2-Day Sacred Valley & Machu Picchu
This 2-day package is for those who are short on time but want to see the most impressive Inca ruins! You will get to visit the beautiful Sacred Valley and hike through the ancient Inca ruins of Pisac and Ollantaytambo, before touring Machu Picchu the next day to see the most amazing city of the Incas!
|Day 1:||Sacred Valley|
|Day 2:||Machu Picchu, Return to Cusco|
Day 1 – Sacred Valley to Aguas Calientes. We will pick you up at your hotel at 8:00 am for the Sacred Valley tour. We will first drive to the Animal Refuge which has Andean animals such as llamas, alpacas, condors, and pumas. Afterwards, we will head to one of the most important archaeological sites in the region, called Pisac, to see Inca burial grounds, ancient irrigation systems and astronomical centers. We will hike around the ruins and terraces for about an hour, and after our tour here will then go down to the town of Pisac located at the bottom of the valley. In this town we will first stop by a local silver factory and will see a demonstration of how they process and form beautiful jewelry. Next, we will walk through the cobble-stoned streets to the plaza to see locals selling produce and souvenirs in their stands. You will have some free time to browse and do some shopping here as well. After finishing our visit in Pisac, we will drive to the town of Urubamba to have a buffet lunch which includes both delicious Peruvian and Western cuisine. From there, we will head to Ollantaytambo where we will visit the ruins built up on terraces that features massive stones at the top. This site was an important religious and astronomical center, and was also used as a military fortress in one of the biggest battles the Incas had against the Spanish. After that we will have an evening snack in Ollantaytambo before taking the train to Aguas Calientes. We will take you to your hotel and arrive at about 9:00 pm and you will have the rest of the night to relax or explore Aguas Calientes.
Day 2 – Machu Picchu. After having an early breakfast at your hotel, you will meet your guide and take the 25-minute bus ride up to Machu Picchu. You will have a 3-hour tour with your guide where you will see and learn about the most important sites including the Temple of the Sun, the main plaza, Intiwatana, and the Temple of the Condor. After your tour, you will have some free time to explore the ruins on your own and take more pictures of this amazing place. When you are ready you can take the bus back down to Aguas Calientes, and in the afternoon you will take the train back to Cusco where we will pick you up from the train station and drop you off at your hotel.
Food: We include lunch in the Sacred Valley (does not include drinks) and an evening snack in Ollantaytambo on the first day. On the second day breakfast is provided by your hotel in Aguas Calientes, but we do not include lunch in Aguas Calientes.
Accommodations: We include one night at a B&B hotel in Aguas Calientes (Killa Inn or Panorama B&B). Please note that all hotels are subject to availability. For hotel upgrade options, please see the “Additional Options” tab.
Guide: Your guide will be with you for the Sacred Valley tour as well as in Machu Picchu. All our guides are licensed and speak fluent English, Spanish, and Quechua.
Transportation: We will provide you with transportation to and from our tour destinations. Round trip train tickets in the Expedition service from Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes and back to Cusco and round trip bus tickets to Machu Picchu and back to Aguas Calientes are also included.
Entrance Fees: The entrance ticket for Machu Picchu is included. Please note that the entrance ticket to the archaeological sites in the Sacred Valley are not included. You will need to purchase a tourist pass to enter the sites in the Sacred Valley. You can purchase a partial tourist pass for S/. 70 soles (about $20 USD) if you plan to tour only the sites in the Sacred Valley during your trip. However, if you plan to visit sites in both the Sacred Valley and Cusco, we recommend you purchase the full tourist pass for S/. 130 soles (about $40 USD). It is not necessary to purchase the tourist pass in advance, as you can get it at the first site we visit on the tour. Please see our blog here for more information about the tourist pass options. Also, the Animal Refuge requires a S/. 10 soles per person entrance ticket which goes toward maintaining the refuge and providing food for the animals which is not included.
What to Bring
- Original passport and student ISIC card (if applicable)
- A small day backpack to carry your personal belongings
- Good sneakers or light hiking boots
- Comfortable hiking clothes
- Rain gear
- Bathing suit (if you would like to enjoy the hot springs in Aguas Calientes)
- Money to buy souvenirs and the tourist pass
- Bug repellent
- Sunscreen and sunglasses
Huayna Picchu: If you are interested in climbing Huayna Picchu, the mountain overlooking Machu Picchu, there is an additional fee of $25 USD per person for us to buy your entrance ticket. Spaces are limited, so please let us know when booking whether you would like to hike Huayna Picchu, and we will reserve it for you. For information about this hike, please visit our Huayna Picchu page.
Hotel Upgrade: Included in this package is one night at a comfortable B&B Hotel in Aguas Calientes (Killa Inn or Panorama B&B). However, if you would like to upgrade to a 3, 4, or 5 star hotel, we offer the following prices and options:
- 3 Stars: $40 USD total for a double/matrimonial or single room (Hotel Ferre or La Cabaña)
- 4 Stars: $220 USD total for a double/matrimonial or single room (Casa del Sol – includes dinner at the hotel restaurant)
- 5 Stars: $420 USD total for a double/matrimonial room or $360 USD for a single room (Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo or Sumaq Hotel – both include dinner at their restaurants)
*Please note that all prices listed are for standard rooms and prices will vary for room upgrades. Also, all hotels and room types are subject to availability, and during holidays prices will increase. In addition, we work with many hotels in Aguas Calientes, so if there is a specific hotel not listed that you prefer, please let us know and we can provide you with a price.
Vistadome Train: Our price includes a return train ticket in the Expedition train from Aguas Calientes to Cusco, however, if you would like to upgrade to the Vistadome train the price is an additional $25 USD per person. Please note that because of the train schedule this option is only available for your return train, and not for the train from Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes.
Additional Information: For more information on rules and regulations of the Inca Trail and other hikes, please see our Rules and Regulations page here. To see information on cancellations and other policies, please see our Cancellations page here.
How to Book
We only require a minimum of 2 people to start this package, so if there are at least 2 people total in your group we can organize this package for the start date that you choose. If you are traveling by yourself, please email us to check the availability and let us know the package that you are interested in and the dates when you are available to start.
To reserve your package, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with the package you want to do, the date you want to start, and how many people are in your group. We will also need the following information for each traveler:
- Full name
- Passport number
- Date of birth
- Food restrictions (if any)
- Would you like to climb Huayna Picchu for an additional $25 USD per person?
If you would like tickets to climb Huayna Picchu after your tour of Machu Picchu, we will reserve a ticket for you as long as there is availability.
After sending your personal information, the next step is for each person in your group to make a deposit of $300 USD to reserve your package. To make your deposit, please pay by selecting the correct amount below or by visiting our Book Now page. To receive the student discount, you must send an email at the time you reserve your spot with a scan of both sides of your student ISIC card. This is the only student card accepted by the National Park and you can find more information about this student ID on the ISIC website here. The remaining balance is due in Cusco. You may pay in cash (either in US dollars or Peruvian soles) at your briefing, or if you prefer you may pay with a Visa credit card at our office. To pay with a credit card, before your briefing please visit our office which is located at Calle Union #140 in the reception of the Cusco B&B Hotel.
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