred Valley VIP & Inca Trail
These following hotels are used to accommodate you during your tour:
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 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.
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
Casa Andina Machu Picchu***: Standard Traditional Accommodation
Tierra Viva Machu Picchu***: Standard Accommodation
Ferre Machu Picchu***: Standard Accommodation
Generally speaking you should pack as lightly as possible.you 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.
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..
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).
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
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