Sacred Valley to Short Inca Trail Tour
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Sacred Valley to Short Inca Trail Tour

Sacred Valley to Short Inca Trail Tour

The Sacred Valley of the Incas, Machu Picchu and the original Inca Trail are waiting for you!. Prepare for 3 days with 3 unforgettable tours in Cusco, the city of the Incas. During the tour of the sacred valley, you will discover Pisac and its traditional market, where you will find cultural pieces done by its inhabitants ,and Ollantaytambo, the last stop before heading to our Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. Another point to visit will be Machu Picchu, the most popular tourist attraction in Peru. Enjoy a full day at Machu Picchu that will take you back in time, knowing everything about Pachacutec, Hiram Bingham and all the important historical events related to Machu Picchu. In addition to the Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu, you will also explore the original path of the incas that are hidden in the Andean mountains south of Cusco. However, this is the alternative excursion in the traditional, you will meet hundreds of other tourists who struggle to get the best photo. 

Quick Itinerary:

Day 1: Sacred Valley Tour

07:20 We pick you up from your hotel

08:00 Start the Sacred Valley Tour

08:40 Explore the Pisac market by yourself or in the group

09:10 Guided tour in Pisac Ruins

10:00 Driving to Urubamba town

12:00 Buffet Lunch 

14:00 Driving to the Ollantaytambo town

15:30 Guided tour of the Ollantaytambo archeological site

18:00 Spend a night in Ollantaytambo


Day 2: Short Inca Trail

06:30 Walk to the train station of the Ollantaytambo

07:20 Train to the starting point of the Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu (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 Arrival to Aguas Calientes town, spend a night


Day 3: Machu Picchu

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)

18:30 Return train to Ollantaytambo

20:20 Arrived to Ollantaytambo and tourist transportation to Cusco

22:00 Drop off in your hotel

Sacred Valley to Machu Picchu Tour Highlights:

  • Location: the tour begins in Cusco but the trek begins about 3 hours from Cusco at Kilometre 104, past Ollantaytambo in the Sacred Valley 
  • Duration: 3 days / 2 night 
  •  Level: easy by Andean standards but difficulty level depends on fitness and acclimatization (it still has some steep climbing!) 
  • Classification of the Adventure: For a isolated trekking experience, consider one of the alternative treks which can be done in a short time.
  • Inca Trail Permits: Yes, required. 500 permits are issued daily. In the peak season the trail is booked months in advance
  • Departure dates: Every day 
  • Humid Season Trek: Suitable for December, January or February (depending on weather conditions).  
  • Maximum size of group 10.

Interesting Info:




This day we will make the tour to the Sacred Valley of the Incas, tour that will start at 07:20 hrs in the morning, when we will pick you up at your hotel, the first place to visit is Pisac with its typical craft market You will also visit the archaeological group of Pisaq with its picturesque terraces cultivated in the mountains with terraces used and improved by the Quechuas for the cultivation of products. We will reach an altitude of 3400 m, including 3500 m if we dare to cross the highest part. After, we will take our transport to follow the road to Ollantaytambo. We will go to Urubamba where we have a buffet lunch on Tunupa Restaurant. Continuing with the tour we will go to the Fortress of Ollantaytambo also known as the living Inca city.Here you will have a guided tour in the arqueological complex and them you can explore more of Ollantaytambo, where we will spend this first nigth.


Day 2: Short Inca Trail

In the early morning transfer from the hotel in Ollantaytambo to the train station for our trip to km 104 (Chachabamba) where we will start our trek. Chachabamba is about 2200 meters high is this place we will visit the archeological site of Chachabamba to start with the walk to the archaeological rest of Wiñaywayna by an acceleration of about 3 hours of walking and 450 meters up the road we can appreciate what is going to be the Urubamba valley, the hydroelectric power station of Machu Picchu, species of Orchids, Bromeliads, and a beautiful waterfall  before arriving at the Wiñaywayna archeological site already in the Inca construction, we will also have an explanation and later we will go to the hostel Wiñaywayña. After the lodge we have about 2 hours of walk to Machu Picchu without first passing through the door of the sun or the Inti Punku from where we can see the sunset of Machu Picchu. After arriving at Machu Picchu we will take the bus to Aguas Calientes where we will have dinner in a restaurant and spend the night in a hotel.

Day 3: Machu Picchu Tour

We will take the bus very early 5:30 in the morning on the first bus to the Sanctuary of Machu Picchu to then have a tour of more than 2 hours in the citadel and then a free time to climb the mountain of HUYNAPICCHU (optional and not included) and in the afternoon go down again to hot waters to take the train back to the city of Cusco and hotel, end of our service. 

IMPORTANT: government rules are not allowed to make reservations without complete details of the client's passport and full payment of the entrance to the Machu Picchu Sanctuary. to guarantee your place in the Inca Trail you need to come a scanned copy of your passport and a deposit of 50% of the price of trek. Your reservation would only be confirmed when we have your ticket in our hands. In the case of passport change or passport number you. Needs to notify us or lose your reservation. You have to carry your passport on the road.


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


  • 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


  • Hiking shoes 
  • Light clothing
  • Mosquito repellent 
  • Water bottle 
  • Jacket for rain, 
  • Sun block, 
  • Sunglasses 
  • Chocolates, sweets, snacks 
  • Photographic camera 
  • Extra money in soles 
  • Map
  • Swimwear (if you try or want to swim in the thermal baths.) 
  • Cash enough for your last day's lunch in Machu Picchu for tips and souvenirs. 
  • Original passport and ISIC (International Student Indentify Card) 

Frequent questions:

How far in advance should I book the tour? 

We receive reservations at least 1 week in advance. However, the quotas are limited and are always subject to availability. Both the entrances to the Machu Picchu citadel and the entrances to the optional Machu Picchu and Huayna Picchu mountains are in high demand, in some cases being depleted months in advance. For this reason, we recommend making the reservation as early as possible.It is very advisable to book 3 months in advance to reserve your Short Inca Trail Tour.  


What is the Tourist Ticket and where can I buy it? 

The Tourist Ticket is a ticket that allows access to 14 places of tourist interest: 10 archaeological parks located in the surroundings of Cusco (Saqsaywaman, Qenqo, Pukapukara, Tambomachay, Pisac, Ollantaytambo, Chinchero, Moray, Tipón and Pikillaqta), and 3 Museums and 1 monument located in Cusco. The ticket has a price of S /. 130 per person and can be purchased directly at the entrance of any of the indicated tourist attractions. 

What is the difference between Machu Picchu citadel, Machu Picchu mountain and Huayna Picchu mountain?

What is popularly known as "Machu Picchu" corresponds to the Historic Sanctuary of Machu Picchu, which is composed of different areas, including the citadel Machu Picchu (the archaeological center or ruins) and its two surrounding mountains: Machu Picchu and Huayna Picchu . The tour includes the entrance to the citadel, not the entrance to climb any of the mountains, which you can add optionally to your reservation. 


How long is the visit to Machu Picchu? 

The tour includes the entrance to Machu Picchu for the first shift, from 06:00 to 12:00. This schedule will be divided as follows: two and half hour for a guided tour of the citadel, two hours to go up and down one of the optional mountains, and two hours to freely cross the citadel. In case you are not going to climb any of the optional mountains, you will have more time to freely explore the citadel.


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