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Sacred Valley & 2 Day Inca Trail Tour

Sacred Valley & 2 Day Inca Trail Tour

Sacred Valley Day Tour, named for being the main food supplier of the Inca empire, the Sacred Valley sits on the banks of the Urubamba River. that was Vilcanota river in its beggining, that comes from the Quechua word Wilcamayu or Sacred River. The Incas built archaeological centers, along their banks, that replicated the constellations that they knew of the Andean sky so this contributes, even more, to the beauty of this enchanting valley.It is so named at the end of the vast Urubamba Valley, between the towns of Pisac and Ollantaytambo, located a short distance from the city of Cusco  where agricultural areas and beautiful villages were concentrated from the Incas. The valley is flanked on the right bank of the Urubamba River by the Urubamba mountain range. The Sacred Valley is characterized by very special conditions, beautiful landscape, excellent climate, very fertile lands and the waters of the sacred river of the Incas. The Sacred Valley is comprised between the towns of Pisac and Ollantaytambo, has wonderful Andean landscapes, where its inhabitants, natives of the Quechua ethnic group, conserve many customs and ancestral rites.There are many routes that arrive to know the Inca citadel of Machu Picchu and one of them is the Classic Inca Trail of four days. But for some people the time is tight and four days is a long period. If you are one of them, there is an alternative in which you will experience the adventure of the stone path and appreciate the wonder of the world: The 2 Day Inca Trail Tour. In this quick alternative you will be able to know the Wonder of Machu Picchu from the first day. They will not require much energy to complete the twelve kilometer route and will know other archaeological sites along the route.

Quick Itinerary

Sacred Valley Day tour:

First Day

07:00 We pick you up from you hotel

08:00 Driving and guided tour of the Sacred Valley of the Incas, visiting the following sites:

  • Pisac market,
  • Pisac,
  • Moray, the colonial small town
  • Salineras or Salt Mines
  • Urubamba, the heart of the Sacred Valley
  • Chinchero,
  • Ollantaytambo archoelogical site,

18:00 Spend a night in Ollantaytambo

 

2 Day Inca Trail Tour:

Second Day

06:30 Walk to the train station of the Ollantaytambo

07:20 Train to the starting point of the Inca Trail (km 104)

08:20 Hiking Short Inca Trail

12:00 Lunch in Wiñaywayna

13:00 Continue hiking the short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu

18:00 Arrived to Aguas Calientes town, spend a night

 

Thrid Day

04:00 Wake up, hiking to Machu Picchu 

06:00 Guided tour of Machu Picchu

09:00 Free time, you can walking around to the lost city of the Incas or climb up to the mountains (Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu)

19:00 Return train to Ollantaytambo

20:30 Arrived to Ollantaytambo and tourist transportation to Cusco

22:00 Drop off in your hotel

 


Sacred valley tour peru

From the city of Cusco you can do many day trips, but perhaps the most famous of them all ends in the Sacred Valley of the Incas, specifically in the town of Ollantaytambo, 68km from the ancient capital of the Inca Empire. Therefore, it is not just a recommendation but almost an obligation to go through these places before visiting what is possibly the star of your trip, Machu Picchu. Sacred Valley Day Tour will give us the opportunity to know more about the magical historys of the sacred Valley of the Incas , for example the love history of Ollantay and Ima Sumaq daugther of Pachaqutec emperor of the Tahuantinsuyo, also we will visit the famous market of Pisaq .


Important Info:


Weather: 

Between the months of April to October, at night the temperature drops considerably, in the early hours of the morning the temperature rises gradually until after midday.The best time to visit the Sacred Valley of the Incas is between the months of April and October, the sun shines, the weather is impressive, the rains are scarce and the breeze is truly delicious the only thing that changes during the rainy season , it is raining in the afternoon; although there may be those days when it does not stop raining all day, but even so the climate of the Sacred Valley of the Incas is delicious. However, people who come wanting to get the best pictures of the Sacred Valley of the Incas, may be more interested in coming during the dry season, and the best time for this is in March right at the end of the rainy season, landscapes of the valley will be green and flooded with flowers; or in October at the beginning of the rainy season. Tour the beautiful villages of the Sacred Valley of the Incas, choose one and stay in it; Pisac is beautiful and you will find people from all over the world; the Inca constructions of Ollantaytambo are at the height of what you will see in Machu Picchu, Machu Picchu is the world spiritual Center and apparently, it will be until your energy disappears.


Altitude: 

  • Pisac 2980 meters above sea level 
  • Calca 2929 meters above sea level 
  • Urubamba 2870 meters above sea level 
  • Ollantaytambo 2850 meters above sea level 

The altitudes shown in the previous info are in meters above sea level (masl).


Hiking Short Inca Trail:

Inca Trail has always been a marvel, part of a network of 30,000 km. of trails that go from Mendoza in Argentina to the border between Ecuador and Colombia, and an essential piece of the road system of the Inca Empire at Cusco. Vibrant with the most incredible nature that can be found in a trekking due to the situation of the subtropical forest, full of valleys, snowy mountains and an amazing variety of plants, birds and animals, crossing archaeological sites and the traditional culture of the Sacred Valley of The Incas while using their cautiously preserved staircases and tunnels and ending at the legendary Machu Picchu. Walking the Inca Trail will be one of those experiences that you will remember forever as this is the essential adventure of the Peruvian journey, a perfect blend of cosmopolitan and traditional Andean life. For this excursion to Machu Picchu you can immerse yourself in that gigantic and preserved Inca culture by listening to the locals proudly defend their traditions while learning one or two Quechua words along the way, immerse yourself in those fantastic landscapes, in true living paintings of Mother Nature and redefine the way you travel while taking care of everything else. Like all Inca Trail tours, the 2 Day Inca Trail Tour to Machu Picchu is a trip made to order by travel specialists so you can enjoy every minute.


Why take the Inca Short Trail? 

There are two options for tours on the Inca Trail. This route is perfect if you only have a couple of days to get there and get to know the Wonder of Machu Picchu. You will have a view of the citadel from the first day. Fantastic, is not it? The short 2 Day Inca Trail  Tour also does not require much physical effort but offers the same reward.

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Day 1: Sacred Valley Day Tour

Our tour will begin with the hotel pick-up at 7:00 a.m.We will start our Sacred Valley Day Tour having as our first stop point in Pisaq, in which passengers can enjoy a beautiful panoramic view of the Sacred Valley of the Incas and can buy some souvenirs at the traditional Market in Pisaq.Continuing with the trip through the Sacred Valley of the Incas, we make a stop, for the our delicious buffet lunch in a tourist restaurant of Urubamba. The next point of visit will be Maras - Moray the agrarian experimentation center of the incas. Continuing with our tour, we will go to the heart of the Sacred Valley of the Incas, we are talking about the archaeological center of Ollantaytambo and Chinchero. We will finish our tour at approximately 18:00 hours, and we will spend the night in Ollantaytambo. 

Day 2: Hike from Sacred Valley to Machu Picchu

We will start our adventure at Km 104 after presenting passports at the control, we began to walk gently a few meters from the Vilcanota River. Starting the road we will see the ruins of Chachabamba, an stone altar that served to worship the sun and the mountains, still venerated by the local people. After visiting Chachabamba, we will continue the path to the south and begin a gradual climb to the mountain, before entering a cloud forest and with lots of vegetation, then the trail goes to the forest and goes west, while we continue uphill in an open meadow. After walking 3 hours, the path descends into an amazing forest. Here we will find a beautiful waterfall, then we will reach the lower part of the ruins of Wiñaywayna. We will appreciate the beauty of this place, complemented by the information of our expert guide. After having lunch in Wiñaywayna, we will continue in the afternoon in the cloud forest, full of bromeliads, orchids, and fern trees. While we walk this last part of the road, we will pass through many impressive features such as stone stairs and tambos ("resting places"). You climb 60 stairs before arriving at Inti Punku ("the Sun Gate"). From this point, you can contemplate and observe this wonderful place.Then descend for 45 minutes until you reach the famous viewpoint, from here you can observe the sunset. Descend to the entrance of Machupicchu where we will board the bus to Aguas Calientes.To spend all the day, we recommend the thermal baths as a good option (bring your swimsuit) 

Day 3: Aguas Calientes - Machu Picchu - Cusco

After our delicious breakfast we will board the first bus to Machupicchu, the park opens at 6:00 am. We have a guided tour of Machupicchu, this enigmatic and mysterious city is explored for approximately 2-3 hours explained by your expert guide, you can visit the most impressive places like the Royal Mausoleum, the temple of the 3 windows, the main temple, the Plaza sacred, the famous Intihuatana where the wise Inkas moored the sun on the winter solstice in June, stairways, squares, fountains, etc. (You will usually have then about 5-6 extra hours of free time).Finally the train leaves Aguas Calientes in the afternoon and arrives in Cusco.

THIS TOUR INCLUDES:

  • Pre-trek briefing with your Tour Guide;
  • Transfer to Sacred Valley from Cusco;
  • Professional guide in the Combo Sacred Valley, Inca Trail and Machu Picchu;
  • Entrance fee to Pisac and Ollantaytambo archeological;
  • Entrance fee to Moray and Chinchero;
  • Entrance fee to Salt Mines or Salineras;
  • Inca Trail Permit and entrance fee to Machu Picchu;
  • Private transportation to the Combo Sacred Valley;
  • Accommodation: Hotel in Ollantaytambo (1 night), Hotel in Aguas Calientes (1 night);
  • Meals: 2x breakfast, 1x Buffet Lunch on the Sacred Valley, 1x Box lunch on the Ina Trail,  2x dinner (please advice us in advance if you are a vegetarian; this option is for NO extra additional cost)
  • Professional Bilingual Tour Guide.
  • A train round trip (Expedition Service) between Ollantaytambo to Head trail of the Inca Trail and Aguas Calientes (Machu Picchu) to Ollantaytambo
  • A shuttle bus between Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes
  • Tourist transportation from Ollantaytambo to Cusco

NOT INCLUDED:

  • Breakfast on the first and last day and lunch in Aguas Calientes Town on the last day
  • A shuttle bus between Aguas Calientes and Machu Picchu (U$ 12 one way or U$ 24 a round trip)
  • Entrance fee to Huayna Picchu Mountain ($80)
  • Tips to local staff (please note: it is a custom to give tips in Peru, however, it is not obligatory)
  • Travel Insurance (we can offer you one)

PLEASE BRING WITH YOU:

  • Original passport (and international student card (ISIC) if applicable). 
  • Boots for walking. 
  •  Waterproof jacket / rain poncho. 
  • Jacket coat, hat and gloves. 
  • Tshirts. 
  • Comfortable pants 
  • Hat for sun 
  • Sunglasses. 
  • Sunscreen (factor 35 recommended). 
  • Reusable plastic or metal water container or camel bags. 
  • Insect repellent. 
  • Toiletries. 
  • Personal medication 
  • Camera. 
  • Flashlight with spare batteries (the headlights are the best). 

Optional Items to Carry: 

Sacred Valley & 2 Day  Inca Trail Tour to Machu Picchu.

  • Shorts. 
  • Bandages. 
  • Flips flops. 
  • Extra money. 
  • Swimsuit (for the hot springs in Aguas Calientes) where the cost of the entrance to the door is US $ 4.

 

WHEN TO RESERVE THE SACRED VALLEY DAY TOUR &2 DAY INCA TRAIL TOUR

The government has strictly limited the number of people allowed on the Inca Trail (permits are issued to about 200 walkers per day plus 300 porters, these 500 permits). We recommend making a trekking reservation as soon as possible, it is recommended 2 months in advance. It is recommended to book the Sacred Valley & 2 Day Inca Trail Tour   in advance, before booking plane tickets and hotels. 

Start your adventure on the Inca Trail

The citadel of Machu Picchu waits for you. This 2 Day Inca Trail tour adventure very recommended for many travelers who enjoy before the adventure. This route is subject to availability. Therefore, contact us and ask about the dates available for this destination.

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