SACRED VALLEY TO MACHU PICCHU - TRAIN

2 Days
TREK DURATION

2 miles / day
DAILY DISTANCE

DIFFICULTY

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Visit Cusco, the Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu with no hiking or camping

  • Professionally guided tour of several Inca Archeological Sites (including Machu Picchu)
  • Private van ride from Cusco City through the Sacred Valley
  • Visit the Písac market, an outdoor market run by the local inhabitants of the Sacred Valley
  • Our guides are local to the Cusco Region, fluent in English and have several years of experience leading tours
  • Explore the Sacred Valley, the valley that connects Cusco and Machu Picchu
  • Tour of the Ollantaytambo Fortress and its ruins
  • Multiple micro-climates, including cloud forests, rain forests and mountain scenery
  • Best option for those who want to experience as much as possible in 2 days with no hiking or camping

$485 U.S. Dollars per person


NOTES:
  • A $200 deposit is required for each person. We use your deposit to secure your hotel and entrance tickets for Machu Picchu in advance. The $200 will be deducted from your total price.
  • A 5% Transaction Fee will be added to the total cost if you pay via credit/debit card. We are charged to convert and transfer money. We do our best to keep this rate as low as possible.
  • We HIGHLY recommended that reservations are made 2+ months in advance. We cannot guarantee permit availability for trips requested less than 2 months in advance.

WHAT'S INCLUDED:

  • Transportation
  • 2 Breakfasts, 1 lunch and 1 dinner
  • One night in a 3-Star Hotel
  • Professional Guide
  • Entrance Ticket to Machu Picchu
  • Medical Supplies
  • Taxes

WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED:

  • Tourist ticket for Sacred Valley: $22, must be purchased in person, with valid passport.
  • Huayna Picchu: $75 (Optional)
  • Vista Dome Train: $70 (Optional)
  • 4-star Hotel Upgrade: $35
  • Lunch & dinner on 2nd day


ADDITIONAL DETAILS ABOUT WHAT'S INCLUDED

WHAT'S INCLUDED:

TRANSPORTATION: All transportation is included.

HOTELS: One night in Aguas Calientes. We are happy to book additional nights, either before or after the tour, if needed. Simply let us know if you'd like to extend and we will give you a quote. Rooms are based on double occupancy, there is an additional fee for a single room. 4 or 5 star hotels are also available at an additional charge. We can also book the tour without any hotels if you prefer to book them on your own.

FOOD: Breakfast for each day is included, as are the lunch and dinner on the first day. Please notify our staff of any food allergies or restrictions and we will ensure that the food is prepared properly.

PROFESSIONAL GUIDES: Kusa Treks strives for greatness and this starts and ends with our people. All of our trek leaders are locals to this region and studied Tourism and/or Archaeology at an University. They are all fluent in English and are passionate about their work. Trust me when I say, there is no better person to be on a trip with than a Kusa Treks guide, you will be in incredible hands.

ENTRANCE TICKETS FOR MACHU PICCHU: Once you pay the trip deposit, we will purchase your entrance tickets for Machu Picchu. The government issues permits in your name, under your passport number, and for a specific time-frame; they cannot be changed once confirmed, which is why the initial deposit is non-refundable. We will also secure your train tickets.

MEDICAL EMERGENCY: Alright, emergency sounds a bit dramatic. However, you can be confident in your Trek Leader. All of Kusa Trek's guides receive extensive First Aid training from a qualified and licensed physician, and we conduct mandatory review/training sessions twice a year. Your Trek Leader will carry a Hiking First Aid kit (including oxygen), and should the need arise we will get you to a medical facility as quickly and comfortably as possible.

Note: We have never had to evacuate a hiker.

WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED:

TOURIST TICKET: You will need a "Boleto Turistico" to enter many of the sites featured on this tour. The cost of this ticket is $12 and it must be purchaed in person, using a valid passport.

HUAYNA PICCHU (Wayna Picchu): Huayna Picchu is the pointy, tall mountain in the background of all the pictures of Machu Picchu. Tickets to climb it are available for travelers who wish to hike up an ancient staircase to the top of Machu Picchu's sister mountain. Hiking to the top of it provides adventurers with incredible, unique views of Machu Picchu. This secondary hike will have a 1-hour ascent, 15 minutes to take selfies and high-five at the top of the mountain, and then a 45-minute descent. FYI, the ascent and descent are pretty steep, but totally worth it! Price: $75/person

NOTE: tickets to ascend Huayna Picchu are limited, and are sold on a first-come-first-serve basis.

VISTA DOME TRAIN: On the way back from Machu Picchu to Cusco, we will book tickets on a "regular" train. However, there is a company that offers a train ride in a "Vista Dome Train" through the Sacred Valley. This train has glass walls and a glass ceiling, which provide panoramic views of the surrounding beautiful Andes mountain-side. Tickets include in-trip meals and entertainment. Price: $70/ticket.

SACRED VALLEY + MACHU PICCHU:

DAY 1: SACRED VALLEY AND PISAQ MARKET

Pick up from your hotel in Cusco at 7AM. Private van ride out of Cusco and through the Sacred Valley with several stops along the way. Our trip today will include tours of the Pisaq market, the Pisaq ruins, the ruins in Ollantaytambo and the town of Ollantaytambo. Train ride from Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes. Hotel in Aguas Calientes.

Day 3: Machu Picchu!

Early wake up. 20-minute bus ride to Machu Picchu. Full day tour of the world famous Machu Picchu. Train ride back to Cusco, arrival between 7-8pm.


DETAILS FOR EACH DAY

DAY 1: THE SACRED VALLEY - PISAQ MARKET AND OLLANTAYTAMBO

  • Meals: Breakfast (at your hotel), Lunch, Dinner
  • Accomodations: Inka Town Tower, or similar.
  • Walking Time: 5-6 hours

Morning

Our second day will start at your hotel at 8am. We'll take private transportation on a windy road through the mountains north of Cusco. About half-way through our bus ride, we'll stop at the El Mirador, or lookout point, which has an incredible view of the mountains and rivers that make up the Sacred Valley. Your guide will teach you a little Incan history and we'll be on our way.

Our next stop will be the Inca Písac Ruins, where we'll learn about Inca culture and see incredible works of art from stone. We'll also get our first taste of the famous Inca Terraces, which they used to grow all sorts of plants in the harsh mountain environment of the Andes.

AFTERNOON

After touring the ruins we'll head down the hill to the busy local market, where many textiles and hand crafted good will be available for inspection and purchase. We'll grab lunch at a local Písac restaurant, where you can taste some delicious and authentic Peruvian cuisine.

Following lunch, we'll get back on the road, which follows the Urubamba river towards Ollantaytambo, where we will stop and explore the ancient Incan ruins. There are stunning Inca constructed idols at this site, one of which represents the well-known Inca god of creation, Viracocha (Apu Qun Tiqsi Wiraqutra). You will receive a guided tour of these ruins.

Evening

Our next stop is the train station, where we'll take a 2-hour ride to Aguas Calientes, which is a city right below Machu Picchu. The trip to Aguas Calientes includes a breathtaking view of the Sacred Valley, including: glaciers, mountains, lush valleys, Incan terraces, rivers and much more. A Kusa Treks guide will meet you at the train station and take you to your hotel for the evening.


DAY 2: MACHU PICCHU!

  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Walking Time: 3-4 hours

Morning

It is entirely up to the group when you would like to start this exciting day! Today you will discover Machu Picchu, the world famous Sacred City of the Incas. The majority of travelers choose to wake up around 4:30AM, so that we can eat a quick breakfast and head over the bus station where we will catch the first bus from Aguas Calientes, drive 20 minutes to Machu Picchu, and arrive right when the gates open at 6AM as the sun is rising over the lost city. It is truly magical to experience a sunrise over these ruins, as the mists part and the city rises from the clouds stone by stone.

All of our guides have been to Machu Picchu well over 100 times and will lead you to the best places to view the ruins before the "crowds" arrive that day. Once the city begins to fill with more tourists we will start our walking, guided tour, which will start with impressive Temple of the Sun. We will see several iconic areas of Machu Picchu including: The Citadel, The Royal Tomb, the Main Plaza, the Condor Temple and much more.

After the guided tour you will have plenty of time to explore the City of the Clouds on your own; those who have secured permits to climb Huayna Picchu will do that hike at this time. If you chose not to hike Huayna Picchu you can join your guide on an hour long walk on the Inca Trail up to the Sun Gate, where you will enjoy a spectacular view of Machu Picchu.

Afternoon

The bus back to Aguas Calientes will depart between 2:30-3:00PM, we will enjoy a lunch together before you head to the train station to go back to Cusco. We usually book the 4:20PM train back to Ollantaytambo, where our private van will be waiting for you to take you the remaining 2-3 hours back to Cusco.

NOTE: If you are interested in taking the Vista Dome train back to Cusco, please let us know at your time of booking.


Recent Reviews from TripAdvisor

Reviewed October 21, 2017

LARES & INCA TRAIL

Just got back a couple weeks ago from the 4 day LARES/INCA trail trek and had an absolutely amazing time! It ended up being a private tour with two other friends and we couldn't have asked for a better experience. Michael, our contact back in the states, made planning effortless. He was always available for questions and made sure everything was ready to go once we arrived in Peru. Our guide, Eric, was fantastic! He was very knowledgeable about everywhere we visited and could tell he was passionate and truly cared about everything he taught us. He was also great about maintaining a sustainable trekking pace since none of us were used to the altitude. Truly blown away by the food from our chef during the hike and all the hard work our porter did for us! Camp was always set up and ready to go once we arrived. Food was delicious! Overall would definitely recommend to anyone coming to Peru to use Kusa Treks! Only wish we had done our other tours through them as well!


Reviewed October 21, 2017

Huchuy Qosqo trek

3D/2N trek to Machu Picchu was amazing with the KUSA TREKS. Very professional and friendly approach.


Reviewed October 21, 2017

FIRST CLASS SERVICE 👌👍

My friend and I booked a 2 day tour of the Sacred Valley, Macchupicchu and Waynapicchu with Kusa Treks. We are so happy with our experience . The service and proffesionalism was great. We definitely recommend anyone to this company. Eric was our tour guide. He was very knowledgeable about every place we visited. The entire trip was so well coordinated with all our tickets and itineraries provided. Eric and his company did an outstanding job.