Tour Machu Picchu and Sacred Valley of the Incas 2 Days/ 1 Night

  • Destination: Machu Picchu, Peru, Sacred Valley
  • Duration: 2 days
  • Price per person: $360
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This tour is a combination of the Sacred Valley Tour and the Classic Train Tour to Machu Picchu. That makes this package ideal for those who only have 2 days to experience Cusco and the most important sites of the Incas. Enjoy the beauty of the Andes in the famous Sacred Valley of the Incas, see the farming terraces cultivated with mais crops by modern Cusquenians, cuddle the llamas and alpacas during the route, see the traditional market in Pisaq, have a guided tour at the Inca ruins of Pisac, visit the ruins of Ollantaytambo and finally discover breathtaking Machu Picchu!

Itinerary

Day 1

Cusco – Sacred Valley – Aguas Calientes

The Sacred Valley tour starts at 8:00 am in Cusco. We will pick you up from your hotel and bring you to the bus, where you will meet your tour guide and travel mates (shared service). We leave Cusco around 8:30 am in direction to Pisaq, descending to the sacred river Urubamba. With a few stops along the way at various lookout points, we will arrive at Pisaq where you can enjoy discovering the traditional handicraft market. Here, you have enough time to do some local souvenir shopping. Afterwards we continue our trip and drive up the mountain to the Pisaq ruins. Our tour guide will take you around the temples, terraces and tunnels of this complex while constantly enjoying the majestic view of the sacred river and also the Intihuatana (sun clock).

We then drive among the Urubamba river, passing through a little colourful town where you can observe the descendants of the Quechua people wearing their beautiful colourful ponchos. Our next stop is in Urubamba where will have lunch (we recommend a lunch buffet with Peruvian food). After a short rest we keep on until we reach Ollantaytambo, one of the last living Inca towns. You will be amazed by this village! You will have some time to explore the impressive Temple of the Sun with its intricate stone worked details, the terraces constructed to sustain the mountain, the temple in shape of a llama and its beautiful water fountains.

After exploring the complex, your tour guide will bring you to the train station from where you will take the train at 04:30 pm in direction to Aguas Calientes (Machu Picchu Town). Enjoy the incredible journey of 2 hours on the train with its panoramic windows where you can observe the Urubamba River descending from the high valley down to the cloud forest at 2000 meters. The landscapes changes drastically in front of your eyes! You will be amazed to see the tropical mountain ending in a snow carpet and the small waterfalls shimering on the hills, forming small rivers that flow down to converge at the Sacred River. After these spectacular natural views you arrive at Aguas Calientes where the warm atmosphere welcomes you with typical jungle sounds.

Our staff will be waiting for you at the gate of the train station in Aguas Calientes and bring you to your hostel.

At 07:00 pm you will receive a short briefing from your tour guide for the next day’s excursion, so please make sure you will be in the hotel at that time.

Accommodation: Hotel Hatun Inti Classic

Day 2

Machu Picchu – Ollantaytambo – Cusco

The day you were waiting for!

Wake up very early in the morning to have your breakfast (at 04:00 am) and then take the bus uphill to the famous Inca Citadel of Machu Picchu, the Lost City of the Incas. The first bus leaves at 05:30 am and takes a 25 minutes ride.

Optional take the path which is winding up the mountain to reach Machu Picchu.

Machu Picchu gate opens at 06:00, so arriving early you will be one of the first visitors of the day, avoiding the crowds. In case you don’t want to wake up early, please take the bus at 7 am.

At 07:45 am your bilingual tour guide will take you around the vast ruins for about 2.5 hours, comprehensively explaining the historical significance of Machu Picchu and its importance in the Inca Empire.

Machu Picchu is the best known of all the Inca Archaeological sites, as it is recognised worldwide as one of the new seven wonders, even though it’s not mentioned in any handwritten Chronicle of the Spanish Conquerors. Experts believe that Machu Picchu has been constructed around the mid-15th century by Inca Pachacuteq and was rediscovered in 1911 by American historian Hiram Bingham.

The guided tour of this fascinating site will be an unforgettable experience, visiting the Main Square, the Royal Quarters, The Temple of the Three Windows, the Circular Sun Tower, the Sacred Sun Dial (Intihuatana) and the Burial Grounds.

After the excursion, you can climb up the mountain Huayna Picchu from which you will have stunning views over the whole complex! However, there are only 400 entrance tickets per day. Therefore, please let us know in advance if you would like to do the hike when you do your tour reservation (extra cost of US$ 15.00).

Due Huayna Picchu is very fast oversold, we are offering Machu Picchu Mountain as a second climbing option. The advantage of this hike is that it is less crowed, but not less beautiful. The cost of this climb is also US$ 15.00 per entrance.

After this, you will have some free time to wander around. Optional you can do some unguided walks to Inti Punku, the Sun Gate, which is the traditional end of the Classic Inca Trail (1.30 hours hike both ways), or to the Inca Bridge (1 hour hike). Otherwise you can simply explore the ruins and enjoy the inspiring atmosphere and breathtaking views.

A frequent bus service takes visitors back to Aguas Calientes (included) at any time. If you prefer, take a walk down through the jungle – it will take you roughly 45 minutes.

You will arrive to Aguas Calientes for a late lunch or to enjoy a dip in the hot springs (not included). In the afternoon late afternoon at 07:00 pm, you take the train back to Ollantaytambo and then a tourist transport to Cusco. If you want to return to Cusco in the early afternoon, please let us know so we can book an early train at 2:30 pm or 4:12 pm (according to the service, it will have an extra cost of US$ 30.00).

Meals: Breakfast

Included:
  • Pick up from your hotel
  • Local cellphone
  • 24-hour-support from company owner
  • 1 day Sacred Valley tour with a guide in Pisaq and Ollantaytambo
  • Transport to the Sacred Valley
  • Entrance ticket for Machu Picchu (US$ 18 discount with valid student card, please bring the original)
  • Tourist train tickets both ways with reserved seats
  • Bus Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu -Aguas Calientes
  • Guided tour 2.5 hours in Machu Picchu
  • Accommodation at a 3 star hostel (single persons pays +US$ 60 for accommodation)
  • 1 breakfast on the second day
  • Private transfer back from Ollantaytambo to Cusco
Not Included:
  • Meals on the Sacred Valley Tour
  • Entrance ticket to Huayna Picchu US$ 15.00 (book it in advance!)
  • Entrance ticket for the Sacred Valley (Tourist ticket for 1 day costs 70 Soles)
  • Meals on the second day (except breakfast)
  • Entrance ticket to hot springs (10 Soles)
  • Insurance of any kind
Optional:
  • Extra night in Aguas Calientes US$ 60.00 per person (on double occupancy, you have to book it in advance to organise your train ticket for the following day)
  • We recommend you to buy the General Tourist Ticket for the Sacred Valley Tour that allows you to visit 16 places including the ruins of Cusco and the museums. Otherwise you can purchase a one day partial ticket which allows a one day visit of just the Sacred Valley sites including Pisaq, Ollantaytambo and Chinchero. This is in case you are not planning to visit any of the Cusco sites.
Recommendations, what to bring:
  • Your original passport (to control your train ticket and entrance ticket to Machu Picchu)
  • Original student card if you book your tour as student
  • Day backpack
  • Warm clothes for the early morning and evening
  • Water
  • Camera and extra batteries
  • Rainjacket or poncho (being close to the jungle weather is unpredictable)
  • Change of clothes
  • Basic toiletries
  • Sun protection (sun cream, hat)
  • Insect repellent (must be number one in your list)
  • Torch or heat light (if you decide to walk on the morning to Machu Picchu)
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Extra money (prices in Aguas Calientes can be higher than anywhere else in Peru)
What we need when you make a reservation:
  • Full name as it is written in your passport (please include a copy of your passport)
  • Passport number
  • Nationality
  • Date of birth
  • Scan copy of your student card (if you have one, it’s US$ 18 less)
  • Tour departure date
  • Send a deposit of 60% of the total price of your tour. (The remainder of your balance will be due upon your arrival in Cusco.) Payment may be made via *Western UnionPayPalABN AMRO Bank in Holland or securely and directly through our website by choosing your desired tour and clicking on the BOOK NOW button.

Price per person US$ 360 (Group price)
Price is based on two people.

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Upgrade your hotel

Price per person US$ 375 (Group price) Hotel la Cabaña
Price per person US$ 400 (Group price) Hotel Hatun Inti Boutique
Price per person US$ 500 (Group price) Hotel Casa del Sol
Price per person US$ 570 (Group price) Hotel Sumaq

Upgraded hotel is reserved with the basic price, and then the rest of the price is added to the remaining balance.

Private tour guide in Machu Picchu
1 person US$ 80
2 persons US$ 40 pp
3 persons US$ 27 PP
4 persons US$ 20 pp
over 4 persons US$ 18 pp

Exclusive international transaction fees: The amount of the extra transaction fees depends on how the payment is made and on your bank. For further information please don’t hesitate to ask.

Terms and Conditions

Upon request, with each booked tour with Green Peru Adventures, you will receive a free walking tour of the mysterious and historic city of Cusco. You will be guided by one of our multilingual, professional guides.

We are looking forward to create  an unforgettable experience for you.