CITY TOUR + SACRED VALLEY + MACHU PICCHU 3 DAYS
The Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu are the latest destinations with stops at ruins, farms, salt mines and other historic Inca sites.
The Sacred Valley of the Incas includes several archeological sites of the Incas, moreover, it is a mandatory step to reach Machu Picchu.
Day 1: Sacsayhuaman – Pisaq – Ollantaytambo
The tour begins when your tour guide picks you up in the lobby of your hotel at 8 a.m. He will take you to your first destination, Sacsayhuamán, the most beautiful ruin created by the Incas. Here, you will see a great representation of the Inca architecture that remains so well intact, today. At Sacsayhuaman, you will see the largest stone that survives in any Inca ruin.
From Sacsayhuaman, we will head towards the Sacred Valley. Along the way, we will visit Awanacancha, a weaving center and an alpaca farm. You will observe the differences between llamas, alpacas, vicuñas and guanacos, as well as the different varieties of potatoes and corn, which are special to the Sacred Valley. Next, we will go to the Inca Ruins of Pisaq. We will see hundreds of agricultural terraces, where the Incas cultivated corn, potatoes and quinoa. The religious and astronomical side of the Incas will be visible, in this view.
Afterwards, we will descend to the Pisaq market, the most traditional handicraft market. You will have the opportunity to taste some of the local delicacies during our lunch break. After lunch, we will drive through the Sacred Valley to Ollantaytambo, an Inca checkpoint, where they protected Machu Picchu from any enemies. This is the best example of an intact Inca village, with its waterways running through the picturesque streets of the village. Your tour guide will set you up in your hotel before you have a chance to explore, relax and enjoy your dinner.
Accommodations: 3 stars Hotel
Meals: Not included
Entrance Tickets: Included
Day 2: Maras – Moray – Chincheros – Train to Aguas Calientes
We’ll pick you up at 8 a.m., and then we’ll go to the Salineras/Maras Salt Flats. There are 3,000 salt pools, which act as evaporation chambers. They spill out of the mountain and down the slope at 12,000 feet above sea level. Owned by local farmers, these pools have become the main economic activity of all locals.
After the mines, we will go to the Inca Archaeological Center of Moray. The Incas used Moray as a way to study agriculture. They built terraces and experimented with different vegetables. You will see each terrace of Moray and the differences in growth they provided.
Then we will go to Chincheros, where we will see some Inca terraces, used as the perfect place to grow potatoes. The whole Inca civilization got their supply of potatoes from here. We will also see a unique colonial church, built by the Spanish, on top of the Inca palace. Finally, we will visit one last textile center.
We will return to Ollantaytambo, where you can enjoy dinner in one of the local restaurants. We will take you to your hotel, to prepare for your next day, visiting Machu Picchu.
Accommodations: 3 stars Hotel
Meals: Breakfast only
Entrance Tickets: Included
Day 3: Machu Picchu
We encourage you to get up early in the morning to arrive at the bus station for one of the first shuttle buses, starting at 5.30 am. This bus will take about 25 minutes to reach Machu Picchu. As soon as you arrive at the complex, we will take you to the best place with a view of all the ruins. There will be an appointment to watch the sunrise and see a spectacular view of the Lost City of the Incas.
You will then have a two hour guided tour of Machu Picchu, followed by time to explore on your own. If you have tickets to climb one of the mountains of Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu, your guide will lead you through those trails. Due to the popularity, make sure this is arranged at least two months in advance.
Once you have finished exploring Machu Picchu, you will take a bus to Aguas Calientes for lunch, followed by an afternoon train back to Ollantaytambo. We will have private transportation back to Cusco, where we will drop you off at your hotel.
Professional guides: All our guides studied English and tourism at the National University of Cusco. They all grew up in this region and have a true passion for teaching others about their heritage. They are fun but professional and will make sure you are safe and happy.
Hotels: One night in Ollantaytambo and one night in Aguas Calientes are included in this tour. We can easily add extra nights before or after the tour, if needed. Let our team know if you are interested in extending and we will give you a quote. Rooms are based on double occupancy. There is a surcharge for a single room. It is always possible to extend the hotels. We can also book the tour without hotels, if you prefer to book them yourself.
Transportation: All your transportation is included in this tour. We will pick you up at your hotel around 1 p.m. on the first morning and make sure you are accompanied to your hotel around 8 p.m. on the last night.
Train tickets : Train tickets are in Expeditions tourist class, from Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes is at 7.00 pm and from Aguas Calientes to Ollanatyatmbo is at 4.20 pm, if you expect to board the Vistadome train then it is $75 one way and $100 round trip, 3.37 pm from Ollantaytambo and 4.43 pm from Agaus Calientes to poroy.
Entrance Tickets: Your 10 day tour ticket and entrance to Machu Picchu is all included in this tour.
- Meals: Breakfast is always served at the hotel, but all other meals are on your own. There will be stops at restaurants with full menus for you to choose from.
- Huayna Picchu: Huayna Picchu is the mountain next to Machu Picchu. It is a 45 minute hike to the top. Going down is quite steep, if you are afraid of heights. This is done without your tour guide, after your visit to Machu Picchu. The cost is $75 per person. Arrangements must be made one month in advance, due to the popularity. Please understand that the weather is out of our control.
- Flights: Flying to Cusco can be difficult. Delays occur often and it is not uncommon for flights to be cancelled. Please make sure you arrive in the city at least two days before your departure date. LATAM Peru is the most reliable of the airlines. Avianca and Peruvian Airlines are acceptable companies as well. You will not return from your trek until around 8pm on the third day, so make sure your flight is not until the next day when you leave Cusco.
- Tipping: Tipping is always appreciated and should be based entirely on your satisfaction. Although it is not usual for you, it is of considerable importance for the people who will be looking after you during your travels.
- Travel insurance: Not mandatory, but always recommended. For those who live at sea level, landing in Cusco will take a period of adjustment. Most people need a day or two to adjust. In case you have trouble adjusting to the altitude, it is suggested to have protection for trips that are not made.
Prices may vary according to your needs and preferences, contact us through the following options of your preference or send us a reservation to answer your questions. We will be happy to help you with your trip.
What to bring
- Small bag pack.
- Sun hat.
- Sun glasses.
For Explorape, the best time or month to visit Cusco is June, around the 24th of June, the main reason is that Cusco is on a holiday, so you can enjoy shows in the streets like: typical dances, folkloric parades, etc. This is without any additional cost.
You also have the option to see Inti Raymi, one of the most important festivities of the Incas.
But, you will see many tourists, and if you don’t like them much, you can visit Cusco in its low season, which is from November to April, although it rains in Cusco at this time, but something that is spectacular is that the mountains are green.
This tour is ideal for families with children, as it does not demand much effort.
Tickets for Machu Picchu can be bought separately, those for Sacred Valley, city tour and Moray can be bought together in a ticket called “Boleto Turistico”.
Tickets to the Maras salt mines cost 10 soles.
But, don’t worry, this tour includes all entrance tickets.
If you wish to volunteer or donate, we can put you in touch with various communities in Cusco, who need help in various aspects, our main contact is:
Cristo Rey Tikari School: Located in Ocongate distric, close to Ausangate Mountain. They need some basic things like: clothes, toys, books, pens, pencils, brushes, etc.