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Machu Picchu: Private Guided Tour from Aguas Calientes

1. Machu Picchu: Private Guided Tour from Aguas Calientes

Discover why Machu Picchu is one of the wonders of the world. Explore this ancient city with a local tour guide and learn of all the mysteries that the place has to offer. You will start the tour in Aguas Calientes where you will wait for the next bus to Machu Picchu. When arriving, you will walk for an hour to the upper part of Machu Picchu, with incredible views of the city along the way.  You will be taken on a 2 to 3-hour comprehensive tour after this, and you will have free time to explore Machu Picchu before making your way back to the city. Your tour guide will explain to you how to get back to Aguas Calientes or Cusco.

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Cusco: Private Full-Day Tour to Machu Picchu by Train

2. Cusco: Private Full-Day Tour to Machu Picchu by Train

Start your day with a pickup from your accommodation in Cusco to take you to the train station. Upon arrival at the train station, you will board the train to start on this extraordinary train ride to Machu Picchu and enjoy beautiful views. If you have chosen the first class train, you will enjoy an exquisite gourmet menu, prepared using Andean organic ingredients like trout, quinoa, and aguaymanto accompanied by a selection of wines. This train also features a luxurious Observatory-Lounge carriage offering live music, a bar, and panoramic windows to admire the most incredible scenery. Approximately four hours after departure from Cusco, you will arrive at the train station in Aguas Calientes (the town located at the bottom of Machu Picchu) from where you will take a bus to Machu Picchu. The ride will last around 30 mins. Meet your tour guide at the main entrance and enter the site for a private tour of the famous City of the Incas, Machu Picchu. After approximately 2 hours visiting Machu Picchu, you will have some free time to explore and take more pictures of this sacred place. Now it's time to get back to Aguas Calientes to enjoy and explore the village. Your train back will depart in the late afternoon; you will be welcomed with a cocktail, and a gourmet menu dinner accompanied by the best wines and entertainment on board. Your driver will be waiting for you at the final stop of the train to take you back to your accommodation in Cusco.

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From Cusco: Train Ride and Guided Tour of Machu Picchu

3. From Cusco: Train Ride and Guided Tour of Machu Picchu

Join a local guide and travel from Cusco to the infamous Machu Picchu on this private day trip. Marvel at a panoramic view of the Sacred Valley and visit the most remarkable attractions at the ancient Inca site. After being picked up from your hotel, board the train and sit back and relax as you enjoy a 2-hour journey across the Sacred Valley. Admire the spectacular views over the mountain and pass by towns like Ollantaytambo. If you opt for the Vistadome Panoramic train, you also get to taste an Andean snack and drink. Next, arrive at the town of Aguas Calientes and set off with your guide on a bus ride uphill to Machu Picchu. Shortly after check in, begin your private tour and discover the citadel’s magnificent architecture and attractions like the Temple of the Sun and The Temple of the Moon. Then, you will be given free time to explore the site on your own before taking the bus back to Aguas Calientes. In the late afternoon, ride the train for your return journey to Cusco. If you chose the Vistadome Panoramic train option, end your experience by immersing yourself in Andean culture though music and entertainment on board.

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Cusco: Private Full-Day Inti Punku Hike to the Sun Gate

4. Cusco: Private Full-Day Inti Punku Hike to the Sun Gate

Inti Punku is a small Inca ruin at the top of a 3,900-meter hill. On this scenic hike, you will enjoy the views of the Urubamba River, the Ollantaytambo Archaeological Site and Veronica Mountain. Your tour will begin at 5:00AM, with private transportation from your hotel in Cusco. From here you will drive to the Sacred Valley of the Incas, with a stop for breakfast in the community of Pachar, only a few kilometers from Ollantatyambo. After breakfast, you will continue driving until Ollantaytambo to begin your ascent. Along the way you will pass thought the Inca Quarries of the archaeological site of Ollantaytambo, until you finally reach the Sun Gate. Whilst here you will have several hours to hike, taking in varying and breathtaking terrain with your hiking guide. You will also be presented with a box lunch during your hike, which will assist you with energy for the rest of your day. Afterwards, on your way back to Cusco, you will return to the community of Pachar, which will make an ideal spot to refresh yourself with some of the best craft beer in all the Cusco region. Following this, you will be safely returned back to your accommodation in central Cusco.

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From Cusco: Sacred Valley Cultural Experience by Quad Bike

5. From Cusco: Sacred Valley Cultural Experience by Quad Bike

Depart from Cusco on a 50-minute drive to arrive in the heart of the Sacred Valley of the Incas in the town of Cruzpata. First thing, hop aboard your quad bike and learn how to handle the vehicle from your instructor. After a few minutes of training head out for an unforgettable experience. Pass through the neighboring landscapes of Cruzpata towards Laguna de Piuray, a vast lake, and hear its many stories and legends. While here check out the seasonal birds and other wildlife. Move to the banks of the lake to the community of the Ocutuan to meet and see locals as they live their day to day lives. Be received with a warm welcome from a host family to the rhythm of Andean music, necklaces of flowers native to the area, and dance the Huayllascha, typical of the Chinchero. After drinking a mate of coca, walk to the edge of the Laguna de Piuray to enjoy the natural beauty of the water resource that supplies water to Cusco.  Return to the community of the Ocotuan and after a short break witness the production of Andean textiles. See the process of dying goods from plants in the area. Have the opportunity to buy crafts made by local families. Go to the cultivation field and participate in a demonstration of traditional tools used in agricultural activities. Afterward, enjoy a delicious Andean lunch and taste the authentic food of the Peruvian Andes. Conclude your experience with a goodbye to the local community and go on a thrilling adventure with stunning views of the surrounding mountains on your quad bike before returning to Cusco.

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Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu: 2-Day Private Tour

6. Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu: 2-Day Private Tour

Day 1: Cusco–Aguas Calientes After hotel pick-up in Cusco at around 8:00AM, you will drive to Chinchero to start the Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu Tour. Your first visit will be to the main square, filled with its well-preserved Inca walls and altars. Following this, you will visit a textile center for a brief introduction and learning experience of the art of Andean textiles. Local weavers will guide you through a step-by-step process of the ancient science of Andean weaving as it has been done since long before the Inca. As you continue on your way to our next site, wyou will pass through lush agricultural fields and small rural communities. Weather permitting, spectacular views of snow-capped peaks line the horizon far into the distance. Your next stop will be Moray, with its spectacular terraces of concentric rings, which has been proven to be an experimental center for understanding the various climates and temperatures of different crops or agricultural plants, perhaps even used for domestication of different crops. After exploring Moray, you will descend lower in elevation to the salt mines of Maras, an important production center dating back to pre-Inca times. Here there are over 3,000 salt pools carved into the mountain side, filled daily by water seeping from the Earth, referred to by the locals as the "tears of mother earth". In the afternoon, your train will depart from the town of Ollantaytambo to the train station in Machu Picchu. You will have the option of visiting some local hot springs before retiring to your hotel. Day 2: Machu Picchu–Cusco You will rise at first light for breakfast, before you head to the bus station to take the first buses up to the majestic mountain of Machu Picchu, also known as the “the Crystal City”. We recommend arriving early enough to catch sunrise before receiving a guided tour which last about 2.5 hours, followed by free time to explore the site on your own. If booked in advance, it will be arranged for you to climb Machu Picchu or Huayna Picchu Mountain. You will agree on a time to meet in the afternoon in Aguas Calientes where you can board the train back to Ollantaytambo followed by a private bus or van back to Cusco. Once back in Cusco you will be returned to your hotel of origin, marking the end of your tour.

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Cusco: Half-Day Zip Line Adventure and Chinchero Tour

7. Cusco: Half-Day Zip Line Adventure and Chinchero Tour

Following pickup from your hotel in Cusco, journey towards the village of Raqch'i in the middle of a natural paradise of the former Inca Empire. Take part in a zip line adventure and fly through the air to appreciate the beauty of the mountains and Sacred Valley from a completely different perspective. You can choose from 4 different zip line lengths, from 300 meters to 700 meters. Relax on the 20-minute drive to Chinchero to admire the well-preserved Inca walls of the main square and many altars of the village. Visit the beautiful colonial church, unique for its interior art and imagery. Next, participate in a wonderful learning experience and benefit from an introduction to the textile art of the Andes region. Get acquainted with the wisdom and meanings of the weavings, dating back to an era that even pre-dates the Inca Empire.

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From Cusco or Sacred Valley: Private Machu Picchu Day Tour

8. From Cusco or Sacred Valley: Private Machu Picchu Day Tour

After the booking has been made, your guide will coordinate your preferred entrance time and organize everything necessary to make sure your experience is personalised and special. The day prior, the local partner will include you in a Whatsapp group with your guide and driver, to ensure you have a point of contact throughout your experience. On the day of your tour, your driver will pick you up at the time coordinated as per the prior communication and bring you safely and comfortably to the train station. From here, you'll check-in and enjoy your ride on the train to the Machu Picchu village, Aguas Calientes. Outside of the train station, your guide will wait and accompany you to the bus stop, from which, you'll head to the Machu Picchu entrance. Now, it's time to say "hello" to the most beautiful and interesting place in Peru, Machu Picchu. Thanks to the privacy, you have full flexibility on breaks and where you'd like to go. Most travellers prefer to first head to the left terrace from where postcard-like pictures can be shot by your guide (who loves to take pictures). From here it's time to head on and explore the fascinating ruins and their characteristics. Let the guide take you back in time, learn about the architecture as well as the history, the kind of details groups won't experience due to time restrictions as they rush through the archeological site. At the end of your tour, you will have the chance to stay for a little longer at the final part of the archeological round-trip (Machu Picchu can only be visited by following one route, there is no chance of heading back, only forward), until you'd reach the exit. In this moment, it's time to say farewell to your guide. Keep your train time in mind and head to the bus back to Aguas Calientes on time. Here you can enjoy lunch before taking the train back to Ollantaytambo. Your driver will await you here again at the same spot where he dropped you off in the morning. In Cusco in the evening, you'll be dropped off at your hotel, filled with memories that will remain for a lifetime.

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From Cusco: Private Half-Day Maras and Moray Tour

9. From Cusco: Private Half-Day Maras and Moray Tour

Immerse yourself in the Inca culture on this half-day trip to 2 important Inca sites. Get picked up from your hotel in Cusco in the morning and head to the archaeological sites of Moray. Experience the site's unusual Inca ruins, consisting of several circular terraces. Learn more about the terraces function and their complex irrigation system before heading to the colonial village of Maras. In Maras, enjoy a visit to the nearby salt evaporation ponds at the Salineras Salt Mine and marvel at the vastness of the complex, which consists of over 3000 evaporation pools, and is still in use today. Get dropped off back at your hotel in Cusco in the afternoon.

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From Cusco: Private Full-Day Maras, Moray & Chinchero

10. From Cusco: Private Full-Day Maras, Moray & Chinchero

You will be picked up from your hotel at around 08:00 and head to Moray. The drive is about an hour and 20 minutes and is absolutely beautiful. You will drive through the snow-capped peaks of the Andes, through lush yellow fields of wheat and past some villages. Finally, you will arrive to the fascinating display of terraces in Moray. Moray boasts three amphitheater-like terraces made by the Incas. These terraces, which are carved deep into the earth in a bowl shape, were thought to be used to determine the optimal conditions for growing crops. When you are done exploring Moray, you will head to the salt mines of Maras, which is about 2 miles away. This village is known as a former salt-producing center that is thought to date back all the way to pre-Inca times. There are over 3000 salt pools all carved into the mountain side, being filled daily by a little stream of water. The last place to visit will be Chinchero. Here, admire the well-preserved Inca walls of the main square as well as the many altars. You will also visit the beautiful colonial church, unique for its interior artwork and imagery. Moving on, participate in a wonderful introduction and learning experience of the art of Andean textiles. Throughout the afternoon, become acquainted with the wisdom of Andean weaving as maintained since long before Inca times. If you want to see something really different from ruins, this is your tour. The area is amazing and spectacularly beautiful. Once you are done with the visit, you will head back to the city in time to enjoy some lunch on your own.

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What people are saying about Sacred Valley

Overall rating

5.0 / 5

based on 3 reviews

This was a "bucket list" trip for us and it was amazing! Our personal guide, Alex, just made the trip extraordinary - he was super informative on all facts / history of Machu Picchu and took such perfect care of us, from the hotel pickup to getting us to Ollentaytambo in the Sacred Valley, to catching the INCREDIBLE luxury first class train ride to Aguas Calientes along the rushing Urubamba River, to taking the bus up the VERY steep, winding road to Machu Picchu, to touring the site for over 2 hours (very few tourists re/ COVID so NOW is the time to go of you want to have MP all to yourself!), then having the most delicious lunch next door at the luxury Belmond Sanctuary Lodge, then back down the mountain to the awaiting train and from Ollentaytambo back to Cusco with a private vehicle / safe driver. THANK YOU ALEX!!! We will never forget the magic of this experience!!! Chris and Elissa, CANADA

Best trip ever!

A lady called Luciano came to our hotel to meet us the day before our trip to give us our tickets and explain the pick up journey times which I thought was really professional, next day everything ran smoothly,the food on the the train was really nice, staff very friendly, we were giving unlimited drinks both coming and going,once the train arrived Karina escorted us on the bus to Machu Picchu where we met our guide who was brilliant, journey on the way back ran smoothly with live music and more wine, Brillian trip!

They were able to arrange our travel to Machu Picchu with less than 24 hour notice. Great job! Hirwin was our driver and drove safely. Percy was our MP guide and very knowledgeable and accommodating. He even gave me a muffin with candle since it was my birthday. Great experience overall.

It was a super nice tour. Our guide Franco very helpful, always ready to answer any of our questions and we would always recommend it. Thanks Franco, number one -)

Everything was excellent!!!!! The guide Lindor was amazing!!!!