Extended Sacred Valley Tour & Machu Picchu 2D/1N
The Sacred Valley of the Incas is an incomparably beautiful stretch of small villages and ancient ruins spread across a broad plain and rugged mountain slopes northwest of Cusco.
The Sacred Valley is the main valley of Cusco, the capital of the Inca Empire. The valley was of great value to the Incas due to its special geographical location and ideal climate. It was the best place for maize production in Peru as well as a great source of natural wealth.
Through the valley rolls the Urubamba river (called the Willcamayu by the Incas; today part of it is also called the Vilcanota), a vital religious element of the Incas’ cosmology. The Incas not only believed that the flow of the Urubamba was inevitably tied to the constellations and the mountain peaks, but also that the river was the earthbound counterpart of the Milky Way.
Machu Picchu is considered a masterpiece of architecture and engineering. Its unique architectural features and landscape contribute to a veil of mystery woven around much of the literature published about the site. The magic and mystery of Machu Picchu is internationally recognized and it has been on the List of World Heritage Sites of UNESCO since 1983 as part of a cultural and ecological site known as the Historic Sanctuary of Machu Picchu.
What is Included?
- One of the most frequent questions we receive is, “I have two days in Cusco, what do I NEED to see?” The answer is the Sacred Valley (Ollantaytambo and Pisac in particular) and Machu Picchu. However, the Maras Salt Mines and Moray archeological site are close behind. Now, we have developed this tour that allows you to visit Maras, Moray, Pisac, Ollantaytambo, Machu Picchu, Huayna Picchu and as a bonus the Ccochahuasi Animal Sanctuary … in two days. This tour packs an incredible amount of beauty and history into a short time frame.
What is not included?
- You will have a thorough briefing with your guide 1 or 2 days before your trek. Your guide will meet you at our office in Cusco and you can take this opportunity to ask questions and make any final preparations.
We recommend that you bring?
- Professional English speaking bilingual guide
- Transport from your hotel to sites of the Sacred Valley and the Ollantaytambo train station
- Expedition train ticket from Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes
- Expedition train ticket from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo
- Bus tickets from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu round trip
- Entrance fee to Machu Picchu.
- Deluxe box lunch on day 1
- Dinner on night one in Ollantaytambo
- Transportation from the Ollantaytambo train station to your Cusco hotel
- Breakfast on Day 2
- One night lodging in Aguas Calientes (double occupancy)
- Huayna Picchu mountain permit
- Breakfast on day 1
- Lunch on day 2
- Tourist ticket for entrance to Sacred Valley archeological sites (US $21 per person)
- Entrance fee for Maras salt mines (10 soles / US $3)
- Tips for staff
- Travel insurance
What to bring:
- Original passport
- Tourist ticket
- Sturdy Hiking boots
- Layers for variable temperatures
- Sun protection (sunscreen/sun hat/sunglasses)
- Insect repellent
- Rain poncho or rain jacket
- Toiletries / toilet paper / small towel
- Bathing clothes for the hot springs (optional)
- Water bottle
- Personal medication
- ISIC student card if applicable
Departure/Return LocationLima, Perú
IncludedProfessional licensed guide fluent in English
Not Includedprivate van to trailhead at km 82
Day 1: Cusco – Ccochahuasi Sanctuary– Pisac – Maras/Moray – Ollantaytambo – Aguas Calientes
Day 2: Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu – Aguas Calientes
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