2 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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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.
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
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
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
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At 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.
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.
Solo Traveller: Please note that if you have booked the "Solo Traveller" option for this 2 day Sacred Valley to Machu Picchu tour, you receive your own single room for the nights.
Local flights: No local flight is included in the cost of the tours.
Our guide will visit your hotel 2 or 1 day before the tour. It is very important, let us know, where you will be staying in Cusco.
All Sacred Valley to Machu Picchu group tours are accompanied by a Tierras Vivas Tour Guide, a Representative or an expedition team. The aim of our Tour Guides is to take a hassle out of our customers’ trips and to help them to have the best trip possible. The Tour Guides provide information on places visited, offer suggestions of what to see and to do, recommend a good place to eat and introduce to his/her colleagues. The Guides have a broad general knowledge of each country visited during a tour, including historical, cultural, religious and social aspects. We also use local Tour Guides where we think that more specific knowledge could add more enjoyment to visited places.
These following hotels are used to accommodate you during your tour:
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.
During the 2 Day tour to Sacred Valley to Machu Picchu, we request our 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$ 20 per person (Double or Single room). we can recommend the following hotel in Machu Picchu or you can choose and book the hotel by yourself:
|MACHU PICCHU HOTELS||STAR||SINGLE||DOUBLE|
|Santuary Lodge Machu Picchu||5 Star||U$ 1500.00||U$ 1500.00|
|Casa Andina Machu Picchu||3 Star||U$ 218.50||U$ 218.50|
|Tierra Viva Machu Picchu||3 Star||U$ 110.00||U$ 150.00|
|Ferre Machu Picchu||3 Star||U$ 230.00||U$ 230.00|
Santuary Lodge Machu Picchu: The accommdation is Standard Patio
Casa Andina Machu Picchu: The accommdation is Standard Traditional
Tierra Viva Hotel Machu Picchu: The accommodation is Standard
Ferre Machu Picchu Hotel: The accommodation is Standard
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.
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”.
The train is leaving from Ollantaytambo train station and the duration train ride is 1 hrs 45 min round trip.
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 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.
The Combo Sacred Valley to Machu Picchu tour involves the best experience of visiting the famous Sacred Valley of the Incas, Maras, Moray 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
Combo Sacred Valley to Machu Picchu Tour
Machu Picchu Overnight is a relaxed journey to and from the sacred city of Machu Picchu, including a train ride to and from Aguas Calientes, a hotel there, and a tour of the Incan city in the early morning. The train passes through countryside and past towns, a relaxing almost 4 hour ride perfect for catching up on reading or getting some shut-eye. Once in Aguas Calientes, there are plenty of activities to enjoy, including the hot springs, and plenty of delicious food options. Then, after a relaxing nights sleep in a cozy hostel, an early morning tour of the remarkable city of Machu Picchu is an experience of a lifetime, one that nobody is likely to ever forget. Tour Machu Picchu 2 Days
Magic of Cusco tour takes travelers through three of the most remarkable locations in the Cusco region. Starting in Cusco, an ancient Incan city that boasts a rich history and a combination of Incan and Spanish architecture. The tour visits the cathedrals of the Plaza de Armas, Qoricancha, and Sacsayhuaman, to name a few. The second day visits the Sacred Valley, which is full of ruins and is lush and beautiful. Travelers visit the bustling and colorful Pisac market and enjoy traditional Andean foods and then take a train from Ollentaytambo to the town of Aguas Calientes. The final day culminates with a tour of the city of Machu Picchu, the highlight of the trip and an unforgettable experience. Cusco Magic 4 Days
A similar trip to the typical Inca Trail trek, this challenging hike instead is a day shorter, which means longer days, and, on the third day, one very early morning. It will be tiring, but worth every sore muscle for the experience of walking through the Sun Gate to watch the sunrise over the ruins of the amazing Incan city, Machu Picchu. This trail also passes many other Incan sites that are otherwise inaccessible. Two nights in the jungle allows hikers to commune closely with nature, as this trail passes through the mountains and the cloud forest, with a wide variety of species along the way. Inca Trail to Machu Picchu 3 Days
Inca Trail to Machu Picchu Tour