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Machu Picchu Sacred Valley Tour Details
Peru Sacred Valley Tour

Discover the spellbinding allure and historical depths of Peru on our immersive Machu Picchu Sacred Valley journey. Enter a world once dominated by the ancient Incas and uncover the mysteries they bequeathed.

Cusco stands out as a legendary city in Peru, famously recognized as the heart of the Inca Empire back in the day. Today, it’s primarily celebrated for its stunning architecture, showcasing a unique fusion of Inca traditions and Spanish colonial styles.

Day one launches us into the core of the Inca empire’s heartland. We’ll delve into the enchanting Sacred Valley, setting our sights on the archaeological marvel of Chinchero, narrating stories from a bygone era.

Following the meandering path of the Urubamba River, the town of Urubamba greets us with a lavish buffet lunch. Savor the local cuisine, a perfect fuel for the explorations that lie ahead. Ollantaytambo’s Inca fortress stands ready, showcasing the Incas’ architectural genius, eager for your discovery.

The evening transports you aboard a picturesque train journey from Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes, with the unfolding landscape whispering its ancient tales. Once there, a comfortable hotel room in Aguas Calientes offers a haven for rest and preparation for the next day’s escapades.

Machu Picchu Guided Exploration

The zenith of our Sacred Valley tour in Peru unveils itself on the second day, as dawn breaks over Machu Picchu. Ensure your entry ticket is at hand!

Guided by an expert, embark on a two-hour exploration of Machu Picchu. Unravel the history, myths, and legends enveloping this iconic citadel. From the lofty summits of Machu Picchu, every vista is a feast for the eyes.

The vista from the Sungate, tracing the Inca trail to Machu Picchu, promises enchantment. Every moment here becomes an indelible memory.

Your journey circles back to Cusco, bearing stories of the Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu – the gleaming treasures in Peru’s historical saga.

Machu Picchu Sacred Valley Tour - Departure Time

08:30 AM

Machu Picchu Sacred Valley Tour - Price Includes

  • Transportation:Round-trip transportation from Cusco to the starting points of the tour.
    Train tickets from Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes and back.
    ound-trip bus tickets from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu.
  • Guided Tours:Professional tour guide fluent in English (and possibly other languages).
    Guided tour of the Sacred Valley, covering key sites like Chinchero, Urubamba, and Ollantaytambo.
    Two-hour guided tour of Machu Picchu.
  • Accommodation:One night stay in an ensuite hotel room in Aguas Calientes.
  • Meals:Buffet lunch in Urubamba on the first day.
  • Entrance Fees:Entrance ticket to Machu Picchu.
    Entrance fees for archaeological sites in the Sacred Valley.

Machu Picchu Sacred Valley Tour - Price Excludes

  • Meals:Breakfast, dinner, and any meals not mentioned in the inclusions (e.g., lunch on the second day).
    Beverages and personal snacks.
  • Optional Activities and Upgrades:Hiking permits for Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu mountain.
    Upgrades to luxury train services or higher-category hotel rooms.
    Any other optional tours or activities not mentioned in the inclusions.
  • Personal Expenses:Souvenirs, personal shopping.
    Laundry, phone calls, and other personal services.
  • Tips and Gratuities:Tips for guides, drivers, hotel staff, and other service personnel.

Machu Picchu Sacred Valley Tour - Recommended To Carry

  • Clothing & Footwear:Comfortable Walking Shoes: Preferably waterproof hiking shoes with good grip for walking on uneven terrains.
    Layered Clothing: As the weather can be unpredictable. Include a lightweight jacket or fleece for cooler temperatures and a rain jacket or poncho.
    Hat & Sunglasses: For sun protection.
  • Essentials:Passport: Some checkpoints require identification, and you need your passport to enter Machu Picchu.
    Tour Tickets and Confirmations: Including train, bus, and entrance tickets.
    Personal Identification: Such as a driver's license or a copy of your passport.
    Money: Both local currency (Soles) and a small amount of US dollars. Having small denominations can be handy for tips and small purchases.
  • Personal Care:Sunscreen: The sun can be quite strong at high altitudes.
    Insect Repellent: Especially important if you're sensitive to bug bites.
    Personal Medications: Including altitude sickness pills if you're prone to it.
    First Aid Kit: With basics like band-aids, antiseptic wipes, and pain relievers.
    Toilet Paper & Hand Sanitizer: Not all restrooms will have these available.
  • Snacks & Hydration:Reusable Water Bottle: Filled with water to stay hydrated.
    Snacks: Such as energy bars, nuts, or dried fruits for quick energy boosts.
  • Electronics:Camera: With extra batteries and memory cards to capture the breathtaking scenery.
    Phone: With a portable charger or power bank.
    Flashlight or Headlamp: In case you start early or end late.
  • Miscellaneous:Daypack: To carry your essentials while allowing you to keep your hands free.
    Personal Entertainment: Like a book or a journal if you want to document your journey.
    Plastic Bags: For trash or wet clothes.
Itinerary - Machu Picchu Sacred Valley Tour

Day 1:Machu Picchu Sacred Valley Tour from Cusco

Embarking from the vibrant core of Cusco, your adventure begins under the early sun’s golden embrace. From this bustling city, you journey towards the enigmatic Sacred Valley.

The first leg of our journey brings us to Chinchero, where the cool mountain breeze and the echoes of ancient civilizations await. Here, among the remnants of Inca magnificence, you’re invited to listen to the silent stories etched in stone.

Our voyage continues to Urubamba, cradled by picturesque landscapes. Here, a sumptuous buffet lunch filled with local delicacies promises to delight your palate, setting the stage for the unfolding saga of our expedition.

Next, the ancient precincts of Ollantaytambo beckon. Entering this historical fortress town, its archaeological majesty unveils before us, stirring feelings of wonder and deep respect. Each step through this site peels back another layer of Inca legend, accompanied by the echoes of antiquity.

As the evening sky dresses itself in twilight hues, we’re bound for Aguas Calientes aboard a train. The train’s rhythmic journey, set against a backdrop of shifting vistas, offers a melodic prelude to our arrival. In Aguas Calientes, a warm, private hotel room awaits to wrap you in comfort, providing a haven for rest and renewal in anticipation of tomorrow’s adventures.

First Day Trip Statistics – Machu Picchu Sacred Valley Tour:

  • Distance Covered: Approx. 95 kilometers (around 59 miles).
  • Highest Altitude: Chinchero at about 3,800 meters (around 12,467 feet).
  • Lowest Altitude: Aguas Calientes at approximately 2,040 meters (about 6,693 feet).
  • Level of Difficulty: Moderate, considering the altitude and walking involved.

Remember, this Machu Picchu Sacred Valley Tour is more than just a trip. It’s an experience, a journey through time, and an opportunity to walk where the Incas once trod. Make the most of it!

Day 2:Machu Picchu Guided Tour

Rise in Aguas Calientes, brimming with the thrill of what lies ahead. The early murmurs of the town spark excitement for the wonders that await.

Your adventure to the fabled Machu Picchu kicks off with a bus ride. We’ve arranged your roundtrip tickets; your task is merely to relax and soak in the rising beauty. The enchantment of the mountains grows with every twist and turn of the journey.

Reaching your destination, Machu Picchu reveals its splendor. With a knowledgeable guide by your side, delve into a two-hour journey through this ancient marvel. Each nook of this historic site whispers stories of bygone eras and civilizations.

For those who’ve booked in advance, the trek to Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu mountain beckons. These sought-after treks require bookings five to six months prior to ensure your place among the clouds.

If these hikes weren’t on your itinerary, an alternative path to the Sungate after your guided tour offers a spectacular view. This vantage point, where Inca Trail hikers conclude their journey, provides a breathtaking perspective of Machu Picchu, immersing you in the Inca spirit.

As daylight wanes, your return to Aguas Calientes and the subsequent train ride to Ollantaytambo unfolds. The train’s rhythm and the unfolding vistas prompt a time of contemplation.

With night’s arrival, you find yourself back in Cusco, marking the end of your Machu Picchu Sacred Valley Tour.

Second Day Trip Statistics – Machu Picchu Sacred Valley Tour:

  • Distance Covered: Approximately 8 kilometers (around 5 miles) for the round trip bus ride plus walking in Machu Picchu.
  • Highest Altitude: Machu Picchu at about 2,430 meters (around 7,970 feet).
  • Lowest Altitude: Aguas Calientes at approximately 2,040 meters (about 6,693 feet).
  • Level of Difficulty: Moderate with options for more challenging hikes for those pre-booked for Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu mountain.

Today’s adventure will undoubtedly etch itself into your memory. As you reflect upon the splendors of Machu Picchu and the Sacred Valley, it’s a profound realization. 

Walking in the footsteps of the ancients, you’ve witnessed history. You’ve experienced the timeless beauty of Peru.

FAQs - Machu Picchu Sacred Valley Tour

How long is the guided tour of Machu Picchu?

The guided tour of Machu Picchu lasts for approximately two hours.

Can I hike Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu mountain during the Machu Picchu Sacred Valley Tour?

Yes, but you must book these hikes five to six months in advance due to their popularity. They are not part of the standard tour, so they require separate entrance tickets.

It is the bus ride from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu included?

Yes, the Machu Picchu Sacred Valley Tour includes roundtrip bus tickets from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu. These tickets are part of the package.

Can I extend my stay in Aguas Calientes?

The standard Machu Picchu Sacred Valley Tour package includes a set itinerary. However, if you’re thinking about extending your stay, feel free to discuss it with us when booking the tour.

What's the altitude of the places we'll be visiting?

The highest altitude is in Chinchero at about 3,800 meters (around 12,467 feet) and the lowest is in Aguas Calientes at approximately 2,040 meters (about 6,693 feet).

Do I need to be acclimatized to the altitude before the tour?

It’s recommended, especially if you’re not used to high altitudes. Spending a couple of days in Cusco before the Machu Picchu Sacred Valley Tour can help with acclimatization.

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Family Traveller

From the archaeological wonders of Ollantaytambo to the majestic ruins of Machu Picchu, this tour was a rollercoaster of emotions. Feeling the ancient vibes and learning about the Incan civilization was enlightening. Explore Peru Guide truly delivers on its promise of an immersive experience.

September 29, 2023


Family Traveller

I was blown away by the beauty of the Sacred Valley. Our guide was passionate and shared stories that made us feel connected to the history of the place. The only reason I’m not giving 5 stars is that I wish we had a bit more free time to explore on our own. But overall, a fantastic experience.

September 23, 2023


Family Traveller

Booking the Sacred Valley Machu Picchu tour with Explore Peru Guide was one of the best decisions we made. The team was professional, and every aspect of the tour was well thought out. The stay at Aguas Calientes was comfortable, and the early morning view of Machu Picchu was surreal.

September 21, 2023

Aisha M

Couple Traveller

The journey from Cusco to Machu Picchu was seamless. Explore Peru Guide made sure we had everything we needed. The buffet lunch in Urubamba was a delightful surprise, with a rich spread of local dishes. The highlight for me was the guided tour of Machu Picchu – a dream come true!

September 13, 2023


Solo Traveller

Our experience with Explore Peru Guide on the two-day Sacred Valley Machu Picchu tour was unforgettable. The landscapes, the history, and the sheer magic of the places we visited left an indelible mark on our hearts. Our guide was knowledgeable and made the past come alive with his tales. Highly recommend!

September 12, 2023