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MACHU PICCHU & SACRED VALLEY 2 DAY TOUR

Our special service of Machu Picchu & Sacred Valley 2 Day Tour combines our Full Day Sacred Valley Tour and a train trip to Machu Picchu. You are going to have private van. This option will allow you early access to this iconic archaeological site.  On arrival to Aguas Calientes town you check in to your comfortable hotel  and the next day you wake up at the crack of dawn to visit the archeological site of Machu Picchu.

TRIP DETAILS

DEPARTURE

 daily departures with 2 or more people.

ACLIMATIZATIONS

no needed, because it is lower than cusco.

BEST TIME

Best from March to november.

SOLITUDE RATING

famous, touristy place, crowded.

ELEVATION

2000 m (6561,799 ft)- 2600 m (8,530 ft).

CUSTOMIZABLE

yes! private, custom, add-ons all available.

TRIP ACTIVITIES & FEATURES

 Machu Picchu, train ride, Sacred Valley, Pisac, Ollantaytambo, Pisac Market, Aguas Calientes, Inca Ruin, gorgeous scenery.

TRIP TYPE

Sightseeing.

SEASON

year around.

DIFFICULTY

Easy.

DURATION

2 day.

DISTANCE

Walking in town and in ruin site only.

MACHU PICCHU SACRED VALLEY 2 DAYS TOUR ITINERARY

Day 1: PISAQ – OLLANTAYTAMBO:

We will pick you up from your hotel lobby at 07:00 am in Cusco for your Machu Picchu & Sacred Valley tour. Then we will take a road that leads to Pisac. We will visit the 4 main sites, Awana Cancha where you see (Alpacas, Llamas, Vicuña, and Huanacos), Pisac Archeological site, Pisac Market and Ollantaytambo Archeological site.  On the halfway, we will have our lunch in Urubamba, after lunch we can visit Brewery(optional) then we go to visit the Archeological center of Ollantaytambo. After visiting Ollantaytambo, we will take the train to Aguas Calientes at 03:37 pm or 07:30 pm, depending on the availability. Once we arrive at Aguas Calientes we go to check in our Hotel, have dinner, and overnight.

Day 2: MACHU PICCHU:

Day two is the most magical day: Machu Picchu. We will wake up early, to take the first bus up to Machu Picchu and see the sunrise over the ruins.

Your guide will spend around 2 hours explaining the highlights of Machu Picchu.   Afterward, you will have free time to explore by yourself the ruins and hike Huayna Picchu Mountain if you have booked this option. (This is a separate entrance ticket that costs $15 per person). Finally, you will return to Aguas Calientes and take a train back to Ollantaytambo, and then bus back to Cusco.   Once in Cusco, we will transfer you back to your hotel.

INCLUSIONS FOR THE MACHU PICCHU SACRED VALLEY TOUR

What’s Included?

  • Professional English-speaking guides for 2 days.
  • Hotel in Aguas Cabaña 3 stars or similar.
  • Tourist transportation for Sacred Valley tour.
  • All entrance fees to the archeological sites visited.
  • Round trip Train ticket from Ollantaytambo-Aguas Calientes-Ollantaytambo.
  • Breakfast at the hotel in Aguas Calientes.
  • Round trip Bus ticket from Aguas Calientes- Machu Picchu-Aguas Calientes.
  • Entrance fee to Machu Picchu.
  • Guided tour for 2 hours in Machu Picchu.
  • Transportation to Cusco and to your hotel.
  • Salta mine ticket.

Does Not Include:

  • Lunch and dinner on the first day(The are many restaurants which you can choose at the moment).
  • Huaynapicchu Mountain($15 per person).
  • Machu Picchu Mountain ($15 per person).
  • Lunch on the second day.

ADDITIONAL THING TO UPGRADE

1.- Huayna Picchu Mountain

Huayna Picchu Mountain behind the citadel and commonly seen in pictures as the background of the ruins in every classic picture of Machu Picchu. Each day, only 400 spaces are offered per day in 2 available shifts. From 7a.m. to 8a.m. (200 spaces) and from 9a.m. to 10a.m. (200 spaces). Tickets are required and it sells out a few months in advance.
 
The path narrows towards the upper section of the trail and goes up steep staircases and past stone ruins clinging to cliff precipices. There are handrails and ropes to grab onto for extra support, but it’s a scary experience for anyone with a fear of heights. Reaching the summit will take a mere 45 minutes and a round trip is 2 hours roughly. Perhaps the most amazing aspect of this hike is the 360-degree view from the summit, which overlooks the Inca ruins, the snaking Wilkamayu (Urubamba) River, and the lush mountainous landscape.

Huayna Picchu Mountain is: $15

This is the picture that you will take from the top of Huayna Picchu Mountain

 

2.- Machu Picchu Mountain

Machu Picchu Mountain is located on the opposite side of Huayna Picchu Mountain. It offers The panoramic vista of the Inca ruins of Machu Picchu, Huayna Picchu Mountain, and Putucusi Mountains, the snaking Wilkamayu (Urubamba) River,  the lush mountainous landscape and the last part of the Classic Inca Trail.
 
The trail to Machu Picchu Mountain is ascending through steps made of stone and well-established paths. The walk is not really dangerous, nor difficult to perform, but it will require all your strength. As the trail gets closer to the base of Machu Picchu Mountain, the steps become steeper, narrower, and more challenging and there isn’t any flat part. The amount of time to hike up to Machu Picchu mountain depends on the physical condition of the person and can range from 1 to 1.5 hours to climb or 2 to 3 hours (round-trip). 

Machu Picchu Mountain is $15

This is the picture that you will take from the top of Machu Picchu Mountain

3.- Vistadome Train 

If you love nature and the countryside, the PeruRail Vistadome is exactly what you are looking for. The panoramic windows located beside and above your seat will bring you close to nature unlike anything you’ve experienced before. The  Vistadome train offers you a unique connection with the scenery along the way to Machu Picchu(Llacta), making customers feel as if they were somehow part of the nature that surrounds them. Return trips on the Vistadome option, also offer you an onboard fashion show, featuring the exclusive baby alpaca wool collection with the latest trends in alpaca apparel, all available for sale. As an added bonus, you can enjoy live dances inspired by the ancient culture of the Andes of Peru. Passengers also get a snack made of local ingredients.

One way Vistadome Ticket is $35
Round trip Vistadome ticket is $70

Our price is $445 per person.

What you need to take:

  • Original passport.
  • Tennis shoes or trainers.
  • Long, comfortable pants and a wind jacket.
  • Sweater and light shirt.
  • Rain jacket or poncho – in any season it can rain.
  • Camera with a full battery and lots of memory!.
  • Insect repellent (for sand flies).
  • Sunblock and sunglasses.
  • Personal first aid kit (personal medications).
  • Water bottle with 1-2 liters of water.
  • Light backpack.
  • Snacks (everything is more expensive in Aguas Calientes!).
  • Padlock for a locker in the hostel.
  • Flashlight if you plan to walk up to MP early in the morning.
  • Towel.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION

Best time 

Machu Picchu is opened all year round, with October through April the official rainy season. The heaviest rain is in February this is also the time when the Inca Trail is closed, as landslides can occur and the experience for hikers would not be positive, but it is also a time when you’ll have the citadel almost for yourself, but it can rain all year. The peak tourist season is July and August which is part of the dry season and you will be with thousands of other travelers and there will be long lines to enter the ruins and catch the bus. It is free to enter Machu Picchu on Sundays for Peruvians so the crowds are bigger on Sundays.

Bathroom

Bad news, there are no bathrooms or food stalls in Machu Picchu. Make sure you use the bathroom before you enter the site. It is right in front of the entrance and costs two soles.

Mistake 

If it is cloudy and rainy and you will leave the viewing platform where the most classic photos are taken from and start the tour around Machu Picchu, with a hope to come back when the weather improves, we would like to inform you that this is impossible. Once you are on the trail you only have to move forward and follow the circuit – there are many guards with whistles watching, and you won’t stand a chance.

Food and Water 

When it comes to food and water, bring your own. The ticket says that eating inside the site is prohibited, but you can bring a small snack with you, only try not to eat too openly, and it comes without saying that you should not litter. Also, you should bring your water in re-usable flasks or canteens, because Machu Picchu tries to fight against single-use plastic bottles.

Important things you should know

  • As per the new rules, you can stay in the Machu Picchu area only 4 hours, but it is almost impossible to enforce this rule unless visitors would have been all the time harassed by guards who would have to ask them over and over again what time did they enter (this rule should be more strict).
  • When visiting Machu Picchu, you must bring the passport with you as you will need it to enter the site.
  • With the standard entry ticket to Machu Picchu, you will not be allowed back in after you exit, even if you do not spend the full 4 hours allotted with each ticket. However, following the pathway through the ruins generally does not last 4 hours. A complete guided tour only tends to last between 2 to 3 hours.
  • With the Machu Picchu + Machu Picchu Mountain and Machu Picchu + Huayna Picchu mountain ticket, you can exit after your hike to buy water and use the bathroom, and then afterward reenter with your guide for the citadel tour.
  • Be careful with selfie-and jumping pictures, as these cause most of the accidents in the mountains.
  • Park rangers invite you to retire from Huayna Picchu mountain at 12:30 pm, and from Machu Picchu mountain at 12 pm.
  • Training shoes or lightweight walking shoes highly recommended.
  • Strong insect repellent recommended.
  • Machu Picchu is a unique site, and if you want, you can get a pretty unusual stamp into your Passport.

Prohibited objects inside Machu Picchu

  • Walking sticks are not allowed unless the person needs them.
  • It is not allowed to enter Machu Picchu with drones, hiking poles, tripods, or selfie sticks as well. Older people can carry a cane, but with a rubber tip, not with a metal one.
  • Professional cameras are not allowed. Permits for professional cameras are over $300 so avoid bringing a professional-looking camera in to save some money.
  • You cannot enter to Machu Picchu with your travel backpack. Only smaller models are allowed so leave your backpack in Aguas Calientes in your Hotel.