Discover the best of the Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu on a magical 2-day journey. This adventure takes you through the heart of the Incan Empire, visiting charming alpaca farms, the panoramic Mirador of Taray, and the ancient Pisac Inca Site. Wander through the colorful Pisac Market, enjoy a buffet lunch in Urubamba, and explore the agricultural terraces of Moray and the natural beauty of the Salineras of Maras. Stroll through the cable stone streets of Ollantaytambo town before witnessing the amazing sunrise over Machu Picchu. 

Tour details

2 days 1 night
Cultural, History
Maximum Altitude
3300 m - 10826 ft
Machu Picchu
Group Size
8 to 10

Overview of the Sacred Valley to Machu Picchu Tour

The Sacred Valley to Machu Picchu 2-day tour is a top choice for visitors. On this tour, you will explore the best of Cusco and Machu Picchu with a local guide. You'll wander through local markets filled with crafts and foods. You'll also visit famous Inca sites like Pisac, Moray, and Ollantaytambo.

After exploring the Sacred Valley, you'll board the Andean Train to Machu Picchu. This train passes through beautiful mountains and rivers. It's a peaceful and pretty journey that adds to the adventure.

Machu Picchu itself is a highlight. It's an ancient city built by the Incas, high up in the mountains. It's known worldwide for its stunning ruins and the mystery surrounding it. People are amazed by its beauty and the clever ways the Incas built it.

This tour is perfect for anyone who wants to experience the beauty and history of the Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu without feeling rushed. You'll take home memories of walking through ancient sites and seeing breathtaking landscapes. It's a great way to make the most of your visit to Peru


  • Explore the Alpaca Farm, Pisac Inca site & Market
  • Discover the terraces of Moray & SaLienras of Maras
  • Hike the ancient streets of Ollantaytambo
  • Arrive early to Machu Picchu before the sunrise

Itinerary at a Glance

Explore the best of the Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu in 2 days. Visit Inca sites, enjoy the Andean train ride, and discover ancient wonders. Here's a quick overview of what to expect:

Day 1: Sacred Valley and Train to Aguas Calientes

  • Pick up from your hotel in Cusco at 7:00 am. 
  • Drive to the Alpaca farm and visit the Mirador Taray. 
  • Explore the best of Pisac Inca site & Local Market. 
  • Enjoy a Buffet lunch in a local restaurant in Urubamba.
  • Discover the Incan agricultural terraces.
  • Learn about traditional salt extraction methods.
  • Dive into Inca history and architecture at Ollantaytambo
  • Dinner in Ollantaytambo, train to Aguas Calientes.
  • Stay in Aguas Calientes: Overnight at Susanna INN or similar.

Day 2: Machu Picchu and Return to Cusco

  • Wake up early and have Breakfast in the hotel. 
  • Board the first buses to Machu Picchu and enjoy the sunrise.
  • Explore Machu Picchu with an expert tour guide (2-3 hours)
  • Return to Aguas Calientes for lunch (not included)
  • Board the Expedition train to Ollantaytambo. 
  • Private transfer back, arriving around 7:30 PM.
Full Itinerary
Day 1: Cusco - Pisaq - Ollantaytambo - Aguas Calientes.

You will be picked up at your hotel at 7:00 am and driven towards the alpaca farm. Here, you'll see llamas, alpacas, guanacos, and vicuñas. Your guide will explain the importance of and the differences between them. The next stop is the Mirador of Taray, where you'll have the best views of the Sacred Valley, the Urubamba River, and the snow-capped Andes Mountains. After taking many photographs, continue to the Pisac Inca site, a vast complex atop Pisac 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 Pisac, famous for its handicraft shops where locals produce and sell their textiles. Bargain in the market, then drive 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 explore the Terraces of Moray, the Salineras of Maras, and finally, the town of Ollantaytambo. This city has been continuously inhabited since the 14th century, with cobblestone streets where locals still use the same doorways and water channels from Inca times. Also, the visit to the fortress of Ollantaytambo to see the temples is outstanding. Later, enjoy dinner before boarding the train to Aguas Calientes. Spend the night in a hotel.

  • Included: Transportation, entries, tour guide
  • Meals Included: Lunch and dinner
  • Places we visit: Pisac, Moray, Salineras Maras, Ollantaytambo, and Machu Picchu.
  • Hotel: Susanna INN or similar
Day 2: Discover Machu Picchu - Return to Cusco

Today is the most important day of your trip! First, wake up early and have breakfast at your hotel. Then, take the first buses to Machu Picchu. You will need to show your passport at the main entrance. Your adventure starts with a two-to-three-hour tour guided by an expert.

First, you will go on a short hike to the main viewpoints. After that, your guide will take you to the most important parts of Machu Picchu. You will see a stone temple, some palaces, and altars. You will also learn a lot about how the Incas lived.

After the tour, you will have free time to explore Machu Picchu on your own. You can also go on extra hikes to Huayna Picchu Mountain or Machu Picchu Mountain, which are not included in your tour.

When you are done with Machu Picchu, take the bus back down to Aguas Calientes. You can have lunch there. After lunch, you will take the Expedition train back to Ollantaytambo. The Ultimate Trekking team will meet you there and take you back to Cusco. You will be dropped off at your hotel around 7:30 pm.

  • Included: Transportation, entries, tour guide
  • Meals Included: Breakfast
  • Places we visit: Machu Picchu.
  • Transportation: Expedition Train & van back to Cusco


  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Transportation for Sacred Valley
  • Professional tour guide for 2 days.
  • Entrance tickets to Sacred Valley sites
  • Entrance ticket to Machu Picchu
  • 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner, 1 Breakfast
  • Expedition train round-trip
  • 1 night in a 3-star hotel
  • Bus rides to and from Machu Picchu.
  • Circuit 1 or 2, guided tour in Machu Picchu
  • All taxes and fees.

Not Included

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

What is the Sacred Valley and why is it important?

The Sacred Valley, also known as the Urubamba Valley, is a region in Peru that was highly valued by the Incas due to its geographical and climatic qualities. It was a major area for maize production in the empire and held numerous archaeological sites and settlements ranging from Pisac to Ollantaytambo. Its significance lies in its rich history and stunning landscapes, and it is a living museum of Incan civilization, making it a key destination for understanding pre-Columbian cultures.

How far is Machu Picchu from Cusco, and what are the transportation options?

Machu Picchu is approximately 75 kilometers northwest of Cusco. The main transportation options include taking a train to Aguas Calientes (the nearest town to Machu Picchu) from either Cusco or Ollantaytambo, and then a bus up to the site itself. Alternative routes involve trekking, such as the Inca Trail, which offers a multi-day hiking experience that arrives directly at Machu Picchu.

What are the differences between visiting Machu Picchu and the Sacred Valley?

Machu Picchu is primarily focused on exploring the iconic Incan citadel, renowned for its archaeological significance and breathtaking views. In contrast, the Sacred Valley offers a wider range of experiences, including multiple Incan ruins, traditional markets, and the opportunity to engage with the living Andean culture. While Machu Picchu is more about the wonder of a singular historical site, the Sacred Valley provides a broader insight into Incan and contemporary Quechua life.

How long should I spend in Machu Picchu to fully experience it?

Most visitors find that 2 to 3 hours is sufficient to explore the main areas of Machu Picchu, including the central sites, the Sun Gate, and perhaps even the Inca Bridge. Those wishing to climb Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain should consider allocating additional time, as these hikes can take several hours and require separate tickets. Also is important to consider the time restrictions to 2 hours in Machu Picchu. 

What are the options for touring Machu Picchu and the Sacred Valley from Cusco?

Various touring options include day trips to specific sites within the Sacred Valley or Machu Picchu, multi-day tours that cover both areas more comprehensively, and trekking tours such as the Inca Trail or the Salkantay Trek. Visitors can choose from guided group tours for a more social experience or private tours for a personalized itinerary.

What is the best itinerary for a 2-day Machu Picchu tour from Cusco?

A typical 2-day itinerary involves departing Cusco on the morning of the first day, traveling by train to Aguas Calientes, and spending the night there. The following morning, visitors take an early bus to Machu Picchu to explore the ruins at sunrise and spend the day touring the site. In the afternoon, they return to Aguas Calientes for the train back to Cusco or Ollantaytambo, arriving back in Cusco by evening. Many Travellers would prefer to travel to the Sacred Valley and connect with Machu Picchu. 

Are there any tours that combine both Machu Picchu and the Sacred Valley? If so, what does it include?

Yes, there are combination tours that include both Machu Picchu and the Sacred Valley. These tours typically span several days and include visits to key archaeological sites in the Sacred Valley like Pisac, Ollantaytambo, and Moray, followed by a visit to Machu Picchu. Accommodations, some meals, entrance fees, and transportation (including train tickets to Machu Picchu) are generally included.

How do I get from the Sacred Valley to Machu Picchu, and what are the travel times?

The most common route from the Sacred Valley to Machu Picchu involves taking a train from Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes, which takes 1.5 to 2 hours. From Aguas Calientes, a 20- —to 30-minute bus ride takes visitors to Machu Picchu. It's also possible to hike from the Sacred Valley to Machu Picchu via one of the trails, such as the Inca Trail, which can take several days.

What are the benefits of choosing a 2-day tour over a day trip to Machu Picchu?

A 2-day tour allows for a more relaxed and immersive experience. Visitors can avoid some of the crowds by arriving early or staying late at Machu Picchu, having more time to explore Aguas Calientes, including its hot springs and artisan markets, and potentially seeing the site in different lights (sunset and sunrise). It also offers a more comfortable pace for those who prefer not to rush. You can also combine with the Sacred Valley tour. 

What types of vacation packages to Machu Picchu are available, and how do I find the best price?

Vacation packages range from budget options with basic accommodations to luxury tours with high-end hotels and exclusive site access. Prices vary based on comfort level, group size, and tour duration. To find the best price, compare options from several reputable tour operators, check online reviews, and book in advance to secure deals.

Is there a train from the Sacred Valley to Machu Picchu, and how do I book tickets?

Yes, trains run from Ollantaytambo in the Sacred Valley to Aguas Calientes. Tickets can be booked online via the official websites of the train companies (Peru Rail and Inca Rail) or through a tour operator as part of a package. It's advisable to book well in advance, especially during peak tourist seasons.

What should I pack for a 2-day tour to Machu Picchu and the Sacred Valley?

Essentials include comfortable walking shoes, layered clothing for variable weather, a waterproof jacket, sun protection (hat, sunglasses, sunscreen), insect repellent, a reusable water bottle, snacks, and a camera. Also, bring a small backpack for day use and leave larger luggage in Cusco or Ollantaytambo.

How far is the Sacred Valley from Cusco, and what are the best transportation options?

The Sacred Valley is about 15-30 kilometers from Cusco, depending on your specific destination within the valley. The best transportation options are buses and colectivos (shared vans) for budget travelers, or private taxis and tours for a more comfortable and flexible experience.

Are there any recommended itineraries for spending two days in Cusco before heading to Machu Picchu?

Spend the first day exploring Cusco's historic center, including the Plaza de Armas, the Cathedral, and the Qorikancha. On the second day, venture to nearby Inca ruins like Sacsayhuamán, Q'enqo, Puka Pukara, and Tambomachay. This allows for acclimatization to the altitude and an introduction to Inca history.

What are some tips for acclimatizing to the altitude in Cusco and the Sacred Valley?

To acclimatize, take it easy the first few days, drink plenty of water, eat light meals, and avoid alcohol and tobacco. Drinking coca tea is a traditional remedy for altitude sickness. If symptoms persist, consider consulting a doctor.

What are the current entry requirements and restrictions for visiting Machu Picchu and the Sacred Valley?

Entry requirements for Machu Picchu include purchasing tickets in advance, adhering to designated entry times, and following specific routes within the site. Restrictions may include limits on the number of visitors per day and the requirement for a guide. Always check the latest guidelines on the official Machu Picchu website or with your tour operator.

Can I visit Machu Picchu and the Sacred Valley without a tour guide?

While the Sacred Valley can be explored independently, Machu Picchu requires visitors to be accompanied by an official tour guide for their first visit. Guides can be hired at the entrance or booked in advance as part of a tour group.

When is the best time to visit the Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu, considering weather and crowds?

The best time to visit is during the dry season, from May to October. This period offers clearer skies and lower rainfall, making it ideal for hiking and photography. However, it's also the busiest time, so booking in advance and starting early in the day can help avoid the largest crowds.

Are there any cultural or environmental considerations I should be aware of when visiting Machu Picchu and the Sacred Valley?

Respect local customs and traditions by dressing modestly and asking permission before taking photos of people. Environmental considerations include staying on marked paths, carrying out trash, and sparingly using water and other resources. Supporting local communities by purchasing local crafts and foods can also contribute positively.

How can I ensure my visit to Machu Picchu and the Sacred Valley is sustainable and respects local communities?

and avoid leaving any trace of your visit. Respectfully engage with local cultures and consider contributions to social and environmental projects in the area.

Do I need a guide for Machu?

A guide is required to visit Machu Picchu, especially for your first visit. Guides provide valuable insights into the site's historical and cultural significance and ensure that visitors adhere to the rules and routes designed to preserve the area. You can join a group tour, hire a private guide at the entrance, or book one in advance through a tour company.

Can I hike the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu?

Yes, hiking the Inca Trail is a popular way to reach Machu Picchu, offering a unique and immersive experience through the Andean landscape and past several smaller archaeological sites. However, permits are limited and often sell out months in advance, so early booking is essential. There are also alternative treks, such as the Salkantay or Lares treks, which do not require permits and end with a visit to Machu Picchu.

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

The Sacred Valley sits at various altitudes, with its main towns ranging from about 2,800 meters (9,186 feet) to 3,000 meters (9,842 feet) above sea level. Machu Picchu is lower, at approximately 2,430 meters (7,972 feet) above sea level. While Machu Picchu is often less challenging regarding altitude sickness compared to Cusco or other parts of the Sacred Valley, visitors should still take time to acclimate.