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2-Day Extended Sacred Valley Tour & Machu Picchu Experience

Experience the richness of the Sacred Valley and cap it off with a trip to Machu Picchu.

Location

Cusco, Peru

Duration

2 Days

Difficulty

3/10

Availability

Year Round

Tour type

Sightseeing

Overview

2-Day Extended Sacred Valley Tour & Machu Picchu Experience Overview

Begin a remarkable 2-Day Extended Sacred Valley & Machu Picchu adventure that weaves together the rich cultural heritage and stunning vistas of the Andean landscape. From the historic city of Cusco, this tour escorts you through the verdant heart of the Sacred Valley, a region steeped in Incan history and tradition. The first day is packed with unforgettable experiences, from the Ccochahuasi Animal Sanctuary’s conservation efforts to the archaeological splendors of Pisac and the vibrant hues of its local market. Your journey unfolds further with the fascinating agricultural terraces of Moray and the timeless beauty of the Maras Salt Mines, culminating in the exploration of Ollantaytambo’s impressive ruins.

The pinnacle of your journey is the early morning ascent to the legendary Machu Picchu, where the sunrise over this ancient wonder creates a moment of unparalleled beauty and introspection. A comprehensive guided tour of this iconic site delves into its rich history and architectural feats, offering a glimpse into the life of the Inca civilization. This tour not only leads you through Peru’s most significant historical sites but also immerses you in the profound beauty and enduring legacy of Andean culture.

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
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2-Day Extended Sacred Valley Tour & Machu Picchu

Tour Itinerary

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

Day 1: From Cusco to the Enchantment of the Sacred Valley and Aguas Calientes

Your journey begins with an early pickup from your Cusco hotel, transporting you first to the Ccochahuasi Animal Sanctuary. Here, you’ll witness the sanctuary’s vital work in rescuing and rehabilitating animals, including the endangered Andean Condor, a symbol of Andean culture and nature.

The tour then leads you to the captivating Inca ruins of Pisac. During a 2-hour guided exploration, marvel at the ancient architectural wonders and engineering feats of the Inca civilization. Following this historical immersion, visit the vibrant Pisac market, where colorful textiles and traditional crafts await.

Next, the journey takes you through the heart of the Sacred Valley to Urubamba, where you will enjoy lunch at a local restaurant, savoring the flavors of authentic Peruvian cuisine amidst picturesque surroundings.

The afternoon is dedicated to discovering the unique Moray Inca Site, known for its remarkable terraced circular depressions used for agricultural experiments. Your exploration continues to the historic Maras Salt Mines, a stunning patchwork of over 3,000 salt pools against the mountainside, reflecting centuries of traditional salt extraction methods.

Conclude your day with a visit to the majestic Ollantaytambo ruins, an impressive Inca site known for its grandeur and intricate stonework. The tour of Ollantaytambo provides a deeper understanding of the Inca’s architectural prowess.

Your day ends with a scenic train journey to Aguas Calientes, offering mesmerizing views of Andean landscapes, glaciers, and terraces. Upon arrival, settle into your hotel and prepare for the upcoming adventure at Machu Picchu.

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

An early morning bus ride takes you to the awe-inspiring Machu Picchu, where you have the opportunity to witness a spectacular sunrise over the ancient citadel. As the day breaks, explore the mystical ruins almost in solitude, an experience that brings a sense of peace and connection to the past.

During a comprehensive 2-hour guided tour, uncover the secrets of Machu Picchu, learning about its history, architecture, and the theories surrounding its purpose and construction. After the tour, take your time to wander through the ruins, climb the terraces, and simply absorb the majestic atmosphere of this wonder of the world.

After descending back to Aguas Calientes, you have the opportunity to enjoy lunch at your own expense, choosing from a variety of local restaurants. Reflect on the morning’s experiences over a meal before boarding the train for the return journey to Ollantaytambo.

From Ollantaytambo, a comfortable transfer will take you back to Cusco, concluding your remarkable 2-day journey through the heart of the Incan empire and the stunning landscape of the Peruvian Andes.

For those seeking an additional challenge, the option to climb Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain offers an even more spectacular perspective of the ruins and surrounding valleys.

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

Tour Highlights

2-Day Extended Sacred Valley Tour & Machu Picchu Experience Highlights

  • Ccochahuasi Animal Sanctuary: Begin your journey with a visit to this sanctuary, a refuge for rescued animals, including the majestic Andean Condor. Experience the sanctuary’s commitment to conservation and witness endangered species up close.
  • Pisac Inca Ruins and Market: Explore the ancient Inca ruins of Pisac, marveling at their architectural splendor. Afterward, immerse yourself in the vibrant Pisac market, renowned for its colorful textiles and traditional crafts.
  • Moray Inca Site and Maras Salt Mines: Discover the unique terraced circles of Moray, an ancient site used for agricultural experimentation. Then, visit the historic Maras Salt Mines, where thousands of salt pools form a striking landscape against the mountainside.
  • Ollantaytambo Ruins: Wander through the impressive Ollantaytambo archaeological site, known for its massive stone structures and intricate stonework. Learn about its historical significance in the Inca civilization.
  • Sunrise at Machu Picchu: Arrive at Machu Picchu early to witness a breathtaking sunrise over the ancient citadel, an unforgettable moment of tranquility and beauty.
  • Guided Tour of Machu Picchu: Enjoy an in-depth exploration of Machu Picchu, one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. Learn about its history, architecture, and the mysteries that surround this iconic Incan site.

Inclusions & Exclusions

Detailing Every Aspect of Your Travel Experience: What’s Included and What’s Not

Standard Inclusions

All package options include the following:

  • Bilingual English-speaking tour guide.
  • Pre-departure briefing at your hotel or office 1 or 2 days before the trek.
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off in Cusco.
  • Private vehicle transport throughout the Sacred Valley.
  • Meals as specified in the itinerary (Day 1: Lunch and Dinner; Day 2: Breakfast).
  • Vegetarian and gluten-free options at no extra cost.
  • Admission fees to all key attractions (Pisac Ruins, Moray, Maras, Ollantaytambo, Machu Picchu).
  • Emergency oxygen bottle and medical kit.
  • 1-night hotel stay in Aguas Calientes (twin bedroom with private facilities).
  • Round-trip bus ticket between Aguas Calientes and Machu Picchu.
  • Round-trip Expedition Train tickets between Aguas Calientes and Ollantaytambo.
  • Private van transportation from Ollantaytambo to your Cusco hotel.

Exclusions:

Not included in our standard tour packages. Consider additional costs. Deluxe packages may cover some exclusions, as specified in the Additional Inclusions section.

  • Day 1 breakfast.
  • Day 2 lunch and dinner.
  • Huayna Picchu/Machu Picchu mountain ticket (US$ 80 extra per person).
  • Gratuities for crew (at your discretion).

Additional Inclusions

Deluxe Packages Only

Elevate your travel experience with our bespoke Deluxe Package, meticulously designed to offer an array of premium amenities and services.

Deluxe Packages Include:

  • 3-Star Aguas Calientes Hotel: Rest and recharge in a carefully selected 3-star hotel.
  • Mountain Climbing Permits: Choose between Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain for breathtaking panoramic views.
  • Vistadome First-Class Train: Enjoy scenic travel from Aguas Calientes with panoramic windows offering spectacular views.
  • Gourmet Lunch: Indulge in a gourmet dining experience at either Machu Picchu or Aguas Calientes.
  • Walking Sticks: 01 pair per person for added stability.
  • Private Transportation: Transportation exclusively for your group.
  • Dedicated Tour Guide: Get personalized insights and guidance from an expert tour guide throughout your journey.
  • Fair Compensation: We ensure fair compensation for all our dedicated team members.

Prices

Discover our diverse tour offerings, catering to various interests and providing unforgettable experiences for every traveler.

Standard Large Group

Group Size: 2 Min – 16ppl Max

USD

460

Per Person

Join a diverse group of travelers for an economical shared experience.

All standard inclusions
No Additional Inclusions
No Private Service

Standard Small Group

Group Size: 2 Min – 8ppl Max

USD

480

Per Person

Enjoy a more intimate setting, ideal for closer interactions and bonding.

All standard inclusions
No Additional Inclusions
No Private Service

Private Group

Group Size: Customizable

USD

520

Per Person

Curate your journey with exclusivity tailored to your group’s preferences.

All standard inclusions
No Additional Inclusions
Private Service

Deluxe Private Group

Group Size: Customizable

USD

720

Per Person

Indulge in luxury, enhancing every aspect of your tour for a memorable experience.

All standard inclusions
Additional Inclusions
Private Service

Solo Traveler

Group Size: 1 person

USD

840

Per Person

Embrace the freedom of a solo adventure, with options to mingle or stay independent.

All standard inclusions
No Additional Inclusions
Private Service or Join a Group

Deluxe Solo Traveler

Group Size: 1 person

USD

990

Per Person

Elevate your solo journey with added luxury and attentive service.

All standard inclusions
Additional Inclusions
Private Service

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.

Payment Terms & Cancellation Policy

Kindly take a moment to read our Payment Terms & Cancellation Policy before booking. Happy adventuring!

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, Huaynas Expeditions 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, Huaynas Expeditions 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.

Navigating Through Force Majeure

In the event of extraordinary and uncontrollable circumstances, such as natural disasters or significant political unrest, Huaynas Expeditions adopts a flexible approach. We prioritize your safety and satisfaction, offering to reschedule your trip or provide a credit for future travel, subject to availability.

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, Huaynas Expeditions does not bear responsibility for costs arising from incidents not covered by your travel insurance.

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What to Pack

Your Essential Packing Guide for a Hassle-Free Adventure

Packing List

Prepare for an unforgettable journey with our essential packing guide. Here’s what you need to bring:

  • Original passport and student ID (if applicable).
  • Layered clothing for varying temperatures (including a t-shirt, long-sleeve shirt, and light fleece).
  • Lightweight rain jacket or poncho.
  • Comfortable walking shoes or sneakers.
  • Camera or smartphone for photos.
  • Sunblock and after-sun hydrating cream.
  • Insect repellent (minimum 20% DEET, no malaria risk reported).
  • Toilet paper.
  • Snacks (such as biscuits, energy bars, chocolate, fruits, etc.).
  • Reusable canteen with water.
  • Personal medical kit (including special medications, paracetamol, blister treatment, etc.).
  • Cash for snacks, tips, and souvenirs.
  • Chargers for all devices (charging available at the hotel).

Note:

This list is a general guideline. Adjustments may be necessary based on personal preferences and the season of travel. Always check the weather forecast before your trip and feel free to reach out to us for any specific advice or requirements.

Provided Duffle Bag and Packing Tips

Pack Wisely with Our Essential 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.

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