Machu Picchu, Sacred Valley and City Tour 3D/2N
Machu Picchu, sacred valley and city tour is a fabulous tour that combines our Cusco City Tour with our Full Day Sacred Valley Tour and a train tour to Machu Picchu. You will have private transportation, so plenty of time to spend the way you want and calling your own shots, unlike some of the larger group tours where you can spend a lot of time waiting for others to do their shopping or have no choice on where and when you stop.
- Visits in Cusco (two sites):
- The Cathedral (the main church of Cusco)
- Q’oricancha (Also known as the Temple of the Sun, the main spiritual center of the Inka Empire)
- Visits just above Cusco (four main Inka sites located within the city limits):
- Puca Pucara
- Hotel in Cusco: (***)
- Pisaq Ruins
- Pisaq Market
- Ollantaytambo Fortress
- Travel to Aguas Calientes, the town for Machu Picchu
- Hotel in Aguas Calientes: (***)
- MACHU PICCHU!!
Day 1: CUSCO CITY – INCA RUINS
We will meet you at your hotel lobby at 1PM to begin this tour. From here you will head to Cusco’s Plaza de Armas where you will visit the famous cathedral. After touring this sacred church you will continue on foot with your group through an ancient Inca-built street from the Plaza de Armas to the Q’oricancha, the Temple of the Sun. At the Q’oricancha you will see the clash between the Inca culture and Catholicism, and you will see firsthand the difference in building methods. The Inka construction here is amazing as this was the key spiritual center of the Inkas from which all roads lead from all of the four quarters of the Inka Empire. There is a high altar made in bronze as a highlight.
From Q’oricancha your group will walk down Avenida El Sol, where you will take your bus to climb up and just outside of the city. The 25 minute drive takes you to the majestic Inka site Sacsayhuaman with its enigmatic monoliths weighing as much as 200 tons. Your guide will offer an explanation of this phenomenal site and you will have extra time to do a bit of exploring on your own.
From Sacsayhuaman it is a 5 minute bus ride to Q’enqo Inka site with its fascinating Inkan altars, then another 5 minute drive to Puca Pucara, a small, circular Inka site. The final stop on our tour is Tambomachay, a water temple thought to be used by the Inka for bathing, with its impressive water fountains. We’ll then drive back down to Cusco where the tour ends in the main square, unless you are taking a private tour, in which case we will return you to your hotel.
- ACCOMMODATIONS: (***)
- MEALS INCLUDED: None
- ENTRANCE TICKETS: Included
Day 2: PISAQ – OLLANTAYTAMBO
You will be picked up from your hotel lobby at 8AM in Cusco by your guide. On the way we will stop at Lookout Point Taray. From there we will be able to see the whole Sacred Valley and gain an insight to the Inca history.
The Sacred Valley was undoubtedly a key area of settlement to the Incas; it’s a combination of agreeable climate and fertile plains bestowing an unusual abundance for the high Andes Later will visit the ruins of Pisac. At the ruins you will see and learn about different aspects of Inca culture. You can see amazing works of art in the stone and impressive agricultural terraces. There is excellent stonework here as well. After exploring we will drive back to the lower town of Pisac, where there is a bustling handicraft market that shouldnt be missed.
After lunch we will continue our tour. Once we reach Ollantaytambo, we will visit the ruins, which is an area of important Inca construction built during the Inca’s heydays. This is an extraordinary Inca site where in the ruins you will also find an amazing rock formation representing the Inca god Wiracocha. Afterwards, you will board your train for the 2-hour ride to Aguas Calientes, the town for Machu Picchu. The train ride is breathtaking with very comfortable seats.
Train to Machupicchu
During the trip, you will see many glaciers and snow-capped peaks, lush, green valleys and Incan farming terraces on both sites of the valley. You can also see the many Inca ruins along the way and Km 82, where the Classic 4-day Inca Trail begins. After a while, you will enter the subtropical areas with bromiliads and ferns growing and then arrive in Aguas Calientes (2000m/6000ft above sea level), the town for Machu Picchu . Our representative will meet you just outside the train station (and before the market) and take you to your hotel.
- ACCOMMODATION: (***)
- MEALS INCLUDED: None
- ENTRANCE TICKETS: Included
Day 3: MACHU PICCHU
After an early breakfast at your hotel you will take the bus (which takes 25 minutes) up the switchback road to the ruins . Buses start at 5:30am and run as a shuttle, as soon as they get full, they go). If you don’t care to take the bus and prefer to hike along the Inca trail just let your guide know so that he can show you the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu which will take about 1 hour 30 minutes.
Once in Machu Picchu park, you will have a 2 hour private guided tour. Then you’ll have extra time to explore the ruins on your own. If you have booked a permit to climb Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain, that will be your next adventure. The Sun Gate is a 1 hour climb (and is free and available to all) which is great to get those postcard pictures of the ruins from way above.
Usual train departure time is in the afternoon to Ollantaytambo, and then by bus to your hotel in Cusco.
WHAT’S INCLUDED IN YOUR TOUR
- All private tours with professional English-speaking guides
- All listed hotels
- All ground transportation for Cusco City and Sacred Valley tours
- All entrance fees for day tours
- Tourist class Expedition Train to and from Aguas Calientes
- Breakfast at the hotels
- Bus transport to and from Machu Picchu
- Entrance to Machu Picchu
- Guided tour for 2 hours in Machu Picchu
- Transportation to Cusco and to your hotel
- Huaynapicchu ($25 per person)/Machu Picchu Mountain ($15 per person)
- Small bag for belongings (you can only bring a bag of 8 kg/17 lb or less on the train to and from Aguas Calientes)
- Daypack for personal items during the tour
- Comfortable clothes and appropriate footwear (hiking boots or sneakers recommended)
- Extra money to purchase souvenirs, such as handcrafts from the local markets
- Camera with extra batteries
- Insect repellent
- Water to drink
- Scarf or a hat to protect your head from the strong sun
- A warm jacket for the evening
- Any necessary medications
- Please note that you are not allowed large luggage on the train to/from Aguas Calientes. You are limited to a bag no larger than 8k/17lbs
Minimum of 2 people required to book this tour
3D/2N Tour without Hotels 3D/2N Tour with Listed Hotels
$525 per person` $635 per person (based on 2 in a room)
Hotels can be upgraded
- Student discount (with valid ISIC card) – $25
- Under 12 Discount – $20
HUAYNA PICCHU: Only 400 people are allowed to climb this mountain per day. It needs to be booked in advanced and the price is $25 per person. It is about a 90 minute round-trip climb. It is recommended that you climb Huayna Picchu in the 10-11am time slot as otherwise you miss your guided tour. We recommend booking about 2 months in advance to secure your permit as it is very popular and they do sell out well in advance. You may also opt to climb Machu Picchu Mountain which is more difficult than Huayna Picchu and is 3-3½ hours round trip. The cost is $15 and also requires a permit in advance. Just let us know if you want to book this option
EXTRA NIGHT: If you want to stay longer at Machu Picchu then you can book an extra night at Aguas Calientes village. Just let us know that you plan to stay an extra night and we will organize your return train for the next day. You can either organize your accommodation by yourself or we can assist with making bookings. If you were thinking of going back to Machu Picchu the next day, then you will need to purchase a new entrance ticket to get into Machu Picchu as well as the round-trip bus tickets to Aguas Calientes for around $75.
RETURN TRAIN TO CUSCO: The return train is the Expedition train which departs either at 2:55, 4:20, 4:42 or 6:40 PM. The train that is booked depends on availability and is confirmed at your briefing. There is an option to upgrade your train to the Vistadome train which is an extra $100 per person round-trip. Please tell us of your preference at the time of booking. None of the trains go straight to Cusco, they only run either to Ollantaytambo or Poroy but in either case we will transfer you back by bus to your hotel (2 hours from Ollantaytambo and 25 minutes from Poroy).