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Cusco: Pisac, Ollantaytambo, & Chinchero Sacred Valley Tour

1. Cusco: Pisac, Ollantaytambo, & Chinchero Sacred Valley Tour

Your pickup will be from your hotel in Cusco at 8:10AM, at which point you will travel to the Sacred Valley of the Incas. You will begin by visiting the impressive Pisac, which is known as the Inca astronomical observatory. Following that you will enjoy a buffet lunch in Urubamba, where you can enjoy typical Peruvian dishes. Your second point will be the fortress of Ollantaytambo, where you will observe the Temple of the Sun and its impressive monoliths. You'll then continue to the archaeological park of Chinchero, which is an important agrigola site. Whilst at Chinchero you can observe stairs, Inca walls, and the platforms where the locals used to post their llamas and alpacas. You can also observe Andean women who still wear Inca costumes, before you return to Cusco at approximately 7:30PM. Your tour will eventually end near the main square of Cusco.

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Cusco: 2-Day Maras, Moray Salt Mines and Machu Picchu Tour

2. Cusco: 2-Day Maras, Moray Salt Mines and Machu Picchu Tour

Day 1: Cusco – Moray Salt Mines – Aguas Calientes You will be picked up from your hotel between 8:00-8:15AM before heading to Moray. The drive will last around 1 hour and 20 minutes, and is scenically breathtaking. You will drive through the snow capped peaks of the Andes, the lush yellow wheat fields, and traditional Andean villages. You will eventually arrive in the fascinating terraces of Moray, which is made up of three amphitheater-like terraces constructed by the Incas. These terraces, which are carved deep into the earth in a bowl shape, are thought to have been used as an agricultural laboratory to determine the optimal conditions for growing crops. After exploring Moray, you will head to the salt mines of Maras, which are just 2 miles away. Dating back to colonial times, Maras was considered a salt-producing center. Carved into the mountain side are over 3,000 salt pools, which are filled daily by a little stream of water. Once the water evaporates, it leaves behind a glistening patchwork of salt. The salt mines are a great spot to take pictures and capture the amazing beauty of both the Andes and the spectacular Salineras. Following the salt mines, your next destination is Urubamba, where you will arrive at approximately 1:00PM to enjoy lunch in one of the local restaurants. From Urubamba, it is just 30 minutes to get to Ollantaytambo Train Station. Your train will depart at 3:37PM to Aguas Calientes, which will be an approximately 1.5-hour journey. During the train ride, you can take time to appreciate the beauty of the surrounding valleys and Andes mountains. The train will arrive in Aguas Calientes, which is a small town located at the base of Machu Picchu, where your transfer will be waiting you at the train station to take you to your selected hotel in Aguas Calientes. Day 2: Machu Picchu - Cusco Today is the most important day, as you will be visiting Machu Picchu. Because it’s so special, we encourage you to wake up early in the morning to enjoy breakfast at the hotel before you head to the bus station to try to catch one of the first buses at 5:30AM (they are all on a first come first serve basis). The bus will take about 25 minutes to get to Machu Picchu, and as soon as you arrive to the complex, you will be taken to the best spot to overlook all the ruins and receive panoramic views of the landscape and the sunrise over the mountains. There will be a rendezvous to observe the sunrise (if weather allows), in order to attain spectacular views of the Lost City of the Incas. You will then have a 2-hour guided tour around Machu Picchu, with plenty of free time afterwards to explore on your own. If you have tickets to climb the amazing mountain of Huaynapicchu, your guide will direct you to where this hike begins. Please make sure this is arranged at least a month in advance of your visit, as tickets do sell out. Once you are done exploring all Machu Picchu has to offer, you will take a bus down to Aguas Calientes for lunch, after which you will take an afternoon train back to Ollantaytambo. From there you will take a private bus back to Cusco, where you will be dropped off at your hotel.

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Cusco: 5-Day Imperial Journey

3. Cusco: 5-Day Imperial Journey

Day 1: Arrival in Cusco According to your flight schedule in Cusco, you will be picked up from the airport and then transferred to your hotel. You’ll then have a free day to acclimatize and rest, or can opt instead to walk around the historic center of Cusco. That evening, you will lodge in the Cusco Jungle Hotel or similar. Day 2: Tour to Chinchero, Maras, and Moray This day begins with an adventure through the incredible landscapes of Cusco. You will start with pickup from the hotel between 8:00AM and 8:30AM, before then transferring to the colorful town of Chinchero. You will learn about Andean fabrics in a textile interpretation center, before having time to contemplate the local Inca walls.   Following that, you’ll continue towards the famous circular cultivation terraces in Moray. There, the area's ancestors, the Incas, experimented to find out the type of product for each floor. You'll then continue your journey by descending towards the Salt mines in Maras (a picturesque place with spectacular landscapes). There, you will visit more than 3,000 wells of salt, in an area which the Incas used to extract salt for consumption. Finally, you will go to Ollantaytambo Station to take the train to Aguas Calientes (the closest town to Machu Picchu). In Aguas Calientes, you will rest and regain strength for the spectacular next day. That evening, you will lodge at the Golden Sunrise Hotel or similar. Day 3: Visit to the Inca Citadel of Machu Picchu This day will be one of the best of your tour, as you visit one of the 7 Wonders of the World: Machu Picchu. Your tour guide will provide you with all the information and will take you through the best-known sites of the Inca citadel during 2 hours of on-site guidance. You can enjoy the Historical Sanctuary in all its splendor whilst capturing spectacular moments with your camera, and that evening you will lodge at the Cusco Jungle Hotel. Day 4: Rainbow Mountain Your day will begin very early in the morning between 4:00AM and 4:30AM as you are picked up at your hotel to begin your tour. From there you will go to the south of the city, crossing fields, rivers, mountains, and villages. You will travel for about 2 hours until you reach the town of Cusipata, where you will enjoy a delicious breakfast. Following breakfast you will travel for another 45 minutes, observing beautiful landscapes, canyons, glaciers, and herds of llamas and alpacas, before reaching the starting point of your hike in Pulawasipata. You will walk for approximately 2 hours until you reach the Mountain of Colors or Winincunca, and upon reaching the top of the Mountain of Colors, you will have enough time to take photographs and enjoy the landscape. That evening you will once again lodge at the Cusco Jungle Hotel or similar. Day 5: Transfer to the Airport On your final day, you'll have a free morning so you can relax and visit the city. In the afternoon or according to your flight schedule, you will be transferred comfortably to the airport.

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From Cusco: Machu Picchu 4-Day 1-Night Trip

4. From Cusco: Machu Picchu 4-Day 1-Night Trip

Day 1 Be picked up at your accommodation between 1:15 PM - 1:25 PM and take a tour through the city. Visit the cathedral of Cusco, Qorikancha, Saqsayhuaman, Qenqo, Pucapucara, and Tambomachay. The tour will end around 7:00 PM in the main square. Walk to your accommodation from the main square. Day 2 Be picked up at your accommodation between 8:15 AM - 8:35 AM and head to the Sacred Valley. Spend the day exploring the valley and visit Pisaq, Ollantaytambo, and Chincheros. Return to Cusco at around 7:30 PM. Day 3 Be picked up at your accommodation between 6:45 AM - 7:10 AM and travel to Hydroelectric. Arrive at Hydroelectric at around 2:00 PM. Relax with a short break for lunch. After lunch, enjoy a 3-hour walk to the hot waters, where your accommodation is. Listen to a short briefing about the itinerary for the next day. Afterward, you can have dinner and relax in the thermal baths. Day 4 Wake up early and walk to the sanctuary entrance. Have a 2-hour tour of the sanctuary and spend some time taking photos before heading down to the hydroelectric plant. Pick up all your belongings at your accommodation and take a bus at 3:00 PM to Cusco. Travel for 7-hours to Cusco. Arrive at Cusco at around 10:00 PM, where your tour comes to an end. Walk or take a taxi to your accommodation in Cusco.

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Sacred Valley & Machu Picchu: 2-Day, 1-Night Tour

5. Sacred Valley & Machu Picchu: 2-Day, 1-Night Tour

Reconnect with nature on a guided 2-day, 1-night tour to the Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu. From Cusco, visit Awanacancha, Pisac Market, the Pisac Inca site, Ollantaytambo, Aguas Calientes, and Machu Picchu. Day 1: Cusco – Sacred Valley – Aguas CalientesGet picked up from your hotel in Cusco, meet your guide, then take a 30-minute drive to Awanacancha, a textile center and farm. Get a chance to see the llamas, alpacas, viñuna, and guanacos. Learn about the farm’s variety of South American animals. Then, visit the textile center to learn the weaving process and how the locals get the natural colors. You can shop here as well. Afterward, take a 30-minute ride to a lookout point of the Sacred Valley. Take in scenic views of the Andes, Urubamba River, and the Sacred Valley’s farming lands of the Incas. Next, visit the Pisac archaeological site, located on top of the mountains with impressive stone walls, agricultural terraces, irrigation systems, and the Inca Empire’s largest cemetery. After exploring, head to the local Pisac Market, a handicraft market where artisans sell their ceramics, textiles, jewelry, Andean instruments, alpaca products, and souvenirs. Later, take a 1-hour ride to Urubamba for lunch in a local restaurant that offers various local Peruvian dishes made with fresh local products. Near the end of your day, head to the town of Ollantaytambo, the last standing Inca citadel. The town is built above ancient Inca buildings. Explore the town’s archeological site that features temples, terraces, storehouses, and a large Inca monolithic. After exploring Ollantaytambo, take the train to Aguas Calientes and spend the night in a hotel. Day 2: Machu Picchu – CuscoWake up early at your hotel, have breakfast, and take one of the first busses up to Machu Picchu. Upon arrival, simply show an original passport at the checkpoint to enter the citadel. First, take a short hike to the Sungate of Inca Bridge before exploring the fortress with your guide. Enjoy a guided tour for about 3 hours, visiting the most remarkable terraces, storehouses, temples, and palaces. Spend some free time exploring the site by yourself or take an optional, extra hike to Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain. After exploring Machu Picchu, take the bus down to Aguas Calientes, have lunch on your own (optional), then take a ride in the Vistadome panoramic train. Once back to Ollantaytambo, take a van back to your hotel in Cusco. 

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From Cusco: 7-Day Trek to Machu Picchu Through Inca Trail

6. From Cusco: 7-Day Trek to Machu Picchu Through Inca Trail

Day 1: Cusco After resting from your altitude acclimation, begin with a visit to the Inca Museum, home to thousands of years of Andean culture. Continue to the temple of Koricancha, the famous Sun Temple of Qosqo, which served as a pinnacle of organization, architecture, and religion for the Inca civilization. Day 2: Free Day Enjoy a free day to explore the colonial churches, parks, squares, and colonial mansions built atop the original Inca walls. Peruse the artesian stores full of weavings, jewelry, stonework and dine on the best of Andean cuisine.  Day 3: Piscacucho - Wayllabamba (12 km) The first day is relatively easy with a visit to the Patallacta ruins. Constructed at the foot of a mountain, Patallacta was a very important center for administrative, economic, and religious functions. Visit Willkarakay, a military post located above the site of Patallacta, and walk along the banks of the Cusichaca River. Day 4: Wayllabamba - Pacaymayu (11 km) Hike to the highest point on the Inca trail, the mountain pass of Warmihuañusca. The trek in the morning is rather physically intense, more so for those who are not used to hikes in this altitude, yet it is also one of the most spectacular with opportunities for fantastic panoramic views of the surrounding valleys below. Day 5: Pacaymayu - Wiñayhuayna (15 km) Visit the archaeological site of Runkurakay, an ancient tomb, and the beautiful archaeological site of Sayacmarca. Enter the Andean cloud forest and take in the views of the Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu. Day 6: Wiñayhuayna to Machu Picchu (5 km) Hike to Inti Punku, an incredible spot to observe the citadel of Machu Picchu and, weather permitting, sunrise in the Andes. Afterwards, a 45-minute descent will take you into the higher area of Machu Picchu, before returning to the site to learn more about this magical place of beauty and culture left by the local ancestors. Day 7: Cusco Enjoy a free morning to relax or explore other main sights of the city. In the afternoon you will have a transfer to take you to the airport.

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What people are saying about Sacred Valley

It is very good for those who do not want to worry about making reservations for these places. It just does not include the tourist ticket that must be purchased separately and the entrance to the Minas de Sal. There was no time to make lunch after the tour of the sacred valley as it was already very late to catch the train to Aguas Calientes. The hotel booked in Aguas Calientes was phenomenal! I recommend contacting the agency 2 days before the tour starts to check with them if everything is right. We had to go to the agency 1 day before the start of the tours to confirm, the ideal is to get in touch beforehand and ask them to leave everything available at the hotel reception.

A nice tour

The tour was very nice. Everything was perfectly organized. Only the weather at Machu Picchu was not ideal, but that's just a matter of luck. Overall, highly recommended

This was a great tour. Every step of the way I was told of the next step. I had no issues and will use this service again

Very well organized two day tour with great impressions

The tour worked smoothly. Very nice guides, nice hotel,