Explore the best of the Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu in just two days and one night. You will visit Awanacancha, the Pisaq market, the Inca site of Pisaq and Ollantaytambo as you head to Aguas Calientes and visit Machu Picchu early the next day, for sunrise.
The Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu tour is one of the favorite tours of travelers in Cusco. You can visit Awanacancha (estate of Alpacas and Llamas), the Ancient Tombs of Pisaq, the handicraft market and the beautiful village of Ollantaytambo. From Ollantaytambo, you will take the train to Aguas Calientes and spend the night in a 3-star hotel. The second day is visiting the World Heritage site, citadel of Machu Picchu, visiting the Intipunku or Inca Bridge, terraces, palaces, temples. Later, you will take the Panoramic Vistadome train back to Cusco.
Highlights of the Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu
Price per person
To book the Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu Tour, you must make a down payment of 140 USD per person, the remaining balance can be paid online, in installments or in Cusco with any credit card without any reservation fee.
All travelers under the age of 17 will have $35. If you are 25 or younger at the time of travel, you can get the $35 discount with your student ID. Please notify by email to give you a code for the discount.
Itinerary of the Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu Tour
DAY 1: CUSCO – SACRED VALLEY – AGUAS CALIENTES
Choose your hotel anywhere in the city of Cusco at 8 am and drive for 30 minutes with your exclusive transport and tour guide to Awanacancha, where you will see llamas and alpacas, vicuñas and guanacos. Your guide will explain the main difference between these famous South American animals, visit the textile center to learn the weaving process, how the locals get the natural colors and you can also buy. It is then another 30 minutes to the Mirador del Valle Sagrado to have a spectacular view of the Andes, the Urubamba River and the agricultural lands of the Sacred Valley in the Incas. Then you will visit the archaeological site of Pisaq, located on top of the mountains with impressive stone walls, agricultural terraces, irrigation systems and the largest cemetery of the Inca Empire. After exploring with incredible views, you will drive to visit the local Pisaq handicraft market, where artisans offer their ceramics, textiles, jewelry, Andean instruments, alpaca products and souvenirs. Then, go for 1 hour to Urubamba for lunch at a local restaurant with various local Peruvian dishes, using fresh produce from the area.
The second part of the tour is driving to Ollantaytambo, the citadel of the Last Living Inca, so called because the current city is built on top of ancient Inca buildings. The locals here used the same foundations, the same doors of the Inca buildings. They just made the second floor; even water channels have worked with water since Inca times. Ollantaytambo also has an impressive archaeological site with temples, terraces, warehouses, and we can find the heaviest Inca monolithic transported from another mountain located 5 km away. After exploring the city, you will take the train to Aguas Calientes and spend the night in a hotel (Intipunku or similar).
DAY 2: MACHU PICCHU – CUSCO
Get up early at your hotel, have breakfast and take the first buses to Machu Picchu. Upon arrival, you must show an original passport at the checkpoint to enter the citadel. Your tour guide will take you on a short hike first to the Intipunku (Sun Gate) or the Inca Bridge before taking you to explore the fortress. It will be a guided tour of approximately 3 hours, visiting the terraces, warehouses, temples, most notable palaces and giving some free time to explore on your own or take additional hikes to Huayna Picchu or the Machu Picchu mountain (Mountain). These additional hikes are optional and are not included in the tour.
After exploring Machu Picchu, you will take the bus to Aguas Calientes, have lunch (not included) and take the panoramic Vistadome train back to Ollantaytambo and then our modern van back to Cusco. Arrival time is around 19:30 hours back to your hotel.
PLACES WE VISIT:
Awanakancha (farm of llamas and alpacas). It is located 30 minutes outside of Cusco, where you will see the traditional Inca animals: llamas, alpacas, vicuñas and guanacos. Your tour guide will explain the difference between them, the weaving process and the techniques.
Inca site of Pisaq (The largest cemetery of the Incas). Located on top of the mountains at 2975 m, this is one of the most beautiful archaeological sites after Machu Picchu in the Sacred Valley, surrounded by impressive walls, agricultural terraces, tunnels, bridges, warehouses and the cemetery, considered as one of the pre-Columbian cemeteries of the Inca empire.
Pisaq Market (Salineras). Pisaq has one of the most famous markets in the Cusco region. Locals bring to sell their handcrafted ceramics, textiles, jewelry, Andean instruments, alpaca products and souvenirs, attracting hundreds of visitors every day. A large part of the market is oriented to tourism today. However, it is still possible to see, especially on Sundays, when local communities come to Pisaq to participate in colorful dresses.
Ollantaytambo (Last Living Inca Citadel). Ollantaytambo is located 94 km from Cusco, the entrance to Machu Picchu, as the central train station is located on the outskirts of the city. The modern city is located above the old buildings with narrow adobe streets, water channels, a city that has been continuously inhabited since the fourteenth century. That is why the village is called the last living Inca citadel. In the Spanish conquest, it was used as a fortress during the Battle of Ollantaytambo.
Machu Picchu (Lost Inca City) The Historic Sanctuary of Machu Picchu is located high on the slopes of the Andes, a unique testimony of the great Inca civilization, a masterpiece of art, architecture and urban engineering. Accidentally discovered in 1911 by American explorer Hiram Bingham III, he was looking for Vilcabamba, the last capital of the Incas, from 1536 to 1572. Today it is a World Heritage Site and one of the New Seven Wonders.
Included in the Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu Tour
Not included in the Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu Tour
What to take on this trip
Important to know
Optional hikes after Machu Picchu Tour:
Huayna Picchu Mountain – The cost of this ticket is $75 per person. You can climb after the Machu Picchu tour, and it takes 2 hours round trip; you need to book well in advance.
Machu Picchu Mountain – Also called Machu Picchu Mountain, it is the highest mountain and climbing takes almost 3 hours, the cost is $75 per person.
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