City: Cusco, Mountains // Activities: Visit of Machu Picchu, Visit of Pisac, Moray, Salt Mines of Maras & Ollantaytambo //
Why you'll love this experience:
Revolutionary Sacred Valley itinerary nobody else offers - 4 sites in one day and avoiding the touristy masses (+ be one of the first visiting Pisac)!
Enjoy familiarity in a small group, with a passionate guide able to answer all your questions, impossible in large touristy groups!
Visit Machu Picchu's secret and beautiful viewpoints touristy groups don't visit, perfect for couple-, family-, and friend pictures.
Have more time with your passionate guide. 2.5 hours, instead of only 2 hours most of the other tours offer, feel less rushed.
150+ 5-Star reviews on Tripadvisor for both tours only
With this 2-day tour you will get to know the stunning Sacred Valley of the Incas and the famous Machu Picchu. You will explore some of the most famous touristic sites of Cusco, such as Pisac, the archaeological site of Moray, the salt mines of Maras and Ollantaytambo.
After that, you will experience one of the most impressive train rides in the world. Looking our of the window, you can see the unique Andean mountain landscape until reaching the town of Aguas Calientes. Here, you will get ready for the private tour to Machu Picchu, the most popular tourist attraction in Peru and one of the seven wonders of the world.
You will learn about its history, what daily life was like for the Incas and how it was discovered by Hiram Bingham. If you want to enjoy a breathtaking views of Machu Picchu make sure to add Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain to your tour.
This is the perfect way to get to know Machu Picchu and the Sacred Valley with an overnight stay in Aguas Calientes, allowing you a hassle-free experience while exploring the Peruvian wonder of the world.
6:30 am: Pick-up at your hotel in Cusco
7:30 am: Sacred Valley viewpoint
8:00 am: Pisac
10:45 am: Visit of the Salt Mines of Maras (we'll only go to the viewpoint, it's forbidden to enter the salt mines)
12:30 am: Visit of Moray
1:30 pm: Lunch in Urubamba
3:15 pm: Ollantaytambo
6:30 pm: Drop-off at main square in Ollantaytambo. In the afternoon, you'll take the train to Aguas Calientes, where you will be picked up at the train station.
Note: All times are approximations.
|Machu Picchu Day Tour with Expedition Train* from Aguas Calientes (earliest entrance option **)
||...with Machu Picchu Mountain / Huayna Picchu [ (...) in case of 10:00 am hike]|
|Before 5:30 am: Hotel pickup by guide and taking bus to Machu Picchu entrance||Before 5:30 am: Hotel pickup by guide and taking bus to Machu Picchu entrance|
|6:00 am: Guided Machu Picchu tour||6:00 (8:00) am: Guided Machu Picchu tour|
|8:30 am: Leaving Machu Picchu, getting Machu Picchu passport stamp, heading back to Aguas Calientes by bus (without guide)||8:00 (10:00) am: Machu Picchu Mountain/ Huayna Picchu hike|
|9:30 am: Arrival in Aguas Calientes and free time||11:00 am (1:00 pm): Leaving Machu Picchu, getting Machu Picchu passport stamp, heading back to Aguas Calientes by bus (without guide)|
|Return train to Ollantaytambo in the early afternoon/evening||12:00 (2:00) pm: Arrival in Aguas Calientes and free time for lunch|
|Private pickup after arriving at the train station||Return train to Ollantaytambo in the early afternoon/evening|
|Drop-off in your accommodation in the Sacred Valley*** or in Cusco||Private pickup after arriving at the train station|
|Drop-off in your accommodation in the Sacred Valley*** or in Cusco|
*Vistadome options are also possible
**Entrance preferences (as early as possible, in the late morning, in the afternoon) are eligible when filling out the pre-confirmation email you receive automatically after the reservation has been made to coordinate your private Machu Picchu tour
***Sacred Valley pickups and drop-offs available for locations between Ollantaytambo to Urubamba or Urubamba to Cusco. Locations outside this route are possible as well but will have an additional fee for the extra transportation.
- 7:00 pm on day 1: Train from Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes
- 9:15 pm on day 1: Arrival in Aguas Calientes and briefing with guide in your hotel
- Pickup in the morning on time coordinated and head to minibus
- 7:15 am: 2.5-hour guided tour of Machu Picchu (we enter before the majority of Cusco's tourist groups arrives, who start later than 8:00 am, taking the train 1h later)
- 9:45 am: End of guided tour for those who don't do the optional hike. You can either remain at the end of the site without your guide or head back to Aguas Calientes by minibus
- Take minibus back to Aguas Calientes and free time to have lunch
- Take the train back to Ollantaytambo* in the afternoon, pick up from the train station and shared transport to the main point in Cusco where our driver awaits and brings you to your hotel in Cusco where you'll arrive in the evening
- Airport pickup and transport to your hotel in Cusco (the airport pickup can be scheduled flexibly)
- Hotel pickup and drop-off in Cusco**
- Fluent English speaking local guide (for private Machu Picchu tour Spanish or Portuguese are available too)
Sacred Valley Tour:
- Private transport with pickup from your hotel in Cusco
- Delicious lunch buffet (vegetarian and vegan food options available) in restaurant for small groups and with llamas outside
- Drop-off at Ollantaytambo train station
- Small personalized group tour of 2-8 people
Machu Picchu Tour:
- Accommodation in Aguas Calientes in a double bed or twin bed 3* hotel with breakfast
- Round trip Expedition train tickets
- Entrance to Machu Picchu
Entrance to Machu Picchu Mountain (only available for private - optional and depending on availability*) Minibus tickets Aguas Calientes - Machu Picchu - Aguas Calientes
- Private tour or small group tour with Machu Picchu expert guide
*If you reserve the tour at least 1 month in advance, it’s very likely that there are still tickets available. Less than 1 month, most likely all tickets are sold out.
**By exploor driver (hotel to meetup point) and shared transportation (meetup point to Ollantaytambo). Sacred Valley pickups and drop-offs available for locations between Ollantaytambo to Urubamba or Urubamba to Cusco only for private tours. Locations outside this route are possible also only for private tours and will have an additional fee for the extra distance to cover.
- Breakfast and dinner on day 1, lunch and dinner on day 2
- Cusco tourist ticket (partial ticket valid for 2 days S/ 70, general ticket valid for 10 days S/ 130 per person). It gives you entrance to the sights and can be bought directly at the sites we visit so don't worry about purchasing it in advance.
- Entrance to Maras Salt Mines (S/ 10 per person)
- Meal in Aguas Calientes
- Tips for your guide
- Daily departures
- Bring your original passport and TAM (the little sheet of paper you get when arriving in Peru) for the hotel registration
- Wear light shoes, a long sleeve shirt, long pants and bring a raincoat
- Use sunscreen, repellent, sunglasses and a hat
- Don't forget your camera and binoculars
- Bring sufficient water and some extra money
Use only hand luggage for your tour to Machu Picchu, as the maximum weight allowed is 5 kg (you can store your luggage at your hotel in Cusco)
Terms of Reservation:
- Minimum 1 week before. The earlier you book, the better the train times we can organize for you.
- Minimum 2 people
- For solo travelers: An additional $110 will have to be paid via a separate payment inquiry sent by us as the Machu Picchu + Hotel price considered in this package is for min 2 travelers.
- After the booking has been made, please respond to our automatic email asking about necessary information for the tour, such as pickup spot, food preferences and more.
- If you want to book Machu Picchu Mountain (only available for private tours) within 1 month of the tour, please ask us for availability of tickets in advance.
Terms of Cancellation:
There won’t be any refunds for the Machu Picchu tour as we proceed with the purchase of the entrance tickets, the train tickets etc. as soon as you have made your reservation.
- For the Sacred Valley tour:
- If you cancel less than 3 days before the start of your tour, there won’t be any refunds.
- If you cancel between 3-7 days before the start of your tour, we will refund 50%.
- If you cancel more than 7 days before the start of the tour, we will refund 100%.
- Changing the date of your tour costs $20 per traveler and is subject to availability.
- If you cancel min. 30 days before the start of the tour you will receive a full refund. If you cancel less than 30 days before the start of the tour there won't be a refund.
- Please note that for holidays, such as the 10/05/2020 the team receives an extra bonus as they make the sacrifice of not being with their families. To appreciate their availability, an additional $70 (in total, not per person) will be charged apart from the price indicated on the webpage. This amount can be paid via email payment request by Paypal.
- From January 2nd until April 30th, there aren’t any trains departing from Cusco/Poroy, only from Ollantaytambo.
- Where and when can you choose your preferred time at Machu Picchu?
- When you’ve made your reservation with us, you’ll automatically receive an email where all important questions about your Machu Picchu day trip, airport transportation and more will be asked. We recommend answering to this email as soon as possible to enable us to start with the coordination of your tickets and ensuring an excellent experience for you.
- What is the Vistadome Train and how can I book it?
- This train option has a panoramic view due to bigger windows. It differs in price. Per train and person this option has an additional cost of $40 that can be paid via PayPal when the upgrade is confirmed.
How can it be booked? In the email mentioned above, you have the option to select this train option as: “no”, “one way” or “both ways”. We’ll then take care of the rest.
- Machu Picchu Mountain and Huayna Picchu option
- Both are hikes to the mountains that surround the archeological site of Machu Picchu. Please find a detailed comparison here.
In case you opt to add one of those two hikes, please contact us first via Whatsapp +51965027736 or firstname.lastname@example.org to help you with the availabilities. When everything is clear, please select the Machu Picchu Mountain option during the booking process. In the email that you’ll receive automatically after the reservation has been made you can then indicate which option you’d like to hike and the corresponding tickets will be organized. (Only available for private tour)
- For the airport pickup, what if my flight has a delay?
- Please contact us via Whatsapp +51965027736 so the team can check if a postponement of the pickup is still possible. Our drivers are contracted for specific times and if the delay is more than 45 minutes the pickup would be lost. In case our drivers are occupied for a later time, the airline delay will count as a “no show” and you’ll have to organize the transport yourself or pay an extra for the newly coordinated pickup of $15 via email. In case a change is possible, our driver will await you outside of the airport on the parking lot with a sign and your names on it.
- In the case of flight delays, inconveniences with the train schedule or bad weather (rain, landslides, etc.) we do not assume any responsibility, but your travel insurance most likely will offer coverage for these cases. Please share with your insurance any problems you may experience.
- Transportation for shared groups: Our private driver picks you up on time at your hotel/hostel/Airbnb and brings you safely to the meetup spot where you enter a shared transportation to Ollantaytambo (same for the way back, all under clear safety and comfort standards for your best).
- The seats in the train are chosen by the train company itself; there is no possibility to influence your seat from our side.
- Changes or upgrades are subject to 1.) availability and 2.) an extra charge as stated in our Terms and conditions.