Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu: A 2-Day Comprehensive Tour

Delve deeper into the enchanting Sacred Valley and culminate your experience with a visit to the iconic Machu Picchu.

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Location

Cusco, Peru

Duration

2 Days

Difficulty

3/10

Availability

Year Round

Tour type

Sightseeing

Overview

Begin your two-day adventure with a vibrant exploration of the Sacred Valley, a region steeped in history and natural beauty. The journey starts with a heartwarming encounter at the Ccochahuasi Animal Sanctuary, followed by a dive into the ancient world at the Pisac ruins. Amidst the hustle of the Pisac market, discover a kaleidoscope of traditional crafts and textiles. The journey through the valley continues with a delightful lunch in Urubamba, offering a taste of authentic Peruvian flavors.

The adventure reaches its zenith with a visit to the iconic Machu Picchu. Awaken early to witness a spectacular sunrise over the ruins, a truly transformative experience. Wander through the mystic ruins with an expert guide, unraveling the secrets of the Inca civilization. This 2-day tour is a perfect blend of cultural immersion and historical exploration, set in the stunning canvas of the Peruvian Andes.

Departure & Return Location Your Hotel in Cusco
Departure Time 7:00 AM
Estimated Return Time 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Guide Languages Available Guides fluent in English and Spanish
Key Attractions Ccochahuasi Animal Sanctuary, Pisac Ruins & Market, Moray Inca Site, Maras Salt Mines, Ollantaytambo Ruins, Machu Picchu
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  • Standard Large GroupGroup Size: 2 Min – 16ppl MaxStart Time: 07:00
  • Standard Small GroupGroup Size: 2 Min – 8ppl MaxStart Time: 07:00
  • Private GroupGroup Size: CustomizableStart Time: 07:00
  • Deluxe Private GroupGroup Size: CustomizableStart Time: 07:00
  • Solo TravelerGroup Size: 1 personStart Time: 07:00
  • Deluxe Solo TravelerGroup Size: 1 personStart Time: 07:00

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Tour Itinerary

Explore our expertly designed itinerary below, crafted to showcase breathtaking views and provide unique adventures every step of the way.

Embark on a captivating journey from your hotel in Cusco to the Sacred Valley's hidden gems. Start your day with a visit to the Ccochahuasi Animal Sanctuary, a haven for rescued Andean wildlife including the majestic Andean Condor. Witness first-hand the vital conservation efforts preserving these iconic species.

Next, delve into the ancient world at the Pisac Inca ruins. A 2-hour guided tour unveils the ingenuity of Inca architecture and engineering. After immersing in history, explore the vibrant Pisac market, a colorful tapestry of textiles and traditional crafts, perfect for souvenirs.

Travel through the lush landscapes of the Sacred Valley to Urubamba, where a lunch of authentic Peruvian cuisine awaits at a local restaurant. Relish the flavors amidst the valley's stunning scenery.

The afternoon brings you to the intriguing Moray Inca Site, known for its unique circular terraces used for agricultural experiments. Continue to the Maras Salt Mines, a breathtaking sight of over 3,000 salt pools etched into the mountainside, showcasing centuries-old salt harvesting techniques.

Conclude your exploration at the Ollantaytambo ruins, a testament to Inca architectural mastery. The day ends with a scenic train journey to Aguas Calientes, offering picturesque views of the Andean landscape. Settle into your hotel, anticipating the next day's adventure at Machu Picchu.

Accommodation: Hotel in Aguas Calientes
Meals: Lunch and Dinner
Activities: Sanctuary visit, Archeological tours, Market exploration, and Train ride

Rise early for a magical bus ride to Machu Picchu, aiming to catch a breathtaking sunrise over the ancient citadel. Experience the tranquility of exploring these mystical ruins in the early morning light, a time of peace and connection to the Incan past.

During a 2-hour guided tour, unlock the secrets of Machu Picchu. Learn about its history, architecture, and the various theories surrounding its purpose and construction. Post-tour, take time to wander the ruins, climb the terraces, and immerse yourself in the site's majestic atmosphere.

Return to Aguas Calientes for lunch at your leisure, selecting from various local dining options. Reflect on the morning's unforgettable experiences before the train journey back to Ollantaytambo.

From Ollantaytambo, a comfortable transfer returns you to Cusco, concluding your extraordinary 2-day exploration of the Incan empire and the Peruvian Andes.

For the adventurous, the option to climb Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain offers an even more breathtaking perspective of the ruins and surrounding valleys.

Accommodation: Return to Cusco
Meals: Breakfast
Activities: Machu Picchu tour, Optional mountain climb

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Tour Highlights

  • Ccochahuasi Animal Sanctuary: Get up close with Andean wildlife, including the majestic Andean Condor, and learn about conservation efforts in the region.

  • Pisac Inca Ruins & Market: Explore the ancient ruins of Pisac, marveling at Inca architecture, followed by a visit to the vibrant Pisac market for local crafts and textiles.

  • Moray Inca Site & Maras Salt Mines: Discover the unique circular terraces of Moray used for agricultural experiments and witness the stunning salt pools of Maras, an ancient site of salt extraction.

  • Ollantaytambo Ruins: Visit this impressive Inca complex known for its monumental stone structures and gain insights into Inca engineering and architecture.

  • Scenic Train to Aguas Calientes: Enjoy a picturesque train ride through the Andean landscapes, setting the stage for the visit to Machu Picchu.

  • Sunrise at Machu Picchu: Experience the breathtaking sunrise over Machu Picchu, providing a once-in-a-lifetime photo opportunity and a serene start to your exploration.

  • Guided Tour of Machu Picchu: Uncover the mysteries of this ancient Inca citadel with a comprehensive guided tour, learning about its history and significance.

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Payment Terms & Cancellation Policy

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Payment Terms

Beginning Your Adventure - Booking Confirmation and Deposit

Your journey starts with a commitment: a 30% deposit of the total tour cost. This initial investment is pivotal in activating the extensive preparatory process, ensuring every aspect of your tour is curated to perfection.

Final Payment: The Last Step Before Your Journey Begins

The remaining 70% of the tour cost is due no later than 48 hours before the commencement of your tour. This timely payment is critical to finalize all logistical arrangements, guaranteeing a hassle-free start to your adventure.

Expansive Payment Options for Ease and Flexibility

In line with our commitment to your convenience, Peru Tripper accepts a variety of payment methods, including bank transfers, credit cards, and PayPal. Please be aware that additional fees may apply depending on the payment method selected. Detailed payment procedures and potential fees can be found on our dedicated payment page.

Implications of Late Payments - Protecting Your Reservation

Adherence to the payment schedule is crucial. Late payments can unfortunately lead to the cancellation of your reservation, with the deposit being retained as a non-refundable fee. We urge you to maintain timely payments to safeguard your tour plans.

Policy for Last-Minute Adventurers

For those inspired to join this tour on short notice, namely less than 15 days before departure, full payment is required at the time of booking. This ensures that we can expedite all necessary preparations for your inclusion.

Cancellation Policy

Cancellation Terms for Clients

We recognize that life is ever-changing. However, due to the elaborate planning and expenses involved in preparing for this tour, we maintain a strict no-refund policy after booking confirmation. This underscores the importance of obtaining comprehensive travel insurance, which can offer protection against unforeseen cancellations.

Navigating Unpredictable Circumstances - Force Majeure

In extraordinary situations beyond our control, such as natural disasters or political upheavals, Peru Tripper will strive to offer alternative arrangements. This may include rescheduling your trip or issuing a credit for future travel, based on current availability and discretion.

Emphasizing the Need for Comprehensive Travel Insurance

To cover unexpected events, including trip disruptions and medical emergencies, we cannot stress enough the importance of securing comprehensive travel insurance. It’s your safety net, ensuring peace of mind throughout your journey. Please note, Peru Tripper does not bear responsibility for costs arising from incidents not covered by your travel insurance.

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Discounts

Special Discounts

 

  • Adult (12+ Years): Standard rates apply for travelers over 12 years old.
  • Student (-25 Years with Student Card): Save USD 20 with a valid Student Card for those younger than 25 years old.
  • Child (3 – 11 Years): Save USD 30 for children between 3 and 11 years old.
  • Infant (0 – 2 Years): Infants younger than 2 years old are free (must ride on the adult’s lap; for a separate seat, add them as a child).
  • Group Discount: Automatically applied during online booking.
    • Save USD 10/person for groups of 5-7 people.
    • Save USD 15/person for groups of 8-10 people.
    • Save USD 20/person for groups of 11+ people.

Please note that the applicable age is considered at the time of completion of the trip.

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Inclusions & Exclusions

Dive into our in-depth guide on what’s included and not included for all package options on the 2-Day Extended Sacred Valley Tour & Machu Picchu Experience. With these carefully put-together lists, you’ll know exactly what to anticipate when booking the journey of a lifetime.

Standard Inclusions

Our Standard package offers a range of amenities and services for a comfortable and enjoyable trip experience. All package options include the following:

Not Included

The following items are not included in our trek packages. Please consider these additional costs when preparing for your trek. Note that some exclusions may be included in the Deluxe package, as mentioned in the Additional Inclusions section:

Additional Inclusions (Deluxe Package)

Upgrade to our Deluxe package for an enhanced and luxurious trekking experience. The Deluxe package includes these premium amenities and services, which can also be added individually to the Standard package:

What to Pack

When embarking on the 2-Day Extended Sacred Valley Tour & Machu Picchu Experience, it’s crucial to pack the right items for a successful and enjoyable experience.

Packing List

Packing Tips

  • Weather Readiness: Layering is essential due to the varied microclimates of the Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu.
  • Comfortable Walking Shoes: Prioritize footwear that provides support and comfort as you navigate uneven terrain and cobblestone streets.
  • Efficient Packing: Travel with a lightweight backpack to keep your belongings organized and easily portable.
  • Document Accessibility: Keep your passport, tickets, and insurance details in a secure yet accessible place for smooth transitions and check-ins.
  • Stay Hydrated: Carry a refillable water bottle and drink water regularly to prevent altitude sickness.
  • Carry Cash: Have enough local currency on hand for small vendors, tips, and areas where credit cards might not be accepted.
  • Sun Protection: Use sunscreen, wear a hat, and consider UV-blocking sunglasses to protect against intense sun exposure.
  • Charge Smart: Although charging facilities are available at your hotel, keep a charger handy for use on the go if needed.
  • Minimal Electronics: Consider the essentials when it comes to gadgets to lighten your load.
  • Snack Wisely: Bring along some light snacks for energy boosts during your explorations.

Frequently Asked Questions

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What is the best time of year to go on this tour?

The best time to visit the Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu is during the dry season, from April to October. However, the tour operates year-round, offering different perspectives of the region’s beauty in each season.

What currency is needed, and can I use credit cards during the tour?

Peruvian Nuevo Sol (PEN) is the local currency. Credit cards are accepted in many places, but it’s wise to have cash for small expenses.

Can I visit Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain during the tour?

Yes, you can visit these mountains if you book the additional permits in advance. Please note that this requires an extra fee and is subject to availability.

Is there a place to store my belongings while I'm on the tour?

You can store non-essential luggage at your hotel in Cusco or with our office before the tour.

What is the difference between the Expedition and the Vistadome trains?

The Expedition Train is designed for passenger comfort with large windows for viewing the landscape. The Vistadome offers upgraded features such as larger windows, a glass roof for sky viewing, and additional comfort amenities.

Where does the tour start and end?

The tour starts and ends in Cusco. We provide pickups and drop-offs at your hotel in Cusco.

What happens in case of an emergency?

Our guides are trained to handle emergencies, and we have protocols in place to get you the assistance you need. Always inform your guide of any medical conditions before starting the tour.

How far in advance should I book the tour?

We recommend booking as far in advance as possible, especially during peak tourist seasons, to ensure availability. Machu Picchu has a visitor limit per day, and tickets can sell out quickly.

How knowledgeable are the tour guides about local history and culture?

Our guides are highly knowledgeable and trained in Andean history, culture, and the natural environment of the region.

Can the tour be customized for private groups or special occasions?

Absolutely! We can tailor the tour for private groups, special occasions, or even add additional activities upon request.

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