Discover the best of the Sacred Valley as you travel by the scenic train to Machu Picchu. Sacred Valley to Machu Picchu tour is ideal for those who have limited time in Cusco.

Tour details

Duration
2 days 1 night
Activities
Cultural
Difficulty
Easy
Maximum Altitude
3300 m - 10826 ft
Destination
Machu Picchu
Group Size
12
Overview

Sacred Valley to Machu Picchu tour is one of the traveler's favorite tours. Explore with a professional native tour guide the best places in the Sacred Valley: the markets, and Inca sites of Pisaqfortress and Ollantaytambo, and ride the scenic trains to Machu Picchu. This tour allows you to visit Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu easily and quickly to get the best of your time.

Highlights:

  • Explore the Local Market of Pisaq
  • Visit the Inca sites of Pisaq and Ollantaytambo
  • Arrive early to Machu Picchu before the sunrise
  • Boar the Vistadome Panoramic train back to Cusco
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Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu Tour at a Glance

A 2-day tour of the Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu is a fast-paced, condensed journey through the highlights of the ancient Inca civilization in Peru. Here's a quick overview of what to expect:

Day 1: Sacred Valley and Train to Aguas Calientes

  • Depart from Cusco early in the morning and head to the Sacred Valley
  • Visit Pisac, a bustling market town with ancient ruins
  • Continue to Ollantaytambo, a well-preserved Inca town with an impressive fortress
  • In the afternoon, board the train to Aguas Calientes, the town at the base of Machu Picchu
  • Overnight in Aguas Calientes

Day 2: Machu Picchu and Return to Cusco

  • Wake up early and take the shuttle bus up to the entrance of Machu Picchu
  • Enjoy a guided tour of the iconic Machu Picchu citadel, learning about its history and significance
  • After exploring the site, take the shuttle bus back down to Aguas Calientes
  • Board the train back to Ollantaytambo and transfer to a vehicle for the return journey to Cusco
  • Arrive in Cusco in the evening
Full Itinerary
Day 1: Cusco - Pisaq - Ollantaytambo - Aguas Calientes.

You will be picked up at your hotel at 8:00 am and drive towards Awanacancha alpaca farm; here, visit the llamas, alpacas, guanacos, and vicuñas. Your guide will explain the importance and the difference between them. The next stop is Mirador of Taray, where you'll have the best views of Sacred Valley, the Urubamba River, and the snow-capped Andes Mountains. After taking plenty of photographs, continue to the Pisaq Inca site, a vast complex located on top of Pisaq mountain; here, you'll visit the largest cemetery of the Inca Empire, impressive farming terraces, and the homes of the Incas. From here, continue your tour to the colorful market of Pisaq, famous because of its handicraft shops where locals produce and sell their textiles. Bargain in the market, then drives for one hour to Urubamba, where lunch is served in a local restaurant using fresh products from the area, and dietary options are available.

After enjoying the buffet-style meals, drive to Ollantaytambo, a city continuously inhabited since the 14th century, with cobble-stone streets where locals are still using the same doorways and water-running Inca Times. Also, it's outstanding the visit to the fortress of Ollantaytambo to see the temples. Later enjoy dinner to later board the train to Aguas Calientes. Spend the night in a hotel.

Day 2: Discover Machu Picchu - Return to Cusco

This day is the most important day of your trip; wake up early, enjoy breakfast in your hotel, and take the first buses to Machu Picchu. When you reach the main entrance, you need to show the original passport and begin the 3-hour guided tour. First, start with a short hike to Sungate or Inca Bridge, then you'll follow your expert guide to the most important places in Machu Picchu, visiting the stone temple, palaces, and altars, and learning the history of the Incas. At the end of the guided tour, take some time to discover Machu Picchu on your own, or you can take the optional hikes to Huayna Picchu Mountain or Machu Picchu Mountain (Different form Machu Picchu Citadel, not included).

When you finish with Machu Picchu, take the bus down to Aguas Calientes, have lunch in the city (not included), and take the Vistadome Panoramic train back to Ollantaytambo, where the Ultimate Trekking team will be waiting for you to transfer you back to Cusco. Drop off at your hotel at 7.30 pm.

Included

  • Pick up and drop off at your Hotel
  • Private Morden transportation with AC
  • Professional Native Tour Guide for two days
  • Entrance tickets to all places in Sacred Valley
  • 1 buffet lunch in Urubamba on day 1
  • 1 dinner in Ollantaytambo on day 1
  • Expedition Train to Aguas Calientes
  • 1 night at a 3-star hotel with BF (based on double occupancy)
  • Round trip bus to Machu Picchu
  • Entrances to Machu Picchu citadel}
  • Vistadome Panoramic train to return  to Cusco
  • All taxes and booking fees included

Not Included

  • Huayna Picchu Mountain tickets
  • Machu Picchu Mountain tickets (Different from Machu Picchu Citadel)
  • Second-day lunch or dinner
  • Travel Insurance (strongly recommended)
FAQs

When is the best time to visit the Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu?

The best time to visit the Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu is during the dry season, which runs from May to September. During this time, you'll encounter less rain and clearer skies, making it ideal for sightseeing and hiking. However, this is also the peak tourist season, so expect larger crowds. The shoulder months of April and October can be a good compromise between weather and crowds.

How do I get to Machu Picchu?

The most common way to get to Machu Picchu is by train from either Cusco or Ollantaytambo. The train journey takes about 1.5 hours from Ollantaytambo or 3-4 hours from Cusco. Once you arrive in Aguas Calientes, the town at the base of Machu Picchu, you'll take a shuttle bus up to the entrance of the site.

Do I need a guide for Machu Picchu?

While it's not mandatory to have a guide for Machu Picchu, it's highly recommended to enhance your experience. A knowledgeable guide can provide valuable insight into the history, culture, and significance of the site. Guided tours can be arranged in advance or hired at the entrance of Machu Picchu.

Can I hike the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu?

Yes, you can hike the classic 4-day Inca Trail or shorter alternatives like the 2-day Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. However, you must book your trek through a licensed tour operator, as the trail is regulated by the Peruvian government, and there are daily limits on the number of hikers allowed. Permits sell out quickly, so it's essential to book well in advance.

What is the altitude at the Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu?

The altitude of the Sacred Valley varies between 2,800 meters (9,186 feet) in Pisac and 2,792 meters (9,160 feet) in Ollantaytambo. Machu Picchu is at an altitude of 2,430 meters (7,972 feet) above sea level. While the altitude is lower than Cusco, visitors should still be mindful of the potential for altitude sickness and take necessary precautions.

Do I need a visa to visit Peru?

Visa requirements for Peru vary depending on your nationality. Many countries, including the United States, Canada, the European Union, and Australia, do not require a visa for short-term tourism (up to 90 days). However, it's essential to check the specific requirements for your country before planning your trip.