Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu 2 Days
Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu 2 Days
Sacred Valley and Machupicchu in 2 days is the best option to know the tow most important attractions in Cusco Area like the mystical Sacred Valley where you can visit a great city over the mountain and a great royal neighborhood in Pisaq, also you can see the Indian Market where you can get many crafts, enjoy of a wonderful typical and international buffet lunch at the heart of the Sacred Valley…. Ollantaytambo is one of the Inca Alive City now days because it is still having a Inca Design where the houses of the modern people living there, the way to take the train in the evening to Aguas Calientes makes easier to do this tour because you don’t waste your time spending more days in Cusco…. Machupicchu visiting it very early in the morning is one of the great experiences that you need to have when you will get Cusco.
Arriving in the Sacred Valley, it is impossible not to be impressed by the beauty of the Urubamba mountain range, the green fields bathed by the sun god or Inti, and the winding Vilcanota.
This impressive Andean valley shelters important archaeological sites and picturesque towns that keep their ancestral culture intact. Maras, Moray, Pisac, Chinchero, and Ollantaytambo are a sample of its cultural richness, but also have an incredible natural beauty, ideal for outdoor sports or simply to rest.
The Sacred Valley promises days of discovery and adventure in the foothills of the great Machu Picchu.
Day 1: Pisac – Moray – Maras Salineras – Ollantaytambo – Aguas Calientes
We start this beautiful day at 7:30am, when your guide picks you up at your Cusco hotel in our private van. Our route to the Sacred Valley of the Incas leads us towards Pisac. We stop first at the Mirador of Taray to enjoy an expansive view of the Urubamba valley and its traditional farming villages. You will see how the agriculture in the Sacred Valley has changed little in the past five hundred years. Onward, we drive to the archeological site of Pisac, where you can see an impressive Inca cemetery with more than 2,000 tombs. There, we can admire the carefully engineered farming terraces carved into the mountain, explore the Inca tunnel and the religious area of this important citadel. Here, we will spend about 2 hours, exploring the Inca city. Then, we head down to the colorful market of Pisac, spend about 20 minutes visiting it and then drive to Urubamba for lunch.
Our next stop is the archeological site of Moray also known as “The Greenhouse of the Incas” a deep basin of architectural wonder. Levels of terraces are carved into a huge bowl, which was carefully engineered by the Incas. The terraces have varied microclimates depending on how deep into the bowl they are placed. Archeologists believe that they were used by the Incas to discover the optimal growing conditions for their crops and experiment in hybridization.
Continuing on our journey to the colonial town of Maras, we look down onto the pre-Inca salt “mines,” called salineras in Spanish. Thousands of salt pans have been passed down through countless generations and used for salt extraction since before Inca times. A hot spring at the top of the valley discharges a small stream of heavily salt laden water, which is diverted into salt pans and evaporated to produce salt. This is one of the few places in the world where you can find naturally pink salt!
Finally, we drive to Ollantaytambo, taking the time to explore the Inca village that has remained intact since Inca times and the massive Inca Ruins, with a tour provided by our guide. Visit the massive architecture of the Sun Temple at the top of the formidable terraces and learn about the importance of this site for the Inca during the beginning of the Spanish conquest.
After time for dinner, we take the train to Aguas Calientes, where you spend the night in our hotel. The train departs Ollantaytambo at 19:04 and arrives in Aguas Calientes at 20:45.
Day 2 Aguas Calientes – Machupicchu – Cusco
This is the day you’ve been waiting for! After an early breakfast at your hotel, you’ll take one of the first busses up to Machu Picchu so that you can be there to witness the sunrise. It is a truly extraordinary site and not something you’ll want to miss! Your guide will give you the full tour, which takes about two hours. You will see all of the most important parts of Machu Picchu, including the Temple of the Sun, Temple of the Condor, Temple of Three Windows, Sun Dial, Quarry and the House of the Inca. You will also learn about how Machu Picchu is divided into three sectors: agricultural, residential and religious.
After your tour, those who have booked in advance for the extra hikes up Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain will have time to enjoy those views on their own. When you have had your fill of the exceptional views of Machu Picchu, you will take the bus back down to Aguas Calientes for lunch (not included). Depending on your train departure time, you may also have time for some shopping.
The train will take you back to Ollantaytambo, following the spectacular Urubamba River. Close to Aguas Calientes, the canyon is narrow and the river has many beautiful sections of whitewater. You can also see Wiñay Wayna from the train, if you look up high on the steep canyon wall! Back at Ollantaytambo, your driver will meet you at the exit from the train station to take you back to your hotel in Cusco in our private vehicle. You can expect to arrive at your hotel by 19:00. aprox.
- All transfers
- Professional speaking English guide
- Buffet lunch in Urubamba
- Expedition train Ollantaytambo-Aguas Calientes (2 ways)
- Double room 2 Stars Hotel in Aguas Calientes like El Marquez de Oropesa breakfast included (if you want, you can have a better hotel quality, ask prices in our office).
- Entrance fees to Machu Picchu
- Food (except for the buffet lunch in Urubamba)
- Entrance to the archeological sites (Pisaq, Ollantaytambo)
- Thermal baths in Aguas Calientes
Book your entrance ticket to Machu Picchu
For most visitors, the city of Cusco is just a passing place on their way to the Inca citadel of Machu Picchu. For this reason, many adventurers only stay a couple of days or nights in this city. But, that couple of nights should be memorable and for this reason we recommend making your reservation well in advance.
Book and buy your flight tickets to Cusco
To travel to the city of Cusco by plane, remember that there are only direct flights from the following countries: Santiago de Chile, Bogota (Colombia) and La Paz (Bolivia). So, with the exception of the destinations mentioned above: book your flight to Cusco (or Lima – Cusco) months in advance. 92% of flights arrive to Cusco from Lima. Due to the high demand and the small number of airlines, it is advisable to book months in advance.
Book your lodging
In the city of Cusco you will find a wide variety of accommodations. From lodgings, hostels, hostels and hotels ranging from 2 to 5 stars. But, as in all the most visited places in the world, most of the time they do not have availability. Therefore, we advise you to book in advance the hotel or hostel that best suits your budget and requirements.
Beware of altitude sickness or “soroche”.
The city of Cusco is located in the south of Peru, between the inter-Andean valleys of the Great Andes Mountains. Its altitude is above 3399 meters above sea level. For this reason, the first and main problem you will have to deal with will be altitude sickness or soroche.
What is altitude sickness? Acute mountain sickness (AMS), also called soroche, apunamiento or páramo sickness, is the lack of adaptation of the organism to the hypoxia (lack of oxygen) of altitude.
When is the best time to travel to Cusco?
In spite of what was said in the previous paragraph. Personally for our team, the best months to visit Cusco are the months of April and May. Since in these months the weather is pleasant with a radiant blue sky, adorned with white clouds, and with a green nature in full bloom.
Take your personal documents with you
As in all the countries of the world, the most important thing is to carry with you your passport that has a minimum validity of 6 months at the moment of your entrance to Peru. However, if you are from Argentina, Brazil, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Paraguay, Uruguay or Venezuela you will only need your National Identity Card.
Carry cash or your credit card.
When it comes to money, it is always advisable to bring dollars and make the change to soles, in the exchange houses that abound around the Plaza de Armas in Cusco.
Always look out for your safety
Cusco, in general, is a quiet place with friendly and hard-working people. However, as in any other place, there are always opportunists and people with bad intentions.
For your safety in Cusco:
Do not stray too far from the Historic Center of the city, as it is the only place that is monitored with security cameras and police patrolling the streets.
Take tourist services only with duly authorized travel agencies.
Take with you appropriate clothing according to the season.
What to bring to Cusco? Cusco is characterized by its rainy season and dry season or drought. Also, for its frigid nights and sunny days. For this reason, the ideal clothing to travel to Cusco will be:
Use urban or tourist transportation.
The best way to move within the city of Cusco is in private cabs or tourist transport services. The prices of cabs vary from 6 soles to more, depending on where you want to go.
Stay connected at all times
In Cusco you will not have communication problems, because this city has all the communication services that have the big cities: internet, fixed telephony, mobile telephony and others. Also all the applications work perfectly.
Taste the exquisite Cusquenian gastronomy
Cusco’s gastronomy is varied, traditional and full of flavor and color. So, you will have no problem finding food to your liking. However, always try to eat in a restaurant that is located around the Plaza de Armas or within the historic center of the city of Cusco.
- Personal water bottle and snack
- Camera + Film/Video camera (optional)
What To Bring
• Personal water bottle and snack
• Camera + Film/Video camera (optional)
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