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Sacred Valley to Machu Picchu Tour

Sacred Valley to Machu Picchu Tour

3 / 2 nights

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From the city of Cusco you can do many day trips, but perhaps the most famous of them all ends in the Sacred Valley of the Incas, specifically in the town of Ollantaytambo, 68km from the ancient capital of the Inca Empire. Therefore, it is not just a recommendation but almost an obligation to go through these places before visiting what is possibly the star of your trip, Machu Picchu. Sacred Valley to Machu Picchu Tour offers you the opportunity to discover the most important jewel of the incas "Machu Picchu" and also explore the spectacular views at Sacred Valley of the Incas. The Sacred Valley has become in recent years, one of the most important destinations in South America, is the valley of the Urubamba River and is known worldwide as the Sacred Valley of the Incas. The valley lodges beautiful traditional Andean towns of the time of the colony; In them you can find ancient Inca settlements scattered along the valley, in the middle of mountains belonging to the chains of the Andes mountain range. You will discover Pisac world famous for its artisan market and its impressive archaeological remains, located on a mountain above the town. This town was a kind of capital of the region in the time of the Incas, very important for its excellent location and fertile land. The Inca and colonial constructions that are exhibited in its territory, are admirable for their great invoice and for the platforms that surround the mountains and polished stone structures, assembled to perfection. On the other hand, the town of Pisac has become the spiritual center of the Sacred Valley, it can have all kinds of experiences and spiritual retreats, as well as meet people from all over the world interested in this. Also you will explore the beauty of Ollantaytambo considered one of the most important archaeological sites in Peru and South America; In addition, many people consider that after Machu Picchu, the town and the ruins of Ollantaytambo contain the most impressive Inca stone work in Peru; however, it is not the only amazing thing about this place. Only a few years ago, the global positioning systems allowed us to discover that Ollantaytambo is aligned with other ancient constructions throughout the world; the pyramids of Giza, the islands of Pascua, the Nazca lines, are just some of them; In addition, around this line the most important archaeological remains from all over the world are aligned.Finally you will reach to the most important jewel of the Incas Machu Picchu. 

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Day 1: Sacred Valley Tour

07:20 We pick you up from your hotel

08:00 Start the Sacred Valley Tour

08:40 Explore the Pisac market by yourself or in the group

09:10 Guided tour in Pisac Ruins

10:00 Driving to Urubamba town

12:00 Buffet Lunch on the Tunupa Restaurant (Included vegetarian)

14:00 Driving to the Ollantaytambo town

15:30 Guided tour of the Ollantaytambo archeological site

18:00 Spend a night in Ollantaytambo


Day 2: Short Inca Trail

06:30 Walk to the train station of the Ollantaytambo

07:20 Train to the starting point of the Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu (km 104)

08:20 Hiking Short Inca Trail

12:00 Lunch in Wiñaywayna

13:00 Continue hiking the Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu

18:00 Arrival to Aguas Calientes town, spend a night


Day 3: Machu Picchu

04:00 Wake up, hiking to Machu Picchu

06:00 Guided tour of Machu Picchu

09:00 Free time, you can walking around to the lost city of the Incas or climb up to the mountains (Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu)

18:30 Return train to Ollantaytambo

20:20 Arrived to Ollantaytambo and tourist transportation to Cusco

22:00 Drop off in your hotel

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Sacred Valley Tour

This tour starts at approximately 07:20 hrs., we will pick you up from your hotel, to start our adventure and have a guided tour through the famous Sacred Valley of the Incas, over the Vilcanota River, for a panoramic view of the Inca citadel of Pisac and visit the typical Indian market of Pisac , where we will have the opportunity to learn about the customs of its inhabitants and haggle prices with sellers, then we go to the city of Urubamba, traveling along the Vilcanota river, to finally visit the fortress of Ollantaytambo, where we also have a guided tour and where we will spend the night.

Day 2: Short Inca Trail

Waking up in Ollantaytambo we will be transfer by train to km. 104. In this place you will be waiting for your guide to immediately start the tour by the Archaelogical group of Chachabamba which is at 2250 m.a.s.l likewise they will pass through the complex until they reach Wiñay Wayna agricultural center. During the trip you will be able to appreciate the beautiful views of the Urubamba River as well as the different types of orchids that you will find along the way. Then we will take a short break to have lunch, after that we will continue our walk towards Machu Picchu and appreciate the beautiful sunset over the Inti Punku (Sun Gate) after this unforgettable experience we will descend until we arrive to Aguas Calientes, at all times they will be with your guide who will help you locate your hotel so that it can be accommodated, then they will coordinate on your guided tour in Machu Picchu the next day. Night at your hotel in the town of Machupicchu (Aguas Calientes).

Day 3: Machu Picchu Tour

According to what you have coordinated with your guide you will have to go to the bus station, for this you have to coordinate with your hotel so they can give you breakfast to go. The climb will be done with your guide walking or bus (as you think convenient). We will visit the archaeological complex of Machupicchu (2400 m) our guided tour will last approximately 2 hours to 2 and a half hours around the Inca citadel, visiting the main sites such as: the enclosures, squares, Sacred Fountains, Temples, the agricultural sector and urban. After our visit you can take the opportunity to climb the mountain of Huaynapicchu or Machupicchu mountain (it is important to have the ticket purchased in advance) or you could choose to go down to the town of Aguas Calientes for lunch or rest, considering that you should be 30 minutes before of the departure of your train.The train will take you only to the station of Ollantaytambo, at this point the carrier will wait for you with the pallet of the company and will bring you to Cusco leaving at your hotel.


  • Pre-trek briefing;
  • Transfer to Sacred Valley from Cusco;
  • Professional guide in the Sacred Valley to Machu Picchu Tour, Inca Trail and Machu Picchu;
  • Entrance fee to Pisac and Ollantaytambo archeological;
  • Inca Trail Permit and entrance fee to Machu Picchu;
  • Private transportation to Sacred Valley to Machu Picchu Tour;
  • Accommodation: Hotel in Ollantaytambo (1 night), Hotel in Aguas Calientes (1 night);
  • Meals: 2x breakfast, 1x Buffet Lunch on Tunupa restaurant in Uurbamba, 1x Box lunch on the Inca Trail, 2x dinner (please advice us in advance if you are a vegetarian; this option is for NO extra additional cost);
  • A train round trip (Expedition Service) between Ollantaytambo to Head trail of the Inca Trail; and Aguas Calientes (Machu Picchu) to Ollantaytambo;
  • Tourist transportation from Ollantaytambo to Cusco.


  • Breakfast on the first and last day and lunch in Aguas Calientes Town on the last day
  • A shuttle bus between Aguas Calientes and Machu Picchu (U$ 12 one way or U$ 24 a round trip)
  • Entrance fee to Huayna Picchu Mountain ($80)
  • Tips to local staff (please note: it is a custom to give tips in Peru, however, it is not obligatory)
  • Travel Insurance
  • Other not mentioned


Backpack - Daypack

The backpack will accompany you for two (3) days so it is better if you try to make it spacious. You can choose a padded backpack for comfort on the back. If it has adjustable cords that fit the body is a good choice. However, remember that you will only take it on the first days of the tour and the next day you can leave it at the hotel's luggage storage, so there is NO need for this backpack to be a specialized one for hikes (a backpack from day is enough and also remember that you only have to take what is necessary).

Clothing for the Inca Short Trail

The road sometimes becomes a bit harder, especially if we are not properly prepared, so in your list of things to wear you should include:

  • Quick-drying shirts 
  • Long-sleeved shirts are a good option for Enjoy the way as they avoid the bite of some sporadic mosquitoes.
  • For more versatility, you should also pack trekking pants with zippers (these pants are very useful since sometimes the humid heat of the jungle seam makes our adventure uncomfortable). You can also use them in both hot and cold climates and, above all, they are very light.
  • Trekking shoes: Try to pack some good walking shoes to avoid inconvenience during the walk; preferably wear a pair of trekking shoes that you have already used (that are not new) for comfort; Remember that new shoes usually cause blisters on your feet, so avoid them.
  • Some hours of the day have a radiant sun that can be annoying for some and a hat may be the solution. That yes, that is light and does not occupy much space.
  • In rainy season it is highly recommended to bring a poncho to avoid getting wet and not having to carry an umbrella.
  • The walk will demand the best of you, so a 2-liter water bottle should be in your backpack.
  • Personal documents: To be able to enter the route, you have to carry the document with which the reservation was generated. In the case of Peruvians, their ID, and for foreigners, their identity document or passport, as the case may be. In case of having an ISIC card we also recommend having it at hand.
  • Camera and binoculars The route of the Short Inca Trail offers dazzling landscapes that will remain in your memory thanks to a camera. But you can share your trip with friends and family with some amazing photos.
  • Do not forget the binoculars too! With a little patience you will see exotic birds and other unique details.
  • Personal articles: Do not forget to bring insect repellent and sun block for the midday sun.
  • Personal medications should also be included in the list of what to carry your backpack.
  • Repellent Mosquitoes can be a problem for an unsuspecting traveler, but for a traveler who does pack, a repellent of at least 40% DEET is the best solution.
  • And finally do not forget the additional items: a small towel, gloves if you have sensitivity to the cold, and optionally a pair of sandals to walk in the low jungle area.