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From Cusco: 2-Day Trip to the Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu

1. From Cusco: 2-Day Trip to the Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu

DAY 1: We will start this great adventure with the pick up from your hotel at 8:00 am to go to the Sacred Valley of the Incas, Pisac, Colonial Inca, discover one of the Inca archaeological sites, on top of the mountain with impressive stone walls, agricultural terraces, irrigation systems and the largest cemetery of the Inca Empire. Time to shop at the craft market, where artisans sell their ceramics, textiles, jewelry, Andean instruments, alpaca products, and souvenirs. We will continue our trip of approximately 1 hour through the Sacred Valley to Urubamba where we will have time to have lunch in one of the local restaurants that offers several traditional dishes, made with fresh products. In the afternoon, visit the archaeological complex of Ollantaytambo, where you can appreciate the technique with which the Incas worked the stone, the last Inca citadel standing. The city is built on ancient Inca buildings. Explore the archaeological site of the city that has temples, terraces, warehouses and a large Inca monolith. Next, we will depart by train from the Ollantaytambo station, we will arrive at the Aguas Calientes station, where our staff will assist you to stay in one of the hotels in Aguas Calientes. (Select between a tour with or without accommodation). DAY 2: In the morning the guide will pick you up at the hotel to board the transport that will ascend an intricate path giving us a spectacular view of the Urubamba River that shapes the famous canyon. The Lost City of the Incas, Machu Picchu, will welcome you with its incredible terraces, stairways, ceremonial precincts and urban areas where energy emanates from all over the place. After a guided tour, you will have the opportunity to have lunch in one of the restaurants in the area. At the coordinated time, we will return by train and we will be transferred to the hotel in Cusco, ending with a great experience.

Sacred Valley Tour: Ollantaytambo, Chinchero and Yucay

2. Sacred Valley Tour: Ollantaytambo, Chinchero and Yucay

In the morning you will be picked up from your hotel in Cusco to visit the town of Chinchero, a traditional settlement with a beautiful view of the valley. The inhabitants of the area preserve the artisan traditions and the inherited knowledge of the Incas. You will learn about their traditions from your professional guide, and be able to visit archaeological remains and a beautiful seventeenth-century church. From Chinchero, you will be transferred to the Living Museum of Yucay, a centre for Andean tradition. Here you can watch demonstrations of textile work, adobe, pottery, and silverware be carried out the same way they were in the 13th Century. Transfer to Ollantaytambo where you have free time for lunch. Afterwards, you can visit the town and local archaeological site and climb the iconic fortress. *Visits on Sundays include a tour to the Chinchero market.

Cusco: 4-Day Hiking Trek to Machu Picchu with Lunches

3. Cusco: 4-Day Hiking Trek to Machu Picchu with Lunches

DAY 1: PUMA HUANCA – HUARAN – CANCHA CANCHA We will pick you up at 5:00 am and travel in a bus for one and a half hours to the village of Puma Huanca, located in the Sacred Valley between the towns of Pisac and Urubamba. We´ll join our wranglers and pack the horses that will be carrying our gear. From here, we will begin our trek. Leaving the Sacred Valley behind us we head northwards following a gently climbing trail that runs parallel to the small Cancha Cancha River. We will soon reach the village of Huaran, where we will enjoy our first lunch on the trail. After lunch, it is a four-hour trek to our destination, the small village of Cancha Cancha (3800m/1250ft), where we’ll spend the night. DAY 2: CANCHA CANCHA – QUISHUARANI This day will be the most challenging day of the trek. We will leave Cancha Cancha in the morning and continue up the valley, passing small thatched stone houses. After half an hour, the trail flattens out before climbing steeply for a two-and-a-half-hour trek to the highest pass, Pachacutec Pass (4758m1558ft). From this pass, you’ll be rewarded with superb views of Pachacutec Lake and the snowy peak of Pitusiray. The trail continues for an hour along a narrow ridge until it descends into a beautiful isolated corrie filled by a glacial lake, where we will have lunch. The lip of the corrie descends into the next valley, following a series of cascading waterfalls to the village of Quisuarani (3700m1220ft), where we’ll camp here for the night. DAY 3: QUISUARANI – HOT SPRINGS We will follow the trail in the river valley downhill for about three and a half hours to the town of Lares (3100m1020ft). Half an hour before arriving at the town of Lares, you’ll have the opportunity to enjoy a soak in some open-air thermal springs. At about 1 pm, the bus will pick us up and leave for Ollantaytambo, where you will have some time to rest and explore the historic town. We will then take the train to the town of Aguas Calientes, where we will enjoy a celebratory dinner. DAY 4: MACHU PICCHU! On the fourth day, we will have two options to get to Machu Picchu. We have the possibility to walk an hour and a half to Aguas Calientes or catch an early bus. We will be able to witness the magnificent sunrise in the ancient Inca city. There will be a walking tour of approximately 2 hours, after which you can explore the mysterious city by yourself. After exploring Machu Picchu, you will meet your guide in Aguas Calientes for lunch and you will be given train tickets back to Cusco. If you wish, an extra night in Aguas Calientes, you can coordinate. Please let us know if you would like to stay an additional night when you book your trip.

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Overall rating

4.3 / 5

based on 8 reviews

Our guides (Ruth and Aldair) deserve a thousand stars! They were super attentive, answered all questions and were very knowledgeable. They made a point of showing details, taking pictures and everything else. The agency is to be congratulated, they insisted that at each location they went to us to make sure that everything was as planned. When necessary, they answered us by WhatsApp very quickly. As a point to improve was that in the Sacred Valley the tour is described with 3 visits, but we could only do 1. When they picked us up at the hotel they said that at the time they bought the train it would not be possible to do one of them, we would have to choose. As we had paid for 3 and it was in the package, I think they should have organized it in such a way that everything could have been done, or warned us beforehand. As it was, we didn't even have the opportunity to buy the tour to the missing place for another day.

It didn't start well. No one came to the hotel for pick-up as agreed. After contact with the contact person, a person came after half an hour and apologized. But still no bus. An hour after the appointed time, a bus arrived and soon after a guide. After this mess, however, we had a couple of very good and interesting days. Very good guidance, nice bus. The hotel in Aqua Calientes was nice and good. However, it smelled strongly of mold. So despite a bad start we had a great couple of days.

The tour is sensational. The points visited are very good. All organization of the tour is to be congratulated, all very well organized. The agency team is very helpful and gave all the necessary guidance so that we could enjoy everything with tranquility.

This trip was amazing, carefully arranged, all to the last bit, and the tour guides were excellent and very knowledgeable!