SACRED VALLEY TO MACHU PICCHU TOUR (2 Days, 1 Night)
The Sacred Valley, also know as the Urubamba Valley, is close to Cusco City and was essential for the Incas to grow maize using their famous terraced farming techniques. The Incas were able to master the harsh environment of their empire, and flourish in the incredible, rugged wilderness of the Andes Mountains.
DURATION: 2 Days, 1 Night
TYPE: Walking tour and hotel
DIFFICULTY: 1 - Light walking, no hiking. Ideal for all ages, no preparation needed.
- Train ride from Cusco City into the Sacred Valley
- Full day tour of the Sacred Valley, which is the valley surrounding Machu Picchu
- All of our tours are run by experienced guides, who are fluent in English
- Full day tour of Machu Picchu, starting with a sunrise entry (hours before the crowds arrive)
- You'll learn about ancient Incan history and discover hidden gems only accessible to Kusa Trek customers
- A visit to the Pisaq market, an outdoor market run by the local inhabitants of the Sacred Valley
- Tour of the Ollantaytambo Fortress and its ruins
STUDENT DISCOUNT: $30 off the original price.
TRANSPORTATION: All transportation is included. However, if you would like to take the Vistadome train back to Cusco, please see below for more detail.
FOOD: All meals and snacks are provided. Please notify our staff of any food allergies or restrictions and we will ensure that the food is prepared property.
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 Archeology in 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 the Trail with than a Kusa Treks guide, you are in incredible hands.
PERMITS & TICKETS: Once you pay the trip deposit we will purchase your permits and tickets Machu Picchu. The government issues permits in your name, under your passport number and for a specific timeframe; they cannot be changed once confirmed, which is why the initial deposit is non-refundable. We will also secure your train and bus tickets.
HOTEL ACCOMMODATIONS: We will spend one night in a hotel in Aguas Calientes, which is the town directly below Machu Picchu.
WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED:
HOTEL UPGRADE: If you would like to upgrade your hotel, you may do so, Kusa Treks will cover the initial cost, however you will be responsible for the difference in price.
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: $35/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: $75 one way/person OR $100 round trip/person
Day 1: Sacred Valley and Pisaq market
- Meals: Lunch and Dinner
- Accommodations (included): Casa Andina or similar
- Walking Time: 3-4 hours
Between 7:00AM and 8:00AM you'll be picked up by Kusa Treks from your hotel. Our guide will begin at the Awana Alpaca Farm, which is basically an interactive zoo full of Peruvian animals, including; Llamas, Alpacas, Vicuña and Guanaco. You'll hear background information about these fun animals as well as how the Incas, and people of today, grow over 4,000 different varieties of potatoes in the Andean highlands. There will be high quality alpaca wool for sale, so be sure to bring extra Soles if you'd like authentic Peruvian material.
Our next stop will be El Mirador del Valle Sagrado, or the Sacred Valley Looking Point, where we'll have incredible photo ops of the Sacred Valley and its surrounding mountainsides and rivers. Afterwards we'll make our way to the world-famous Písac Market, where local villagers from the Andes foothills will come to sell hand-crafted textiles and home grown vegetables. The market is open every day, but Sunday's, Tuesday's and Thursday's are "extra busy" with a lot more vendors and stalls to buy from. Following Písac Market, we'll drive a little ways further to the Inca Písac Archeological site, which is located at the top of Písac Mountain in the heart of the Sacred Valley. Kusa Trek guides have been trained, and even helped discover, many of the hidden and breathtaking spots to take pictures and discover the Sacred Valley.
After we've had our fill of Písac Mountain we'll drive for another 45 minutes to Urubamba, where we'll stop for lunch, which will be comprised of a mix of homemade traditional Peruvian dishes along with western-style food. After we eat a refreshing and satisfying lunch we'll go to the Ollantaytambo Inca ruins, which is where ancient and sacred Inca Monoliths are housed. These ruins are also home to Temples honoring the Sun and Moon. At this point you will have the choice to either take an early train to Aguas Calientes, where you can rest before dinner and explore the town directly beneath Machu Picchu; or you can choose to take a later train to Aguas Calientes and explore the Ollantaytambo ruins further.
The train ride to Aguas Calientes is around 2 hours, once you arrive at the train station you will be met by additional guides from Kusa Treks. We will share a wonderful dinner in Aguas Calientes, and get some sleep before our early start tomorrow to visit Machu Picchu.
Day 2: Machu Picchu
- Meals: Breakfast and Lunch
- Walking Time: 3-4 hours
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 the 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 from a higher vantage point.
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.