Day 1.- CUSCO – SACRED VALLEY OF THE INCAS – AGUAS CALIENTES TOWN.
We will leave from Cusco around 8.30am with all the equipment and drive to Pisaq to see the first Inca ruins. Here you can see magnificent views of the Inca remains. There is also the ancient architecture and engineering of the Inca temples, which no doubt will sweep you off your feet. We have around 2 hours to visit the Inca site before we head back to the valley to visit the most colorful and traditional local market where you can buy traditional textiles at low prices. The sightseeing continues as we drive along the beautiful valley with great scenery of the corn farmlands, which is on the Inca terraces. We will arrive in Urubamba at approximately 13.00 pm to enjoy our buffet lunch, which then gives us 30 minutes to spare to get to the last Inca ruins known as Ollantaytambo (Inca palace). This ruin was built with pink granite rocks where you can see the second biggest rock from the Inca’s time (90 tons). You will later be taken to the train station in Cusco to leave for Aguas Calientes, which will be a 2 hour journey. You will see amazing views so be sure you have your camera ready and try to stay awake.
On your arrival in the village Aguas Calientes, you will meet our representative who will drop you off at your accommodation. Tonight will be your free night to do whatever you please and explore the nightlife.
Day 2 – AGUAS CALIENTES – MACHU PICCHU- CUSCO.
We have to wake up very early in the morning on the last day in order so see the sunrise in Machu Picchu. We will start wtih breakfast at the hotel and then head to the bus that will take us to Machu Picchu. At 6.00 am the citadel is open so we will make our way to the postcard photo spot and wait for the sunrise to take the classic Machu Picchu pictures. Afterwards, your guide will take you for a 3 hour tour around the site and then you can climb Wayna Picchu in order to take clear photos of Machu Picchu. You’ll then have plenty of free time to explore the sacred city by yourself. Afterwards you will take the bus down to Aguas Calientes to enjoy the last lunch with the group before taking the train back to Cusco.
If you want to climb Wayna Picchu you should book it at the same time you are booking your tour, The number of daily visitors allowed to enter Huayna Picchu is restricted to 400. Advance purchase of tickets online will guarantee admission. A steep and at times exposed climb leads to the summit. Some portions are slippery and steel cables (a via ferrata) provide some support during the 45 minute climb. At times during the rainy season, the tours are closed. The climb is not recommended for visitors in poor physical condition.
OUR TOUR INCLUDED
- Bus transport along the Sacred Valley
- Tour guide for the Sacred Valley of the Incas
- Lunch in the Sacred Valley
- Train transportion to Aguas Calientes
- Hotel accommodation in Aguas Calientes
- Dinner at the restaurant in Aguas Calientes
- Breakfast at the hotel on the next day
- Bus transport to Machu Picchu
- Entrance fee to Machupicchu
- Guided tour for 3 hours in Machu Picchu
- Return bus to Aguas Calientes
- Round trip train to Ollantaytambo
- Bus transportation to Cusco and to your hotel
OUR TOUR NOT INCLUDED.
- Entrance fee to the ruins along the Sacred Valley (70 soles for a one day ticket or 130 soles for two days)
- Lunch on day two (there are many restaurants in the area which are affordable, around 30 soles per person)
WHAT YOU NEED TO TAKE.
- Tourist ticket (you can purchase in Cusco)
- Comfortable clothes and appropriate footwear (hiking boots or sandals recommended)
- Extra money to purchase souvenirs, such as handcrafts from the local market
- Camera with spare batteries
- Insect repellent
- Water to drink
- Scarf or a hat to protect your head from the strong sun, which can cause sunstroke
- A warm jacket for the evening
- Any necessary medication