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    Sacred Valley to Machu Picchu

    Sacred Valley to Machu Picchu2 Day Sacred Valley to Machu Picchu tour involves the experience of visiting the famous Pisac Market, Pisac Ruins and Ollantaytambo archeological site. Then you will take the train to Machu Picchu and spend one night in Aguas Calientes town before visiting the site the next day.

    The second day you will wake up early and take the bus up to Machu Picchu. There, you will visit the Machu Picchu city and have the chance to climb Huayna Picchu mountain (must be purchased in advance and extra cost) or walk around the Inca citadel.

    The antique citadel of Machu Picchu (Old Peak in Quechua native language) is a very popular worldwide tourist attraction and the most famous Inca architectural work. It is located at 122 km far away from Cusco in the department of the same name. The Inca citadel stands at an altitude of 2,430 meters above sea level on the Machu Picchu Mountain, close to the Urubamba River, in the midst of a lush vegetation of a cloud forest. The majestic beauty of the natural landscape surrounding this sanctuary as well as the archaeological value of the ruins make it a UNESCO World Heritage site recognized all over the world.

    After spending a great time here, you will return to Aguas Calientes to take the train back to the station and be dropped-off in your hotel in Cusco.


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    Sacred Valley to Machu Picchu Overview

    Sacred Valley to Machu PicchuSustainable Tourism: At Tierras Vivas, we are happy to promote and practice sustainable tourism by being eco-friendly and supporting local communities
    2 Day Machu Picchu Tour Operator: Local Tour Operator & Tierras Vivas Travel
    Service Level: Comfortable accommodations, comfortable tourist-class, activities and professional guided tour English or Spanish.
    Physical Rating: 2 – Moderate walking and hiking suitable for most fitness levels. Not too challenging
    Age requirement: 1+ / All travellers under age 18 must be accompanied by an adult.
    Type of Trip: Independent trips are either entire trips you take privately to a group tour. Local staff are available on 24/7
    Crew: A Tierras Vivas representative in the Cusco and Profesional guide in the Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu tour
    Meals: 1 x Breakfast and 1 x buffet lunch on the Sacred Valley tour
    Transportation: Tourist transportation, Train
    Accommodation: Hotel (1 night). These following hotels are used to accommodate you during your 2 day Sacred Valley to Machu Picchu Tour: Wiracocha Machu Picchu Hotel. Once booked, our booking department will confirm your accommodation. If you would like to upgrade your hotel, visit our website ESSENTIAL INFO on the Sacred Valley to Machu Picchu page.

    Sacred to Machu Picchu Itinerary

    Cusco, Sacred Valley to Machu Picchu Tour

    08:00: We pick you from you hotel
    08:30: Star the Sacred Valley Tour (Visit Pisac Market and Guided tour in Pisac and Ollantaytambo ruins)
    16:20:Train to Machu Picchu (if you book in advance, you will have early train)
    18:00: Transfer your hotel and our guide will visit your hotel for your briefing

    Machu Picchu Tour

    05:00: Bus up to Machu Picchu
    06:00: Machu Picchu Guided tour (2 hours)
    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)
    18:00: Return train to Ollantaytambo
    20:30: Arrived to Ollantaytambo and tourist transportation to Cusco
    IMPORTANT NOTE: If you would like to return early, you can choose the train at 14:30 and you will be in Cusco at 18:00

    Highlights of the Sacred Valley to Machu Picchu tour

    • Walking in the Sacred Valley of the Incas
    • Visit 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

    Meeting & Starting point

    Departure Point: Cusco – We pick you up from your hotel.
    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 or Airbnb department

    Sites to visit in this tour

    Cusco | Pisac Market | Pisac Ruins | Urubamba | Ollantaytambo | Aguas Calientes village | Machu Picchu

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    Machu Picchu and Sacred Valley train

    Full Itinerary: Sacred Valley to Machu Picchu 2 Days

    Sacred Valley – Train to Machu Picchu

    Day 01: Sacred Valley - Train to Machu PicchuAt 07:30, 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 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 car 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 night in Aguas Calientes town. Our guide will meet in your hotel and he/she will give the briefing for the next date.

    Machu Picchu Day Tour

    Day 02: Machu Picchu Day TourVery 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.



    • Pre-trek briefing (Our guide will visit your hotel a day before the trek for your briefing)
    • Accommodation: Hotel (01 night)
    • Meals: 01x Breakfast and 01x Lunch on the Sacred Valley Tour
    • Entrance fee to Machu Picchu
    • Entrance fee to Pisac and Ollantaytambo archeological
    • Professional guide in the Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu
    • Train ticket around trip to Machu Picchu
    • A tickets bus up and down to Machu Picchu
    • Tourist transportation in the Sacred Valley

    Not Included:

    Single room: Please note that if you have booked the “Single room” option for this trek, you receive your own single tent for all nights.

    Local flights: No local flights are included in the trek´s price.

    Suggest Items

    A kind of luggage you need to take with depends on a kind of tour you plan to undertake, a part of the country you like to visit, a year season and a length of your trip. In general, you should pack as lightly as possible because you carry your own luggage during most of our tours (however, there are not long walking distances – up to 30 minutes). We recommend you to keep weight of your luggage under 7 kg (20 lb.).

    Most of travelers use a suitcase. However, a big backpack would be more suitable. In any case, please do not forget a small rucksack that you will need for daily travels (to carry your bottled water, camera, snacks, etc.). It is better to avoid a wheeled luggage and use luggage with shoulder straps.

    What Kind of Clothing to Pack to Peru

    Clothing to take with you depends on a year season in Peru and a part of country you plan to visit.

    If you plan to visit Cusco Peru and Machu Picchu (Andean mountain range or Altiplano), then we recommend you to take some trousers suitable for hiking, shorts, T-shirts and trekking shoes for the days; and sweaters, fleeces, hats, scarves and warm jackets for the nights. You also should take a sun protection cream, sun glasses and in some cases, mosquito repellent (depending on a route chosen). It is very convenient to have a light rain-gear available in a daypack (e.g. a waterproof poncho or jacket and/or waterproof trousers) as weather changes quickly and rains can suddenly occur. For more details, please check the below link of What to Bring on the “Sacred Valley To Machu Picchu Tour”.

    What to take on the Sacred Valley to Machu Picchu

    • Passport Original and copies
    • Travel insurance(+ copies for a case of lost),
    • Cash in USD or credit cards,
    • Day pack (to carry your personal items during daily travels),
    • Rain gear (a rain-jacket and a waterproof trousers or a rain poncho – this can be purchased in Cusco),
    • Resistible footwear, waterproof trekking shoes are recommended,
    • Sandals (for a higher comfort while at a hotspring in Aguas Calientes),
    • Hat or a cap (to protect you against the Sun, rain as well as cold),
    • Sun cream or sun block,
    • After-sun cream or hydrating cream for face and body,
    • Insect repellent– recommended minimum is 20% DEET (please note that no malaria has been reported during this trip!),
    • Camera and its charger/batteries (please note that batteries are consumed quickly under cold conditions),
    • Small towel and toiletries,
    • Sufficient reserve of underwear,
    • Swimsuit (to visit the thermal baths of Aguas Calientes),
    • Snacks (biscuits, energy bars, chocolate, raw fruits, muesli, etc.)
      Please note: we do provide a daily morning snack and our meal service is very complete and well supplied. The recommendation of taken own snack applies only for customers who like a specific snack that might not be in our menu.
    • Bottled water for the first morning and a water bottle.

    How Long is the train ride from Sacred Valley to Machu Picchu?

    The train is leaving from Ollantaytambo train station and the duration train ride is 1 hrs 45 min round trip.

    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..

    How long is the Sacred Valley to Machu Picchu Tour?

    The distance from Sacred Valley to Machu Picchu: 153.3 km

    On the Sacred Valley the duration tour is 8 hrs 30min, between to 08:00 to 15:30

    The Machu Picchu Train departs from Sacred Valley at the Ollanta Station – 1 hr 45 min Minutes from Ollantaytambo to Machu Picchu. Total travel time including transfer from Cusco is approximately 10 hours 30 min each way.

    Combo Sacred Valley to Machu Picchu

    Combo Sacred Valley to Machu PicchuThe Combo Sacred Valley to Machu Picchu tour involves the best experience of visiting the famous Sacred Valley of the IncasMarasMoray and Salineras or Salt mines. This tour usually is private and you can discover and explore the all Sacred Valley of the Incas. Visit Pisac market, Pisac, Moray, Chincheros and Ollantaytambo archeological site, the Salt Mines or Salineras and the small colonial town – Maras. In the afternoon you will take the train to Machu Picchu and spend one night in Aguas Calientes before visiting the site the next day. The next day you will wake up early and take the bus up to Machu Picchu. There, you will visit the Machu Picchu city and have the chance to climb Huayna Picchu mountain (must be purchased in advance) or walk around the ruins. Visit our Combo Sacred Valley to Machu Picchu

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