Sacred Valley And Machu Picchu 2 Days / 1 Night
Machu Picchu: Machu Picchu, the famous "lost city of the Incas," stands out as the top tourist highlight in Peru. Constructed around 1450 as a royal estate, the Machu Picchu citadel was inhabited for roughly 100 years before being abandoned during the Spanish conquest of the region. The mysterious ruins, which lie 75 miles northwest of Cuzco, remained hidden and practically forgotten until American explorer Hiram Bingham rediscovered the site in 1911. Local tourism infrastructure gradually developed, and in 1983 UNESCO named Machu Picchu a World Heritage Site. Nowadays, most tourists take the four-hour train ride from outside Cuzco to Machu Picchu with service from PeruRail. Alternatively, adventurous trekkers may complete the challenging four-day Inca Trail hike to Machu Picchu.
The Sacred Valley: Also popular is the nearby Sacred Valley, or Valle Sagrado. The valley opens up 10 miles north of Cuzco, sprawling far into the surrounding mountains with the powerful Urubamba River cutting through its central plain. Several traditional villages dot the landscape, and a handful of treasured Inca ruins sit nestled within the valley's winding hills. The main attractions here include the towns and corresponding ruin sites of Pisac, Chinchero and Ollantaytambo. From tours of the Inca ruins and outdoor adventure-sport activities to shopping in artisan markets and indigenous cultural immersion, the Sacred Valley offers a range of pursuits.
Day 1: Cusco - The Sacred Valley tour - Machu Picchu town
At 8am we set off from Cusco heading up and over the highlands towards the Sacred Valley of the Incas. We arrive at Pisac on the Urubamba river and visit the colourful Pisac village market. Here you can bargain for some of the many artisan goodies on offer. You can either stay here haggling for longer or head up to Pisac ruins situated high up overlooking the valley. After an hour exploring this magnificent site we head back down and through the valley until we reach the town of Urubamba. Here we take a traditional lunch before heading on to Ollantaytambo town for our tour of the archeological site which hang, high on the valley walls overlooking the town. Ollantaytambo is the gateway to Machu Picchu, where the road ceases and the route must be continued by train. If you have chosen a private service tour then you will board the afternoon train to Aguas Calientes (3.37pm). If you are with shared group then, due to slower travel times, you will board the later, evening train (7.00pm).
On arrival, our representative will help you find your hotel. Our guide will visit you at your hotel to brief you about the next days events.
You then have the evening free to relax or investigate some of the many activities available.
Overnight in Aguas Calientes
Day 2: Machu Picchu town - Cusco
After breakfast your guide will accompany you for an early bus to the the citadel of Machu Picchu. Our professional guide will slowly show you around the main areas recounting myths and legends passed down over the centuries and explaining about some of the advanced building techniques the Incas used. After your tour you will have plenty of time to look around maybe do some of the other treks which are available in the surrounding mountains. At about 1.30pm it will be time to have lunch in town and at 4:45pm (3.20pm when opting for the Vistadome and staying at luxury hotels) you will board the return train through the Sacred Valley to Poroy town and then a transfer back to your hotel in Cusco arriving at approximately 9:00pm (7.30pm with Vistadome). If you would like more time at Machu Picchu, later train times are available.
- Hotels included: 1 night in Aguas Calientes
- Entrance tickets: Roundtrip Bus from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu
- Excursions: Sacred Valley tour - Pisac Market, Pisac Ruins and Ollantaytambo
- Guide: Guided tour of Machu Picchu in English (2.5 hours )
- Machupicchu: Admission Ticket for Machupicchu
- Tips: not included
- Train: Train from Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes - Poroy - (Vistadome Train with luxury hotels / Expedition Train Tourist, Economic and Comfort hotels)
- Hotel in Cusco