2-Day Sacred Valley + Machu Picchu Tour with Hotel

USD $514.00

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

With this 2-day tour you will get to know the stunning Sacred Valley of the Incas and the famous Machu Picchu. You will explore some of the most famous touristic sites of Cusco, such as Pisac, the archaeological site of Moray, the salt mines of Maras and Ollantaytambo. After that, you will experience one of the most impressive train rides in the world. Looking our of the window, you can see the unique Andean mountain landscape until reaching the town of Aguas Calientes. Here, you wil get ready for the tour to Machu Picchu, the most popular tourist attraction in Peru and one of the seven wonders of the world. You will learn about its history, what daily life was like for the Incas and how it was discovered by Hiram Bingham. If you want to enjoy a breathtaking views of Machu Picchu make sure to add Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain to your tour.


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. 

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 (Vistadome 301) 4:43 pm (Vistadome)
7:00 pm (Expedition) (the night before from Ollantaytambo)

4:43 pm (Vistadome)



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. The next stop is the artisan handicraft market of Pisac, the perfect place to find typical souvenirs. 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.


    Depending on the time slot you choose to enter Machu Picchu (morning or afternoon), you will be picked you up from your hotel in order to take the bus that takes you to the entrance. It takes about 30 minutes by bus until reaching 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 Machu Picchu 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 driver will be waiting for you to take you to your hotel in Cusco.


        Sacred Valley Tour: 

        • Private transport with pickup from your hotel in Cusco 
        • Fluent English/ Spanish speaking local guide
        • Small group tour
        • Entrance to Maras Salt Mines (S/ 10 per person)
        • Artisanal chocolate snack
        • Lunch buffet
        • Drop-off at Ollantaytambo train station

        Machu Picchu Tour:

        • Accommodation in Aguas Calientes in a double bed or twin bed 3* hotel (Panorama B&B or equivalent) with breakfast (please select above)
        • Private tour with an English-speaking guide
        • Round trip train tickets 
        • Private transfer from the train station in Poroy/Ollantaytambo back to your hotel in Cusco
        • Bus transfer from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu
        • Entrance to Machu Picchu Sanctuary

           Not Included:

          • Breakfast and dinner on day 1, lunch and dinner on day 2
          • Tourist ticket (partial ticket S/ 70, general ticket S/ 130 per person) for the Sacred Valley day tour and entrance to Maras Salt Mines (S/ 10 per person)
          • Entrance ticket to Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain (please select above if you want to include it)
          • Tips


            • Starting at 6:30 am on day 1 and ending in the afternoon/at night on day 2


            • 2-day tour


            • Bring your original passport and TAM (the little sheet of paper you get when arriving in Peru) for the hotel registration
            • 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 2 weeks 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.
            • Not available on the 24th, 25th, 31st of December and 1st of January

               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.


              • If you cancel min. 30 days before the start of the tour you will receive a full refund. If you cancel less than 30 days before the start of the tour there won't be a refund.


              • 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. 
              • Once the booking has been made online, it won't be possible to make changes to the train tickets etc. as they will be purchased as soon as possible.
              • 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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