Cusco in 2 Days: Sacred Valley Tour + Machu Picchu Day Tour

USD $465.00

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City: Cusco, Mountains // Activities: Visit of Machu Picchu, Visit of Pisac, Moray, Salt Mines of Maras & Ollantaytambo //

The sacred valley of the Incas and the famous Machu Picchu are waiting for you. Get to the most famous touristic sites of Cusco with this 2-day tour showing you Pisac, the archaeological site of Moray, the salt mines of Maras and Ollantaytambo. The other highlight of the tour will be Machu Picchu, the most popular tourist attraction in Peru and one of the seven wonders of the world. Enjoy a day trip to Machu Picchu from Cusco learning about its history, what daily life was like for the Incas and how it was discovered by Hiram Bingham. If you want to climb up Huayna Picchu as well and enjoy a breathtaking view from there, make sure to select that option in the dropdown field above. 


Please let us know which of the following options you prefer:

Expedition (normal) train:
The Expedition train is a tourist standard service with semi-panoramic windows. On board, you will be offered a simple snack that consists of a cold or hot drink and a sweet or salty option. Watch the video about the Expedition train.

Vistadome train:
The Vistadome train is the more luxurious option that has carriages with panoramic windows to the sides and on the ceiling so you can enjoy the landscape on comfortable leather seats. On board, you will be offered a snack elaborated with regional Andean products. On the way back, there will be a 20-minute show on board including a typical dance offered by the staff. Watch the video about the Vistadome train. 

Our recommendation is to spend the night before the Machu Picchu day tour in Aguas Calientes so that you sleep a little longer and have a more relaxed experience.

Machu Picchu Day Tour with Expedition Train with/without Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain:
 Departure time of train Return time of train
5:05 am 2:55 pm
7:00 pm (the night before from Ollantaytambo) 6:20 pm

Machu Picchu Day Tour with Vistadome Train:
 Departure time of train Return time of train
7:05 am 4:43 pm


If you want to take the Vistadome train and visit Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain, you have the following options:

Departure time of train Return time of train
7:05 am (Expedition) 4:43 pm (Vistadome)
7:00 pm (Expedition) (the night before from Ollantaytambo)

4:43 pm (Vistadome)



*the following itinerary is just exemplary; you're free to choose the order of the tours with off-days (f.e. tour 2, day off, tour 1).

You will be picked up from your hotel in Cusco at 6:30 am and then we will head to the town of Pisac to visit one of the most imposing archaeological sites of the Sacred Valley of the Incas. Here, we can see the impressive ruins of Pisac while enjoying unique views of the entire valley from the top. At around 10:00 am, we will get to know the archaeological site of Moray. Here, we will face a construction that is a clear proof of the extraordinary agricultural progresses that the Incas developed regarding the management of climates, soils and humidity. Two hours later we will head to the salt mines of Maras, which are not far from Moray. Together with your guide, you will enter the mines, learn about their history and have enough time to take some pictures. If you want to you can buy some of the special salt to take it home and use it for cooking (recommended by Gastón Acurio, one of the most renown chefs in Peru).

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At 1:30 pm, it's time to continue to Urubamba where we will have lunch consisting of various Peruvian culinary specialties. Once we're ready to go, we will drive along the Urubamba river heading towards Ollantaytambo (arrival at 3:00 pm), a very important temple for the Inca known as "the last living Inca city". We will explore its ceremonial centres, observe the impressive rock formations and find out more about the history behind it. Now that we have visited the last site of the tour, you can either return to Cusco with the guide at 6:30 pm, stay in Ollantaytambo or head on to Aguas Calientes. 

    If you choose the Expedition train you will be picked up at your hotel two hours before the departure time of the train, if you choose the Vistadome train you will be picked up 1 hour before departure time (for all the hotels close to the Plaza de Armas) and head to the train station where you will board the train and make your trip to to the village of "Aguas Calientes" (2000 m)

    Upon arrival at the train station, our guide will be waiting for you to accompany you to the bus that brings you to the entrance of Machu Picchu. It takes about 30 minutes by bus until reaching the incredible Wonder of the world "the Sanctuary of Machu Picchu", known as "the lost city of the Incas". When you arrive at the citadel of Machu Picchu, you will pass through the control where you receive your ticket. From this point on, the private tour will start and you will visit the main areas of the city such as the main square, the circular tower, the sacred solar clock, the royal quarters, the temple of the three windows and the cemeteries for approximately 2.5 hours. At the end, you will have free time to take a walk through the citadel and to visit Machu Picchu, the sun gate etc.

    Photo machu picchu day tour cusco exploor

    Then, you will return to the town of Aguas Calientes and you have the option to eat in one of the many restaurants (not included). Afterwards, you will take the train back and arrive in Poroy or in Ollantaytambo (please arrive at the station 30 minutes before the departure time of your train). When you arrive at the train station in Poroy/Ollantaytambo, please leave the station because outside our guide will be waiting for you to take you to your hotel in Cusco.


        Sacred Valley Tour: 

        • Private transport from and to your hotel in Cusco 
        • Private Sacred Valley day tour
        • Fluent English/ Spanish speaking local guide(s)
        • Artisanal chocolate snack
        • Lunch buffet 

        Machu Picchu Tour:

        • Round trip train tickets 
        • Private transfer from your hotel (for all the hotels close to the Plaza de Armas) in Cusco to the train station in Poroy/Ollantaytambo and back to Cusco with drop-off at your hotel
        • Professional English-speaking private guide
        • Bus transfer from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu
        • Entrance to Machu Picchu Sanctuary
        • Entrance to Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain (if you choose the option above)

           Not Included:

          Sacred Valley Tour:

          • Breakfast
          • Tourist ticket (partial ticket S/ 70, general ticket S/ 130 per person)
          • Entrance to Maras Salt Mines (S/ 10 per person)
          • Tips

          Machu Picchu Tour:

          • Meals
          • Tips
          • Accommodation in Aguas Calientes or Ollantaytambo
            • you have the option to check for recommended places here
            • or head back to Cusco and leave with the van in the morning to Ollantaytambo to catch the train from there


          • Sacred Valley Tour: 6:30 am - 5:30 pm
          • Machu Picchu Tour: Everyday from 04:00 am to 10:00 pm


          • Two 1-Day Tours


          • Spend the night before the Machu Picchu day tour in Aguas Calientes so that you sleep a little longer and have a more relaxed experience.
          • Bring a raincape and adequate clothes according to the weather
          • Use sunscreen, repellent, sunglasses and a hat
          • Don't forget your camera and binoculars 
          • Bring sufficient water and some extra money
          • Use one backpack or briefcase per person

           Terms of Reservation:

          • Minimum 1 week before (so that the train tickets can be reserved before).
          • In case you would like to climb the Huayna Picchu, please make your reservation at least 2 months in advance.
          • Minimum 2 people in order to reserve this tour.

             Terms of Cancellation:

            • If you cancel minimum 5 days before the start of the tour you will receive a refund of 50% (only in case the train tickets haven't been bought yet).
            • In case the entrance tickets (Machu Picchu and/or Huayna Picchu) are bought by us already (tickets that include Huayna Picchu: normally 2 months in advance to avoid booking problems due to the daily Huayna Picchu limit; Machu Picchu: approx. 1 week in advance during low season and 2 weeks during high season), the price of those tickets cannot be returned or claimed.


            • As a (non postgraduate) student under 25 years old you can use the discount code "mapistudent" in the checkout and you'll get a $20 discount. You need to have your valid student ID card with you for the Machu Picchu day tour, if not the discount will not be applied (if you have an ISIC card, bring it as well). On your student ID, the date of issue and the expiry date should be clearly visible and the expiry date should be in the same year as your Machu Picchu visit. 
            • The seats in the train are chosen by the train company itself; there is no possibility to influence your seat from our side.
            • Please let us know if you prefer window seats for the Vistadome train (no guarantee but we will do our best to coordinate accordingly).
            • In the case of flight delays, inconveniences with the train schedule or bad weather (rain, landslides, etc.) we do not assume any responsibility.
            • There are two-time slots for visits to Machu Picchu:
              • 6:00 - 12:00 and 12:00 - 17:30
            • If you want to go to Huayna Picchu please consider the following:
              • You have to make your reservation at least 2 months before 
              • There are 2 schedules:
                • 7:00 am - 8:00 am
                • 10:00 am - 11:00 am

               Pickup / Drop-off:

              • Pickup from your hotel (only if your hotel is close to the city center of Cusco. In case you stay further away, meet up at the Plaza de Armas - taxi cost approx. 10-15 Soles)
              • Drop-off at Plaza de Armas or Plaza de Regocijo
              • Private tours include pickup from- and drop-off at the hotel.



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