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Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu 2-Day Tour

Walk through the secrets of the Sacred Valley on your way to Machu Picchu

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Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu 2-Day Tour tour information

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Starts

From your accommodation in downtown Cuzco between 7:00 and 7:30 AM

Ends

To your lodging in Cuzco between 8:00 and 10:00 PM

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Discover all the secrets of the Inca culture through the Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu 2 day tour.

Travelers' favorite option to visit Machu Picchu because during the journey from Cusco you will stop by the different areas of the Sacred Valley. You will visit Pisac, Urubamba and the fortress of Ollantaytambo with a professional guide, before arriving in Aguas Calientes, the access point to the ruins of the Inca city.

The tour includes a 2-hour guided tour to Machu Picchu in a small group, after which you will have free time to explore every corner of the citadel. 👉Find below all the details of this 2-day excursion to Machu Picchu:

Tour itinerary

todayPREVIOUS DAY Briefing - Cusco

Location: Your lodging in Cuzco

Informative briefing

The day before the departure of the tour, the guide will visit you at your hotel or the place you indicate for the tour briefing. A small meeting in which he will explain all the details of the tour, tell you the exact time of pick up and give you the train tickets and your entrance ticket to Machu Picchu.

Plaza de Armas in the city of Cusco

todayDAY 1 Cusco - Pisac - Urubamba - Ollantaytambo - Aguas Calientes

Group size: 10-12 travelers
Starting altitude (Cuzco) : 13,500 fasl (3400 masl)
Maximum altitude (Aguas Calientes): 8000 fasl (2040 masl)
Difficulty: easy

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Pick up in Cuzco

On the first day of the tour, the guide will pick you up at your hotel between 7:00 and 7:30 am in a minibus that you will share with the other travelers in the group.

The minibus has capacity for 18 people, and a maximum of 12 travelers + the guide will travel in it.


Mercado Tradicional Pisac

After an hour's drive, we will arrive at the first stop in the Sacred Valley, the town of Pisac and its handicraft stores. If you want to know another area of the town, we recommend that you ask the guide, who will tell you how to get to the Mercado de la plaza or Mercado Tradicional de Pisac. It is located just a few meters from the stop and is definitely worth a visit.

artisan shops in Pisac on the Machu Picchu excursion
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Archaeological complex of Pisac

The tour continues to the archaeological complex of Pisac. The guide will give you some historical explanations and you will be able to explore it on your own. If you do not have the tourist ticket of Cuzco do not worry, the guide will help you to buy it, since it is necessary to be able to access the archaeological zone.

💬 Tourist ticket of Cuzco
It is the ticket that gives access to the main tourist sites of Cuzco. There are two types of tickets: the partial ticket, which is valid for 2 days and only gives access to the places visited in the Sacred Valley. And the integral ticket, which is valid for 10 days and gives access to most of the tourist sites in Cuzco and its surroundings.

Machu Picchu tour guide in Ollantaytambo
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Urubamba

You will continue on to Urubamba, where you will enjoy a traditional buffet lunch in a restaurant located in a typical construction of the area.


Fortress of Ollantaytambo

After lunch, you will get back on the minibus that will take you to the last stop of this excursion through the Sacred Valley of the Incas: the incredible fortress of Ollantaytambo.

machu picchu and the sacred valley ollantaytambo tour

Free time in Ollantaytambo

You will have a guided tour and at the end the minibus will take you to the central square of Ollantaytambo, located 5 minutes walk from the train station. At this point the guide will return to Cuzco and you will have free time to have a drink until the departure of your train to Aguas Calientes, Expedition/Voyager category.

The Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu 2 day tour includes train tickets in Expedition/Voyager category as they are the ones that offer the schedule that best fits the itinerary.

visit ollantaytambo on the machu picchu tour
access_time7 : 00 PM

Aguas Calientes

You will ride this iconic train for an hour and a half, traveling along the Vilcanota River valley, which offers spectacular views of the snow-capped mountains, the semi-tropical zone and the high jungle area. In addition, a small snack is served for you to enjoy the ride.

When you arrive in Aguas Calientes they will be waiting for you to accompany you to your accommodation, they will tell you the exact pick-up time for the next day and you will have time to have dinner on your own in the village and rest.

Train to Machu Picchu aguas calientes

todayDAY 2 Aguas Calientes - Machu Picchu - Cusco

Group size: 8 travelers on the guided Machu Picchu tour
Starting altitude (Aguas Calientes): 8000 fasl (2040 masl)
Maximum altitude (Machu Picchu): 8,000 fasl (2,430 masl)
Difficulty: easy

Breakfast in Aguas Calientes

This day you will have to get up a little early to enter Machu Picchu, but believe us, it will be worth it 😊. You will have breakfast at the selected accommodation in Aguas Calientes and at the indicated time the guide will pick you up to walk with the rest of the group to the bus stop.

Normally, the wait is 20 minutes until you take the bus that will take you to the entrance of the Inca Citadel.

👉 The exact time of pick up at the hotel and departure of the bus will depend on the time of entry to Machu Picchu, so we advise you to book in advance, in order to get the entrance in the first shifts.

Machu Picchu tour

Arrival to Machu Picchu

When you reach Machu Picchu you will begin the two hours guided tour. In the beginning, you will have more time to enjoy the place and take photographs, as it is the best location because it is accessed from the top. The guided tour continues through the different areas of the citadel and the guide explains in detail everything that is known about Machu Picchu and the Inca culture.

Visit Machu Picchu

🚶Free time in the Citadel

At the end of the guided tour, the guide will say goodbye to the group and you will have free time to walk around the citadel. You will walk around it at your leisure, until you decide to take the bus down to Machu Picchu pueblo (Aguas Calientes). There, you can have lunch at one of the many restaurants on your own and then take the train to Ollantaytambo (train schedule subject to availability).


🚆Aguas Calientes

Once in Aguas Calientes, you can eat at one of the many restaurants on your own and then take the train to Ollantaytambo (train schedule is subject to availability and will be indicated with your booking confirmation).

aguas calientes machu picchu pueblo tour

🚐 Ollantaytambo - Cuzco

Upon arrival at Ollantaytambo train station, a private transfer will be waiting to take you to Cuzco, where you will arrive at approximately 20:30.

👉 If you have selected the extra night in Aguas Calientes, you will be able to enjoy the afternoon in the town, taking the train the next day.

ollantaytambo train station

Tour details

Included

  • Pick up from your hotel in the centre of Cusco
  • Sacred Valley Tour (guided minibus) to Ollantaytambo
  • Lunch in Urubamba
  • Return train Ollantaytambo - Aguas Calientes (Voyage/Expedition category)
  • Bed and breakfast in Aguas Calientes
  • Round trip bus Aguas Calientes - Machu Picchu
  • Entrance ticket to Machu Picchu
  • Guided tour in Machu Picchu
  • Private Transfer Ollantaytambo - Cusco

Not included

  • Tourist Ticket of Cusco (70 soles / $20 aprox.)
  • Dinner on the first day
  • Lunch on the second day

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Train schedules and access to additional archaeological sites may vary depending on availability, so please book as far in advance as possible. The additional zones of Huayna Picchu and Machu Picchu Mountain are not compatible, so you can only select one of the 2. The offered accommodations are subject to availability as well, in the scenario where they are not available, hotels of equal or superior category will be selected instead. The order of the visits could be altered, but it will not affect the content of the program. Ticket and transportation schedules may be subject to change.
SAFE ADVENTURE – Covid 19
This activity includes the appropriate protection measures to ensure your safety. In addition, our excursions are outdoor and in small groups to reduce the risk of contagion. Remember to follow the instructions of the staff during the development of the excursion.

restoreCancellation policy


You will receive a 75% refund of your booking if you cancel at least 30 days before the tour start date. Between 30 and 20 days before the tour start date, 65% of the total amount will be refunded. After this time, or if you don’t show up, no refunds will be given.

What to bring to Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu 2-Day Tour

The tour starts in Cuzco, located (at 3,400 m.), and Machu Picchu village (Aguas Calientes) is at 1,000 meters less altitude. Therefore, you have to be equipped with warm clothes but also with short sleeves, as the nights are cold and during the day it is hot. Also keep in mind that the climate varies according to the time of year, especially in the rainy season (December - March).
  • Backpack for two days
  • Sunscreen
  • Insect repellent
  • Sunglasses
  • Warm clothing
  • Comfortable footwear
  • Water bottle
  • Raincoat/waterproof poncho
  • Passport
  • Bathing suit and towel (only if you want to visit the hot springs of Aguas Calientes)
  • Medication to avoid altitude sickness (in case you consider it necessary).

Where does the tour Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu 2-Day Tour start

📍 The tour starts in Cuzco, and includes pick up from your accommodation, as long as it is located in the historic center of the city. If the street where you are located is not accessible for the minibus, the coordinator will accompany you from your accommodation to the pick-up point. In case your hotel is not located in the city center, the minibus will not be able to deviate so much from its pick-up route and you will be offered a pick-up point as close as possible to your accommodation.

Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu 2-Day Tour tour reviews with Howlanders

4.6
Overall rating
Accommodation
4.2
Quality-price ratio
4.7
Advice
4.7
Guide
4.6
Transportation
4.7
michelle
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The experience we had on the tour was impeccable. We had the two days, Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu tour that began in Cusco and ended in Cusco. For every part of the trip whether it was at the hotel, the train station and at the bus stop, we were greeted by a guide. They were friendly, knowledgeable and have done their best to allow us to have the best experience possible. The hotel folks were very nice and accommodating too. We have had one of the best experiences of our lifetime and a few of us are world travelers by the way so we know and understand what it takes to provide world class services. These folks do not disappoint! Many thanks for all the people who put our trip together flawlessly. Keep up the great work! ;-)

Dianne Agbuya
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Frank
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The 2 days trip was perfectly organized. We got briefed the day before and received all tickets (Peru Rail, Machu Picchu, buses etc) upftont. On each interface (e.g. after arriving by train in Machu Picchu village) a personal guide picked us up, in order to create out journey as smooth as possible. The included Luch at day 1 was amazing (4star buffet at high qualety Restaurant). Some of our mixed group had to eat in a normal retaurant as they booked with an other agency. The only thing with room for improvement was the night in "ECO Hostel" at machu picchu Picchu village-> very noisy and slightly cold with a twin bed instead of a double bed. However all in all one of the best organized trips we had in Peru.

Kristina Rivera
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Well organized tour. Everything ran smoothly and someone was in constant contact with us to make sure everything was okay. I highly recommend this tour and company! It was nice to have someone else plan and handle everything. And the value is great compared to other tour companies that offer the same exact experience.

Questions & Answers

What is the best time to travel to Machu Picchu?
Any time of the year is a good time to visit Machu Picchu. During the months of June to September it is the dry season and you will avoid possible rainy days but there are more tourists for being in high season.

Has this tour ever been cancelled during the rainy season?
No, the tour is never cancelled due to the weather. The stretch between Ollantaytambo and Aguas Calientes (Machu Picchu town) is done by train and not by road, which sometimes can be closed, especially in the rainy season.

When to book the tour?
During Easter and the months from June to September, it is high season. In order to ensure good timetables on the trains it is advisable to book more than a month in advance. In the case of including Huayna Picchu we recommend booking more than 3 months in advance.

What is the difference between the trains?
There are two companies that operate the route between Ollantaytambo and Aguas Calientes (Machu Picchu town): Inca Rail and Peru Rail. Their trains are for tourist, with panoramic windows and circulate at low speed to be able to appreciate the landscape during the route. They offer mainly 2 categories, the standard category, called Expedition or Voyager and the superior category called 360 or Vistadome. In case you want a more luxurious category or customize your tour, write us an email to hello@howlanders.com

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