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Cusco in 2 Days: Sacred Valley Tour + Machu Picchu Day Tour

USD $506.00 $525.00

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City: Cusco, Mountains // Activities: Visit of Machu Picchu, Visit of Pisac, Moray, Salt Mines of Maras & Ollantaytambo //

The sacred valley of the Incas and the famous Machu Picchu are waiting for you. Get to the most famous touristic sites of Cusco with this 2-day tour showing you Pisac, the archaeological site of Moray, the salt mines of Maras and Ollantaytambo. The other highlight of the tour will be Machu Picchu, the most popular tourist attraction in Peru and one of the seven wonders of the world. Enjoy a day trip to Machu Picchu from Cusco learning about its history, what daily life was like for the Incas and how it was discovered by Hiram Bingham. If you want to climb up Huayna Picchu as well and enjoy a breathtaking view from there, make sure to select that option in the dropdown field above. 

Please let us know which of the following options you prefer:
Option 1: Morning tour of Machu Picchu (entrance from 6:00 am onwards) from Aguas Calientes
Option 2: Afternoon tour of Machu Picchu (entrance from 12:00 pm onwards) from Aguas Calientes 
Option 3: Morning tour of Machu Picchu (entrance from 6:00 am onwards) from Cusco
Option 4: Afternoon tour of Machu Picchu (entrance from 12:00 pm onwards) from Cusco

 

Itinerary*:

*the following itinerary is just exemplary; you're free to choose the order of the tours with off-days (f.e. tour 2, day off, tour 1).

You will be picked up from your hotel in Cusco at 6:30 am before you will head to the town of Pisac to visit one of the most imposing archaeological sites of the Sacred Valley of the Incas. Here, you can see wonderful architecture and enjoy unique views of the valley from the top. The next stop is the artisan market of Pisac, where you can find typical souvenirs. Afterwards, you will get to know the archaeological site of Moray. Here, you will face a construction that is a clear proof of the extraordinary agricultural progresses that the ancient Peruvians had regarding the management of climates, soils and humidity. The salt mines of Maras, which are not far from Moray, are the next highlight on this tour. Together with your guide, you will enter the mines, learn about its history and have enough time to take some pictures. If you want to, you can buy some of the special salt to take it home and use it for cooking.

Photo Sacred Valley Day Tour Cusco exploor peru

Then, you will continue to Urubamba to get some lunch. Once you're ready to go, you will head to Ollantaytambo, a very important temple for the Inca known as "the living city of the Incas". You will explore its ceremonial centres, walk along its narrow paths and find out the history behind it. Now that you have visited the last site of the tour, you can either return tu Cusco with the guide at 5:30 pm, stay in Ollantaytambo or head on to Aguas Calientes so you can visit Machu Picchu on the next day.

From Ollantaytambo/ Aguas Calientes, your itinerary would look like this:

  • 06:40 am or 7:20 am: Train to Aguas Calientes
  • 08:20 am or 9:00 am: Arrival at Aguas Calientes
  • Afterwards: Bus ride (20 min) & entrance to the citadel of Machu Picchu (2.5 hour guided tour and free time)
  • Return bus ride (20 min) to Aguas Calientes
  • Lunch (not included)
  • 2:30 pm, 4:12 pm or 7:00 pm: Departure of train to Ollantaytambo
  • 4:10 pm, 6:00 pm or 8:40 pm: Arrival to Ollantaytambo & bus ride to Cusco for 1.5 - 2 hours
  • Arrival at the city of Cusco
Expedition train:

The Expedition train is a tourist standard service with semi-panoramic windows. On board, you will be offered a simple snack that consists of a cold or hot drink and a sweet or salty option. Watch the video about the Expedition train.

Vistadome train:
The Vistadome train is the more luxurious option that has carriages with panoramic windows to the sides and on the ceiling so you can enjoy the landscape on comfortable leather seats. On board, you will be offered a snack elaborated with regional Andean products. On the way back, there will be a 20-minute show on board including a typical dance offered by the staff. Watch the video about the Vistadome train.

You will be picked up at your hotel (for all the hotels close to the Plaza de Armas) at 4:00 am. Then, you will head to the train station located in the town of Ollantaytambo where you will board the train at 6:40 am or at 7:20 am and make your trip to to the village of "Aguas Calientes" (2000 m) where you will arrive at approximately 8:20 am or 9:00 am, respectively.

Upon arrival at the train station, a guide will be waiting for you to accompany you to the bus that brings you to the entrance of Machu Picchu. It takes about 30 minutes by bus until reaching the incredible Wonder of the world "The Sanctuary of Machu Picchu", known as "The Lost City of the Incas". When you arrive at the citadel of Machu Picchu, you will pass through the control where you will receive your ticket. From this point on, the guided tour will start and you will visit the main areas of the city such as Main Square, Circular Tower, Sacred Solar Clock, The Royal Quarters, the Temple of the Three Windows and the cemeteries for approximately 2.5 hours. At the end, you will have free time to take a walk through the citadel and to visit Machu Picchu, the Sun Gate etc.

Photo machu picchu day tour cusco exploor

Then, you will return to the town of Aguas Calientes and eat in one of the many restaurants (not included). At 2:30 pm, 4:12 pm or at 7:00 pm, you will take the train back and arrive in Ollantaytambo at 4:10 pm, 6:00 pm or at 8:40 pm (you must arrive at the station 30 minutes before the departure time of your train). When you arrive at the train station in Ollantaytambo, please leave the station because outside a guide will be waiting for you to take you to your hotel in Cusco (1 hour and 30 minutes by car).

Itinerary in case you start the day tour from Cusco:
  • 04:00 am: Pick up at the hotel (for all the hotels close to the Plaza de Armas) and bus ride to Ollantaytambo
  • 04:00 am: Trip to Ollantaytambo
  • 06:40 am or 7:20 am: Train to Aguas Calientes
  • 08:20 am or 9:00 am: Arrival at Aguas Calientes
  • Afterwards: Bus ride (20 min) & entrance to the citadel of Machu Picchu (2.5 hour guided tour and free time)
  • Return bus ride (20 min) to Aguas Calientes
  • Lunch (not included)
  • 2:30 pm, 4:12 pm or 7:00 pm: Departure of train to Ollantaytambo
  • 4:10 pm, 6:00 pm or 8:40 pm: Arrival to Ollantaytambo & bus ride to Cusco for 1.5 - 2 hours
  • Arrival at the city of Cusco

     Included:

    Sacred Valley Tour: 

    • Private transport from and to your hotel in Cusco 
    • Private Sacred Valley day tour
    • Fluent English/ Spanish speaking indigenous guide(s) 
    • Lunch buffet 

    Machu Picchu Tour:

    • Round trip train tickets 
    • Private transfer from your hotel (for all the hotels close to the Plaza de Armas) in Cusco to the train station in Ollantaytambo and shared transport with drop-off near Plaza de Armas (Plaza Regocijo or Plaza San Francisco) in Cusco
    • Transfer from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu (round trip in bus CONSETUR)
    • Entrance to Machu Picchu Sanctuary
    • Professional english speaking guide
    • Entrance to Huayna Picchu (only for: Inca Rail (normal or Vistadome) + Huayna Picchu)

       Not Included:

      Sacred Valley Tour:

      • Breakfast
      • Tourist ticket (partial ticket S/ 70, general ticket S/ 130 per person)
      • Entrance to Maras Salt Mines (S/ 10 per person)

      Machu Picchu Tour:

      • Meals
      • Tips
      • Accommodation in Aguas Calientes or Ollantaytambo
        • you have the option to check for recommended places here
        • or head back to Cusco and leave with the van in the morning to Ollantaytambo to catch the train from there

       Schedule:

      • Sacred Valley Tour: 6:30 am - 5:30 pm
      • Machu Picchu Tour: Everyday from 04:00 am to 10:00 pm

       Duration:

      • Two 1-Day Tours

       Recommendations:

      • Bring a raincape and adequate clothes according to the weather
      • Use sunscreen, repellent, sunglasses and a hat
      • Don't forget your camera and binoculars 
      • Bring sufficient water and some extra money
      • Use one backpack or briefcase per person

       Terms of Reservation:

      • Minimum 1 week before (so that the train tickets can be reserved before).
      • In case you would like to climb the Huayna Picchu, please make your reservation at least 2 months in advance.
      • Minimum 2 people in order to reserve this tour.

         Terms of Cancellation:

        • If you cancel minimum 5 days before the start of the tour you will receive a refund of 50%.
        • In case the entrance tickets (Machu Picchu and/or Huayna Picchu) are bought by us already (tickets that include Huayna Picchu: normally 2 months in advance to avoid booking problems due to the daily Huayna Picchu limit; Machu Picchu: approx. 1 week in advance during low season and 2 weeks during high season), the price of those tickets cannot be returned or claimed.

         Info: 

        • As a student you can use the discount code "mapistudent" in the checkout and you'll get a $20 discount. You need to have your valid student ID card with you for the Machu Picchu day tour, if not the discount will not be applied.
        • The seats in the train are chosen by the train company itself; there is no possibility to influence your seat from our or any travel operator's side.
        • Maximum group size is 15 people
        • Please mention your preferred time for the return train (2:30 pm, 4:12 pm or at 7:00 pm) from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo (subject to ticket availability).
        • In the case of flight delays, inconveniences with the train schedule or bad weather (rain, landslides, etc.) the provider neither we are not responsible.
        • There are two-time slots to visit Machu Picchu:
          • 6:00 - 12:00 and 12:00 - 17:30
        • If you want to go to Huayna Picchu please consider the following:
          • You have to make your reservation at least 2 months before
          • There are 2 schedules:
            • 7:00 am - 8:00 am
            • 10:00 am - 11:00 am

         Pickup / Drop-off:

        • Pickup from your hotel (only if your hotel is close to the city center of Cusco. In case you stay further away, meet up at the Plaza de Armas - taxi cost approx. 10-15 Soles)
        • Drop-off at Plaza de Armas or Plaza de Regocijo (due to the rush hour that might leave you waiting 1-2 hours in the van in case we'd drop-off every participant)
        • Private tours include pickup from- and drop-off at the hotel.

           Information about the Local Guides:

          We only select the best guides whose services comply with our security standards, good equipment and a fair price for every destination.

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