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Machu Picchu Sacred Valley – Sacred Valley to Machu Picchu

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Sacred Valley to Machu Picchu Tour Details

Machu Picchu Sacred Valley Tour is an excellent way to visit the renowned Inca sites along the Vilcanota river. This two-day Sacred Valley to Machu Picchu Tour starts with a full-day Sacred Valley Trip and culminates at Machu Picchu. 

The trip starts with a drive up to the Inca ruins of Pisac and the iconic market. Our local expert would give you a guided tour of the site. The tour would get more interesting as you would be offered an authentic Peruvian meal for lunch in Urubamba.

Urubamba is referred to as the heart of the Sacred Valley of Incas for its centric location. On this tour, you would get to see sights from snow-capped Andean peaks to agricultural terraces that has been existing since the Incan civilization. Later in the afternoon, we will drive to Ollantaytambo. Here you will be boarding a train to Aguas Calientes.

After exploring the Sacred Valley, on the second day, you will be visiting Machu Picchu. Our local expert would share detailed information about each site we will be visiting on this Sacred Valley connection to Machu Picchu. This makes it the best sightseeing yet an informative experience of the sites of the Inca Empire. 

Although Machu Picchu is at a much lower altitude than Cusco, we highly recommend you spend two to three days in Cusco acclimatizing to avoid altitude sickness

Why Treks In Cusco?

Treks in Cusco is a reputed local tour operator based in the city of Cusco. Our tour guides are locals. They have extensive knowledge of culture and history. We operate the Machu Picchu Sacred Valley Tour both in private and in small groups. 

Do take a moment to check our reviews on Trip Advisor. 

The Inca city of Machu Picchu nestles at 2430 meters/ 7972ft. above sea level. 

Departure & Return Location

Cusco Hotel Transfer

Departure Time

0600 AM

Price Includes

  • Bus from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu
  • On Day 1: Guided Sacred Valley tour from Cusco to visit Pisac Market & Ruins and Ollantaytambo.
  • Train ticket at 4.36PM from Ollantaytambo, arriving to Aguas Calientes 6.10pm (in high season the train times may be slightly different due to availability)
  • Entrance Ticket to Machu Picchu citadel.
  • Guided tour in English
  • Bus from Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes
  • Train return (generally 4.43 pm) to Ollantaytambo and transport on to Cusco (in high season the train times may be slightly different due to availability).
  • Touristic Train to Aguas Calientes and Back

Price Excludes

  • Access to Huyana Picchu and Machu Picchu Mountains
  • Entrance Fees to Hot Springs
  • Any Private Expenses

Recommended To Carry

  • Original Passport and ISIC card if applicable and booked as student.
  • A day pack.
  • Water bottle
  • Camera
  • Comfortable sturdy shoes or hiking boots
  • Extra money for drinks, souvenir and gratuities
Itinerary

Day 1Cusco - Sacred Valley - Aguas Calientes

At 0820 in the morning, we will be picking you up from your hotel in Cusco. We will then travel in a tourist bus along the Urubamba river to Pisac. Pisac is home to a renowned traditional market where local farmers and craftsmen gather every weekend to sell their goods. Pisac is the best place to buy souvenirs.

We will then drive up to the archaeological site of Pisac perched up a hill. Along the way, you will be rewarded with the captivating views of the valley below. Our local travel guide will give you a detailed guided tour of these impressive archaeological ruins.

After the tour, we will drive to Urubamba. Urubamba is also known as the heart of the Sacred Valley of Incas. We will be stopping for lunch at an authentic local restaurant. After relishing a local meal for lunch, we will continue our journey to Ollantaytambo.

Ollantaytambo has been prominent since the Incan era. To the Incas, this was an administrative capital. It is often referred to as the living Inca town. The town is snuggled amidst two ancient peaks each home to remains of Inca sites. 

We will be visiting the main archaeological complex which was sacred to the Incas. In 1531, this sacred site turned into a deadly battleground when the Spanish tried to Invade Ollantaytambo. 

After the full-day tour of Sacred Valley, we will be boarding the train to Machu Picchu Town from Ollantaytambo train station. You will be accommodated in an ensuite room. At around 0700 PM your guide would stop by your hotel to give you a pre-tour briefing. 

Day 2Aguas Calientes - Machu Picchu - Sacred Valley

We will start the day quite early. The hotel staff will be handing you over a snack box. Then you will be boarding the bus to Machu Picchu citadel. 

It will be a 25-minute ride up the hill. We will try to be among the first ones to enter the citadel to get a captivating sight of sunrise. 

Our local expert will assist you in crossing the security control. Here your passport will be verified with the entrance ticket to visit Machu Picchu. 

We will then give you two hours detailed tour of the citadel. On this guided tour, you will be visiting some of the prominent sites like the royal quarters, Plaza de Armas, and the temple of the sun among other sites. 

After the tour, you will have some free time to walk around the citadel and explore Machu Picchu on your own. If want to climb Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu mountain, our guide will direct you to the entrance. You will need to book your tickets in advance.

Alternatively, you may hike to the Sun Gate. It offers a distinct view of the citadel. This view is exclusive at sunrise for those on Inca Trail. 

After the tour, you will be taking a bus back to Aguas Calientes town. Here you will be boarding a train back to Ollantaytambo. Our representative will meet you at Ollantaytambo train station and will transfer you to your hotel in Cusco.

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FAQs

Can you see Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu same day?

Yes, you can see Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu on the same day. Although it will be super rushing with a few minutes in each site. The best option is to do the two-day tour to get an immersive tour of each site. 

How to get from Sacred Valley to Machu Picchu?

The practical and easiest way to get from Sacred Valley to Machu Picchu is by taking a two hours tourist train from Ollantaytambo train station to Aguas Calientes. From Aguas Calientes, you can take the 25 minutes bus ride to reach Machu Picchu citadel. 

Is Machu Picchu in the Sacred Valley?

No, Machu Picchu is not in the Sacred Valley. Sacred Valley starts from Chinchero to the North East of Cusco and Pisac to the North of Cusco city and ends at Ollantaytambo. 

How far is Sacred Valley from Machu Picchu?

The distance between Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu is 53.3 kilometers or 33.11 miles. 

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Jayson Whittacker

Solo Traveller

Very reliable tour company. Carlos is a fantastic guide and is very helpful and friendly. Totally recommend them.

February 28, 2020