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Machu Picchu and Sacred Valley 2 Days

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Tour typeHistorical
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Group sizeMax 8 Persons
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LanguageEnglish, Spanish
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Best timeAll year round
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DifficultyEasy
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Duration2 Days

Overview

The Machu Picchu and Sacred Valley tour offers a fascinating exploration of the ancient Inca civilization in Peru. The tour is divided into two days, each offering unique experiences and attractions.

Highlights

  • Pisac: Explore ancient ruins and enjoy stunning views at Pisac Archaeological site.
  • Pisac Market: Shop for local crafts and souvenirs at the vibrant Pisac Market.
  • Awana Cancha: Get up close to Alpacas, Llamas, Vicuñas, and Huanacos at Awana Cancha, an Alpaca farm.
  • Ollantaytambo: Discover impressive Inca terraces and stone structures at Ollantaytambo Archaeological site.
  • Maras: Visit the charming colonial town of Maras with picturesque streets.
  • Moray: Explore the unique Inca site of Moray, featuring concentric terraces for agricultural experiments.
  • Salt Ponds: Witness thousands of salt pools at the ancient salt mines in Maras.
  • Textile center of Chinchero: Learn about traditional Andean textile production in Chinchero.
  • Aguas Calientes: Stay overnight in the charming town at the base of Machu Picchu.
  • Machu Picchu: Experience the awe-inspiring UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the New Seven Wonders of the World.
  • Sunrise at Machu Picchu: Witness a magical sunrise over the ancient ruins.
  • Guided Tour: Explore the history, architecture, and cultural significance of Machu Picchu with a knowledgeable guide.

Included

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TicketsEntrance ticket for Machu Picchu citadel
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Train TicketsExpedition Round Train: Ollantaytambo - Aguas Calientes
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GuideEnglish speaking, professional local guide
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TranportationRound trip transportation from Cusco - Ollantaytambo
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MealsBreakfast and Buffet lunch
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Pick upPick up from your accommodation in Cusco city
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AccommodationHotel 3 stars in Aguas Calientes
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MoreAll entrance tickets to Sacred Valley , Breakfast at the hotel , Lunch in the first day

Not Included

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Meals not in the itinerary
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Extra hike to Huayna Picchu or Montaña
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Tips
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Travel insurance

Itinerary

Day 1: Sacred Valley

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Option 01: By Pisac

  • 7:00 am: Pick-up from your hotel in Cusco.
  • Visit Awana Cancha, an Alpaca farm, to see Alpacas, Llamas, Vicuñas, and Huanacos.
  • Explore the Pisac Archaeological site, including its impressive ruins.
  • Visit the vibrant Pisac Market, known for its local crafts and souvenirs.
  • Enjoy lunch in Urubamba, followed by an optional visit to a brewery.
  • Discover the Ollantaytambo Archaeological site with its remarkable Inca structures.
  • Take a train to Aguas Calientes at 03:37 pm or 07:30 pm (depending on availability).
  • Check into your hotel in Aguas Calientes, have dinner, and spend the night.

Option 02: By Maras

  • 7:00 am: Pick-up from your hotel in Cusco.
  • Visit the Textile center of Chinchero to learn about Andean textile production.
  • Explore the colonial town of Maras with its picturesque streets.
  • Discover the unique Inca site of Moray, featuring concentric terraces for agricultural experiments.
  • Visit the salt mines of Maras, with thousands of salt pools.
  • Spend an hour exploring the Ollantaytambo Archaeological site.
  • Take a train to Aguas Calientes at 03:37 pm or 07:30 pm (depending on availability).
  • Check into your hotel in Aguas Calientes, have dinner, and spend the night.

Day 2: Machu Picchu

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  • Wake up early to catch the first bus from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu.
  • Witness the magical sunrise over the ancient ruins of Machu Picchu.
  • Enjoy a guided tour of approximately 2 hours, learning about its history and architecture.
  • After the guided tour, you have free time to explore the ruins on your own.
  • If you have booked in advance, you can hike Huayna Picchu (separate entrance ticket required).
  • Return to Aguas Calientes by bus.
  • Take a train back to Ollantaytambo.
  • From Ollantaytambo, travel by bus back to Cusco.
  • Transfer back to your hotel in Cusco.

Prices

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Shared Tour Price: $419 USD per person (Solo travelers)

  • from 2 persons: $409 per person
  • from 4 persons: $399 per person
  • from 6 persons: $389 per person

How to book?

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  3. The total price will be automatically displayed. No need to worry about quantity discounts; our system handles it for you.
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  5. Confirm your reservation by making a deposit or paying the full amount.

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What to bring

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  • Original passport (You will not be let into Machu Picchu if you do not have your passport).
  • Valid, STUDENT CARD (if you booked as a student).
  • Backpack/Day Pack(the smaller, the better)
  • Nice shirt and pants for Machu Picchu – remember you will always treasure these photos, wear something you love.
  • Sun hat and sunglasses
  • Sunscreen.
  • Refillable Water Bottle.
  • Rain jacket/ poncho.
  • Some money for a passport stamp (s/1), the toilet (S/2), and for souvenirs you want to buy or for lunch at the restaurant (expensive).
  • A camera.
  • Comfortable walking shoes or trekking shoes.
  • Insect repellent.
  • Personal medications.
  • Small first aid kit.

Not allowed

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  • pets
  • smoking
  • alcohol
  • bags
  • umbrella

Recommendations

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  1. Comfortable Walking Shoes: Choose sturdy, closed-toe shoes with good traction for walking and exploring the uneven terrain of Machu Picchu.
  2. Layered Clothing: Dress in layers to adapt to changing weather conditions. Include a light jacket or sweater, as temperatures can vary throughout the day.
  3. Moisture-Wicking Clothing: Opt for breathable and moisture-wicking fabrics to keep you comfortable during the tour. Avoid heavy cotton materials that retain moisture.
  4. Sun Protection: Don’t forget to bring a hat, sunglasses, and sunscreen to shield yourself from the sun’s strong rays. Consider long sleeves or a lightweight scarf to protect your arms and neck.
  5. Rain Gear: Be prepared for possible rain showers by bringing a waterproof or water-resistant jacket or poncho. It’s also a good idea to have a small umbrella or a rain cover for your backpack.
  6. Daypack or Small Bag: Carry a small backpack or bag to store your essentials such as water, snacks, camera, extra layers, and personal items.
  7. Comfortable Pants or Shorts: Choose comfortable, flexible pants or shorts that allow for easy movement. Avoid wearing restrictive clothing that may limit your mobility.
  8. Breathable Socks: Wear moisture-wicking socks that provide comfort and prevent blisters during your walk around Machu Picchu.
  9. Insect Repellent: To ward off pesky insects, apply insect repellent to exposed skin, especially if you plan to explore the surrounding areas.
  10. Extra Essentials: Bring a refillable water bottle, a camera or smartphone for capturing memorable moments, and any necessary medications or personal items you may need throughout the day.

More info

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Things to Know

  1. Time Limit: The new rules state that you can only stay in the Machu Picchu area for 2 hours, but it’s challenging to enforce this rule without constant questioning by guards.
  2. Passport Requirement: Bring your passport as it is necessary for entering the site.
  3. Entry Ticket: Standard tickets allow a single entry, so once you exit, you cannot re-enter, even if you haven’t spent the full 2 hours. Guided tours typically last 2 to 3 hours.
  4. Machu Picchu + Machu Picchu Mountain: If you have a ticket for both Machu Picchu and Machu Picchu Mountain, it’s recommended to hike the mountain first and then proceed with the guided tour.
  5. Safety Caution: Avoid taking selfie-and-jumping pictures, as they contribute to accidents in the mountainous areas.
  6. Mountain Departure Times: Rangers ask visitors to leave Huayna Picchu Mountain at 12:30 pm and Machu Picchu Mountain at 12 pm.
  7. Footwear: Wear comfortable training or lightweight walking shoes for the best experience.
  8. Insect Repellent: Strong insect repellent is highly recommended.
  9. Passport Stamp: Machu Picchu offers a unique passport stamp for those interested.
  10. Bathroom Facilities: There are no bathrooms inside Machu Picchu, so use the restroom located in front of the entrance before entering. The cost is two soles.
  11. Weather Mistake: Once you start the tour, you cannot return to the viewing platform or change the trail due to weather conditions. Guards strictly monitor the circuit.
  12. Food and Water: While eating inside the site is prohibited, you can bring a small snack but be discreet and avoid littering. Carry your water in reusable flasks to support the reduction of single-use plastic bottles.
  13. Prohibited Items: Drones, hiking poles, tripods, selfie sticks, and professional cameras are not allowed. Only smaller backpacks are permitted; larger backpacks should be left at your hotel in Aguas Calientes.
  14. Strikes: Strikes and roadblocks may occur and disrupt tours. In such cases, alternative arrangements will be made, potentially involving a longer hike and a modified route back to Cusco.

Machu Picchu MP and Xplore Cusco wants to ensure your visit is enjoyable, safe, and respectful of the site’s rules and regulations. By following these guidelines, you’ll have a memorable experience at this remarkable archaeological wonder.

FAQs

How do I get to Machu Picchu?
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To reach Machu Picchu, you can either take a train from Cusco or Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes and then a bus to the entrance, or you can embark on a multi-day trek like the Inca Trail.
How long does it take to explore Machu Picchu?
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The average visit to Machu Picchu lasts around 3 to 4 hours, but you can spend more or less time depending on your preference. Keep in mind that you must exit the site by the designated closing time.
Can I hike Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain?
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Yes, you can hike either Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain for breathtaking views. Both hikes require separate permits, and it's recommended to book them well in advance as they have limited availability.
What is the best time of year to visit Machu Picchu?
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The dry season, from May to September, is generally considered the best time to visit Machu Picchu. However, be prepared for larger crowds during this period. The wet season, from October to April, offers lush green landscapes but with more rainfall.
What should I pack for a visit to Machu Picchu?
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It's advisable to pack essentials such as comfortable walking shoes, a hat, sunscreen, insect repellent, a rain jacket, a refillable water bottle, and a camera. Also, carry your passport and necessary travel documents.
Is Machu Picchu affected by altitude sickness?
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Machu Picchu is located at an elevation of about 2,430 meters (7,970 feet). While it's at a lower altitude compared to Cusco, some visitors may still experience symptoms of altitude sickness. It's recommended to acclimatize in Cusco for a few days before visiting Machu Picchu.

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