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Sacred Valley to Machu Picchu Tour 2 Days

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Ollantaytambo, Aguas caliente, Machu Picchu, Sacred valley
Duration 1 day
Travel Style Hike,History,Cultural
Difficulty Easy
Group size Min 2 - Max 10

Embark on an extraordinary hike with 69 Explorer as we explore the heart of the Inca Empire on our Sacred Valley to Machu Picchu 2-Day Tour. This immersive expedition takes you through the picturesque landscapes. Immerse yourself in the culture and rich history of the Sacred Valley, culminating in the awe-inspiring wonder of Machu Picchu.

Our adventure will begin amidst the rolling hills and vibrant communities of the Sacred Valley. Here, you will witness a harmonious blend of stunning natural beauty and Incan heritage. We will travel through charming villages and past agricultural terraces that stretch as far as the eye can see. Each terrace meticulously carved into the mountainside centuries ago. The Sacred Valley lies between 2,000 to 3,000 m (6,560 to 9,840 ft) above sea level. This altitude offers a more temperate climate than the higher altitudes of Cusco, making it an ideal starting point for our journey.

As we delve deeper into the valley, you’ll encounter monumental Inca sites like Pisac and Ollantaytambo. These ruins, with their impressive terraces and intricate stonework, will provide a captivating glimpse into the Incan past. Our knowledgeable guides will share fascinating insights into the history and significance of these sites, enriching your understanding of the Inca civilization.

The second day of our tour marks the highlight of our expedition – the visit to the legendary Machu Picchu. As dawn breaks, we will board the comfortable and scenic train to Aguas Calientes, the gateway to Machu Picchu. The train journey itself is an experience, offering panoramic views of the changing landscape as we follow the course of the Urubamba River.

Upon reaching Machu Picchu, prepare to be mesmerized. Standing at an altitude of around 2,430 m (nearly 8,000 ft), this New Seven Wonder of the World is a testament to the ingenuity of the Incas. We will explore its many temples, terraces, and palaces, with our guides bringing to life the stories and theories that surround this mystical site. Whether basking in the serene beauty of the Sun Gate or marveling at the architectural wonder of the Temple of the Sun, your time at Machu Picchu will be an unforgettable experience.

Throughout the tour, we will ensure your comfort and safety, with accommodations and transport arranged to make your journey as enjoyable as possible. The Sacred Valley to Machu Picchu 2 Day Tour with 69 Explorer is more than just a trip; it’s a voyage into the heart of Andean culture, a journey through breathtaking landscapes, and an opportunity to connect with the wonders of the Incan world.

Prepare to embark on this incredible adventure, as we explore the Sacred Valley and uncover the mysteries of Machu Picchu.

From US$ 397

95% of travelers recommend this experience

Important information

Includes

  • Professional Bilingual Guide: Throughout the tour, you’ll be accompanied by an expert, bilingual guide who will provide detailed insights into the history, culture, and architecture of the Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu.
  • Transportation: The tour includes all necessary transportation. This encompasses the round-trip transfer from your hotel in Cusco to the start of the tour, as well as the return journey. The train journey to and from Aguas Calientes and the bus shuttle to and from Machu Picchu are also included.
  • Accommodation in Aguas Calientes: The tour includes an overnight stay in a comfortable hotel in Aguas Calientes. This ensures that you have a restful night before visiting Machu Picchu early the next morning.
  • Entrance Fees: During the tour all entrance fees to the various sites visited are included. These sites include Pisac and Ollantaytambo archaeological sites in the Sacred Valley, as well as the Machu Picchu citadel.
  • Guided Tours: The tour includes guided visits to the major sites in the Sacred Valley such as Pisac and Ollantaytambo, along with a comprehensive guided tour of Machu Picchu, providing a deeper understanding of these historical sites.
  • Train Tickets: Train tickets from Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes and back are included.
  • Bus Tickets to Machu Picchu: Bus tickets from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu and back are included.

Excludes

  • Meals: While breakfast at the hotel in Aguas Calientes is often included, other meals throughout the tour, such as lunches and dinners, are not covered. You should plan to cover the cost of these meals yourself.
  • Travel Insurance: Travel insurance is not included in the tour package. It’s highly recommended that you arrange your own travel insurance to cover any unexpected events or emergencies.
  • Tips and Gratuities: Tips for guides, drivers, and other service staff are not included in the tour price. While tipping is not mandatory, it is a common practice in Peru for good service.
  • Personal Expenses: Any personal expenses, such as souvenirs, snacks, drinks, and other purchases made during the tour, are not included and will be your responsibility.
  • Additional Activities: If you choose to partake in any additional activities not outlined in the tour itinerary, such as visiting the hot springs in Aguas Calientes or other optional site visits, you will need to cover these costs yourself.
  • Machu Picchu Mountain or Huayna Picchu Tickets: If you wish to hike one of the additional mountains at Machu Picchu, such as Machu Picchu Mountain or Huayna Picchu, tickets for these hikes are not included and must be purchased separately.
  • Return Bus from Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes.

Recommend to carry

  • Valid Passport: Required for entry into Machu Picchu and train travel.
  • Comfortable Clothing: Wear layers for varying temperatures. Include light, breathable clothes for the day and warmer layers for cooler evenings.
  • Sturdy Footwear: Comfortable hiking shoes or boots with good grip are essential for exploring archaeological sites and walking in Machu Picchu.
  • Rain Gear: A waterproof jacket or poncho is crucial, especially during the rainy season (November to March).
  • Sun Protection: High-altitude sun can be intense. Bring a hat, sunglasses, and high-SPF sunscreen.
  • Water Bottle: Stay hydrated. A refillable water bottle is essential, as you can refill it at various points.
  • Snacks: Pack light snacks like energy bars, fruits, or nuts for quick energy boosts.
  • Camera or Smartphone: To capture memories.
  • Small Daypack: For carrying essentials during your visits.
  • Cash: For small purchases, meals, and tips. Not all places accept credit cards, and ATMs can be scarce.
  • Basic First Aid Kit: Include essentials like plasters, pain relievers, and any personal medication.
  • Insect Repellent: Especially during the rainy season to protect against mosquitoes.
  • Government-issued ID or Student ID: If you have availed of a discount based on age or student status.
  • Face Mask and Hand Sanitizer: Depending on current health guidelines.
  • Lightweight Binoculars: Optional, for bird watching or viewing distant landscapes.
  • Warm Clothing: Nights in the Andes can be cold, so include a warm jacket or fleece.
  • Travel Documents: Keep a copy of your tour itinerary, hotel reservations, and train tickets.
  • Personal Hygiene Items: Such as tissues, wet wipes, and a small towel.

Itinerary

On the first day of our Sacred Valley to Machu Picchu tour, spanning 2 days, we will embark on an journey through the heart of the Incan empire. Starting in Cusco and winding through Pisac, Urubamba, and Ollantaytambo, before reaching Aguas Calientes.

Our day will begin with a morning departure from Cusco, where we will drive through the Andean landscape towards Pisac. The route to Pisac, approximately 33 km (20.5 mi) from Cusco, offers stunning views of the mountains and valleys. In Pisac, we will explore its famous archaeological site, known for its impressive terraced hillsides and Incan ruins. This location, at an altitude of about 2,972 m (9,751 ft), will provide a spectacular vantage point of the Sacred Valley.

Next, we will journey to Urubamba, a charming town located in the heart of the Sacred Valley. Here, at an altitude of 2,871 m (9,419 ft), we will enjoy a leisurely lunch (not included in the package), allowing us to experience the local cuisine and culture.

Following lunch, we will continue to Ollantaytambo. This historic town, with an elevation of 2,792 m (9,160 ft), is home to some of the valley’s most well-preserved Inca ruins. We will spend time exploring the massive terraces and fortifications, gaining insights into the architectural mastery of the Incas.

Our final leg of the day will take us to Aguas Calientes, the gateway to Machu Picchu. We will travel by train from Ollantaytambo, a journey that will reveal changing landscapes and the winding Urubamba River. On arrival in Aguas Calientes, situated at an elevation of about 2,040 m (6,690 ft), we will check into our hotel and have the evening free to explore the town or relax in preparation for the next day’s visit to Machu Picchu.

Key Statistics for Day One of the Sacred Valley to Machu Picchu Tour:

  • Distance covered: Approximately 95 km (59 mi) from Cusco to Aguas Calientes.
  • Highest altitude: Pisac at 2,972 m (9,751 ft).
  • Lowest altitude: Aguas Calientes at 2,040 m (6,690 ft).
  • Level of difficulty: Moderate, with exploration of ruins and some walking involved.

This day promises a blend of cultural immersion, historical exploration, and scenic beauty, making the first day of the Sacred Valley to Machu Picchu tour an unforgettable start to a remarkable journey.

On Day 2 of our Sacred Valley to Machu Picchu tour, the pinnacle of our journey awaits. We will delve into the mysteries of Machu Picchu before returning to Cusco, completing our 2-day exploration of Incan wonders.

Our day will begin early in Aguas Calientes. After breakfast, we will catch the first shuttle buses up to Machu Picchu, climbing to an altitude of about 2,430 m (7,970 ft). This early start ensures we witness the sunrise over the citadel, a truly magical experience.

Once we arrive at Machu Picchu we’ll spend several hours exploring the iconic Inca site. Our guided tour will cover the main areas of the citadel, including the Temple of the Sun, the Room of the Three Windows, and the Intihuatana stone. After the guided tour, you will have some free time to explore independently. This is a perfect opportunity to take in the breathtaking views and reflect on the historical significance of this UNESCO World Heritage Site.

In the afternoon, we will descend back to Aguas Calientes. Here, you’ll have some time for lunch and to explore the town before we board our return train to Ollantaytambo. This train journey will once again offer stunning views of the Andean landscape.

Upon arriving in Ollantaytambo, our private transport will be waiting to drive us back to Cusco. This drive offers one last chance to enjoy the beautiful Sacred Valley scenery.

Key Statistics for Day Two of the Sacred Valley to Machu Picchu Tour:

  • Distance covered: The round trip from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu and back is approximately 8.5 km (5.3 mi).
  • Highest altitude: Machu Picchu at approximately 2,430 m (7,970 ft).
  • Lowest altitude: Aguas Calientes at about 2,040 m (6,690 ft).
  • Level of difficulty: Moderate. The tour involves walking and exploring the ruins, with some steep and uneven terrain.

This trek offers a once-in-a-lifetime experience to explore one of the world’s most iconic archaeological sites. With 69 Expeditions, every step of this journey promises new discoveries and unforgettable memories.

FAQs

The tour typically starts with a visit to key sites in the Sacred Valley like Pisac and Ollantaytambo on Day 1, followed by an overnight stay in Aguas Calientes. On Day 2, you will visit Machu Picchu and then return to Cusco.

Visa requirements depend on your nationality. It’s essential to check visa requirements for Peru based on the country of your passport.

Moderate in difficulty, the trek involves walking at high altitudes and exploring archaeological sites, but does not require extensive physical fitness.

Key items include a valid passport, comfortable clothing in layers, sturdy footwear, rain gear, sun protection, a water bottle, and personal essentials. It’s advisable to pack light as you will be carrying your items throughout the tour.

Altitude sickness can be a concern due to the high elevations. Make sure to acclimatize in Cusco or the Sacred Valley for a few days.

Breakfast at the hotel in Aguas Calientes is often included, but other meals usually are not. Plan to cover the cost of lunches and dinners yourself.

Group sizes can vary. It’s best to check with 69 Expeditions for the specifics of your tour group size.

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