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"Exploring" the Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu

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"Exploring" the Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu

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02 Day – “Exploring” the Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu

  • Sacred Valley
  • Chinchero
  • Moray
  • Machu Picchu

Join our exciting 2-day expedition, «Exploring the Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu», with available departures every day. Get ready to embark on a journey of discovery through the most important historical Cusco sites.

02D

Duration 02D / 01N

12,343ft.

MAX. ALTITUDE 12,343ft.

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ACCOMMODATION HOTEL

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LEVEL Easy

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HIGHLIGHTS OF THE SACRED VALLEY AND MACHU PICCHU

  • Experience the tourist Expedition/Voyager train ride from Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes; admire the stunning views of the Andes Mountains, passing by lush valleys, snow-capped mountains, and look at the Urubamba River from the train window as you travel to Aguas Calientes.
  • Enjoy a comfortable stay in a 3-star hotel in Aguas Calientes, the gateway to Machu Picchu, at the same time in your free time you can relax and go to the Aguas Calientes hot springs.
  • Explore the Archaeological Site of Machu Picchu and visit its main attractions such as the Temple of the Sun, the Intihuatana stone, the Royal Tomb, and more with a private guide who will explain their significance and secrets.
  • Join us and have an authentic and unforgettable experience with the history, architecture, and astronomy of Machu Picchu Citadel from a knowledgeable and private guided tour into the Lost City of the Incas.

Highlights

02 Day – “Exploring the Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu”

The 2-day Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu Tour is ideal for those travelers with limited time but looking to explore the most important areas of the Sacred Valley of the Incas such as the ancient Inca Site of Chinchero, the Salt Mines of Maras and the Terraces of Moray.

Overview 02 Day Exploring the Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu

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DAY 1: CUSCO – CHINCHERO – MARAS & MORAY

  • Walking Distance – 49 km / 30.44 miles.
  • Starting Elevation – 3399 m. / 11151 feet.
  • Highest Elevation – 3755 m. / 16600 feet.
  • Campsite Elevation – –.
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Lodging: Golden Sunrise Machu Picchu Hotel *** or similar
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DAY 2: MACHU PICCHU – CUSCO

  • Walking Distance – 22 km / 13.7 miles.
  • Starting Elevation – 2,040 m. / 6,692 ft
  • Highest Elevation – 3399 m. / 11151 ft.
  • Campsite Elevation – –.
  • Difficulty: Easy

Itinerary

DAY 1: CUSCO - CHINCHERO - MARAS & MORAY

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After picking you up from your hotel in Cusco at approximately 8 am, we will head to Chinchero to start our tour of Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu. Soon, our first visit will be to the main square, full of walls and well-preserved Inca altars. Next, the visit will be to a Textile Center to immerse ourselves in an experience of learning the Andean textile art. Then, local weavers will guide you through a step-by-step process in the ancient art of Andean weaving, which has been given since long before the Inca culture.

Then, as we continue our journey exploring the Sacred Valley, we will cross lush agricultural fields and small rural communities. Soon, our next stop will be Moray and its spectacular terraces or agricultural concentric rings. Certainly, they have proven to be an experimental center to understand the impact of climate and temperatures on different types of crops or agricultural plants, even for domestication.

After that, we will descend a little to the Maras Salt Mines, an important production center that dates back to pre-Inca times. Here we will find more than 3,000 salt wells minted along the mountainside, which are filled daily by the water that seeps into the earth, which we refer to as the tears of Mother Earth!

In the afternoon, our train will leave the town of Ollantaytambo towards the train station of Aguas Calientes town. You will have the option to visit the hot springs of the town before retiring to rest at your hotel.

Places visited:

  • Chinchero
  • Textile Center
  • Moray
  • Maras (Salt Mines)

ROUTE DETAILS:

  • Min. Elevation: 2,040 m / 6,692.9 ft
  • Highest Elevation: 3,755 m / 16,600 ft
  • Campsite Elevation:
  • Walking Distance: 49 km / 30.44 mi
  • Walking time: 7 hours
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Weather: Warm & Cold
  • Meals:
  • Accommodation: Golden Sunrise Machu Picchu Hotel *** or similar
DAY 2: MACHU PICCHU - CUSCO

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We will rise in the light of dawn to have our breakfast. Then we will head to the bus station to take the first bus to the majestic mountain of Machu Picchu, also known as “The Crystal City”. We recommend arriving early enough to witness the sunrise in the citadel before receiving the guided tour which will last approximately 2 hours and a half.

If you book in advance, we will arrange for you to ascend to Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain, we have previously agreed an hour to meet in Aguas Calientes and board the return train to Ollantaytambo and then a private bus back to your hotel in Cusco with which we have completed our tour of the Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu.

OPTIONAL:

  • The hike towards the peak of Huayna Picchu, a rigorous ascent with steep steps of Inca manufacture, has impressive sites and spectacular views, a 2-hour round trip.
  • The hike towards Machu Picchu Mountain has the most spectacular view, but in turn is one of the most overlooked hikes in Machu Picchu. Located southwest of the citadel of Machu Picchu with a height of 3,050 m (10,007 ft.), this hike offers unparalleled views of the famous Inca sanctuary and panoramic views of the surrounding mountain landscape. Difficulty: Moderate to challenging.

ROUTE DETAILS:

  • Min. Elevation: 2,040 m / 6,692.9 ft
  • Highest Elevation: 2,430 m / 7,972.4 ft
  • Campsite Elevation:
  • Walking Distance: 2 km / 1.25 mi
  • Walking time: 2 hours
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Weather: Hot and very humid (bring lots of water)
  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Accommodation:

What's Included?

SACRED VALLEY MACHU PICCHU TOUR INCLUDES:

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PROFESSIONAL AND TRAINED STAFF

  • Professional English Speaking Tour Guide.
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ACCOMMODATION

  • 1 night at a 3-star hotel at Golden Sunrise, Waman Hotel or Similar (based on double occupancy room).
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MEALS

  • 1 Buffet breakfast at the hotel.
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PERMITS AND ENTRANCE

  • Entrance ticket to Machu Picchu.
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TRANSPORT

  • Hotel pickup and drop-off (door-to-door service from your hotel located around the historic center of Cusco).
  • All private transportation for these 02 days.
  • Train Ollantaytambo — Aguas Calientes (Round trip) with Voyager Inca Rail or Expedition PeruRail.
  • Consettur Bus to Machu Picchu (Round trip).
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OTHER

  • Sacred Valley tour (Chinchero, Maras & Moray).

NOT INCLUDED:

  • Entrance fees on day 01 (Sacred Valley Tour): Extra US$25 per person.
  • Huayna Picchu entrance fee: Extra US$85 per person.
  • Upgrade train to the Vistadome: Extra US$45 (One Way) per person.
  • Meals.
  • Gratitudes.
  • Extra night in Aguas Calientes.
  • Travel Insurance – you are strongly recommended to take out travel insurance for the duration of your trip.

Packing List

PACKING LIST FOR SACRED VALLEY & MACHU PICCHU TOUR

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ESSENTIALS

  • Original Passport
  • Valid Student Card (if you booked as a student)
  • Sun hat
  • Sunscreen (factor 35 or higher)
  • Insect repellent
  • Money in cash (Souvenirs, Food & Others)
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CLOTHES

  • Waterproof jacket/rain poncho
  • Warm jacket
  • Wicking t-shirts
  • Comfortable trousers
  • Comfortable shoes
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RECOMMENDED

  • Personal medication
  • Camera and film

Prices

EXPLORING THE SACRED VALLEY AND MACHU PICCHU RUNS AS A PRIVATE SERVICE

****Daily Departure with at least 02 people****

NUMBER OF PAXS PRICE PER PERSON ACTION
02 people US$ 489.00
03 people US$ 469.00
04 people US$ 439.00
05 people US$ 409.00
06 people US$ 399.00
07 people US$ 389.00
08 people US$ 379.00
09 people  US$ 369.00

Discounts for Sacred Valley Machu Picchu Tour:

  • Under 18 years old: US$ 25:00 Please send us a copy of the passport at the booking time.
  • Under ten years old: US$ 60:00 Please send us a copy of the passport at the booking time.
  • Student Discount (Maximum Age 25 years old): US$ 25:00 Student discounts apply to anyone who has a valid UNIVERSITY STUDENT CARD at the time of the trek or who is 17-years-old or younger. Likewise, For those using a university student card to receive the discount, we need to see a copy of the card at booking. Similarly, For those booking children 17-years-old or younger, we need a copy of their passport at booking time. So, Please send all to info@inkayniperutours.com.  More Information about STUDENT CARD.

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Departure Dates

  • Daily departures for Sacred Valley Machu Picchu tour: We pick you up from your hotel 30 minutes before the tour.
  • Timetable for the tour: Certainly, the pick up is at 08:00 a.m

FAQS?

Where is Machu Picchu located?

Machu Picchu, recognized as one of the 7 Wonders of the Modern World, is found in the Peruvian Andes, specifically in the Cusco regiom. This ancient Inca city sits majestically on a mountain range on the eastern slopes of the Andes, at an altitude of approximately 2,430 m.s.n.m. (7,970 ft).

What is the altitude that we will visit on the Sacred Valley Machu Picchu tour?

To make the Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu tour is important to know the altitude of our important points of visit, therefore, below we detail the altitude of these:

  • The altitude of Chinchero is approximately 3,762 meters / 12,208 feet.
  • The altitude of Salineras de Maras is approximately 3,380 meters / 11,089 feet.
  • The altitude of Moray is approximately 3,500 meters / 11,483 feet.
  • The altitude of Machu Picchu is approximately 2,430 meters / 7,970 feet.

These attractions stand out in the Cusco region, known for its natural beauty and its importance for history and archaeology.

What is the best season for the Sacred Valley Machu Picchu tour?

The best time to enjoy the Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu tour, with favorable weather conditions, is from April to October. During these months, we enjoyed the clear sky and less rainfall. Specifically, the driest months are between June and August, which coincide with the winter season in the Andes.

Where does the Sacred Valley Machu Picchu tour begin and end?

This exciting adventure to the Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu begins on the first day when our team will pick you up at your hotel to start the planned activities. Then, it ends on the second day when we take you back to your hotel, having enjoyed most of the scheduled visits during these two wonderful days.

In addition, we suggest that when you contact our friendly sales agents, you provide complete details about your hotel, including the name and exact address. In this way, we can make all the necessary arrangements to ensure your trip is as pleasant and hassle-free as possible.

What is the age range for the Sacred Valley Machu Picchu tour?

The Cusco Sacred Valley Machu Picchu tour is open to people of all ages, with a minimum age of 8 and a maximum age of 60 years to fully enjoy all the activities and services we offer. It is also mandatory that all minors be accompanied by responsible adults (+18 years) at all times.

We want to ensure that everyone, from the youngest to the most experienced, has the opportunity to have an unforgettable experience in this beautiful place.

How many travelers will share with me this experience through the Sacred Valley Machu Picchu?

At Inkayni Peru Tours, we offer customized services for small groups. The minimum number of participants required for our packages and tours is only two people, and if so, they could join a group of no more than 15 travelers.

We assign two guides, a main guide, and an assistant guide, if the number of participants exceeds 10 people to ensure personalized and quality attention during your experience in the Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu.

Is the accommodation included in the Sacred Valley Machu Picchu tour?

We are pleased to confirm that our tour to the Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu includes accommodation. Our prices are based on double occupancy, which means you can choose between a room with two single beds or a room with a double bed. For groups of three travelers, we also offer triple rooms with three single beds. We recommend you contact our sales agents to discuss your preferences and make sure everything is to your liking.

On the other hand, if you are a traveler it is only important to note that you will have to pay an individual supplement for your nights’ accommodation. This is because, in Peru, the cost of a single room is practically the same as that of a double room, resulting in an additional charge for individual travelers.

Where can I store my luggage that I do not need to take to the Sacred Valley Machu Picchu tour?

You can store any luggage you do not need to carry during your trek at your hotel in Cusco, as most hotels offer this service free of charge. If your hotel does not offer this service, we will be happy to take care of your luggage in our office safely.

Note: During your train trip, which is a mandatory route to quickly reach Machu Picchu, you will use the services of the railway companies Peru Rail or Inca Rail. These companies have a baggage policy that limits the amount to 5 kilos per passenger. Therefore, we recommend that you carry only a light backpack or a small suitcase with the necessary essentials for your stay and excursions while you are away from your hotel in Cusco. This will ensure your comfort and compliance with the baggage regulations of railway companies.

Is it important to acclimate for this Sacred Valley Machu Picchu tour?

It is vital you gradually adapt to the altitude of the city of Cusco, which is located at 3,350 meters / 10,990 feet. If you come from an area close to sea level or an area with significantly low altitudes (below 1,000 meters)

We suggest taking a day or two for this process, during which you can rest, take short walks, and opt for a light diet. Following these tips, you will be ready to fully enjoy your activities in the Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu.

In addition, it is highly recommended to stay well hydrated when arriving in Cusco to help your body oxygenate properly. Products made from coca leaves, such as chocolates, drinks, and candies, are an excellent option due to their properties to combat the symptoms of altitude sickness.

What is the best train service to Machu Picchu: Expedition or Vistadome?

Both trains travel the same route in the same period and have very similar schedules. However, if you are looking for an experience with a little more comfort and exceptional panoramic views, we recommend you opt for the Vistadome train.

During the train ride, the landscape changes significantly, going from a mountainous area to the jungle eyebrow, which runs from Ollantaytambo to Machu Picchu village. The Vistadome train is distinguished from the Expedition train by having wider windows on its walls and ceiling, as well as slightly wider seating spaces. These aspects add up to give you a more enriching experience while enjoying the stunning views along the way.

An additional difference is that the Vistadome service on the stretch from Aguas Calientes (Machu Picchu village) to Ollantaytambo includes a dance show and a fashion show with alpaca baby clothes, which adds a special touch to your trip.

If you want more details about this experience, we invite you to visit the following link: Which train company is the best for Machu Picchu?

We are sure you will enjoy your journey on the Vistadome train to the fullest.

How advisable is it to hire travel insurance for the Sacred Valley Machu Picchu tour?

Hiring travel insurance for your visit to Machu Picchu is advisable since it can offer you a number of benefits and protection during your visit.

What currency should I bring Soles or dollars for the Sacred Valley Machu Picchu tour?

We offer you some fundamental tips for changing money for your trip to Peru:

  • Currency exchange before arrival: The most convenient thing is to change your local currency to US dollars before arriving in Peru or, failing that, in Cusco. This is because exchange rates for dollars are generally more favorable than for other local currencies, such as Mexican pesos, Colombian, Argentine, etc.
  • Change in Cusco: Once you are in Cusco city, we suggest you look for a change house, preferably on Av. El Sol. Here you will find more beneficial exchange rates to convert your dollars to Peruvian soles. It is important to mention that changing money at Peruvian airports is usually less beneficial in terms of exchange rates.
  • Carry Peruvian suns during your tour: To ensure you greater comfort during your tour days, we recommend you bring Peruvian suns with you. Most tourist establishments usually accept payments in soles, and although some also accept dollars, you may be offered a less favorable exchange rate compared to the value of the day.

Following these tips, you can optimize your currency transactions and enjoy your trip to Peru more conveniently and economically.

Please feel free to have the assistance of our staff, who will be available to provide you with guidance and answer any questions you may have about currency exchange or other aspects related to your trip.

How to contact Inkayni Peru Tours?

Above all, the Inkayni team works 24 hours a day, in its different forms of reservation and free information. For example, by email, phone, and our website.

Inkayni Peru Tours will organize everything about your trip, hotels, transportation, meals, and other items to give you an amazing trip. So, if you want to organize your packages to visit PERU, Inkayni is the only tour operator that offers you the alternative of making your packages. In addition, it offers alternatives for your hotels and their type of transport.

However, you can book with us with 40% or 50% of the cost of your trip. Then, you will pay the other 50% of the cost of the tour of Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu – Chinchero Maras when you are in Cusco with us.

Useful Information
  • Altitude in Machu Picchu – 2400m / 7873ft.
  • Train A Machu Picchu can be booked with Inca Rail or Peru Rail (prices vary)
  • The climate is divided into 2 seasons: DRY between May and October, and RAINY between November and April.
  • All tickets are included.
  • Huayna Picchu Mountain is an additional charge and must be booked in advance (minimum 3 months), Inform at the time of your reservation Exploring the Sacred Valley – Chinchero Maras.
How to call abroad while exploring the sacred valley - chinchero maras?

On the other hand, when calling Peru from abroad, dial the international access code of the city in which it is located. Then, the country code of Peru (51), then the area code without the (0), and finally the local number.

Then, when you make international calls from Peru, dial the international access code (00). Then, the code of the country you are calling, then the area code, and finally the local phone number.

Usually, in Peru any phone number that starts with a 9 is a cell phone number. So numbers starting with 0800 are usually free only when dialed from private phones, not from public phones.

What kind of weather will I witness on the Sacred Valley - Chinchero Maras tour?

Peru has three main climatic zones: the tropical Amazon rainforest to the east, the arid coastal desert to the west, and the Andean mountains in the Peruvian highlands. In the Andes, they have altitudes above 3500. Therefore, average daily temperatures fluctuate around 10 ° C (50 ° F). In addition, overnight temperatures can reach a freezing state. Consequently, travelers flying directly to Cuzco (3250m), or its high-altitude cities. Therefore, they should try to have several days to acclimatize from altitude sickness or soroche which can be a big problem.

On the other hand, from April to November is the dry season in the mountain and plateau (Andean plateau). Then, between December – March is the season when fluvial rainfall occurs. Certainly, depending on the season in which you make the Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu tour, you should come prevented.

Extra Services?

SERVICE

PRICE

Huayna Picchu Mountain Entrance Fee $85.00
Upgrade Vistadome Train (One Way) $45.00
Additional night at 3 star hotel $85.00

Why Inkayni

Why book with Inkayni?

Inkayni Peru Tours is a local tour operator exceptionally recommended by its clients, guidebooks, forums, and others. Our principal objective is to provide the best service, achieve the maximum satisfaction of our customers, and assume the responsibility as guardians of Nature in all our undertakings.

  • Experienced and Professional Team: Get assistance and support from our team, a group of specialists highly qualified to organize your trek to Machu Picchu.
  • Eco-friendly Local Tour Operator: We respect and protect the environment and the local communities that we visit. We use biodegradable products, recycle waste, support local businesses, and donate to social projects.
  • Door-To-Door Service: Pick-up and drop-off are included at no additional cost from your hotel or Airbnb located mainly in the surrounding area of the Historic Center of Cusco.
  • Labor Welfare: We take care of all our staff, and fully comply with the salary and we have a very pleasant working environment and support between the different areas of the company.

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