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2-Day Sacred Valley & Machu Picchu Tour

Explore the Sacred Valley and visit Machu Picchu over an enriching two-day tour.

Location

Cusco, Peru

Duration

2 Days

Difficulty

3/10

Availability

Year Round

Tour type

Sightseeing

Overview

2-Day Sacred Valley & Machu Picchu Tour Overview

Delve into the heart of the Inca empire with our succinct 2-Day Sacred Valley & Machu Picchu Tour. This excursion artfully combines the natural beauty and historical grandeur of the region, taking you from the intricate ruins of Pisac to the storied walls of Ollantaytambo. It’s a journey that seamlessly blends the rich narratives of ancient times with the living culture of the Andes, presenting a snapshot of Peruvian heritage that is as profound as it is picturesque.

The pinnacle of the tour is the mystical Machu Picchu, standing as a testament to Incan ingenuity and spiritual depth. Within this serene mountain retreat, each stone tells a story, set against the backdrop of lush cloud forests and sky-high peaks. Our tour ensures a comprehensive experience, complete with knowledgeable guides, comfortable transport, and thoughtfully selected accommodations, making your brief foray into this ancient world both memorable and majestic.

Departure & Return Location Your Hotel in Cusco
Departure Time 8:00 AM
Estimated Return Time 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Guide Languages Available Guides fluent in English and Spanish
Key Attractions Pisac Ruins, Pisac Market, Urubamba Buffet Lunch, Ollantaytambo Ruins, Aguas Calientes, Machu Picchu

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  • Standard Large GroupGroup Size: 2 Min – 16ppl MaxStart Time: 08:00
  • Standard Small GroupGroup Size: 2 Min – 8ppl MaxStart Time: 08:00
  • Private GroupGroup Size: CustomizableStart Time: 08:00
  • Deluxe Private GroupGroup Size: CustomizableStart Time: 08:00
  • Solo TravelerGroup Size: 1 personStart Time: 08:00
  • Deluxe Solo TravelerGroup Size: 1 personStart Time: 08:00

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2-Day Sacred Valley & Machu Picchu Tour

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’s Charm to Aguas Calientes’ Gateway

After a personal greeting at your Cusco hotel, we begin our voyage to the heart of the Sacred Valley. Our first steps take us through the impressive Pisac ruins, where the ingenuity of Inca stonework is showcased against a backdrop of dramatic mountain ranges. The site serves not just as a historical landmark, but as a narrative of ancient Andean life.

Transitioning from the ruins, the Pisac market offers an explosion of culture with its bustling stalls, where you can barter for a piece of traditional art or sample local fruits. The market experience is a vibrant immersion into the daily lives of the valley’s residents, connecting you with the community’s pulse.

A flavorful buffet lunch in Urubamba introduces you to the gastronomy of the region, a true highlight for the senses. As you savor the array of dishes, each bite is a reminder of the valley’s rich culinary heritage.

Later, the majestic Ollantaytambo ruins await, where the past’s secrets are carved into monumental stone terraces. Here, history is palpable, inviting you to touch and see the wonders of Incan architecture up close.

The journey continues with a scenic train ride aboard the Expedition to Aguas Calientes, following the course of the Urubamba River. The town acts as a tranquil prelude to the wonder that is Machu Picchu. After checking into your accommodation, enjoy a relaxing dinner, and settle in for the night, the excitement for tomorrow’s discovery softly brewing.

Accommodation: Hotel in Aguas Calientes
Meals: Buffet lunch and dinner in Aguas Calientes

The new day begins with an ascent to Machu Picchu, the ‘Lost City of the Incas’. The first bus carries us up the winding mountain paths to meet the dawn at this UNESCO World Heritage site. The morning light reveals the ancient city in layers of mystical fog and sun-touched peaks, a truly otherworldly vision.

Our guide takes you through the heart of the ruins, sharing stories that animate the silent stone. The sense of wonder only deepens as you wander through the remnants of this once-lost civilization, with time to linger where history speaks to you most profoundly.

With hearts and cameras full, we descend back to Aguas Calientes. Here, you have the opportunity to unwind and enjoy lunch at your own pace and expense, perhaps choosing a quaint eatery to ponder the morning’s adventure over local flavors.

The return to Cusco begins with the Expedition train journey to Ollantaytambo, where our warm farewell awaits. We ensure your comfortable return to your hotel, closing the loop on a journey that has traversed breathtaking landscapes, ancient history, and living culture. This isn’t just a passage through the Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu; it’s an intimate sojourn through the very essence of Andean spirit and tradition.

Accommodation: None
Meals: Breakfast

Tour Highlights

2-Day Sacred Valley & Machu Picchu Tour Highlights

  • Pisac Ruins and Market: Engage with the profound history and vibrant local traditions at the Pisac archaeological site and its famous artisan market.
  • Ollantaytambo Ruins: Experience the grandeur of Ollantaytambo, an impressive Inca fortress that offers insight into ancient engineering and architecture.
  • Train to Aguas Calientes: Enjoy the scenic Expedition train ride along the Urubamba River, setting the stage for the majestic Machu Picchu visit.
  • Machu Picchu Exploration: Discover the iconic Machu Picchu with a comprehensive guided tour, providing an in-depth look at one of the most incredible ancient sites in the world.
  • Early Access to Machu Picchu: Beat the crowds with early access to Machu Picchu, ensuring a serene and unobstructed encounter with one of the New Seven Wonders of the World at sunrise.

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/office 1 or 2 days before the trek.
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off in Cusco.
  • Private vehicle transport throughout the Sacred Valley.
  • Buffet lunch in Urubamba on Day 1.
  • Dinner in Aguas Calientes on Day 1.
  • Vegetarian and gluten-free options at no extra cost.
  • Entrance fees to Pisac and Ollantaytambo ruins.
  • Entrance fee to 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

430

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

460

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

490

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

680

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

820

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

960

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

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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