A classic 2 day / 1 night tour which takes you through the Sacred Valley of the Incas and onto Machu Picchu by train. From Cusco we pass through the Sacred Valley visiting some important Inca sites as well as the traditional artisan market of Pisac. Stopping for lunch we then explore the Inca Town Ollantaytambo and its fortress. Late afternoon early evening take the picturesque train journey to Machu Picchu town. After a night in a hotel we start the next day with a magical sunrise at the ancient lost city of Machu Picchu. After a full day exploring the entire area we finish the day back at Cusco.
Our amazing tour guides will lead you throughout the ancient city, wonder by wonder – special for your own private group! You will learn about ceremonies, how people lived, and how they connected with the Pacha Mama – or “Mother Earth”. Our local guide will give you inside information passed down so that you will get the real story of what happened here. You will have a full guided tour by your English speaking guide. After that you will have plenty of time on your own to explore and enjoy Machu Picchu, and discover the wonders of the ancient city yourself!
Machu Picchu is tangible evidence of the urban Inca Empire at the peak of its power and achievement—a citadel of cut stone fit together without mortar so tightly that its cracks still can’t be penetrated by a knife blade. It stands 2,430 m above sea-level, in the middle of a tropical mountain forest, in an extraordinarily beautiful setting. It was probably the most amazing urban creation of the Inca Empire at its height; its giant walls, terraces and ramps seem as if they have been cut naturally in the continuous rock escarpments. The natural setting, on the eastern slopes of the Andes, encompasses the upper Amazon basin with its rich diversity of fauna. It is situated on a mountain ridge above the Sacred Valley which is 80 kilometers (50 mi) northwest of Cuzco and through which the Urubamba River flows.
The complex of palaces and plazas, temples and homes may have been built as a ceremonial site, a military stronghold, or a retreat for ruling elites—its dramatic location is certainly well suited for any of those purposes. The ruins lie on a high ridge, surrounded on three sides by the windy, turbulent Urubamba River some 2,000 feet (610 meters) below.
The 2D/1N Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu trip is the best way to visit this area by train, in our humble opinion. This tour visits the highlights of the beautiful valley beginning in Pisaq and ending in Ollantaytambo. You leave that night from the train station in Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes to spend the evening. We recommend to all our travelers to wake up really early the next morning to catch one of the first buses up to the ruins, they are first come – first serve and begin at 5:30AM – to hopefully see the sunrise over the mountains. Of course this is only if the weather cooperates. By the end of this trip, you will definitely be an expert on the Inca Empire.
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
Breakfast and Lunch included
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 3:20pm 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 7:30pm. (If you would like more time at Machu Picchu, later train times are available).
Breakfast is included.
- Entrance Tickets: Admission Ticket for Machupicchu & Roundtrip
- Bus from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu
Sacred Valley tour – Pisac Market, Pisac Ruins and Ollantaytambo
Guided tour of Machu Picchu in English (2.5 hours )
Admission Ticket for Machupicchu
Train from Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes
ONLY PRIVATE TOURS: (Minimum people required: 2)
- Private sacred Valley & Machu Picchu $ 485 per person
- Student discount (with valid ISIC card) – $15
- Under 15 Discount – $15
- Under 7 Discount – $25
Add-ons and Upgrades Available:
Prices depend on the type of service you choose from the following:
a) type of accommodation, single room, double, hotels can be classical or standard amenities, suites or boutique.
b) type of transport to choose for the tours that can be shared or private car.
c) tour guide or driver, all the way from the first day until the last day or only on the tours.
d) All meals in each of the cities or just breakfast.
Your choice of these features will make determine your price.