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.
The Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu Tour in 2 days will allow you to enjoy the scenic beauty of the Sacred Valley and its history, its Inca architecture, its craft markets, its gastronomy and its mild climate.
In this tour we can not miss Machu Picchu recognized as one of the seven wonders of the world, surrounded by cloud forests and mountain landscapes.
Day 1 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
1. How to get to the Sacred Valley?
Most flights to the Sacred Valley depart and arrive from Lima. The Peruvian capital offers visitors many things to see and do, being the gateway to the rest of the country, with domestic flights to major cities, including Cusco. Keep an eye on the websites of the various airlines, as from time to time they offer discounts and promotions for travel to the Imperial City, with prices as low as $70. If you can, look for a window seat, as the view of the Andes on the way is breathtaking.
2. When to travel?
The climate in the Sacred Valley does not usually vary much throughout the year. Daytime temperatures range between 20 and 25 °C, while at night they drop to approximately 5 °C, and the cold can be intense for some people. We recommend traveling in the dry season, between April and November. If you don’t mind the rains, you can travel between December and March.
3. Choose your accommodation wisely
From backpackers to five star hotels, the options in the Sacred Valley are numerous and varied. In the rural areas of the Valley there are hotels and haciendas that offer stays with the most attractive complementary services, such as relaxation therapies, spiritual retreats, healthy food, yoga classes, etc.
4. Plan your travel itinerary and distribute your time
The Sacred Valley has thousands of places for all tastes, such as Pisac, Ollantaytambo, Urubamba, Chinchero, Yucay, Maras, Moray, Aguas Calientes, among others. Most tours offer trips by bus and train, with stops at the main archaeological complexes, visits to markets and adventure sports.
5. Enjoy the exquisite local gastronomy
The gastronomic options in the Sacred Valley have grown. There are a large number of restaurants in Ollantaytambo, Urubamba and Pisac that offer all kinds of Andean dishes based on fresh, native ingredients. Dare to try the Chiri Uchu, a fried trout, a baked guinea pig, a succulent Inchicapi or a regional tuber stew called Kapchi; as you can see, the alternatives are very varied and original.
Recommendations Machu Picchu
- The best months to travel to Machu Picchu are April and May.
- During the rainy season (January – March) fewer travelers go to Machu Picchu, and therefore the prices of the services can be more comfortable on some specific dates.
- During the winter or dry season (June – September) Machu Picchu receives more travelers than any other time of the year. For this reason, the price of tourist services is much higher than usual.
- For many travelers, from the second half of September to the first two weeks of November are also ideal dates to visit this world wonder.
- If you are going to travel to Machu Picchu during the week of New Year, Easter, Fiestas Patrias (July 28 and 29) and Christmas, be very careful and make your reservations well in advance.
- These are the dates when everything is full and the availability of trains, hotels and entrance tickets to Machu Picchu are not available for last minute reservations.
What To Bring
- Personal water bottle and snack
- Camera + Film/Video camera (optional)
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